All the Making Of’s!!

I can really see that my work has improved since my first project. I have found this module so helpful, firstly when it comes to editing it has shown me that software isn’t that scary. I have also learnt a lot about myself and how to work in a group, which I explained in my reflection.  I am excited to see how I can progress further in the next two years.

Making Of 3 Reflection

How have found the experience of working in your group?

Actually very enjoyable overall. It was nice as we aren’t all super confident when it comes to digital things so I didn’t feel as though I was letting anyone down on those side of things but we also got to learn from each other in the group and it was also a little bit of time to just fan girl over the Gorrilaz. We all worked very well with each other and I didn’t felt as though we all wanted to the same things in the group.

What have you contributed to the project and the team?

I have contributed to the overall animatic as we each did around 20 drawings each of our different sections. I colored my section as did everyone else. I took on the role of putting the final animatic together in time with the voice over and editing this piece to fit with the style. I also have a lot of footage of interviews I had as it wasn’t easy for James and Jane to record their interviews whilst mine were family and they weren’t too bothered. We all did a voice over each for the making of, which I cut down to fit where necessary.

How hard do you work? Discuss your work ethic and commitment? Be honest and frank with yourself.

I feel because this was the final thing for the module and it was Gorrilaz style that I worked quite hard as it’s something I enjoy doing and would draw in my spare time anyway so I didn’t really feel like work at that point in the project. When it came to the colouring I again felt I worked hard spending a whole day just working on colour and because it was something I had never done before It took a lot of concentration. When it came to the making of we did have to work hard as at one point we did lose our work but it was fixed soon after.

What have you done to ensure a successful working partnership? Could you have done more for better success?

I feel as though keeping contact with one and other has been our strong point. We get in touch at least once a week and plan out our work for that time. We have never not come back to one and other and not had something to show or share with one and other. Maybe we could have been in more as a group but to be honest the work was very much for that individual and then we came back together to put the final edit together. I think this worked well as we had input into each other work via facebook but didn’t overpower one and other.

Where is your project successful and how could your project be improved?

It’s successful in the fact we did accomplish what we set out to do. We interviewed multiple people and decided on one final one that clearly related to what we set out to find. And was closely related to or research videos. I think we took the style of the Gorrilaz and Jamie Hewlett very well and tried to match this throughout our project. Although we did create an animatic and it does get across the story energetically it’s not as precise as it could have been so I would of like to have more drawings to make it more animated but that only really came down to lack of time, when considering other modules as well.

How successful is the Making of film? Do you think it fully communicates the processes

I feel like our making of does convey our processes but I learnt from my last project that the strict showing of our processes is sometimes not as grasping to the audience. So taking on what Kristen said we did a voiceover individually and cut it in the correct way. Although it did not use the documentary style like James Lockton’s last project, I feel like that wouldn’t of worked for our project as we didn’t have as many issues as they did in their project ours was quite well organised. I think we show a loose outline of our process which shows our research, interviews, concepts and the making of the final outcome.

Where could this ‘Making Of’ be improved?

Through a more animated animatic and a more clear and finished use of colour, I feel you can see we are that confident in Photoshop.

Where would you say you have improved on you last experience?

I feel I have improved just through going more out of my comfort zone into an animatic.  I feel after doing storytelling it boosted my confidence into doing an animatic. I feel like we didn’t keep it as safe as last time. I also feel I have grown since my last project as was able to let go of the control in certain aspects of the processes and understand people can be trusted haha!

Specifically, how has the design aspect of your ‘Making Of’ developed?

I feel this Making Of looks a lot more professional. Maybe that’s because we used a lot of digital in this project so that may have made it look this way.

If your making of films are intended for potential future employers, is the tone of voice appropriate for your intended audience?

I do think we used good tone of voice throughout or making of and it is quite formal in how we word things. It is appropriate for future employers for sure. And presents clear and concise explanations throughout.

Future

Do you see any future possibilities for this project? Could it be extended in to this next opportunity, for instance?

It could definitely be turned into an animation! I would love to do that type of thing over summer in the Gorillaz style. And do full color instead of 1 color type for each section.

What do you want/ need from a team experience? Discuss.

I feel like this time in a team experience it was a lot stronger and I know what I do need from a team. This time it was nice to have someone on the same level as me and having James who understood my love of Jamie Hewlett’s work and the time frame. I do feel like in all the groups I’ve been in I always seems to take a managerial role. I’m not sure if it’s because I do plan out everything I do and maybe I’ve been in teams with people that don’t mind taking a step back. I would like to have someone stronger in my groups. This might cause a clash and I may regret saying this but I don’t like always having to be the person that’s plans things out but if I don’t no one else seems to. That’s my only critique of any group I’ve been in so far. This could just be

What is your ambition for the next project? What do you want to engage with next? What would be most rewarding for you? Do you think you would respond well if given a specific brief rather than given free reign to dictate your own project? Discuss.

I have been thinking about doing 2D animation over summer and working on something over summer, taking snippets from my outsider stories interviews. My own personal aim is to work on a turn around and just understanding 2d software as a whole. I really want to expand my way of drawing into the digital.

Viewing day

Looking at other people work today had been eye opening I loved TZ and Rowena’s her made me in some ways quite uncomfortable because it was like opening a door into someone’s mind. I felt like I was intruding on someone personal issues. And with Tz’s work it was amazing how first off the music fit so well with it overall, but also the pure imagination that came out of his work was crazy. It was nice to see the before and after. Chloe’s sketchbook is amazing to just hold and look at. I like how she made it into a proper sketchbook it really gave us a little insight into her life and had such energy throughout it. I would like to do something like this over summer, taking snippets from other people’s ways of doing things. Maybe another sketchbook or edited photos like TZ. I will have a think but definitely want an outcome to summer work.

Watching my making was horrific! I am happy with the animatic but we may have made the animatic voice too low as it was hard to understand at first but overall fit quite well. When watching the Making Of was nice to see all our work together. I would say at times the music stays quiet when it should of gone up.  I felt it wasn’t overpowering with information, which is something that let me down in my last making of. In my opinion I feel we should of had one voice for the whole voice over as you did have to get attuned to each persons voice and when it came to editing the levels it was hard to edit each persons voice to the exact same level and be all the same volume. I do feel like the backing music fit really well and probably made the Making Of it seemed to bring it all nicely together.

Final Day

We completed the Making Of Module! I am so relieved that this work is finished and overall really happy with the outcome! After a minor hiccup yesterday morning when we lost ALL the links to our making of video it has now all been fixed. I spent time going through all of our individual voice-overs as taking snippets from each one where it was most appropriate. I think this worked well as we all have our own input in the Making Of but it’s shows that we worked well in a team as I noticed we do all say quite similar things so it was nice to see that we have all been on the same page when it comes to this project.

James’s way of explaining the project was really nice, I noticed that he says everything thing I would like to be explains himself is a much more clear way so I think that really helped the making of to be more clear.

Once everything was put together in the Making Of we of course needed an original Gorrilaz song and who doesn’t know or love, ‘Feel Good Inc’. We tried to lower the levels as best we could. I made sure James and Jane had listened over it too as sometimes your hearing does get used to the monstrosity you may have created. After lowering it a bit more we were happy with what we had done.

After speaking to ‘the interviewee’ (he who shall not be named) we began trying to lower his voice. Although it was quite comedic to have the voice high pitched it most definitely didn’t fit with the work. So we decided on quite a low voice which ended up completely stopping anyone from recognizing the speaker. Although it is quite low it does add a darkness and heighten the illegality of the subject. So I think on that front it’s good we changed the voice.

Progress

We have now drawn out all of the storyboard and scanned in our work. I spent time cleaning up my drawings as did Jane. We hope to have all the coloring done by Tuesday afternoon and will be doing this as a group as I am not confident in Photoshop when it comes to things like this so Jane said she would be able to help me with that as did James. I am confident that our work will work well all together as we have all kept to the similar design of  the James character I designed and it will be interesting  to see how we each interpreted the narrative. So that we begin to put the actual making of together. I am hoping to have a small animatic type movie to present at the end of this as well as the overall making of video.

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The last 1 minute and 30 seconds…

Quick Update

We met up today and spoke about how we would go about drawing up the storyboard and then divided the audio up into three parts seeing which parts people were most comfortable with. Jane asked for the first part as she felt she was most comfortable with this part when it came to actually understanding it. James had draw quite a lot from the middle section so he had this part and I got left with the awful radiator scene at the end, which I do think it’s going to be hard to illustrate. Although it will be hard I seem to have gotten the style down pretty well so as a group we are using my character design throughout to give it at least a bit of continuity.

We have given our selves a challenge of 23 drawings each to complete by Monday. It’s now Wednesday…let the games begin!

Planning

As a group we went through all the footage we had gotten. We finally decided on an interview I had done. I edited the footage, shortening to around 3 minutes so that we only had to focus on the best bits. I tried to just include parts that could give us interesting imagery to work with. We all have a copy of this and went off for the weekend to come up with our own interpretations of the footage. Which will then help us out when we begin sketching out a draft of the overall storyboard. Which will be done by hopefully Tuesday next week so that we can get started on the actual drawings of the work.

I am more confident in this making of and already have quite a bit of footage for it. I have since last time that everything I do is important and video isn’t the only way to record my work so I have been taking photos of all my work at I go along. So when it comes to the Making Of video all we have to is put the footage together and edit it in an exciting way.

These are the drawings I’ve come up with so far from the audio.

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‘the trees waved back’
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‘the lights seemed angry and so bright’

Making Of Progression

I spent my time over the Easter holidays gathering recordings and interviews from family members of stories they thought I would like to hear and maybe animate. I got around 6 stories recorded and began to sketch out styles and things that pooped into my head from these. I listened to a couple over and over and sketched a few little scenes.

insert arakesh work

grandparents images

videos i recorded need to be uploaded onto vimeo

 

I spoke to James about what style we were looking for and he reminded me of our idea to use the Gorillaz or should I say Jamie Hewlett’s style for our work. So I spent the day drawing in this style and created my Nan, Grandad Dad and James Lawson in this style. I am happy with the design of my Nan and James but not to sure about the others.

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Making Of

My vision for this project was to have bright and vibrant animations as seen in Anthony Francisco Schepperd’s and Rory WT’s animations.

I was thinking along the lines of a simplistic 2D animation storyboard. Either a story of someone being drunk or on a drugs, or children’s stories as this would give us space to make something very exciting.

I loved watching how Rory WT makes the children’s heads and eyes expand when they get excited, and Schepperd makes things very vibrant and quite psychedelic.  I feel like we could really use this style to our advantage and then this nicely relates to the story telling module of taking on other animators/artists work.

Videos that support my ideas and visuals:

This video was especially appropriate when thinking of story boarding… (but theres 42 images just in a minute of the video)

I absolutely love the two above, there must be away to combine the two!!

Why did I Choose Outsider Stories…

If I’m honest, I wanted a chance to delve into how everyone’s perception of a story is so different from someone else. I know that I definitely have complete different thoughts from others and image stories so vividly at times.

I loved how Rory WT who made ‘Mr Madila’ was able to present such an odd interview so vibrantly and creatively. Obviously mocking the main character Mr Madila but also creating a whole new perception of him, like when you read a book and then imagine a character so vividly and then when you talk to a friend they have such a different idea of that character.

This brief also took me back to a video Johny had showed us in class, ‘The Music Scene’ as also its a music video it still takes words and changes there meaning so much into this very mystical and colorful world. Well world inside world inside worlds. Overall it was described as a ‘bad acid trip’ not my words but it did very much mess with your idea of whats real and whats not.

I just thought this brief would be good as I can take someone on a colorful and exciting journey. Turn a somewhat basic snippet of speech into so much more.

Reflection on Ling and I’s Making Of

How have found the experience of working in your pair?

I have quite enjoyed the experience overall. Although I know Ling, we weren’t very close but I think that worked to our advantage as we could do something new. I think we did well at communication but I still feel a block between us, as we are such different workers.

What have you contributed to the project and the team?

I contributed through the ideas generation first of all. I had been doing Tim Burton characters for storytelling and fell in love with doing this so I mentioned this to Ling and she really liked the idea. At first I wanted to do it digitally but then thought for this module model making would be better for me. So once we had this idea of background and model, we set each other key roles. I had the role of character design and then model making. Then I started the editing part on premiere, with Lings help we worked very closely on this aspect if the project. Then finally I did the script and voiceover for the making of video, taking into account what Ling wanted to be said in it.

How hard do you work? Discuss your work ethic and commitment? Be honest and frank with yourself.

I feel like I did work very hard on this project, which is probably why I felt so overwhelmed with work. In all honesty it takes a push for me to begin work but I do feel like I have gotten a lot better at this since being at uni. I am more of a little and often than a 6 hours of work the day before. This being true I did spent a good 3 straight days just working on this project. My issues come from when I do not think my work is good enough or up to standard and this is usually when I become a lot more distant from my work load but I don’t think this happened at all in the module.

What you done to ensure a successful working partnership? Could you have done more for better success?

I feel like I was a successful working partner. I try to keep a good line of communication with Ling constant planning and work being sent to talk over which was definitely a strong point in our team, we both definitely knew what was going on within our project. I feel like we could have had more contact time, just to ensure a clear plan. And I could have been more involved in the background and vice versa with Ling and the model.

Where is your project successful and how could your project be improved?

Well firstly, we accomplished what we set out to do, so I think that’s a massive success! I learnt that my model making skills aren’t to shabby and I really enjoy doing it! I know that I can work in a team with someone I don’t know that well and we can find a thing we both enjoy doing. Obviously there’s room for improvement in the fact we could of acted more like a team in some respect as we did keep our work separate from one and another it was only when it came to editing of the making of that we worked very avidly together. As a project painting was neither mine or Lings strong point so I feel the model could of looked a lot better if I’d of had more time to paint it correctly.

How successful is the Making of film? Do you think it fully communicates the processes involved in producing your chosen project?

I think our making of is successful as it shows a clear development of our work and I feel like I kept the voiceover clear and concise throughout. You can see the process of how the model is made clearly and also how ling got her inspiration for the background. I feel it has good communication and shows the Tim Burton theme well especially through music (which is the corpse bride theme song – if you’re an avid fan like me). For me this making of was a massive improvement on my last one as I felt I had less time lapses which made the video more clear and concise but also adding a voiceover improved it and being able to do things such as having more than one image on the screen was good, giving the audience more information in a better way. Furthermore, the fact that the making of went between mine and Lings work made it look more like a partnership than individual work.

Where could this ‘Making Of’ be improved?

I would of liked to of had more animated sequences from after affects so a better more exiting title sequence and some more exciting edits, but this is mainly something I need to work on overall as my skills on the computer are not as savvy as others but that is something I am very eager to learn!! I feel like I would of wanted to see more layers of the background just to give a better insight as the models design process took up a lot longer of the video.

Where would you say you have improved on you last experience?

I have definitely gone away from my comfort zone in this project, doing something that would help me in a future career in animation. I feel like I’m a lot more confident on premiere and have learnt from my last time and steered clear from time-lapse and found more appropriate ways to present my work. I also thought more about the planning of the making of as I had to take into account the script and timings.

Specifically, how has the design aspect of your ‘Making Of’ developed?

Well I feel like overall my making was a lot more concise and clear. And seemed more direct than humorous, there’s a clear plan throughout.

If your making of films are intended for potential future employers, is the tone of voice appropriate for your intended audience?

Yes, I feel like it’s a lot more appropriate for employers. As they can see my design process but also than I thought into the character and that this part of my work is very important in the process. They would see that I can work well in a team and collect all our work together and put it together well, with them being able to understand our process throughout.

Future

Do you see any future possibilities for this project? Could it be extended in to this next opportunity, for instance?

Definitely where set and character design is concerned. It could be extended into a short animatic or stop motion story.

What do you want/ need from a team experience? Discuss.

I am eager to learn from others in these projects. I really want to work on my digital skills. I need a team who are enthusiastic about the work and who are actually going to be here. I feel humour is a good thing within a team as I makes me easier to give ideas and create more exciting work. I am not fond of having someone who’s going to pull the team down although I’m not a crazy worker when It comes to team work I wouldn’t want to let the team down. A diverse team is great but I do feel we have to have something in common whether it just be our work ethic or our personalities.

What is your ambition for the next project? What do you want to engage with next? What would be most rewarding for you? Do you think you would respond well if given a specific brief rather than given free reign to dictate your own project? Discuss.

I would love to engage more in 2d work and would love to be in a team that I could learn these skills from. I spend a lot of time with Luca slowly learning Maya so think we would make a good team as he would rather take a digital role and have others draw which I feel I would enjoy. My aim for this semester is to at least of tried to create a short animatic or quick sequence. I used to love having a brief I was one of those people, but now for the last project I feel having free reign one last time would be good to just let us all work on something we all really enjoy.