After taking advantage of my automatic 7-day extension, I have spent time in completing all of the pre-production elements which will be used to piece together my final short-film.
I have been able to complete a final animatic which provides the overall look of my final project. In addition, I have also added to my character turnarounds which provide almost a 360-degree view of all characters and ultimately, should be easier for when it comes to animating each of them.
Week 13’s session of Animation Research and Practice, was the final presentation morning shortly before the midnight deadline. All group members were expected to present all of their pre-production work to both lecturers, Sam and Ross.
After stating to both lecturers and the rest of group about my 7-day extension, I proceeded to show all of the visual elements to my project. These included final character designs, character turnarounds, scraps of images (both primary and secondary used to create background layers), a 2nd draft of the audio and shots of the final animatic, which is what I’m currently piecing together.
(Please see visual elements of pre-production work below…)
During a few hours of today, I spent time adding my own replica of the ETC logo to the end of my project.
I began with using an online image of the ‘Emergency Telecommunications Cluster’ (ETC) logo. It then involved tracing over the image in ‘TV-Paint’. I spent time drawing over the main logo and letters whilst making slight changes to it. Just to be safe, I didn’t want to replicate the original design to avoid plagiarism. At the same time, I have used a black background and placed the Earth diagram (which appears at the end) above the ETC logo.
After taking the rendered clips into Adobe Premiere Pro, it was then just a case of using the ‘wipe’ transition to merge both images and clips together. I even adjusted the position and scale of my ETC logo image. This was so that the ‘wipe’ transition, would show the background and the logo swiping past the Earth diagram as it remained in its place.
In addition, I have reduced the amount of hospital symbols that appear on the globe towards the very end. Originally, there were ten, which could’ve potentially dazzled the audience with so many visual elements. I resolved this, by narrowing them down to just seven.
During last week, it was briefly mentioned by my lecturer, Emily, that there were a few transitional glitches during the animation. One of which, included the globe of the UN logo instantly shrinking, before transforming into a pair of hands holding a contaminated Earth. This was an easy fix as it was just a case of altering the transitions between both clips. The globe now appears to shrink as it transitions into the contaminated Earth.
(Please see link attachment below of video. Further clips can be viewed via my Vimeo page…)
During today’s session, it was a case of showing our lecturer, Sam, our progress so far with regards to our personal projects, all before breaking off for Christmas.
I showed Sam my new character designs as well as scraps of images used to create new backgrounds.
Given the workload, I began to wonder as to whether I was going to meet every little target for the original deadline. As a statemented student, I had the privilege of taking out a 7-day extension, something in which I was contemplating in doing. I discussed this with Sam, whom ultimately approved of it. I intend to apply for this by the end of the week.
One more academic week to go! In the last week, this has really just been a case of making final tweaks to my overall project. This is so that it looks presentable to Jamie and for the purpose of marking.
After feedback during last week’s lecture, Jamie mentioned that there were still some minor issues with some of the visual elements. He stated that the three wave layers did seem to look a bit a like a convoy of blue sharks. This was mainly because they looked more like fins as oppose to water waves. The second issue was the diagram of the ‘ETC Satellite’. Apparently, it was stated by a staff-member of ‘Stones Throw’, that it resembled the look of a ‘wrecking ball’.
In addition, the hospital symbols that appear at the end, needed a slight tweak as it was said that there were too many of them. It was also said that they appeared to resemble the look of ‘Play-Doh’ tubs. I aim to make amendments to this in the upcoming weeks.
In the last week, I have recreated the wave layers by taking out one, and enlarging the other two. I also curved the tops of each wave to get rid of the points that originally made them look like shark fins. In addition, I’ve added shading and mesh to the ETC satellite so that it now resembles one, rather than a wrecking ball.
As today’s session was entirely tutorial-based, I showed an updated version of my project to my lecturer, Emily, and received feedback shortly after. Overall, she was satisfied with my working progress. Now, it was just a case of ironing out any small visual glitches and adding the ETC logo at the end. I have the intention of doing this before the Christmas break.
Unfortunately, due to sickness, I was absent from today’s tutorial sessions. Nevertheless, I was still able to show Sam and Ross my progress so far via email.
In the last week, a great deal has changed with regards to my work style. As I have struggled greatly with trying to recruit actors through ‘Star-Now’ and student actors, I have decided to take the route of using 2D-animated characters implemented over a live-action background.
In addition, I have also spent time in filming rough reference footage to determine as to what the overall film could look like.
I have been able to retrieve initial illustration designs of my characters, which I have taken into TV-Paint to refine them and create final designs from.
Indicated below is a copy of the email that I sent Sam and Ross in light of my absence. The final character designs shown below are as follows. From top left to bottom right is a final design of Craig (both in a hood and without), shopkeeper Dhaval, facial expression boards of Ed, and a final design of Ed.
(Please see email attachment and final character design images below…)