Monday, 27 February 2012

Elective : Animation - so far!

I'm not going to lie i thought after affects was going to be a lot easier than it actually was, as a Graphic Student, i had never used it before so just been told to try things out i found it very confusing
the starting off settings with slightly difficult and confusing, the screen HD, w width 1280 px by height 720 px, also making sure that it is 25 frames per 2nd and over 3 min long estimated in

I managed to put each scene into a different folder, which allowed me to easily place them into after-effects without any confusion, allow me access to change things as I went along
I wanted to start off with the title of my animation in a boiling effect, I found the boiling affect effective, it really made the workflow market was moving, but unfortunately the fund I allocated, many people found confusing and unreadable, the reason why I have left this in is because after speaking to the tutor and peers in the class, most of them said that if it was unreadable they could read it if they squinted their eyes or if the image slightly smaller, and if it wasn't readable it was still visually appealing to the eye.
The next scene was based on my original idea, which was based on a pattern that grows and then disappears slowly again, I felt that this would not be as strong design for the whole animation, I wanted something nice and loan from, that I could try loads of things with, and have the font to experiment, but I felt the azide tested the passive idea I wanted to put in as well.The story really starts where the bear looks like he's bored he just sits on the shelf all day with the books and does nothing, over 1st stop motion shots I slowly moved his arm to make it look like he was thinking, and the idea was was that I read slowly changing to memories of me and him having a good time together, to make killer like he wanted to be with me rather than the with my parents just sitting on the shelf.

The scene changes and it goes into his mind where he visualises a map and he thinks to himself how he's going to get halls, Sam lives! The strange voice appears in his head saying sneak into the back car when the not looking, which he finds is a perfect idea and then he visualises how to get to Sam in halls.
The next step of his escape is to somehow get off the top shelf of the bookcase, with small amounts of masking tape, I slowly moved him down in a position, that I thought a humans could easily do, making him more lifelike, once I got to the TV I had no grip so the only way he could get to the floor was by dropping, from this I found that it was easier to film him drop and then take screenshots from what had just been filmed, which also gave it a more shaky affect, and more real.Once he had got his bearings back from falling on the floor, he sits up, and moves back to the bookcase gets up and then vanishes….
The next scene is him driving off in the car don't halls, I have to confess this was the hardest scene to animate, I felt that the background is that I was creating wasn't working for the style that I was going for, he was living in a crowded bookcase, and the scene I was looking for was free, green and open. Once I managed to get the background how it should look I then animated a friends car in detail (to make it look like my car driving to halls with him in the back of it) which took me near enough a day to do, and then after that it was the matter of getting the bear to wave before going off into the distance.
The final scenes the bear is when all of a sudden he arrives in the room, it's simple that someone just walks in the room opens the door and he sitting on the side waiting for someone to come.
It's a very simple scene, but I just felt that it needed something happy and simple for the bear to finish off with rather than the really moody and crowded area he was at the startI decided to reverse the pattern that I played at the very beginning to make it feel like the story come to the end, so it starts off with a really busy picture going into a blank white page.

And to finish off the last scene is the crazy inverted font saying the end and animated by Sam Borton, which a lot of people have said is a lot easier to read as the words are all connected to each other making it easier for you to read.

Overall so far I have struggled with the after-effects side of the animation but thoroughly enjoyed making the single images towards it, although it has taken a long time for me to put together I can to get the idea, I have thoroughly learn't from the animation experience

All the things that need to be done now is to add my sound which I am hopefully going to be recording a voice and adding voices to the imagery rather than just playing a song, then making sure that everything is going at the right timing and then simply rendering it out!

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