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XGB: Early Concept ~ Lucy ~ Part 1

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Published: April 11, 2013
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Back in 1996 while I was setting up my studio in Australia, Executive Producer Richard Raynis from Columbia Tristar (Sony) worked from LA with me visualizing the characters for what was to be Extreme Ghostbusters. It was so early in development that the characters I designed had no names so I would randomly assign them ones. Richard wanted a male character in a wheelchair, I was pushing for more female characters in the line-up and I could only foresee problems with the wheels in animation (that's a lot of ellipses and perspective to get right), so I sent him this design of "Lucy" and put her in leg braces (or calipers). I tried to show that the crutches could be used for sucking up ghosts, also that her head would be at the correct eye-line for the other characters to play off, making it easier for the Directors who would have to cut down to someone sitting all the time.

Needless to say the calipers were rejected, Richard really wanted a wheelchair so I went back to the drawing board.
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temusHobbyist Digital Artist
the good: the design of the proton weapons as crotches looks very original and few ghost would expect and attack from such things.
the bad: is not too practical for something that require you to move quickly and agile as the ghost hunt, this talking from an strategist viewpoint.

i feel bad because a character like garret would be considered offensive by the politically correct people today by portray people with dissabilities in a seemingly bad light.
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Planet-i-StudiosHobbyist Digital Artist
Without looking at the description or what XGB stands for, and basing this something on first glance...
Flamethrower crutches.... Plus 7 awesome right there.!
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Ghost vacuum crutches, isn't that cooler?
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Planet-i-StudiosHobbyist Digital Artist
Ghost Vaccum Crutches that use fire!
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Haha!
JansurOrosisimaru's avatar
More girls is a great idea. And this concept is cool! But Garret is cool too. You did a great job! Thank you!)
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
You are welcome :) I'm glad that Garret is among us, it's just that in my head she lives too.
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Balter186Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad Garrett was created. he's true badass 
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Agreed.
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Here's the thing about Garrett; he was executed very well. Practicalities of busting ghosts in a wheelchair aside, I've always regarded him as a karmic counterweight to wheelchair-bound characters who were depicted as flawless angels. Obviously, those depictions came from a good place (showcasing those with disabilities in a positive light), but only ever offered some really insipid characters.

Garrett, by contrast, was an arrogant, sarcastic arse. The show allowed him to be just as flawed and funny as the rest of the cast, which ultimately made him more entertaining and endearing. Wouldn't change him for anything. Those who dismiss him outright because of the wheelchair don't know what they're missing.

Great show. You did good work.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
I really appreciate what you've said here, I agree and I'm glad that Richard stuck with his vision of Garret.

Thank you.
LemmiwinksGerbilKing's avatar
I like Garrett, so I can't say I really regrat that it was rejected... But it's very interesting to see how my favorite show was developed and what over possibilities existed. And she does look cool with sci-fi crutches. Thanks for sharing this!
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
It's just part of the process of development. I've been lucky that not too many of my characters fall by the wayside.
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CorneliusArtsHobbyist General Artist
In wehich episode is she appearing?
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
She was rejected.
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CorneliusArtsHobbyist General Artist
Was she a precursor of Garret, the guy who sits in the wheelchair? If she would have become a Ghostbuster, would exist Kylie yet?
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
I explain it all in the description. Kylie didn't exist when I did this design.
Have you seen this post?
filbarlow.deviantart.com/art/X…

Look around in the XGB folder in my Gallery for more conceptual art.
Niqesse-Pistache's avatar
Nice concept! I'm part of a german cosplay group www.german-ghostbusters.de/ . It's very sad that there are just a few female ghostbusters. Until now my role was a fictional character, because the positions of Janine and Kylie are taken. So we like to pick up your characterdesign for Lucy. Is it ok if we give her the ability to walk? Greetings Niqesse
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Of course Niqesse :)
I don't have any control or ownership of these characters (even the rejected ones).
So go for it! Looking forward to seeing the results.
Niqesse-Pistache's avatar
Thomas send you the pics on Facebook I guess. So there she is :) Thanks for your design :heart:
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Oh thank you for modelling her :)

I have a surprise in store for Lucy fans, I've made her a character in my new comic 8House: Yorris, with some slight... changes.
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A-nyu-samaHobbyist Digital Artist
Realy interesting concept. I even a little sorry, that we get Garrett insted of this pretty girl. I love Garrett but a) we need more female b) she is awesome. Also I think if she had been in team, we could have had great love triangle between her, Eduardo and Kylie.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Yeah, I liked her too. She probably would have rejected Eduardo just to piss him off.
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I like the idea. And I would've liked seeing Garrett in calipers once in a while. Maybe trying them out for an episode or two but at the end returning to his wheel chair because he would be more mobile and faster with it. Sorry XD. Just instantly came to my mind as I saw the picture...
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