Occurrence of Two Heads – Evaluation

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After finishing this project I can confidently say that I have created a 500 word script with compelling argument between a character with 2 heads about whether or not animation is a genre.

I would say the strongest element to this piece would be my 2 headed character. Most of my peers and tutors have complemented me on the characters back story and relationship, and I think it works well with in the script, giving it a humorous touch.

I would say the most challenging task when doing this assignment was writing up the script. It was quite a challenge trying to make the script entertaining to read as well as factual when making points towards my argument, plus it was quite difficult to stick to the topic that I chose without going off onto another, to further back up my points.

Overall I’m pleased with the end result. If I were to do this project again, with more time than just a week, I would like to have gone deeper into the subject about animation as a whole, bringing up various subjects that animation has been either called or criticised, plus maybe add shading towards the drawing so it doesn’t look flat.

Scene

Sebastian and Prof. Vestergaard are queuing at cinema to watch the recently released animation ‘Bolama’. After losing his body to a recent fight with his enemies, what’s left of his remains is now attached to his butler/subordinate Sebastian, who taking the opportunity of his new position to do something he wants. The professor is not happy.

 

Professor Vestergaard (P): “HOW DARE YOU DEFY ME!!! I should be back in my laboratory, plotting my revenge, not watching some cliché family film for kids”

Sebastian (S): “I’ve been your subordinate for decades and not once have I had the chance that I wanted to do, and now that you’ve been reduced to nothing more than a head I can finally do the things that I’ve always wanted to do. Besides not all animated films are for children, this one is supposed to have a very good narrative”

P: “I don’t care, I bet it’s just another one of those musical cartoons with a strong female protagonist, which little annoying brats will go crazy for the merchandise, just like the rest in that pitiful genre”

S: “Genre?”

P: “Yes the animation genre”

S: “How dare you. Animation is not a genre.”

P: “Oh yeah? Tell that to Wikipedia, according to them, genre is any category of literature, music or other forms of art or entertainment, and what is animation?… A form of art. BOOM stick that in your pipe and smoke it”

S: “That’s a good point, but I can present a counter argument”

P: “No you can’t”

S: “Yes I can because according to Merriam-Webster Medium is a Material or mean of artistic expression, and what is animation but a way for artist to express their views on different subjects. Even Brad Bird the person behind The Incredibles stated that animation is not a genre and that it’s an art form that can do any genre.”

P: “But that’s one man’s opinion and besides you’re talking how animation is expressed, not what it is.”

S: “But he’s right, how can you deny it. Animation is able to do any form of genre whether it be a family film like Tangled or Frozen or a crude comedy like Sausage Party or Rick and Morty or anything by Don Hertzfeldt. And yes even though I’m talking about how about animators express through animation, it’s still a form of animation. Which brings me to my point, Animation is not a genre, it’s a form of medium which can be used to make anything.”

P: “Whatever, you know if I still had my body I would turn your organs inside out”

S: “Well unfortunately for you, you’re stuck like this because without me you’d be nothing paper weight”

P: “You take that back”

S: “Never, and besides I hope you’re ready because after this film, we have a whole list of things I want to do… NEXT STOP DISNEYLAND!

P: “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!”

 

End Scene

 

References:

‘Any category of literature, music or other forms of art or entertainment’ – Genre (2016) in Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genre (Accessed: 8 December 2016).

‘Medium is a Material or mean of artistic expression’ – Merriam-Webster (2016) Definition of MEDIUM. Available at: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medium (Accessed: 8 December 2016).

‘Animation is not a genre and that it’s an art form that can do any genre’ – Amidi and Articles, M. (2015) Animation is not A genre: Oscar Edition. Available at: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/animation-is-not-a-genre-oscar-edition-109504.html (Accessed: 8 December 2016).

Concept and stuff

Meet Sebastian and Prof. Vantergaar.

When I designed the characters I didn’t want to create to human characters like I normally would have done, so I decided to make them aliens. And they look pretty good.

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I decided to give Sebastian a big body type, and the Professor a skinny body type. This way I (hopefully) give the impression that Sebastian can look after himself, whereas the Professor can’t (obvioulsy) and has to rely on him most of the time. I’ll have the dynamic pose done by tomorrow ready for the deadline.

Rough draft for Script

I’ve done a rough, incomplete draft of my script. So far so good I’m going to try and implement some of the research I’ve done into the script.

Scene. Sebastian and Prof. Vestergaard are queuing at cinema to watch the recently released animation ‘Bolama’. After losing his body to a recent fight with his enemies, what’s left of his remains is now attached to his butler/subordinate Sebastian, who taking the opportunity of his new position to do something he wants. The professor is not happy.

 

Professor Vestergaard (P): “HOW DARE YOU DEFY ME!!! I should be back in my laboratory, plotting my revenge, not watching some cliché family film for kids”

Sebastian (S): “I’ve been your subordinate for decades and not once have I had the chance that I wanted to do, and now that you’ve been reduced to nothing more than a head I can finally do the things that I’ve always wanted to do. Besides not all animated films are for children, this one is supposed to have a very good narrative”

P: “I don’t care, I bet it’s just another one of those musical cartoons with a strong female protagonist, which little annoying brats will go crazy for the merchandise, just like the rest in that pitiful genre”

S: “Genre?”

P: “Yes the animation genre”

S: “How dare you. Animation is not a genre.”

 

Is animation a genre?

After a long relaxing, alcohol filled weekend, I jump out of my bed at 12:00 in the afternoon to remember that, “Oh crap I’ve still got one more project to do before the holidays start”.

So this week’s project is for us to create a 500 word script about a 2 headed/split personality character arguing whether or not animation is genre, with a dynamic pose of the character.

In today’s lecture we went over a few examples of 2 headed characters as well as a example script that Phil did about a 2 headed lizard discussing about the topic.

YouTube. 2016. Family Guy Saison 9 Clip – Road to the Multiverse – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO9Onv6waWg. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

YouTube. 2016. Monster’s University “Terry Terri and Art” – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQg3bpj5ugk&feature=youtu.be&t=13. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

These a few good examples of 2 headed characters with different personalities. In the first video we see Stewie and Brian from Family Guy visit a universe where everyone as 2 heads, one happy and one sad, and the second is the introduction to character Terry-Terri from Monster University, Terry with a Y has a serious and realistic look to things, where as Terri with an I has more of a happy optimistic look on things. These examples of 2 heads with different personalities is something I want to implement into my character, because I feel as if they are more likely to argue that way, but not only that, but because they’ll have 2 different perspectives and opinions.

Arguing For or Against

In my opinion I’m against the idea of Animation being genre, I feel it’s more a style or form of storytelling, or as Brad Bird puts it in Cartoon Brew’s article about the Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson saying that animation a genre, “It’s not a genre! A Western is a genre! Animation is an art form, and it can do any genre.” Cartoon Brew. 2016. Animation Is Not A Genre: Oscar Edition. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/animation-is-not-a-genre-oscar-edition-109504.html. [Accessed 05 December 2016]. But within my script I will have the 2 arguing on different sides, I’ll focus more on the against point, but as for the conclusion I may leave as an open conclusion, I don’t know, but it will some up my point.

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Ratchet & Clank Wiki. 2016. Image – Dr. Nefarious Crayons.png | Ratchet & Clank Wiki | Fandom powered by Wikia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://ratchetandclank.wikia.com/wiki/File:Dr._Nefarious_Crayons.png. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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Ratchet & Clank Wiki. 2016. Lawrence | Ratchet & Clank Wiki | Fandom powered by Wikia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://ratchetandclank.wikia.com/wiki/Lawrence. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

YouTube. 2016. Ratchet and Clank Past 115 Nefarious’s Trap – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWeNZEtUh8c. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

The inspiration of the character I’m creating will come from these 2 characters from the popular game series Ratchet and Clank. To sum up the two, Dr Nefarious is an evil robot scientist hell bent on destroying all organic life, and his butler Lawrence a witty, sarcastic servant of the mad doctor. The chemistry between the 2 of them is some of the best I’ve seen in video games, especially having this (supposed) big, evil, bad guy who is heavily reliant on his butler, and I wanted to take that concept and take it one step further where, the evil “genius” that I will create, is attached to his butlers body, making the butler more superior to his once evil overlord.

YouTube. 2016. LAWRENCE! – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-nz6jiF0r8. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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Mad Scientist Pictures – Cliparts.co. 2016. Mad Scientist Pictures – Cliparts.co. [ONLINE] Available at: http://cliparts.co/mad-scientist-pictures. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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Futurama Wiki. 2016. Kif Kroker | Futurama Wiki | Fandom powered by Wikia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Kif_Kroker. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

The look I want to for, for the scientist, will be a very generic looking mad scientist, but with a weak look. As for the butler I want him to look big and tough but his personality will be calm and collective.

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reddit. 2016. Le’t talk about Brutes : halo. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.reddit.com/r/halo/comments/342dmr/let_talk_about_brutes/. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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Mail Online. 2016. Beat baggage charges by bringing a butler: How it’s cheaper to buy an extra seat than taking an extra suitcase | Daily Mail Online. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227239/Beat-baggage-charges-bringing-butler-How-cheaper-buy-extra-seat-taking-extra-suitcase.html. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

MVIM – Evaluation and Film

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To Evaluate this project I strongly believe that I have created an animated piece demonstrating a character who’s Monologue and Inner Monologue differ from each other, as well as giving a good character performance.

Going with a simplistic look with both my 2D and 3D areas, allowed me to focus on character performance of the character and it has really helped especially for a first attempt of actually animating full 3D character, plus using the Arnold render has really pushed the quality of the animation. On top of this the sound and audio really do compliment each other, sounding fluent as well as having a good pace throughout the animation.

Although these are good points that I have been complimented on I still see a few areas which can be improved. For instance while animating with the audio did help get the character performance I was looking for, it was a constant struggle to think of what will be doing during the animation, although I did plan out where character will end, I never really considered what the character will be done in between the start and the end, this is where I should of had some pose-to-pose, poses to set me up when it came to a certain area of the animation, where I know what the character will be doing and thinking, plus there were a lot of areas where the character felt stiff and was doing a lot of twining with their am movements, something I would improved on if I had more time but also something I will take into account for next time, perhaps maybe starting with the hip when putting the character in position. As well as that I should of used Moom for this animation piece instead of B-Boy, although B-boy was good at character performer, he’s more of a character to practice walk cycles and movement, where as Moom is more of a character performer, with better controls for expressing emotion through the face.

Overall the animation I have created a creative, fun piece of animation that appeals to the brief and is quite humourous.

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Rendering and editing ‘n’ shiz

So I finished the render and despite a few drawbacks during the process, it looks gorgeous. During the render. 2 of the computers had turned themselves off in the middle of the night, which was kind of irritating because I had to restart the render from where they left off when I came in on Thursday morning which meant I had to delay the editing till it was finished. But after a couple hours it managed to render the whole scene beautifully and I was ready to render.

The rendering stage was a long and irritating process, when I imported the audio and video they some how were not sync with each other, which was strange seen as I had animated to the audio in the first place so it would. So to fix this I had to go through it and speed up a section of the audio so it would keep up wit the video, I mean the audio sounds a little higher but it works well.

The next problem was probably the getting the 2D thought bubbles into the premier. It proved to be difficult because when I exported the scenes from TVPaint they had a black background, instead of being transparent. To fix this I put the scenes into after effects and added a mask to area I wanted to be shown, making the rest of the area transparent. And to make sure the thought bubbles looked like thought bubbles, I messed around with the feather and opacity settings to make the bubbles look more cloudy and foggy than just a plain white image.