Monday, February 23, 2009

Turn around - every now and then I get a little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears...

I love Total Eclipse of the Heart. Great song.

Anyway, so here's my character turning around. I'm missing frames to make this look smooth. T_T Hence the tears in the above mentioned song.

Also I didn't allow time to show her expression change from happiness/excitement > realization > hurt

*sad face* :(

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cool animation - Fumi and the Badluck Foot

Found this animation while searching for some inspiration. Cute story about a girl who was born with a badluck foot. :D

Monday, February 16, 2009

Animatic = Fail

EDITED 3/3/09 - removed for space.

Ugh. I'm glad this won't be the last animatic, 'cause mine turned out wrong. I turned my touching story into story full of lulz. T_T

The middle part is especially undeveloped, because I couldn't figure out how exactly to show the different things she tries to do to bake, to show the effort and care she puts into it. I also didn't figure out how to show her partner still doing work (right now it appears like he did nothing to bake the cake). I think I ruined it...

I just pray that I can figure out how to fix it before it's over with...


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Slightly more concrete story...

So with lots of help, I'm slowly fleshing out my story bit by bit.

The story starts off with a cooking classroom setting. We show a close up of a little girl, Milly, who's bright eyed waiting at her desk. A student walks in and, Milly waves at the student. The student pauses, and smiles awkwardly and waves back, then quickly sits down. Another student comes in, and Milly waves at this student as well, but he/she doesn't notice and instead begins talking excitedly with the first student, whom is obviously a good friend. Milly, lowers her hand slowly and tentatively, somewhat dejected and embarrassed. More students come in, and then finally the teacher who begins class.

The teacher announces that they will get into teams of two and make some sort of food (haven't decided what yet). The teacher pairs up one of the students (maybe the first or second one), with Milly. We see a shot of the student's reaction; a mix of uncertainty, unhappiness, possibly irritation. Then a shot of Milly's reaction, which looks happy and determined.

So they get into their pairings (I think at this point, we can show the size difference between Milly and the other student). We can see Milly trying her best to make friends with the other student, and the other student giving weak smiles at her, but nothing more.

Milly and the student begin; Gathering ingredients, preparing them and finally cooking. Due to her size, we see the difficulty this gives Milly, but she still works her hardest. The other student is a tiny bit more warm with Milly, but there's still that feeling of awkwardness between the two.

Finally, we see the end product, which turns out really good looking. Milly is proud and happy, and looks to her teammate to share in the pride, but her teammate is already going over to talk with his/her friend, leaving Milly with the cooked food. Milly looks disheartened, slumping in her chair a bit and looking down.

Someone clears their voice or taps her on the shoulder, and Milly looks up. Another student from class begins talking to her, at first shyly, about how he/she thinks the food that was made looks delicious. Milly is surprised at first, but then smiles, and replies back with some words. Maybe she compliments the other student or makes a small joke about her food (I'm not too sure just yet about what is said back).

Alternatively, I had the idea that after the food is cooked, Milly kinda digs into her food eagerly, but her teammate kinda looks at her funny, smiles awkwardly, then goes off to meet up with another person in class. Milly looks dejected, when the other student begins talking to her, about how she would like to try her food or something. She does and really likes it. Then the two begin talking.

From this point, eitherway, the final shot will be something like showing Milly smiling maybe.

This ending sounds weak to me, so I'll probably have to tweak. Idk, maybe it'll come to be better as I animate the scenes. The parts I want to emphasize anyway is Milly's emotions, so maybe it'll make the ending turn out better somehow... ^_^;;

Time for storyboards I guess.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Movie Posters - Milly

Okay, so I was playing with a vector idea, 'cause originally I was thinking it'd be neat to do paper cut outs. Since I was at school working on this, and didn't have my construction paper on hand, I thought I'd play with the design in photoshop. In the end, I just did vector like graphics. The first one I designed was the close up one of Milly. She has longish black hair that goes over one eye. Graphically, this is the feature that catches my eye first, and thus I created the design you see here. The problem though, was that I wasn't sure about the mood that it captured. In general, I'm still not sure about the title. I just put that up there for now since the most finished part of my story is my character.
The second poster I created because I had some sort of shadow idea. Originally, I was thinking it'd be neat to see her actual sized compared to another person or some object. I started off by just creating a vector of her. After I did that, I felt like she needed a shadow that enlarged behind her. However, after I did that, I felt the feeling it gave wasn't what I wanted. It had more of a feeling like there was more to her than meets the eye, or something more ominous, when I really wanted people to sympathize with her. So I thought of the idea of having others in the background talking and having fun, and casting their shadow on her. More of the feeling I was trying to get at, although I might still be off on that. DX
Anyways, it was my first time trying vector art, and I'm somewhat happy about it. Whether or not it speaks about the theme I want to get across though is a completely different thing. Tra la la... XD

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Poster inspiration? Where is that?

First time posting this semseter. I actually should get my sketches up and whatnot for the 11 second club stuff, but I've been somewhat lethargic so far this semseter. XD

Anyways, so I've been trying to settle something for my story, and I'm still pretty undecided. What it's come down to is the following idea/theme:

I wanted to somehow get that slightly uncomfortable feeling of not quite belonging, across. That feeling that although everyone around you is nice to you, it still feels a bit uncomfortable, like they don't quite get you, and perhaps vice versa. Also that feeling of trying to bridge that gap and make new friends, but perhaps not being able to. I often feel this way in many groups, so I thought I'd base my story around that. Also, I wanted to discuss in this film the concept of if a person should be themselves, even if it may be something that others don't agree with (maybe they find that your personality is irritating), or if they should try and conform to how others want them to behave (or how the person thinks others want them to behave). Personally, I feel there's a balance between those two things. I've always grown up believing that I should always be true to who I am, but I have also realized along the way, that sometimes it's just better to hold back on your true feelings for the sake of others. Sure you could be yourself and defend that you are who you are until the day you die, but what if you could have grown from the change? What if you changed for the better?

So it's between being yourself, and changing for the better. Both I feel are good lessons to be learned.

Ultimately, because I'm still not completely sure on the topic myself, I don't really have a conclusion. Maybe I could leave it open ended as well for others to interpret as they see fit. Maybe I should just stick to one thing.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to get all these complicated thoughts across though through such a short animation..

So far for my story, I was thinking of having a cooking classroom setting. The teacher calls out names to pair people up, when she comes to this one boy. She pairs him up with a girl named Clara Milly Appleton. It's apparent from his expression, that he's not all that comfortable with the idea. The shot then moves to Milly (people often just call her that), and she's smiling and eager. The other thing about Milly is that she is only a few inches tall. Think kind of like thumbalina sized girl. She also has long rabbit like ears that come down from behind her hair, and she wears a bottlecap as a hat. So the teacher tells them to all get into their pairs and start cooking.

Now, I'm unsure as how to continue exactly. I need to think about this more although I'm running out of time. So based off of the stuff I know though, I must now create an inpirational movie poster... that must look finished as well. Sigh. I hope everyone else is fairing better than me.