My client project at first was difficult to get started, nobody replied when I messaged them and on the rare chance I did get a reply they didn’t want anything doing. When I managed to get a start on the project it became a create your own project based work. Thinking of what I wanted to do wasn’t too difficult and after choosing what I wanted it become easier to plan and research. While in the middle of doing this, I came across the Amy Jonson Festival and decided to use this as my client work since it would give me better direction in how to structure my animation. It also gave you a choice on which part of her life to work on, since one of them was basically what I wanted to do it helped.
My idea for the project changed as I was animating it, while I have kept to my storyboard I have added to it as well. After saving it I felt like the information sped up, while I’m not sure if it did this or not I’m planning to sort this along with anything else that needed to be fixed by the festival deadline. My original plan was to colour Amy in collage and have her shown in her plane Indiana Jones style, while this stayed I didn’t colour her in every time she appeared. This reason for this is because after playing around with the Photoshop transparent setting she came up as ghostly and I liked this effect. I also at first had the information on the images as they were moving but this also changed, this was simply to make it clear to read and understand.
If I could change anything about this project it would be finding the Festival sooner and being able to have more time being able to work on this project rather waiting for nobody to respond to me. Other than that this project has gone smoothly.
Apart from the slow start, the client project went well without any problems. I like how my animation turned out in the end. Since the deadline for the festival is on the 31st of May I plan to make sure any issues are fixed and if needed add more to the animation.
This is how I made the masks that the manikin head wears
First I wrapped a pair a manikin heads in cling film, this was so when I used the kitchen roll to make the mask it wouldn’t stick to the head and damage the mask or mark the head. I did this on both sides so I could get four masks once they finally dried. I did try covering the whole face however it fell apart and didn’t stay together.
Once the mask was ready I used a pencil to outline the eyes and lips. I then used pro markers to go over the pencil and colour the mask in.
While going through my client project I decided to enter the Amy Johnson festival since it would count as being a client.
It can’t be longer then 75 seconds and it has to follow an aspect of one of the themes they have asked for.
The themes to choose from are
•The life and flying achievements of Amy Johnson – Telling her story, key moments in her life, her personal struggles and achievements
•Women’s equality and liberation – Amy Johnson campaigned for women’s equality particularly at work. Women in engineering and science, Amy as a role model to introduce more young women to engineering and
•Flight in all its forms – Aircraft engineering, the physics of flight, insect flight – especially moths as Amy flew de Havilland Moth planes throughout her aviation career!
•World cultures, then and now – Reflections on culture, society and politics in the countries and continents at the time of Amy’s flight in 1930, or on the situation
I’m going to work on the first one, her life and flying achievements. This is because it is similar to what I wanted to show before finding this and it is the most interesting one to work on for me.
My idea for my Amy Johnson project was to show information about her and her journey. I first made a few designs before deciding on how I wanted her to look. I also tried collaging her in with a map and train tickets, I liked at how the map turned out since it looks clearer.
My idea was to animate her getting to her plane, then she would fly the same route she took. The way she would fly would look similar to how it looks in the Indian Jones map part. It would also show some of the different things she did while she was doing this, such as when she met new people or had to fix her plane
These are a few test ideas of how she would move