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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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.

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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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Book binding workshop

Focusing more on a square bind fold; as a group we all looked at an example book created by G.F Smith, who distribute paper samples all in this one book.

gfsmith-01-lr0649-385x248The reasoning as to why they publish these books, as quoted by the managing director John Haslam, he stated “We wanted to create something that was both inspirational and functional,” and “It’s had a phenomenal response and we’re absolutely delighted about it.”

The book is thick, sleek and has many samples of different kinds of paper, that are created by other practitioners.

They most likely got the huge response they received, due to the way they have presented the book, the types of paper they used as Samples with the details of what kinds of paper they’ve used. The kinds of people who would often be associated for this particular kind of book would be designers, decorators and other types of artists, perhaps?

Which led us to discuss about production value for a book and what would be their main focusing aspects, that they would have to concentrate on.

  • Target audience– Who is it designed for?
  • Materials used.
  • Cost for production.
  • What kind of folds will this book have?

They also need to make prototype of the book, the design of the book and they’ll most likely have to focus on the folds as well. For example:

The target audience is children under the age of five years old. The book itself would have to be durable, so it will probably have cheap cardboard-like pages, the corners of the book will have to be smoothed off to avoid the child hurting itself. You have to consider that they child may chew it, draw on it and get the book messy. They pages will have to be waterproof with waterproof ink. The book being bound together will be stuck together with glue because if the book were to be stitched together or bolted, the child could easily take that apart.

The purpose of the book, production value and the target audience both play important factors in this case.

Other questions to consider:

  • How big will the book be?
  • How thick will the pages be?
  • How many pages will their be?
  • Will the book be square? what shape will it be?
  • What kind of binding will it have?

My task for today:

With two sheets of paper, I had to fold them in half and carefully tear them in half. This was indeed a difficult challenge that needed a lot of patience for me to do. It was pretty hard trying to steadily guide my hand across to make sure the fold was even, and that I had made a clean tear on both. The reason for doing this task was to give me a vivid idea of what it was like, before I had to put all 4 of these pages together.

If the paper isn’t perfect on it’s sides, the glue will not stick to the paper to bind it.

Three out of four of the pages were straight and didn’t have any tears in them, so it was okay. However, if this was done in an actual final book bind, I would be in a lot of trouble because the book would just fall apart.

In future, if I need to ever cut the paper evenly, I need to use a Guillotine and use a long, metal ruler to help measure out the width of the pages before cutting it in half.

 

 

Keiron’s work shop

Moving on to Kieron’s work shop, he showed us how to make a small 8 paged *’Zine’.

*Zine is an abbreviation for Magazine.

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Keiron had explain previously, that he had created a cover by scanning the things that he used on a daily basis. He laid them out neatly and arranged them to the  way he wanted it; they were placed in a pretty neat presentation on the machine. Once those were scanned in to the computer, he edited the design further by including something of interest to him, or something he likes doing.

On the right, you can see that he has taken his final magazine print for the cover and he’s used a metal ruler to help carefully fold the paper in half.

IMG_20150928_145133I attempted to zoom the camera in, just to avoid the shoulders of those in front. This is the second fold. In the end, he did another fold and continued until he reached the set amount of folds for eight pages.

In my opinion, I felt eight was a too many folds for an A4 piece of paper because the outcome was pretty small, and even trying to get the folds in accurately would’ve had some trouble in doing.

 

IMG_20150928_145611Adding a few final touches to the book.