Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A New Hope

So a series of five or more strange dreams caused a great disturbance this weekend up til now. These involved my mother working for the Daleks, an invasion of melting velociraptors, Andy Serkis being a drunk French man who ate fish by the lake, going skiing and climbing a scaffolding to reach my bed. Do I need help? I always see it as creative visual epiphanies?

Right, let's cut the crap and show you my final Animation. To see the entire collaboration of animation sequences from the first semester follow the link below

Collaboration of semester 1

As for the Rooster animation, here it is:

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Test Episodes

Here is a brief look at a test animation I did a few weeks ago to get the general idea of how to move the puppet. The rooster has a sort of jerky flow to its movements - I ended up filming our chickens back at home to study how they walk and peck etc.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Revenge of the Stress

The dreams have been all over the place... our house collapsing into a black hole, having a praying mantis scratch my back and being unable to find any clothes for the worlds biggest party (and everyone's invited).

This week has been an incredibly busy one; the deadlines (as I mentioned in the last entry) have finally caught up with us. This was inevitable and trully did make me work hard. The rooster animation is going slow but fairly well. The pupper is complete and i am half way through the final piece. The puppet itself is very flimsy but still managed to stand up on its own.

The set is very basic but I have concentrated mostly on animating the birds movements - pecking, scratching in the dirt and naturally... playing the saxophone. Today, however, was not a good day for animating. I managed to only do about 5 seconds of which I was very unhappy with, therefore, I became insanely stressed out and needed a break. This came in the form of a dirty McDonalds.

Other productive issues of the week included the hand in of the DPR (design project report). This was basically a 4000 word report on a topic of our choice. I chose my title to be 'do films justify the novels they were based on?' This essentially was me looking into adaptations and finding out their pros and cons. If you fancy a look at the full essay then click the link below.

The Unfilmable Book

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Attack of the Deadlines

Well not much to report dreamwise... I do remember there being the skeleton of a velociraptor chasing me and a few others up a hill. I then seemed to realise how ridiculous this was and turned around to beat it with a stick. Maybe I've been working too much with this chicken-skeleton armature.

This is one of the plasticine puppet 'extras' for the realism to anthropomorphic project. The sequence involves a Rooster pecking around in the soil, scraping with his feet, who then stumbles across a saxophone. The Rooster then uses his new found human characteristics to pick up the instrument and play some mellow jazz into the night.

The picture above is just a head-and-neck armature made for a close up shot. The actual puppet itself is still to come. So for now I am animating the inbetween CU shots and leaving the walk cycle for next week. Not advised but in these final stages it's all a bit mental.


Design Project Report in for next Wednesday ... Aaarrrgh!!!