A sense of hope animation assignment: Evaluation

Task 1: What went right and wrong?

Here is my final animation:

Research

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Doing the research for my animation I also feel went well as choosing the Lion King and Treasure planet made for effective research as I know those films well. Also, using different sources such as behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube, gave me some good ideas for my animation such as how I drew my storyboards.

It also gave me a better idea of how professional animations are made, and inspiration for my own animation, specifically how I went about doing the art and design aspect of the assignment.

Animation history timeline

Creating the animation method timeline was fairly simple as I had to find out about a type of animation from a significant period in history, and along with an image of the new development, include some writing about it.

This gave me a good indication as to how animation techniques have evolved and changed ever since Walt Disney created the first full-length animated feature film, Snow-white.

Task 2: Ideas generation: What went right and wrong?

Brainstorming: With some friends of mine, I went over my and their ideas in video form, like a meeting session. This went well because we were able to bounce ideas off each-other and give our opinions on each-other’s ideas. However some of our initial ideas are very different from the ones we ended up using.

Storyboards: The storyboards went well as I was able to flesh out my idea well, using a storyboard template from google and a drawing pencil. This gave my animation visuals along with the written idea. However, due to time constraints, I could not do my storyboards much justice in my final animation.

Written treatment: I felt like I managed to produce an effective written treatment outline  each act of the animation, for example, Act 1: Dove flies in tree and finds the nest. This gave me a better understanding of what I was planning to do as it gave a more summarised version of my animation.

Animation assets: Using the programme Photoshop, I created varied background art for each animation scene, using a variety of Photoshop brushes and tools to create a stylised version of the interior of a tree. For example, a Hard round brush for each tree branch to create a wooden effect, and a radial blur effect mask for the dappled effect of the leaves.

For the character of the Doves, I used tools such as the blending tool to achieve the different shades of colour on their feathers. and for the shaded effect on their beaks.

The soundtrack development I feel did not as well as the artwork, as I found out that Garageband was not easily compatible with after-effects. So I had to spend a-lot of time using sound-cloud, trying to change my music into a format that After-effects could read and allow me to edit the music into my animation.

For props I drew the character’s wings separately in Photoshop once again, so I could animate them properly in after-effects. And for the scene where the female Dove is walking on the tree, sad, I created a separate head, so I could animate it to convey the Dove’s emotions.

Task 3: Production: Using in class animation tutorials, I managed to create several compositions in after-effects importing my different character and background art. I then added a key-frame to each Dove so I could animate them movement by movement.

Scene 1: For scene 1, I imported my first background, which included a tree standing in a field, and then put in my Dove in front of the image on a different layer and positioned it as if it were flying. Then I imported each wing into a separate layer and as the Dove moved across the screen, I animated the wings alongside that by using the scale and position key-frames to make it look as though the character was flying.

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Scene 2: When animating scene 2, I used the scale key-frame option on the wings for each frame in order to make them look as though they where closing as the Dove landed. When the Dove is hopping along the branch, I utilised the walk cycle principal of animation to make the movement look more convincing and life-like.

Scene 3: During the scene where the Dove is lost in the tree, I created a separate head so I could convey the Dove’s emotion more by having the head bent down, showing the character’s sadness.

I also used each key-frame to make the characters walk in time with each-other, then when they were in front of each-other, I used rotation key-frames to rotate the male Dove and the female Dove’s head, so as to make it look as though the characters were noticing each-other.

Peer reviews & feedback:

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After development and after my animation had been uploaded, I created a survey on Google Forms so my class-mates could share their thoughts and give feedback.

A general consensus was that the animation wasn’t long enough, and that more animation techniques could have been used. I feel like if I had more time I could have corrected these mistakes, and improved on my animation’s story.

(If you want to see the full survey, click on the link below)

https://goo.gl/forms/uMfR8mc1mCFImfdz1

Assignment PT2

The 2nd part of our animation assignment was to create a stop-motion animation using whatever medium we chose based around a randomly assigned letter of the alphabet. I was set with the letter K

Here is the final film:

Task 1: planning

The planning phase was fairly easy as I came up with a good idea with the first word beginning with K I thought of, which was the word knight. I played around with some ideas in a medieval setting, for example having a Lego knight cut the letter K out of Lego bricks with his sword.

 

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K for Knight original concept

But I decided to get more creative with it by introducing a Lego dragon and having the knight have a brief fight with it, with the dragon’s fire burning the letter K into the grass.

Task 2: animating

Using a tripod and a Sony camera in a darkened green-screen room, I animated both of my characters frame-by-frame, taking 2 images for each frame for easier editing and, using a green-screen placed flat on the table I used some images for editing in the K.

 

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editing in the letter K

Task 3: editing

 

 

 

 

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A dove’s journey: development

 

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Importing Photoshop art files

Firstly, I imported my digital art that I created in Photoshop, then saved all these assets into a single file so none of my images would get corrupted. Then, dragging and dropping the image I wanted to animate into the keyframe tab, I added a keyframe to each image so it could animate in the viewing window.

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With each frame I moved the position and scale key frames for both the dove and her wings to create a convincing flying effect for the first scene as it flies towards and then into the tree.

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For the second scene, in order to create the image of the dove’s wings closing, I added a rotation and scale key frame so I could shrink and turn the wings with each frame as the dove was landing on the branch, so it looked as though the wings were closing.

 

Making the dove’s head was a bit more complicated as I had to animate a second image of the dove’s head alongside the dove’s body, to bring across the impression of the dove’s sad mood. For this, I keyframed both the head and the body and made sure that the head lined up with the body’s animation as it rotated.

 

First assignment:”London festival of architecture” poster

For our first task, we have been asked to create a poster for an architecture festival in London.

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The introduction to the brief

Our first assignment is to create a poster for a festival of architecture taking place in London.

The first task in the assignment is to do some research on different event posters from london and take inspiration from their use of visual communications (layout, composition, colour, etc,).

Then, using the  knowledge we’ve collected, we need to create mood-boards, mind-maps and thumbnails showing the different ideas we have for the poster.

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an example of an event poster
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my work-in-progress ideas mind-map.

 

Afterwards, using PhotoShop and Illustrator, we need to develop our poster ideas digitally, using different effects, type/font, layout, colour, etc.

 

video-game HUD mood-board

In this lesson we began one of our games design tasks, looking at basic game structure and getting an idea of the layout of a game screen.

To do this, we created a mood board displaying different video-game HUDs (Heads-Up-Display) which is an interface in video-games that indicate your life-bar status, the collectibles you have, sometimes hunger (e.g. Don’t starve, Minecraft), and other technical aspects.

Different types of HUD:

  • Permanent HUD: A display of the status of different aspects are always onscreen (e.g. Far cry games, Minecraft)
  • pull-up HUD: Where the HUD can be displayed whenever you want it to by using a button command, or going to the game’s menu. (E.g. Grand theft auto V’s weapon HUD circle, which tells you which weapons you have.)
  • Action HUD: A specific HUD is displayed briefly when an action is performed or completed
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Here’s an example of a permanent HUD from popular game, Minecraft.
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A mood-board showing different examples of HUD from different video-games

first task: famous building moodboard

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editing mood-board

 

To create an inspiration mood-board for our first task/assignment, we found 10-15 online photos of famous buildings in London, such as Big-Ben, the Shard and the “Walkie-Talkie”.

We looked at the different details in each building and found ones we could use in a poster design. The way we created our mood-boards was we imported our photos in PhotoShop, and re-sized them with Command-T to the scale we liked and arranged them in a scrap-book style. And then, using the “layer” tab clicked  “smart-object” in the “rasterize” category, so we could freely edit and cut the photos using the marquee tool.

 

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rasterize and smart object
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complete mood-board
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marquee tool

 

 

photoshop: text

Here are some tips for editing text in Photoshop.

In film posters, the image given is usually accompanied by text giving you a clue as to what the film is about and the film’s title.

(tip: holding CMD (or CTRL) over a chosen layer and then clicking on it with lasso the whole image on that layer)

In Photoshop there are many ways to change your chosen text using the “Layer style tool” in the layers menu.

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layer style tab

You can add drop-shadow, depth, colour and other features to the text.

“Clip and mask” is another tool to use if you want the image inside the text.

If you want to use a font you’ve seen on a poster, save the image and put it in Photoshop. Then use the marquee tool and highlight the font you want, then go to type and match font and Photoshop will bring up the font that is the closest the poster’s font looks like.

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type and match font

After that your font should resemble the font on the poster

Photoshop: Polybird

There is a method in Photoshop where you can re-create images in a low-rendered polygon form. The way we were taught this was we used a picture of a Robin (below)

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Robin

In order to achieve this and to speed up the process, we created an F1 shortcut called poly-fill.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-25-14 I did this by recording a set of actions on the action tab brought up in the windows menu and setting the action to the F1 button by enabling those commands in preferences, keyboard.

Afterwards (using the polygonal lasso tool) I began outlining triangles on my Robin and pressing my new F1 command to fill it with a polygonal colour, while making sure that the triangles fit together by starting the outline from one point of the previous triangle to the next.

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polygon process

When i had completed the polygon-ing of my bird, to complete the picture i added a grading green background to make it look more refined. When i had finished, my Robin looked like this:

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Photoshop (image correction)

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Morgan Freeman (before image correction)

In Photoshop we were taught how to use different tools , specifically the patch tool and Gaussian blur tool to “de-age” Morgan Freeman.

 

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Gaussian blur tab

To use the non-destructive method, we created a masked layer so we could correct our mistakes if we made them, and patched Morgan Freeman by masking the wrinkles and spots on his face, here’s my version.

 

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Morgan Freeman (de-aged)

 

 

 

 

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Morgan Freeman layers