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Friday, 30 January 2009

Wednesday, 28 January 2009


So another project that is on the go at the moment is to produce a professional quality storyboard of how I would animate to a set of narrative lyrics.
The song I have chosen is 'Put your records on' by Corrine Bailey Rae, which isn't strictly speaking telling a story but it does have a lot of visual references, which I intend to use. So far have done a little reseach and some sketching, which I will upload tomorrow. We were told to think about how we use colour in our storyboards carefully.Its quite an uplifting set of lyrics so I want it to be quite cheery in its olour palette but I am aware that too many colours can seem messy.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Character animation

We have been set the task of animating to a sound clip from the Kung Fu Panda film. The quote is 'ahh.. maybe I shoudl just quit and go back to making noodles.'
My character is Bill, He is entirely based on a little plastercine character I made last term. I photographed the model and put him into photoshop and played about with they way he looked a little.
Started off by making him into a cutout style using a filter, then set about removing the shadows of the background so that I could move him about easily.
After working on Bill I then set about coming up with a background for him to move around in. My idea was that Bill is a failing florist, who accidentally allows all of his flowers to die. Upon realising wht he has allowed to happen to them he then says his line. I wanted the Florist shop to reflect the simplicity of Bill's design but still be a little more colourful so that you can register the change when the flowers do wilt and die.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Waltz with Bashir

Charlotte and myself went along to the Poly to see the film 'Waltz with Bashir'. We werent really sure what to expect apart from we knew it was about war.
The film really shocked me as I had no clue about the first Lebanon war, or the dreadful things that happened. I thought the film was really sucessful in exposing these things in a new way.
The people in the film were real people that fought in 1982, trying to recount their experiences and understand why it all happened.

It showed a darker side to what can be achieved with 2D animation. The opening scene of a pack of dogs running wild through a town had a huge variety of camera shots and was, i think, terrifying.

And the dream scene in which three soldiers float towards a beach has an amazing use of light and dark.

It was definately worth the watch.