For this project we were required to develop and produce a short animation that demonstrates our understanding of the concepts and techniques introduced to us during the course so far...
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The Sketchbook follows the narrative of a young animator, played by myself, opening up her Sketchbook to reveal a world of drawings. Each little sketch walks across the screen to give the idea of 'drawings flying off the page'. The Protagonists sketchbook is somewhat 'magical'.
Below is a comprehensive production portfolio detailing how I made my short film and detailing some of the inspiration that helped me create it...
Inspiration AND DEVELOPMENT
2D Animation has always been a favourite of mine, I am a huge fan of 'The Disney Renaissance' films of the 1990's such as 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Aladdin'. I always want to incorporate 2D Animation into my work but with that being said, it was one of the last techniques we looked at. Therefore I didn't feel I was skilled enough to do a fully 2D animated film but I definitely learnt enough smaller skills to add some 2D walk cycles.
The first image above is a reference I used to help me create my first Walk Cycle. The second image depicts a very simple animation I created using Toon Boom. This Animation was later Green Screened in Adobe Premier Pro so that it was displayed over the Sketchbook.
The original video is below to Download.
I didn't really spend an incredible amount of time on character development as I have quite a few different characters in my short film and they're all fairly simple. However for the animation above I did take inspiration from one of my favourite comics 'Catana Comics'.
The comics were created by Catana Chetwynd and detail relatable yet comedic everyday moments that make up a relationship. Her drawings are somewhat simple but are still very well drawn as they look 'cute'. I took inspiration by using the simplicity of the body and added the bigger head similar to the way Catana does. I also did a bit of research into Alien cartoons and used a few drawings I liked to help me create the Alien.
CATANA COMICS - https://catanacomics.com/
I was inspired by a-ha's 'Take On Me' music video when the original concept for my short film came to me. I loved the idea of adding comic-like drawings to my work and knew the way to do this was to Rotoscope. I didn't quite achieve what I had originally planned, as I'd hoped to Rotoscope over an entire Walk Cycle and add it to the Sketchbook. However I still managed to include little bits of Rotoscoping - one of my favourite parts of the short film is when the Bee flies across the page. The Bee is fully Rotoscoped, this is a skill I have developed in the last few weeks. My only sadness about the Bee comes from the fact that it moves far too quickly.
I also used Rotoscoping to colour in parts of the Alien and add little drawings to the Sketchbook. I wish I could have added more to the film but this technique can be extremely tedious and time consuming.
Adding Audio to my project was probably one of the simpler parts of the film. I used some of the unused sounds from my Audio Project as well as recording a new sound (the waves). In order to record the sounds I used a Mini Boom Microphone, XLR Cable and Zoom H5. I later just imported the sounds into Premier Pro and tried my best to match them up with the images. I used the waves for the small portion of the film that has a rotoscoped rain drawing on the sketchbook and used footsteps and running sounds over the walk cycles.
The Pixilation part of the film was done using Dragon Frame, I asked another person on my course to help take the photographs whilst I moved slightly each time, this gave the illusion of a recorded video. My favourite part of the entire Pixilation part of the film is when I write my name and it appears letter by letter. Considering Pixilation was one of the first techniques I learnt, it was quite nice to revisit this and add it into my short film. I think it is actually one of the best parts of 'The Sketchbook.'
Since starting my Animation Course, Stop Motion has quickly become on of my favourite forms of Animation. It is for this reason that I decided I wanted to add it into my short film.
I began by filming three walk cycles using Dragon Frame. The first and second were done using a Character I made, I had him move ever so slightly each time and took a photograph to give the illusion of him walking. The third walk cycle was one I created a couple of weeks back with a character we were given, I made the walk cycle then knowing I wanted to incorporate it into my short film.
I then added the Stop Motion films into Premier Pro and used the 'Ultra Key' effect to green screen out the background.
NOTE - *ANNOTATIONS ARE ADDED TO THE IMAGES.*