Professional Voice acting specialist right here…

Today not only did I manage to start and finish my script, I also got my Voice Audio done as well, hooray for progress.

Whilst writing scripts I realized that the story that I had originally intended on doing wasn’t as strong as well as long enough than I thought it out to be. But after talking to our lecturer Stelios Polychronakis, he recommended that instead of  random objects and animals appearing, why not have the character tell the audience a story, leave it half complete and let them finish the story in their minds whilst they’re having scan. After he told me this idea I instantaneously got to writing the script with the new ending.

A few spelling mistakes and grammar errors later, I was happy with the script and went straight to recording. My friend Max had already booked out a recording booth to record audio as well, so I just joined him and we helped one another out with recording. After a couple of takes of Max’s script and about 20+ takes with my script we were done. The process was fun,  and we could to mess around with a few of the different settings that were on Logic Pro.

My next step will be to finally start animating, and get done either before or on Thursday next week.

Thoughts and Experiments

Done some experimenting today.

I wanted to see what my idea of a kids drawing of a giraffe would look like if when I put it on a space background and whether or not it would work.

It looks somewhat good, but I think the lines are too thick and looks out of place, I’ll probably either decrease the Opacity or thin out the lines and see how it looks.

One think that concerns me though is that if I draw all the imaginary animals and objects it may time consuming and could take up most of the time.

Giraffe

To find an alternative I looked at getting some images from the web and decreasing the Opacity and whacking them in to scene. The image fitted very well and looked a lot better than my drawing. But my major concern is using other people images/work in my animation, duly because of copyright issues which could reflect on my grade for this animation. I’ll have to speak to Andy about this as well as my approach and ideas towards the completion of this project.

Giraffe Experimentation

I also did some experimenting with the using the Puppet Pin Tool on my character. I found out that using the tool would be useless unless I edit my character to have longer arms and legs, because every time I moved a limb it stretch too much or morph into the body.

Because my character wont be moving as much in the animation, I may not need to use the puppet pin tool. I could also swap the character for an identical one with a different position if possible.

Storyboard and Designs

TIm Character Design

Finally colourized my character. The main colour scheme is yellow and orange two colours that according to the site ‘About Home’ that are bright, cheery and friendly colours, colours that will sure to attract children’s attention when they see my character in the animation.

I’m not sure that I will stick with this colour scheme, I’m going to ask a few of my peers and Andy what they think.

I also finished my storyboard for the animation. I know without the writing it may not come across well (I’ll put the .pdf file here Can You SIt Still Storyboard).

Composing Scripts

Rough Script:

  • Scene opens in space
  • A faint ‘Hello’ can be heard from a distance
  • Tim floats from the right greeting the audience
  • “Hey my name is Tim, I’m an astronaut that floats in space”
  • Tim talks to the audience about the MRI scan, “Right now you’re having an MRI scan, it’s a process where the doctors are taking a picture of your brain. How cool is that”
  • Eventually Tim tries to get audience to keep still and get them to think of something else. “Right keep still and try and think of something else, I KNOW, a giraffe, think about giraffes”
  • After this an image of a giraffe is made out of stars, which amazes Tim, “WOW, how did you do that”
  • Various objects and animals then appear around Tim
  • After the light show Tim bids the audience farewell and exits left.

 

Its. In. Spaaaaaace.

After doing a terrible job of pitching my idea to Andy and the class on Tuesday, I decided to abandon my previous ideas and come up with a new idea for animation one which Andy and the class agreed was better. The idea will star an astronaut floating in space, or something that will resemble space, who will talk to the patient (audience) whilst they’re having their MRI scan.

Tim Concept Art

Concept Art for the character that I created for my new idea for Project 4.

I’m going to have the character aged around 9-10, a bit older to what the Target Audience is (6-8 year olds) so the character can relate and connect with the audience. He’s going to have a big and small body so the children can understand that Tim is kid like them.

Tim’s body shape will resemble some of the characters from the Peanuts group

List of Peanuts characters – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 2016. List of Peanuts characters – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. [ONLINE] Available at:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Peanuts_characters. [Accessed 21 January 2016].

Tim will also have some resemblance to some of the characters you may find in the game ‘Scribblenuats’  

Boy – Scribblenauts Wiki – Wikia. 2016. Boy – Scribblenauts Wiki – Wikia. [ONLINE] Available at:http://scribblenauts.wikia.com/wiki/Boy. [Accessed 21 January 2016].

Tim suit will be similar to the ones that the characters in the game ‘Kerbal Space Program’ 

As for the matter of what colour Tim’s outfit will be, I decided to go with bright colours after reading from a website about how children are mostly attracted to bright colours  (Colour of Childhood Website). Not sure what colours to go with yet but that decision will be made soon once I start animating.

Character performance

I was doing some research into how some popular characters within children cartoons act.

Dora The Explorer Full Episodes – Cartoons Movie For Disney Children-Kids Lenght Fillms Full 2015 – YouTube. 2016. Dora The Explorer Full Episodes – Cartoons Movie For Disney Children-Kids Lenght Fillms Full 2015 – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4UIhO9XN3o. [Accessed 18 January 2016].

A relatable character for my first idea (which is a character called Matt that talks to the audience) is Dora. The reason for this is that the Dora tends to turn to the audience quite frequently throughout the episode. Which is what I want my character Matt to be like, but instead of talking to other characters (with the small exception of one) he will talk the audience.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything – Animation Sequence – YouTube. 2016. A Fantastic Fear of Everything – Animation Sequence – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDoN3cm5wa0. [Accessed 18 January 2016].

I also found this short animation clip from the film ‘A Fantastic Fear of Everything’. I put this in the blog because it relates to my 2nd idea a little bit, with the whole animation only having the narrator talking and that the beginning, the hedgehog is nervous and afraid which what I want the character to be. This is only relatable by a small fraction because in my short I want the narrator and character to have a relationship between the two of them, for example the character looks up to the narrator.

Critical Manga Evaluation

After completing the Critical Manga Comic about my chosen animators, I can confidently say that I’ll just scraped a pass on the grading criteria. I say this mostly because in my approach towards this assignment I mostly prioritised the written part of this essay, instead of balancing both written and layout processes.

The layout is very weak and acts more of a informational leaflet, with a few cartoon strips within them. The attempt of drawing in the Fleischer’s style was average, I should of practice more drawing in their style in order the capture it a little better, and there’s a lot of empty space with in the pages that have opportunities for more drawings.

As for the writing, provided  a lot of information about the Fleischer’s rise and demise in the animation industry, as well as mentioning their contribution towards the industry. Although I did exceed the word limit of 800 words to around 850-900, which if this project was strict on the word limit could cost me a low mark.

Overall I’m slightly pleased with the final product, but if I’m to do it again I will most definitely do things differently. First I will make sure to document my research on my blog. That I don’t start producing it so late, after it was given to me months ago. That I actually plan out how I’m going to present the work as a COMIC and not just whack everything into Photoshop and hope for the best. And that I practice the style of my chosen animator by drawing their characters consistently.

Fleischer Comic

Can YOU sit still?

New year, new project.

We received our 4th project of the 1st year this week. Our task is to create a 1 minute animation that will help 6 to 8 year olds, understand why they should sit still during an MRI scan.

Video to help kids prepare for an MRI scan – YouTube. 2016. Video to help kids prepare for an MRI scan – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klyL5An1cl0. [Accessed 14 January 2016].

MRI Scanning for Kids! – YouTube. 2016. MRI Scanning for Kids! – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMpfW8KtoE8. [Accessed 14 January 2016].

I’m having an MRI scan – YouTube. 2016. I’m having an MRI scan – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaVGsYbEnMM. [Accessed 14 January 2016].

The first couple of videos are just informal videos telling the viewer how an MRI scan works (in kids terminology) and steps they would have to take. The videos give me some information about MRI which I believe is enough for my audience but I may research more into MRI’s. Plus the videos narrator’s all had upbeat, clear, friendly voices within them, which is something that I will apply to my character(s) whenever he/she/they talks.

Atomic Betty. 2016. Atomic Betty. [ONLINE] Available at: http://dessins-animes.com/das/1981/name/atomic_betty. [Accessed 14 January 2016].

 My character will have some resemblance to the character from Atomic Betty, ‘Sparky’. Mostly because my character will have will have spiky hair similar to him.

Children Cartoon Characters Pictures – ClipArt Best. 2016. Children Cartoon Characters Pictures – ClipArt Best. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.clipartbest.com/children-cartoon-characters-pictures. [Accessed 14 January 2016].

My character features will him/her having a huge head with short arms and legs, similar to  ‘Dora’ from Dora the Explorer.

Laying it out

Here’s some incomplete layouts that I produced today

Page1

I plan to add some drawings of Fleischer characters around the sides of the frontpage

Page2

By the speech bubbles I’ll have Betty Boop and Bimbo by one of them.

I may change the grey background of the layout, because it looks a bit boring, I’ll try go for a brighter colour or something, maybe even a gradient.