The First Team Meet Up

Our instruction for the last week was to assign our own teams for the 15-30 second animation. Through the week we made up a team consisting of:

Myself
Hollie
Beccaa
Lorna

I’m really happy about the team as they are a hard working bunch who all have different traits which are great help to the team. We briefly talked as a group online about ideas however today was the first day we met up as a team.

We first did a mind map of ideas, exploring our initial thoughts and interests.  What we first thought was who is the audience? and what to we want to be base our story on. Conánn mentioned that the best animation are based on the concentration of the story; not the joke. We briefly thought about this and topics we could talk about:

  • Homeless
  • Mental Illness
  • Bullying
  • Class Systems

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The Last Memory

Shown to us by Hollie, this is a gorgeous film which tries to inform the audience on the extinction of whales. i think the use of lighting is lovely as well as the way the whales movements are captured.

“The Baltic Harbour Porpoise is at the brink of extinction! In the central Baltic Sea only about 300 individuals are left and pressure from underwater noise pollution, oil and gas exploration and extensive fishery keeps rising. It is important that we start to protect the small whales at our door step before it is too late. I decided to make a 3D animated short film at the 5th semester at the Design University in Dessau. The main message is: we have to save the harbour porpoise before it is too late! – Don´t let it be the your last memory!”

Daisy Chain

“Kate Winslet narrates this beautiful anti-bullying tale that follows Buttercup Bree and her tale of magical Daisy Chains. “- “Daisy Chain – Animated Film Narrated By Kate Winslet”. YouTube. N.p., 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

I love this animation Lorna shown to us. It’s an anti bullying campaign using the vibrant imagery of daisies to save the day. The characters are either silhouetted or have no facial features, this is interesting to see how a character is conveyed thought no facial expression. The narrator, Kate Winslet seems to help with exposition. The colour palette is in sepia tones and at times quite muted despite the character and the daisy chain. Much like the girl in the red coat in Schindlers List.

“Can I Stay” – by Onyee Lo, Paige Carter, & Katie Knudson

This animation was shown to us by Lorna and covers a tough topic such as homelessness and features animate objects who resemble life and character. This is a good example of how to tackle a harsh topic that is relatable for many men and women.

The Present 

Lorna shown us this video called the present. it’s a very heart felt story which carries a twist, covering a tough topic of disabilities. For our own animation we could do something like this which brings the audience in and shocks them or gives them a twist that could leave a lasting impression. The camera is only angled at the boy’s torso not revealing his leg, with the use of camera tricks we could pull something off of the same calibre.

“After a very successful festival circuit, running on over 180 film festivals and winning more than 50 awards, we’ve decided that it’s finally time to share “The Present” with the rest of the world. “The Present” is based on a great little comic strip by the very talented Fabio Coala.” –“The Present”. Vimeo. N.p., 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

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The Present by Fábio Coala [Accessed 22nd Feb 2016]

“The Present” is a graduation short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.”

ASDF Movie 1-8

This obviously my doing since I only know ridiculous humour! ASDFmovie was written by Thomas Ridgewell. I think it’s important to know Thomas Didn’t animate ASDF movies and was the work of various animators throughout the series. So without further ado here is the list of animators and the movies in the sega they worked on:

Source: “I’m NOT AN ANIMATOR”. YouTube. N.p., 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

Speaking of animators I will move on to Jamie Spicer-Lewis who animated ASDF movie 2 & 5. Jamie alongside this made his own series called Action Bunnies (Thomas Ridgewell was apart of this series)

Action Bunnies

Both ASDF movie and Action Bunnies are a collection of skits, they don’t require a colour except when needed. Because they are so short they jokes are  very simple. When looking into our 15 -30 second animation this is handy to examine the timing of jokes. I’m not 100% sure on this but both animation are based on ‘Rejected’ a classic animation.

Don Hertzfeldt is an independent film maker and animator. Although today people may not know his name,he’s a  two-time Academy Award nominated animator. He also has a website url i wish i had.  His most famous film is rejected:

“Perhaps Hertzfeldt’s most widely known work is Rejected (sometimes known as Rejected Cartoons). The story goes that following the popular success of his early stick-figure shorts, various corporations and advertising agencies attempted to commission Hertzfeldt to produce advertisements for their products. Aside from telling them to go to hell (Hertzfeldt is rigorously anti-commercial), he produced this snarky retort in which we’re given the apocryphal TV commercials he made for these companies, but – for obvious reasons – were instantly rejected. It’s perhaps the only ever Oscar-nominated film to feature a dancing popcorn kernel who suffers from a bout of cascading rectal bleeding.” –  Jenkins, David. “Don Hertzfeldt: The Best Animator You’ve Never Heard Of”. the Guardian. N.p., 2013. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

Again these, like Tomska and Jamie’s work have this style of black and white and colour when needed. For our own animation it could be interesting to look at this style and colour palette.

What i’ve been worrying about- Tales of Mere Existence

When I showed the group the following video, Beccaa showed us this. The humour in the monotone voice and nature of the subjects covered is funny due to the contrast. It’s interesting to see how we could put forward narration if narration is something we push forward. In most of the videos we have shown muted colour palette, as a group we realised that this seemed to be a common thread so for the next group we plan to explore these themes more extensively.

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