So here we are final project of year 1 (kind of). We have to make a minute(ish) animation about a Zombie arm and a Robot arm interacting with one another. This will be the first time I will have created something organic in a 3D package as well rigging a 3D model, so I’m pretty excited about this one.

So far I have came up with a few concepts for what the Zombie and Robot arms will look like, as well as how the two of them will interact. The setting will be 1950-60’s and with the robot I want it to resemble that time period, despite the fact in the 1950’s they didn’t have robots, so I need to improvise. As for the Zombie arm I want it to look a cheap b-movie zombie something like the zombies in Paranorman, very skinny, with hanging flesh that reveal the bone.

Knox, K. (2013) ‘ParaNorman’ might be a zombie flick, but it’s really about family. Available at: http://nerdywithchildren.com/paranorman-might-be-a-zombie-flick-but-its-really-about-family/ (Accessed: 29 April 2016).



Typography Evaluatiion

After completing this assignment I can confidently say that I have created a 30 second animation using typography as the style as well as direct and record an actor and animate over it.

I believe that my strengths within this project were definitely within the writing and recording parts of this project. The writing because the script that I came up with matched the style of what advertisement I was coming up with in my head, and even better the voice actor that I asked to record with was a good match too, with help with some of my direction. And with the audio recording I didn’t need to do much editing because we had set up the microphone correctly to record voice (which is an improvement from last time), plus I did get positive feedback about it from my tutors and peers. As for the animation itself many of my peers have stated that it’s a very good and that they like some of the edits that I made within the animation, for example the tyre track going over the word ‘Roadkill Sandwich’, which is good feedback for me because it allows me to see where my strengths when using after effects.

As for my weaknesses within this project I believe is experimenting with after effects. Although I have improved from the last time I’ve used it and that peers and tutors have agreed that it’s a good piece of animation, I still think there is a lot more that I can do with after effects if I had a bit more time with it. What I mean by this is that my typography is just one word appearing after another, which is fine, but I would’ve like to see what it would look like if I had the words fly of screen, and be replaced by another set words that will come in from another side of the screen, or maybe use arcs to make the words move about and jiggle depending on what it is. Plus I believe that because my idea is an advert and that the style of the advert is very quick and loud, I don’t think that there were any effects I could have added that would have the same impact than if I was to tell a story like some of my other peers, who agree with me on this statement.

If I was to re-do this project I would definitely experiment a bit more with what effects and animation I could add to my idea like words that drop from the top of the screen like bricks, or float down like a feather. Or maybe change up my idea to a crazy story that will allow me to think new ideas of how some of the words will act when my narrator tells the story.


I’ll take back what I said about After Effects

After a long hard day on Thursday, spending all my time in front of a screen in After Effects I finally mange to complete the animation. I’m not surprised really because the last animation I created in After Effects took me roughly a day as well, and I’ll admit that I’ve come to like After Effects a lot more now that I’m animating text instead of a character.

At first I was going for the simplicity of having just text appear on the screen to match the voice, but I began to approach the end of the animation I felt as if I can add a lot more to the animation to make it look appealing.

First I started with the title of the product and looked at what I can change about it to make it look more snazzy, like changing the font or maybe mess with the colours a bit. So I decided to sketch out and mess around with a few positions, colour changes, and font styles. Eventually I made my decision and added it to animation which paid off because it looks pretty good.

After this I went a bit crazy and started to mess with some of the other scenes that I was going to add, for example when the word ‘Roadkill Sandwich’ appeared I animated a Tyre track running over the word. And when sales price appears on the screen a animated it so it would flash, and then dollar signs would appear behind him.

Doing cool things in after effects

So here’s a quick update to what I’ve done so far:

I’ve captured my Voice audio from the talented Max Jacobs and myself, after using sound booth for a solid 2-3 hours (would recommend leaving the sound booth door open every once in a while so you wont suffocate), and we managed to get all my script done.

Once that was done I opened up audition and played with audio for a bit, using the Time and Pitch effect to heighten and shorten the audio clips, and after a couple of minutes of laughing my ass of at Max’s heighten voices, I was ready to move on to After Effects.

So far I’ve gotten a basic idea of what I’m going to do with the text. My first being having the beginning sentence appearing one word at a time, and my second having the words ‘Flat’ and ‘Tasteless’ replacing on another.

My plan is to essentially match the word the audio so if at least I run out of time I have something to submit, if I don’t want to add effects to some of the words, so for example when the word ‘Christmas’ comes up I want to have snow falling from the top of the screen, or have some expand and deflate as Max says them.




The C.R.A.P Idea

So once again I’ve changed my idea for another assignment, originally my topic for this animation was going to be about Music, but I’ve suddenly changed my idea to an advertisement for a drink that I made up called the Crazy Radical Apple Pineapple Juice (a.k.a CRAP Juice), this mostly because I find that this idea is a lot funnier than the other one, I can really picture how I want the animation.

In my head I imagine the animation and script to be slightly fast paced to keep the audience attracted to what my actor is saying, I’ve included words like ‘Incredible’ and ‘Amazing’ to make the product that is completely pointless sound that like it’s something that you would need on a day-to-day bases. Something similar to Commercial Guy from Family Guy.

Family guy – Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man – YouTube. 2016. Family guy – Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvaRGiMWRaE. [Accessed 18 April 2016].

Family Guy – Plywood Cutout Folk Art – YouTube. 2016. Family Guy – Plywood Cutout Folk Art – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhpIAQiU4-w. [Accessed 18 April 2016].

What I like about these two videos is the how energetic the salesman Al Harrington is in the commercials, which I want to apply to the voice actor of this animation.

As for the animation, I want the words to be big, bold and colourful to attract the attention of viewers, kind of similar to the way they use typography the ‘I Like Trains’ Music Video by TomSka. What I like about the video, in terms of the typography, is that the text appears as the musicians sing the lyrics.

I LIKE TRAINS (asdfmovie song) – YouTube. 2016. I LIKE TRAINS (asdfmovie song) – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHkKJfcBXcw. [Accessed 18 April 2016].

So far I’ve composed a script that is roughly 30-40 seconds long which is matches the brief, and the next for me to do is to record audio so I can animate over it.

Origins Evaluation

After completing this project I have can more or less say that I have created a character in the style of my chosen Golden Aged Animator (Preston Blair) and have presented a turnaround, expression sheet, 2 storytelling poses as well as a 800+ essay describing the characters Backstory.

I believe that my strengths within is this project were definitely the generation of the idea as well as the backstory of my character. Although Ray wasn’t my first idea, I managed to create the character as well as his story very easily when I did change. The idea for the character was really easy to come up with, and I got good feedback when I presented my character to my peers and tutors.

As for my weaknesses it will be (once again) in the drawing aspect of the project. Although I’ve made some improvement in my drawings as well as quickly adopting some of the styles of Preston Blair in a few of the drawings, it’s easy to see that I still need some practice. For example most of my final drawings have thick, blurry, messy lines that ruin the image, as well as the lack of detail in the turnaround and expression sheet and that most of my drawing don’t even represent the style of Preston Blair. This is mostly due to lack of practice with my chosen animators style as well as my time management towards the end of the project. What I mean by this is that at the beginning and through the 2nd half of the project I had already create and finalized my idea, ready to be digitized and coloured, but I what I didn’t anticipated on was the lack of time I would have in the final week of the project, and so when it came to finally getting onto the cintiqs and didn’t have much time to finish it off. I’ve also shown some of my finish work to my peers and they have stated the ink work could use with a little more work or re-done and that my colouring is flat and could use with some shading in them to make them more dynamic, something that I will take on in the future.

If I was re-do this project my first thought will be to practice more of my drawings skills, especially under the style of Preston Blair as I’ve found that his style of drawing is quite easy for me to pick up, plus I like his style of drawing. As well as that would also take into consideration the time I have for the project and schedule in which I will be able to use the cintiqs so that when it comes to deadline I’m not rushing at the end of the project to submit it in.

Turn Around


Back Story:

Ray was born on April 23th 2038 and was raised on an Oil Rig that his father. He was small and innocent and loved parents very much. His father was a proud man, and would tell Ray stories about their family history, and that along the long line of Sunshine’s that have been passed over, their name was known to every Cubic (Cue-Ic) across the galaxy, which wasn’t a lot. As for his mother, she was kind and caring woman, who mostly spend her time at home either cleaning or looking after Ray whilst his father worked. Ray didn’t have any brothers or sisters, nor did he manage to make any friends besides the other workers on the rig, and would normally spend his days playing on the oil rig drinking his daily glass of milk that his mother would give him so he would big and strong like his father (this explains why he has that weird shrine to the last glass of milk his mother gave him).

One day, on the 10th anniversary of the oil rigs existence, a man called Salem approached the oil rig trying to convince Ray’s father to sell oil rig to him, his father rejected the offer and told the fat man to suck it. Salem left without saying a word, giving Ray’s Father the dirtiest of looks, but being a Sunshine he shrugged it off and went to celebrate with his wife and son, as well as the rest of the Cubic’s. But then everything changed as a fire broke out and began to spread across the oil rig platform, everyone began to flee until Ray’s father realised that his wife was still in the house, so in a rush to save her he demanded one of his workers to Ray somewhere save whilst he rescues his wife, as Ray watched from a far, he witnesses the oil rig burst into flames with his parents nowhere to be found.

With his parent’s unfortunate passing, Ray was then moved to his grandfather’s house in the countryside, it took some time but eventually Ray moved on from his parent’s death and manage to form a strong relationship with his grandfather, who fed and raised him to his young adult years. During this time his grandpa would always ramble on to him about his crack pot theories about the world they live in and the government that runs it, needless to say those theories sunk into Ray’s head. Eventually Ray’s grandpa passed away, leaving everything that he owned to Ray, including the house that they lived in that was standing on top of an oil mine, which was still a big thing at the time, and because of this he decided to turn the house into an oil shop. The shop did well for the first couple of years, but as the years went by the need for oil became rarer, with everyone switching to electricity for everyday needs, but this didn’t sway Ray’s devotion to keep the shop running despite the offers from salesman as well as his Fathers old rival Salem to sell his shop.

Sometime later Ray met a woman called Ellen at a local bar, the two hit it off and eventually began to date. She was a sweet, fun and loving Cubic that worked in an office in the city, with love cake and pickup trucks. After a couple of years the two married and moved into Ray’s home/store, where they had a little girl called Hannah (named after Ray’s mother), they were happy, but the happiness didn’t last. One day whilst Ellen was on the way back from work and having picking Hannah up from school, a truck under name of Salem ran a red light and hit their car, killing them both. Ray was devastated and fell into depression, closing down the shop and trying to drink the memories away.

One night after drinking from a bar, Ray began to walk home through the woodland to get back to his house, after tripping and stumbling for a couple minutes he could hear crying coming from a distance, investigating the noise Ray was lead to the main road that ran through the woodland to find a little girl crying in the middle of the road. Ray approached her asking what was she doing there and where her parents were, she replied saying that she had no idea and went back to crying. Ray looked around to see if he could spot anyone that would know anything about the little girl, but no one was there. So being the Good Samaritan he took the girl back to his house and called the Police to see if they locate the little girl’s parents. The police had no record of the little girl’s existence and decided that she would be better off going to an orphanage. The next day after the police took the little girl to the orphanage, Ray couldn’t stop thinking about the orphan girl. He began to feel sorry for the little girl, and saw a lot of himself in her when he lost his parents, after some thought he drove down to the orphanage and asked if he could adopt the girl, after some conversation and paperwork he adopted her and took her back to her new home, she couldn’t remember her old name, and so she decided she wanted to be called ‘Abi’.

After Abi moved in with Ray, he’s live began to brighten up again, he re-opened the shop and got back to business, well whatever oil business had left. She reminded him a lot of his daughter which was comforting because it recalled some of good memories he had with his wife and daughter, it also reminded him that he couldn’t protect them as well he wanted to, so he promised himself that he would gain the strength that he need to protect her.

Pose 3

So I’ve had a slight change in what style I will follow with my character… sort of. What I mean by sort of is that I’ve switched from Chuck Jones to Preston Blair. In my opinion Preston Blair has a lot more easier to practice seen as there are a lot of tutorials here and there, plus I’ve manage to create a better shape for my character with his technique.

Preston Blair PracticePreston Blair Practice 2

First draft.

After some thoughts and drama moments about what I should talk about for the Typography Project, I’ve decided the topic that I want to talk about is Music.

I feel this is a good approach because I can talk a lot about Music and I have a couple of ideas of what topics I want to discuss for 30 seconds, which is either a band that I like (Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, etc…), why it inspires me, or something like what music means to me.

So far I’ve created a first draft:

“What is music to me? Music to me is more than listening to my favourite Band or Musician. It’s more than saving up all of my pocket money to buy that are CD that I’ve always wanted. It’s a lot more than travelling for miles in a cramped, sweaty, old car to go to a festival. Music for me… is my inspiration, my drive, my life. Without it my life would be devoid of colour and sound, and everything would be silent and black and white”.

“Did I ever tell you. The definition… of Insanity?”

Far Cry 3 – Definition of Insanity Cutscene Gameplay (Xbox 360) – YouTube. 2016. Far Cry 3 – Definition of Insanity Cutscene Gameplay (Xbox 360) – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKMMCPeiQoc&nohtml5=False. [Accessed 11 April 2016].

After a good, long, well needed break from the Easter holiday, it’s time for a new project for the new term. The new project is to create a 30ish second animation using typography to portray a character. So far I’ve done a bit of research into various speeches in Movies, Television and Video Games, so I get some inspiration on what character I can create and what my script will be about.

Best Movie Speeches Ever: 1 – YouTube. 2016. Best Movie Speeches Ever: 1 – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L3TlPg15is&nohtml5=False. [Accessed 11 April 2016].

Best Movie Speeches Ever: 2 – YouTube. 2016. Best Movie Speeches Ever: 2 – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkZZHRuoLrg&nohtml5=False. [Accessed 11 April 2016]

Why America isn’t the greatest country in the world anymore. – YouTube. 2016. Why America isn’t the greatest country in the world anymore. – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPHSXUS0_1c&nohtml5=False. [Accessed 11 April 2016].

Breaking Bad – Walt: “I am the one who knocks” – YouTube. 2016. Breaking Bad – Walt: “I am the one who knocks” – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMEq1mGpP5A&nohtml5=False. [Accessed 11 April 2016].

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