Review week– Part 2

There wasn’t a lot of space to present my work on the walls, but luckily, I was able to think over another way of doing this, by using the spare table space infront of me. I decided to separate the pieces of work n to the different rotations I did, so my group could understand easily what rotation came first; my drafts and the work I decided to take further in to somewhat of a final outcome for presentation.

I wasn’t too confident on explaining what my work was about, when it came to the presentation in front of the class, although, I had more confidence presenting what I wanted to show and explaining it to the members of group instead. It didn’t feel as pressured compared to showing the year group what I did.

Going from group to group and seeing what everyone else presented left me astounded and very helpful because it gives me a further look in to what they did, how they did it and why they did it; as I mentioned by ‘helpful’, what I meant was that I could think about how I can take my work further and experiment with the methods that other people had used for their pieces.

Over all, I strongly believe that I should try to explain what my work is about, how I did it and why to the class without having to feel so shy about it. Next time, I’ll do that for sure. It would’ve been good, if we got to see everyone’s work in the class because some times, it’s hard to decide what’s a good piece of work and what isn’t, or what to present as a reflection of what the group did, due to the fact, that everyone in the class did as equally well in their rotations in their own way.

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CCS review

Finishing up the review from the time I last spoke of it, I went to the tutorial which was arranged. Got some good feedback on it, and it turns out that I didn’t have a lot to add, which was good for me. I thought over some of the notes, I had made on the Albert memorial during the review because tutor who I saw, stated I should pretty much try to give the Queen Victoria head some more context and try to find out if it had a design story to it.

While gathering up some more information on the web, I came across this very useful blog, that gives some more detailed information on not only Queen Victoria, but some other pieces of art from the past: http://stalkingthebelleepoque.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Besides this source, I found that going to the V&A website was the most useful. It gave me a brief rundown of how that bust linked into the relationship the Queen had with Prince Albert, and how much they both cared for each other. Once I obtained these links, I could feel the enthusiasm to get back into writing about the Bust and what affect it had on the public, and/or the Queen and Prince. There were so many other features on that bust, that I could see, that implied other meanings to it, other than just a ‘wreath’ or a ‘robe’; they all were placed and had meanings behind why they were like that. For example, the wreath having flowers that have just blossomed, instead of the typical wreath that has already flowers on it. In my opinion, I thought the wreath purposely had just blossomed flowers because it’s trying to depict a new beginning. A new ruling; a new leader, a new relationship?

From this experience, I found it helpful and well-rewarding because I don’t feel that panicked now about getting the results back from it. In future, I must remember to use my time more efficiently and make sure that I’m up to date with tasks.

Some inspirational animated videos

Quite often, I would find myself looking at my favourite list on Youtube and I found a few I became quite fond of and would perhaps like to try and animate like this in future, or for this rotation:

When the advert came out around a year ago, this was one of the most magnificent things I had ever seen. I spent a while trying to find out how they animated the animation; I thought it was a possibility that they filmed the parts where the water was, and where everything was so life like and then animated over the footage, or if perhaps, they did it a different way, but after several weeks of searching for the video during the holidays of last year,  I finally was able to see how they did it.

I was so enthralled by every single bit of detail they had put in to the backgrounds/scenery, the animals and all of the other aspects; that I’m still amazed by it now. It must of taken such a long time, but as I can see, it was all worth the effort. If I were to animate my story board in this style, or anything else in future, I don’t think I would be able to capture the same quality, due to lack of equipment or the time limit.

A fanmade video for K Project the Animation. (Yes, yet another anime series I enjoyed the animation of) I would like to mention, that sometimes, these types of videos are often taken down by the companies who originally created the characters within these little animations, which is a shame, but a reason why I adored this fanmade video was, that even though there wasn’t any dialogue between the two characters, you can see a form of a story being depicted between the two. How their story began, how they met and how it all ended.  The manga style has always been something I’ve loved since I was young, but there’s another feature I like– How each still image shifts into another one; this is done gracefully and gradually throughout the short.

Also, the use of music used. The song may not be able to be understandable to those who do not speak Japanese, nevertheless, the music creates this mood of sadness, guilt, anger and a hint of loneliness? these are most probably feelings that are linked back to the characters in the video.

As I’ve mentioned before, the animation is quite reliant on sound and facial features/expressions to help create emotion.

After testing my animation, I have thought about the idea of possibly changing the medium from cut outs to doing a whiteboard animation, where the images are drawn.

 

Animation rotation— Part 2

During the afternoon of this session, we were given some notes/tips on how to make a successful animation or storyboard by Keiron. Skimming through it quickly, it gave me major nostalgia of when I received some similar tips from an IT teacher I had in secondary.

I had made my own similar tasks on the main principles of animation. Principles such as:

  • Exaggeration
  • Log sheets
  • Stretching
  • Follow through actions
  • Easing in and out
  • Overlapping actions
  • Arcs
  • Pose to pose animation
  • Timing
  • Staging
  • Straight ahead animation

Looking back at my chosen storyboard, I had some more considerations to think about, if I want to make this animation successful:

  • -Meaning- Narrative?
  • What mediums will be used for animation?
  • Test the process.
  • Work with idea– Try to give idea a theme and extend it.
  • Sound– Narrator? music? What kind of music will it be?

Not to mention, the quote for the day for me was “The most effective animation, is to get your message/what you want across.”

So, if my theme is circles and that there are many objects that can morph in to that shape, I need to do that. Once I required some advice from Keiron on my storyboard idea, he helped me to take the idea further by finding some more images of round objects. This was indeed very helpful, and it was what I did try to interpret this theme, still I didn’t want to make it complicated. Although, if I extend the animation by having 2, 3 or even 4 more roundish objects in it, I may be able to get the message across.

What I shall take to mind is, that I need to think about how I’m going to make one object transition in to another object.

DRAGONFRAME

A stop capture software, we’ve looked at and what I’ll most probably use during the week. What I’ve learned so far from this software, is that if I use this software, it’s very reliant on light and shadows taken in from the camera. I need to be wary of whose in my space, and where I am, if I’m right near the area of where I am filming because if any shadow, movement or light change is made, it will affect the overall outcome of my video.

Some notes made for my animation:

  • Make circle bounce 2 or 3 times before changing.
  • Sound– Maybe Black betty? it has a good beat and rhythm, which will easily sync in with the movement of the objects.
  • Frame rate: 25 frps
  • Might try scanning the images in, instead of capturing them on photo, to reduce the risk of capturing shadows.

Animation rotation– Part 1

Animation is always a subject/topic that I end up approaching on a daily basis in my life, if it isn’t for myself watching anime series or even if I spend some time watching someone else’s animations for their very own projects, or even if I ever wanted to make a quick gif image to send to someone online for a joke; I always come back to the topic.

The topic wasn’t at all new to me. In my past Universities I’ve been to, I had two very different projects to do with animation. The first one was a narrative stop animation and the second one was for a film trailer. I also did get to study this particular topic back in secondary school, however, I wanted to try something different that didn’t involve me making something to complicated to work with.

Now, getting back to this rotation, we were given some examples of what our animation could turn out like, if we were able to, or were to consider taking this project even further in future. I won’t mention the titles of the videos because the other groups may be looking at these next time, so I’ll leave it a surprise. I will however mention, that one of them reminded me of the animations used in a game series, I enjoy playing occasionally:

The aspect of this animation I adore the most, is not only the art style, but the movement of each layer in this piece. I don’t often get to see this sort of style of animation, so it was such a source of inspiration for me and the fact that the facial expressions on the characters are quite strong works. I state this purely because they do give impact to the animation and create emotion. To add, the music/sound effects also have a high influence on the video; it creates mood.

Moving on, we were all asked to work on a six by two storyboard with some notes, this was to give us some ideas of what our animation may turn out like. I have to admit that I was having some trouble doing this task, this was due to that I had several ideas I wanted to do, but they were too complicated and they may drag on. I didn’t want that.

I had to think to myself of these key things, that could make the storyboard successful:

  • What do I want the animation to show?
  • Is it a narrative or not?
  • Will it have sound or background music?
  • If this animation is going to loop, how will I do that?
  • Will there be a particular style to this animation?
  • How long will it be?
  • Will it be stop-motion, drawn, or animated on the computer?
  • If stop-motion, how will the objects be displayed?

I figured out, that if I thought about the answers to questions first, then I would get an idea. So, I did and it did get me started.

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Review introduction preview

Eventually I was able to start writing this up; I had several drafts of the introduction written in my draft posts, but I was never able to properly think over all of the end results for them, and link them in to my CCS research notes that were relative to the museum. I didn’t have a clue at first, that the history behind the museum and the facts about the great exhibition would be beneficial to this review.

Timid at first, when it came to continuing on in this piece of writing, I continued to get in to the flow of things, once I had read over and over, and over again at all of the info.

With my introduction done in the first twenty minutes, I backed up a few of my statements with references from some sources.

I found that the Victoria and Albert museum’s website was very helpful with providing information on the history, while a few other articles on other gallery websites or school education websites were able to give out just as much detail on this subject.

In all honesty though, it should have not taken me until week six to have an introduction finished. I should have had at least the first 3 paragraphs for the document complete in this time.

Despite that, I’ve learnt from this experience, that I must be able to analyse the information I have been provided (or collected) to help support my view or what I need to explain. It would’ve also been good, if I considered building up a bigger vocabulary to replace words that I’ve already used previously, to not leave the viewer of the piece of text feeling bored.