'The Hunter' is a short Pixilation film I created with two fellow students. The definition of Pixilation is a technique used in film whereby the movements of real people are filmed or edited in such a way that they appear to move like artificial animations. Basically, we were asked to create a film approximately 30 seconds long, made up of a sequence of photographs which were combined to create an animated film. The title we were given was 'The Hunter' and with that we had to come up with our own plot for the film. Our group decided to do the classic stalker story, in which our main character Sophie or 'The Girl' was being followed around by 'The Hunter' (played by myself). As our first project I'm quite impressed with how it turned out but overall it is probably my weakest of the five projects. The editing is impressive, and I am happy with our use of transitions. Most of the scenes throughout the film flow quite well together, the first scene in which our protagonist is walking out of her home is probably the weakest part of the entire film. I think the scene in which The Hunter lifts the knife looks particularly impressive and the part in which he stalks the Protagonist from behind the tree also looks great. Reviewing the feedback and watching it back now, I do believe our narrative could have been stronger and perhaps we could have added a few more scenes that may have strengthened the Pixilation.
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For the 360 Project we were asked to create a 360 pan around a landscape or object. For this project we went on a field trip to Llandudno in which we did several mini exercises. We were asked to produce sketches in different forms and using different techniques. We used block colour with oil pastels as well as mark making with charcoal. We also visited Betws y Coed in which we produced sketches using pencils. It was important that we used the beautiful landscapes around Llandudno and Betws y Coed for our drawings. These little exercises later helped us with our 360 projects. I did start by creating a zoom with a landscape but when it came to the 360 pan, I decided I wanted to use an object and spin around it so you could see it at every angle. I chose a simple object, mine was a lipstick and then drew it at 18 different angles. The video above shows the Lipstick spinning at a 360 angle. I did find this project to be the most tedious and I struggled with it. I changed my idea a few times as I found drawing the landscape was proving extremely difficult. I think now If I was to redo the project, I'd have another go at a landscape. The problem with doing an object such as this was that I struggled to get more than about twenty drawings out of it because each angle looked so similar. Whilst it was easier than doing a landscape, this factor added to the tediousness. I do however like the result and think it depicts what it's supposed to (the spinning lipstick), well!
The Audio or Sound for Picture project was probably my favourite. For this project we needed a Mini Boom Microphone, XLR Cable and Zoom H5. With these we were asked to go out and record our own sounds that we would later use in our own film. I gathered a selection of images, some of which were given to us, others I found online and compiled them together to fit my narrative. My little film follows the narrative of a patient escaping from an old Mental Asylum. I really enjoyed the creative aspect of this project, I liked the idea of coming up with a narrative and then finding original sounds to fit it. One of my favourite sounds is the manic laughter. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the way this turned out. The only way I would improve it is by possibly gathering more sounds and making the film a bit longer. I believe the editing is strong and I have established a theme and therefore I am happy with this work.
Whilst Rotoscoping was an extremely long process, I really enjoyed it! For this project we were given ten seconds of a music video and asked to Rotoscope over it. The definition of Rotoscoping is as follows, "Rotoscoping is an animation technique that animators use to trace over motion picture footage." At first, I really struggled with my ten second clip as the beginning in which the girl is dancing on a table is quite a dark clip and blurs out a lot of her. This made it quite hard to trace over her and be creative in that way. I mainly chose to draw geometric shapes in this part of the video, I also added a lot of bright colours which contrast the darker video in a way. I think had I had a bit longer to complete this project I would have experimented a little bit more, I do feel like I may have gone a little bit too simple with my Rotoscoping. There is a lot of repetitiveness with the use of the coloured hearts. However, considering the time we had to complete the work, I do believe the result is rather good. I like the use of the colour and the little funny drawings I added throughout the video. There are a few parts that look slightly 'lazy' in comparison to some of the more artistic parts but overall, I am happy with the result. Rotoscoping is a technique I would like to look into more, I believe with time I could create some extremely good content using this skill.
My final project was Cut-out Animation. I am extremely proud of the fact that I have been able to produce animations like this at week five. For the project we were asked to create a character and have them walk, jump and land. I created my character in Photoshop, he is a little Alien that lives on the Moon, I also created the Moon background in Photoshop. I then imported both these images into After Effects. I'd never used After Effects before and was completely new to the Software. Initially I struggled with the walk cycle, even having used references I couldn't get the steps perfect. Having looked at tutorials and reading about the walk cycle, I was able to get it almost perfect. I think If I were to do the project again, I'd probably make my character slightly more complex but considering we only had a week to do the project I am extremely happy with how this turned out. Although I enjoyed editing the Sound Project the most, I am happiest with the result of the Cut-out. I'd like to explore this technique more and I'm looking forward to creating more complex animations in the future with After Effects.