I would like to introduce you all to…

…The amazing Rick and Morty TV  series! Yes, I am a HUGE fan of this cartoon, but this was only until about a year or so ago. I wanted to talk about the animation. It’s quite a quirky catch, it’s very colourful and bold; there would often be moments where I’m left in disgust at the beginning from something a character has done and soon the disgust has faded because it’s finished off with something so vividly hilarious, that it’s been used as a distraction to divert my attention away from what was so immoral to me.

To steer back to the subject of animation, I remembered seeing this looped music video within one of the episodes and it reminded me of the looped metamorphosis animation project I had just finished doing. Besides the various range of colours and quirkiness the cartoon drawing style has used; I really admire the animators were able to smoothly guide each object to sync in to another thing and still keep it’s oddness? It’s hard to describe. The animation starts at 00:11.

After watching this several times, I’m tempted to work on the bird story board that I wanted to do originally for an animation, but I want to animate it by using drawn out cells. I may start to play around with ideas over the holiday, but may consider creating a gif as a test then see how it goes. I have to consider the time length, how long will the animation be? how much time will I have to put effort in to creating this task? what style will it be in? Will I use a similar drawing style to the one that gave me the influence?

Looks to me that I have another personal project on my hands for the Holiday. Also, this series is pretty much a parody of Back to the future, with a hint of Futurama to it. I highly suggest it to anyone who loves Sci-fi or/and comedy.

 

 

Animation rotation– Part 3

Following on from my story board, I thought about the possibility of animating it at home by using a Phone app called ‘Stop motion capture’.

At the start, it appeared to be quite a useful and a nice, quick and free thing to take advantage of during the spare time I had. I began to animate the cut outs I had made for my animation, which are the circle, wheel, pizza and the eye. I tested it at first, but thinking about the test out come, I wasn’t too pleased with it. The images were too small, there were changes in the light source, which showed the shadows and also, the camera kept moving out of place from time to time.

I knew I had to change this, but I didn’t know how. There were other reasons why this test animation wasn’t successful as well. Luckily, I was able to show my story board idea to Keiron; with another persons perspective, I was able to see their opinion of the idea and whether it will work or not.

He suggested to take the idea of the circle/round objects further and to find, print out and then draw more objects so the viewer, or who ever will look at it can understand the gist of the footage. This was my original intention, and yet, I thought the idea was a little too complicated and that there wasn’t a lot of time to draw all of these objects out on to paper; cut them out and then animate them via Stop frame. Taking this in to mind, I tried my same method again with the phone camera. The images kept falling down every time I pinned them up to the wall and AGAIN, the camera kept shaking, due to my wobbly, old desk. It wasn’t a very good set up for stop animation.

   

 

Taking a break. I went off to think of another way of how I could capture the images, as I sat down and saw my father scan in some documents in to the scanner– that’s when I had the idea of scanning the images and the movements in, one by one. Not only did this process help make the progression go faster, but it also helped me with thinking about how I’m going to present each transition between the objects and how I can make it appear to be more creative.

The CD and eye transitions were done on Adobe after effects, soon after I started to get frustrated with Sony Vegas crashing every time I wanted to change or add a key effect/movement. So, I decided to go with the other alternative, which is After effects.

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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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