Last day of year 1

Time really flies when we do animation…

On the last day of term we received the brief of ENO projects and learned about planning our graduation film.

After a couple of days, I finally can feel like knowing the answer to Steve’s questions during the assessment day. XD My brain wasn’t functioning at all due to lack of sleep for the past few weeks. Basically I had been sleeping 4-5 hours per day to try finishing the CS project as much as possible. I literally felt like dying any second. lol

Although 10 months passed quickly, I’ve actually learned a lot from this course. From zero animation background to making 1-minute micro-short film, I can’t believe everything happened in a few months.

I see the outcome from the effort that I have put. I never worked that hard before. I am really proud of myself. XD

Now I seriously need some rest.. then I will start doing researches for the coming projects. I have already got an idea for my graduation film. I am hoping to make use of the chance to promote my beloved hometown, Hong Kong, to clarify some misunderstanding. All I need is to figure out a way to tell all the story.haha I am going to take more photos and explore around Hong Kong when I go back in September! CAN’T WAIT!!! <3

 

Children Society | Background Design

I wanted to design simple and flat background. Less work and focus more on the characters. However I am a bit regret to it haha.

Drawing characters in larger size takes ages…. and killing me XD

I will try to avoid that next time if possible!

I am still struggling about whether I should use grey or green as main color for the first scene.. As I usually don’t use green for any of my works but seems like it is going well with the orange here. At the same time grey creates a subtle and peaceful environment ..

maybe i’ll just create 2 versions ahaha

 

The title card design~

Getting there!

Children Society | Workshop

2 more weeks left and still a very long way to go..

This week I had a workshop (?) with Shaun and showed him my work in progress. I still have got some key frames of some scenes rough and unfinished..  It was so comforting after meeting Shaun as he said it’s not necessary to animate everything within a time limit XD

But I still need to plan for the remaining workload..

My schedule 😀

Everyday view..

Children Society | Rough Cut Critic

This Wednesday was the Rough Cut Critic with Children Society.

Here was the edit which I presented.


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Pacing and speed is quite different from the animatic after adding more movement and animation.
Tutors and guests suggested to take out some of the scenes to slower down the speed and make the film looking less busy.

Shaun really helped a lot at adjusting the timing of my rough cut at our short meeting after the critic.
Now I am following the revised timing to develop my animation.

Just feeling a bit sad to take out some scene which I have already finished XD.. And I thought these scenes would help on expressing the character’s emotions..

 

Anyway I am hoping for a better outcome!!

 

Children Society | Deadline adjustment

HUARRY!!!!!! 😀
I was super depressed before hearing the deadline was postponed. I seriously thought that it was a mission impossible..
Now thanks to Shaun’s and Steve’s wise decision, we have 5 more days to work on the project which means I have time for colouring and editing, even adding shadows as finishing touch!

I CAN’T BE HAPPIER NOW!!!!!

Last week we had an acting out session for the Children Society project.
It was more useful than I expected.
I got to experience the weight and happening of my character.
Now I know how serious was the event.

Here is one of the recording did in class.

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Many thanks to Valeria helping me out!!

And my work in progress>

 

Still a long way to go….

 

Children Society | Storyboard

Here is the first pencil draft of my storyboard.

I have been thinking about the storyboard since our Easter Holiday. The previous version was far more complicated. But less is more. (Even though this version already looks complicated enough..)

And the animatic which I presented to the Children Society..

 

They didn’t have much comments on this version. (except holding the last scene a bit longer)
I am not sure if this is a good sign or not, as I would love to improve and get the best results. Anyway, I am still seeking for a finer visual treatment which I may add some texture or shadow. Finger crossed!

 

Children Society | Character Design

Father and son

I really love to design characters in curvy and round shapes.

After the tutorial with Kevin, I learned that it would be more convincing to build up the environment and consider the camera’s angle.

Therefore I designed some super simple the map (or stage) for the project.
I try to make things easy and straightforward. Everything happens on a horizontal line! XD

The Children Society | Inspiration

My assigned audio track is about the boy’s daily happenings which gives me a clear vision of the environment and his feelings.

From the part of dragging his father home, I can imagine the weight of his father, which also means how the parents behave.

My idea is,

Weight is an invisible but sensible force,
which affects us both physically and mentally.

The weight of parents in children’s life is neither stress nor
pressure put on their shoulders.
But a sense of security which is made of love and protection.

I am going to visualise the happening, and focus on character’s facial expression and the weight of objects. I’m going to make things neutral not blaming anyone.

This is what came to my mind instantly hearing the audio track.

 

However, I am a bit concerned that it may look too negative and sad that I tried to colour it with the brand colours.

And here is the outcome.

 

I am still exploring to decide the final style and colouring…

More sketches of the storyboard and the character design

 

Because at the end he says he doesn’t want to see it. I can tell he is quite mature and seeking for solution to change the conditions. That’s quite optimistic to me.