BA UNIT 2

Animation

We began the week by having a briefing from Michelle, and she went through the basic do's and don'ts of animation. For our task, we will be given a 10 second sound clip, to which we need to come up with a short 10 second scene, which will be made of 125 shots. I wrote down some questions that me and my group should ask ourselves when we get our sound. For example, 

  • What materials can move? 
  • What type of lights - possibility of bringing our own lights in/ projections
  • It CANNOT be digital 
  • Does it move with any meaning 
  • What characteristics does it have? (behaviour/pace) 
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Research

I began by looking at the artist/ designer, Simon Pyke, who creates interesting futuristic animations, using bold colours and shapes. One of his most famous pieces of work, was the Nokia E71 art film, “6 Billion People, 6 Billion Colours”, where he collaborated with Maxim Zheytkov. I like the piece because it explores colour and shape in an elegant fashion and explores the fluidity of movement successfully. We also referenced the coloured in stop motion animation "Kaleidoscope". Len lye creates interesting patterns and forms by using coloured inks, and different strengths of backing light to make his compositions. This gave us the inspiration to try using abstract colours and experiment with where the light is going to be admitted form. 

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Len Lye

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Experimentation

As our colour reminded us of blues and purples, we decided to experiment with coloured acetates in order to physically manipulate the colour of the light. We thought of different ways that we could create the sense of being in an aeroplane. Our first idea was to use a light box and place coloured acetate over the top, we would then layer another sheet of clear acetate over the top, which we would illustrate a texture onto to create the appearance of looking from a birds eye view onto the ground. We also, however, came up with the idea too use a computer screen instead of a Lightbox, so that we could digitally move an image around behind the black cut outs which would give us more freedom to experiment with movement and the colour of the image. We needed to test this before hand though in order to ensure the light emitted from the laptop screen would be strong enough.

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We found a high resolution image, which could be used on the screen to create a background for our animation. We then thought of ways we could achieve this, for example taking screen shots and playing them or simply zooming in and out of the image after every shot. 

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On Tuesday, we made a rough cut out using black card, and placed this over the screen in the animation studio. This is so we could test out the lighting. We also took pictures, as from experience we have discovered that laptop screens can sometimes get a strange and pixelated effect when photographed. 

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We then experimented with how light would look when placed onto the black card, however by doing this we were weakening the light emitted from the laptop screen.

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Sam then edited the image on photoshop and digitalised it etc create a camouflaged effect.

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We used a helicopter propeller as the template for the card cut out and filled out the edges with black card.

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We made the animation, by turning the template clockwise every after every shot. Keeping this consistent and gradually increasing was hard to achieve successfully, and sometimes we needed to go back and delete slides if they seemed to jittery. 

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