Amy Johnson

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

Mask movements

This is how the animation should end up looking like. I was told to add more to the masks so instead of fully animating the masks I made the basic idea movement for them. I did it by itself at first then added the hand movements in. I then did a character that would help the mask show the current feeling it was showing. At first I made the character move to see how it would look, after that I put the two together to see how they would look together.




Tests / sets

When I first made the sets they were just simple, these were first used to make sure the idea would look ok. I then thought about just using them and photo shopped details later but that would of taken too long. I decided to get different types of paper design and use them for the walls and floor. Some of the things I used were printed and then stuck on, the rest of the props were bought.

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These were just some tests to see if I could make the doll look as if it was coming out of the mirror. Also just to see how the doors opening would look. I’ve decided for the door however that instead of opening it, it will fade to black. The reason for this is because of how I’ve made the rooms, also I find that this makes it a bit more creepy.

Contest

A few days ago I found a animation competition. When I found it, the date for the hand in was the next day (1st May) so I decided to go for it. The rules were simple, it had to be longer then ten seconds, you had to use the music they wanted and it had to involve either a bird bee or squirrel. It could be in any form of animation and it had to be posted onto YouTube. I’m not familiar with this kind of contest, so I did my best with the given time and the unfamiliar territory. Here are the forms I had to fill in and the animation result.
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It is also on the website

http://www.animationcareerreview.com/contest

Advertisement Animation and George and the dragon

When I did my first ad animation, it was mainly to see how the outcome would look like. Since I felt that it could work I made another hoping to improve on the idea. While slow I feel that this second attempt is better then the first try since I had a better idea of how things where going to look and turn out. This is how they turned out.

I have shown both outcomes and have been given some advise. Since I plan on using the second one, it has to have more frames. Not to make it longer but to make the animation flow better and not see the frame by frame work. Also I have to work on the text. Another thing is for the box itself, I need to make it look more like a breakfast box. So looking at how they look like will help with that.

Shortly after the ad animation we were given different tasks. Mine was to do a series based on the real story of George and the dragon. This concept was from the story like vibe from the ad. For this I have researched what I can from the real story, the origin of it and how it became the story we know today. While there are some parts such as his real job where unknown, the theory was that he was a shepherded. With how the story is known today is interesting, a lot of symbolise is involved. Examples of this are the dragon which meant the enslaved and terrified people of that time. While the white horse means courage that he had as he faced power of death. The real story of what made him a saint was his open faith and at how that led him to his death.

So far I’m thinking of doing texts with images. Since it is meant to be based for adults the imagery and language don’t have to be watered down to make it child friendly.

Clients and Work Skills/Jobs

A important part of working in animation, as well as a lot of other work is working with clients. There are a few things that you should try to remember while you are with them. It is important to build a relationship with them, they are the people who could make or destroy you. While with them be patient, don’t be too pushy. Respond quickly and let them know how the project is going. Treat them like they are the most important as well, they might make referrals which could lead from one thing to another.
You need to be honest, sincere and respectful towards who your working with. Make sure you both know what your talking about and how you want project to turn out, try to avoid any misunderstandings. A great way of doing this would be to keep notes of the ideas and any changes. This can also help if you have more then one client your working with. Be open to change and have more then one idea to show your client. If you have ideas that you think will benefit them don’t feel like you can’t suggest them. Ideas will also be rejected so don’t take it personally if they don’t like a idea of yours. Creating a contract could be helpful as well. You should also try to stay productive and consider side projects in your spare time. You should try to build a sense of mutual trust and show your clients what your made of. You’ll also need to know about budgets, how long everything will be and maybe future maintenance (available for hosting support, money etc).

There are a lot of different job roles for animation. They are animation director/supervisor, 2D computer animation, 2D drawn animation, 3D computer animation, stop motion, assistant animator stop motion, CG modeller, Compositor, Digital painter, director or series director, editing assistant, head of model making, Inbetweener, junior animator (3D computer animation), junior model maker, key animator, layout artist (2D computer animation), layout artist (2D drawn animation), layout artist (3D computer animation), lighting technical director/lighter, marketing executive, marketing manager, match move artist, model maker, model maker trainee, model making team leader, production assistant (animation), production designer (animation), production secretary (animation), public relations officer, render wrangler, roto artist, runner (animation), storyboard artist and storyboard assistant.
All require that you have some form of animation/art degree to help you. However with the runner you don’t really need any skills, it is the lowest job though. They all suggest that you work your way up.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gaurisharma/2013/10/04/7-best-practices-for-building-client-relationships/
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/work-better-with-freelance-clients/

http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/animation/job_roles

Acting in Animation

Acting in animation is important, we may not realize it at first but it is helpful when it comes to how movement looks and how expressions turn out. Looking though mirrors will help you with this, the lengh doesn’t matter as long as you can see your self. Although it helps to have different kinds since small mirrors can help focus on your face while a long full body one can help with body movements and such. If you act out your character(s) then it can help you understand your character better, you can better understand how they act, do they have any mannerisms, what is there purpose, the roll in life they will play.

Acting for animators
Become the character, get into your roll.
Communicate charatcer to the views, make characters feel present, lose yourself in the sceen, think though all possibilities and make the character feel as if a part of the moment
plan well, exploration, age, gender, experience, backstory

ED HOOKS – acting for animoters
Emotion leads to action
Acting is behaving believably in pretend circumstances
Watch how people do stuff
Inprov can help with the animating

Give yourself different limits (one hand gestures, no foot movements)
Different probs/places
Do it one they then do it again opposit (do one calm while the other loud)
Do the one sceen in differnt ways, you can get a completly different outlook on the character/s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCv2X-DoQ8E (time 2.55)

Animation outside from TV/Being seen

Animation has developed a lot over the years. While most people assume animation is just used for cartoons on TV, it has been and is still used for many other things. Most of the time the animations go unnoticed because you don’t think of it as an animated effect, you see it more as a background kind of thing.
Here are some examples of animations you come across that aren’t seen on T.V
• Festivals
• backgrounds (e.g. for singers)
• music video (either all, parts or backgrounds)
• projections (e.g. on the side of buildings/walls in museums)
• lava lamp (similar to them)
• In talks/news to show the point there getting across (e.g. news talking about rate/showing a medical animation)
• Mechanical animation – creates virtual models of products/mechanical designs, this can save companies money by cutting development costs. It can also allow them to get rid of problems that would require test model’s and experiments.
• Forensic animation – helps to create incidents, aid investigators and help solve cases (Basically used to help with work products and simulations)
• Education – used in lessons

Other uses animation has been used for is for business & retail. With this they are straight to the point, simple and normally take less than a minute. http://designthattalks.com/17300/889447/gallery/retail-animation

Animations have also been used on walls and the floor. Also with these they interact with the surroundings. E.G. crawl under a window. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgXZznQEU7U&list=PL556FB673C72DF97A&index=1
The animator Blu specializes in this.

It has even gone as far as having your own animations on your wall with the use of Lightbyte. “It modifies sun’s ray at your whim into intricate shapes. Light and shadow entering a space can be created (2D or 3D) and animated (4D)” Lightbyte reacts to movements, sketches and digital messages. The way this works is using one wall that has a way to block light while the other shows the image. Pao (the creator) has said “imagines her project applied to entertainment, advertising, and workplace communication”
http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/en_uk/blog/use-sunlight-to-create-3d-animations-on-your-walls

Websites have also used animation. An example is the 2Advanced site, they use it in the background to show off what they can do without you necessary noticing straight away. They also animate the loading times and images while showing what they have done with clients.
http://www.2advanced.com/#/about

It is important to get your animations seen. To do that you can enter competitions, attend festivals and post your work on sites such as YouTube and Deviantart. Apart from people noticing your work there are other reasons why it is important. You can practice your skills, experimentation with ideas and tools, feedback to help improve yourself, experience pressure of deadlines and to help your show reel along.

There are many sites that have companions and go to if you win festivals. Here are a few.
http://estings.e4.com/
http://www.11secondclub.com/competitions/current
http://www.bang-awards.com/en/
http://canimation.redbull.co.uk/competition

Animation – Flipbook & stop motion

During our technique leasons we have done a flipbook and a group stop motion.

This is how my flipbook turned out.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202753698747417

This is the group one. It went well and we all did a little bit.
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