Thursday, 5 February 2009

week 18

Considering the weather lately the fact that i have chosen to work with penguins is perfect as it fits in well with the atmosphere at this moment in time.

Browsing for penguins activity seeing how they interact with each other was one of the aspect i checked out i thought i may need to know how they move etc and also could benefit more by taking some sounds from the clips as a bonus, whilst doing this i came across a video which was created last year by Darren Walsh (Animation Director) for the BBC this shows a good example of creativity such as stock footage,live action, computer generated animation plus how it was edited.

April fools done by the BBC involve animation

'Believable piece of natural history'
It seems very believable the way the animator have create the flying penguins.So much can be considered from watching this as i also noticed the element of humour as many people know that penguins can not fly.

I began thinking about my story even more recently and have come up with a finalised idea which i can work on this week my main priority will be to focus on the storyboarding and creating sketches which i will publish also.

The three act story structure:

Beginning (Act 1)

Capture Attention

Introduce Problem

The attention will be captured in the first few scenes especially the starting scene this will draw the viewer into the film, here the problem will also be identified as the Penguins have a feud with one other besides the hate they have for the out side world for example humans.

Humans have enclosed the penguins into a small enclosures for everyone to see however one penguin adores this fact and later pleases the crowd with his magic tricks and so on.

Middle (Act 2)

Provides Tension
Present Obstacles

Again the tension is between Natural and Humans there is furthermore a feud which creates a more meaningful tensions within the enclosure between the two rival penguins, in my story the macguffin is my object which is an 'egg' although often a macguffin is an insignificant plot device in my case the egg is significant as the main penguin gives birth becoming a rare occasion for the of the obstacles he faces is loosing his egg,with the egg the penguin becomes famous performing for the crowds without is he is just an average penguin like the rest although he thinks the public have come to see him and his new found ambition as a magician performing his magic tricks.

End (Act 3)

Provides Closure
Resolve Problem

The egg is stolen and the main penguin doesn't know were to look and can not find it,then blames his rival which leads to a huge fight as there strengths are equal becoming tired of this they bond a relationship a truce as such however his rival was write all along about the human because the egg was last seen leaving the enclosure with a keeper.

The idea for having character vs character came from this old animated series pib and pog there humours activity's was funny and enjoyable to watch I'd like to add a small element of this into my work.

'The latest model animation production from Oscar winning studio Aardman Animations is a witty pastiche of classic children's programmes. Pib and Pog bring a whole new meaning to mischief as their armless pranks become ever more outrageous.'

My storyboards

As the idea has changed slightly




You can see from the sketches done for my storyboard, that in the shots there are mainly two penguins this was the huge change which had to be made in order for my animation and the whole project in general, limiting it down made things fit in to the time scale.

Ive never used editing software such as adobe premiere pro cs3 so I'm expecting another challenge to overcome it will give me the opportunity to gain experience of a within new aspect of the course using editing software .

collecting the sounds

whilst searching around for free audio for my animatic i need to understand the files that worked on adobe premiere pro cs3 most of the files that i located worked however some didn't, you can also see from this print screen of my animatic where things were positioned.

Designing the animatic

When creating the animatic i thought it look very pain and so some of the effects helped using them was very simple , all that was needed was a simple drag and drop on to the clip or audio, some of the effects consisted of blurs mosaic and so many more there were other options such as audio effects and video effects adding to the wide range of uses premiere has.

The animatic will be accompanied by some illustrations from a scene within my story board i have to remember that timing is key to create a successful animatic the transitions between the image and the audio for example all these are need to be spot on as it will effect the overall preview.

Here are some examples of the shots which i modeled using Maya for the navigation pre-vis

The pre-vis is basically going to be a fight scene between the two penguins as the rival is standing looking around for the other penguin he is unaware that the penguin is hiding behind the rocks ready to ambush his pray.

I'm going to animate it using basic movements with the characters the thing to look out of is the angles of the camera which it what I'm going to focus on mainly when animating this sequence i will try to involve slow motion and other element for the piece, my aim is to create humour with the pre-vis is possible.

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