Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Narrative: Ideas are forming.

After our tutorial with Alan today it really got the ball rolling in our group. Mixing up our ideas even more to try and understand our quote 'A little of what you fancy does you good'. The idea of having a smaller animal being snuck on by a predator came too mind. Having the prey using some sort of defence to interact with the larger animal, which ends up badly for him but the other guy gets the prize.
  • A porcupine is reaching for the 'holy' fruit which is just from his reach. Meanwhile behind him hyenas are sneaking up on him ready for dinner. The porcupine is oblivious to what's going on behind. Swirl of pollen comes along making him sneeze and loose his balance, sending spikes towards the hyenas scaring them off. The fruit falls into the porcupines lap. 
This idea is the same scenario but swapping round the characters roles, a smaller animal sneaking up on the big one. Which we thought could also work with an elephant too.
  • A rhino is just chilling, tying to pull out a piece of grass to eat. Meanwhile a baby (lion, tiger or hyena) is jumping up and down attempting to grab his 'feathery' tail. Again the rhino is oblivious to what's going on. After a few tries the baby finally grabs hold of the tail, making the larger animal sit down, on top of themselves. The poor baby is getting squished, but as the rhino sat down he pulled out the piece of grass he tried to eat. Gets up and walks away leaving an exhausted baby behind.
This scenario could also play out differently: a mouse walks past and scares the rhino maybe sending him backwards towards a tree, with the smaller animal still holding onto the tail. Who ends up getting squished?

Monday, 29 September 2014

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Hero's Journey - AVATAR.

I looked at Chris Vogler's: The Writers Journey to interpret my own Hero's Journey of Avatar. After watching the film again I realised that the original order in which things happen is different so I swapped parts around, to fit an order I thought the film went in.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Research into Character Style.

Slapstick comedies are funny but I think cartoons can get away with a lot more than in real life, there actions seem to be 10 times more exaggerated and silly. But some wouldn't be as funny as what they are now if it weren't for the character style, which comes down to the build and facial expressions of these. Also cartoons tend to involve a duo rather than a single character for example Wylie Coyote and Roadrunner, Pinky and the Brain, Astrix and Obelix... the list can go on.

Both characters always seem to be opposites to each other too, ones always clever or one always gets hurt; either way one of the two always ends up on top. And that's what people find funny: the silly ways in which these things occur. For example Looney Tunes and their use Acme Explosions.
We wanted to try and incorporate Slapstick Comedy and the Character Style of these cartoons into our own work, but in a way that our quote is put across to the audience.

Research into Slapstick Comedy.

We've decided to focus on comedy for our animation as we see the quote as the opposite of what it means, which we think can be shown to an audience as humour. So instead of 'A little of what you fancy does you good', its easier to be seen as 'Too much of something is bad for you'.

Slapstick comedy is built up around exaggerated physical violence, consisting of chases and collisions. No matter what the age everyone seems to like seeing somebody getting hurt. Facial expressions seem to be the key in slapstick comedy, making the characters actions seem less of a threat. And these actions end up with a silly ending.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Maya Tutorial 1.

Pipeline 1- Character Head Modelling: Part 2.

CG Tropes and Techniques.

Tilt Shifting.

Today we were shown how Films and TV Programmes create the effect of using miniatures, without really using them. After being shown I couldn't believe how easy it is to gain this effect, using something so simple as the gradient tool and adding lens blur in Photoshop.

Maya Animation 1.

Lip Syncing - Jaw Bounce.

Lip Sync 1 from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Narrative: Inspiration

For some inspiration to get our brains ticking we looked at a few animations which took our fancy in the way they portray comedy and their style.

Year 2 begins - Narrative Briefing.

Yesterday we got our briefing for our first project of becoming second years, and our task is to produce an animation short consisting of different things depending on what your group got; lasting around 30secs - 1minute long. In my group is Ant and Candice and we got:


with the moto...


Since we got our topic, we began brainstorming different stories of how these words could play out in an animation keeping with the theme of light-hearted, cartoon comedy.