The final week introduced CGI, digital animation with the task of downloading free 3D software to create a room which told the viewer about the occupant, to move around the room and use ‘3D assets’ (ready digitised objects) . . . this didn’t interest me.I chose instead to use my own desktop, across the front of which I moved my camera. With an artists’ wooden model, desk lamp and sheaf of stick figure drawings, I created a narrative. I used ‘locked frame’ digital camera progressing to stop-go movement of the 3 chosen objects.
The timing could be better.
The course is now over. I have been happy to use this 4 week Prospectus for the NFTS where I was introduced to Movie Maker, Vimeo, and other animators. I shall enjoy improving and using my new-found animation skills.
Enjoy my little animation . . .
Using what I have learned so far and having bought plasticine, I decided to do a ‘proper job’.
1. made three plasticine figures thinking of character and plot
2. made a ‘set’ – cardboard box, backdrop drawn in charcoal, photographed, edited on photoshop, printed, stuck in cardboard box.
3, Practise run – camera lens had too ‘wide’ a view so, bigger set needed next time, plasticine collapsing
4, put figures in fridge to ‘chill’ PLAN – use digitization, stop-go all in real 3D
5. applied LIGHTING, removed figures from fridge, still falling and bending, used wire as armature, made fat feet. This worked . . . just
6. MOVED CAMERA while filming set in DIGITIZATION, switched to STOP-GO for action changing camera POSITION twice.
7. Edited out several frames in Vimeo
Cel animation was introduced, ie, background, foreground/s painted on acetate through which the animated characters move.
Task 2: Two stick figures walk towards each other and pass. This was VERY time consuming and I used more than the Future Learn proposed ‘3hrs. week’. My Digi/animation equipment is limited from choice. The course also caters for this. Good!
I first drew 20 frames on A6 paper with a graphite pencil, scanned, opened in Photoshop, edited and opened Vimeo just to see what it looked like.
Then drew using digi-pad in Photoshop. Preferred the tension of pencil on paper than plastic pen on plastic.
Cut LOTS of A6 sheets, made light box with sheet of Perspex propped on books and long-necked desk lamp to improvise a light-box. And drew . . . 42 frames. An internal dialogue and characterisation occurred as I drew. I considered how the shoulders moved, hips, knees. The best way of moving the stick figures was to move the thigh first.I scanned to the laptop, edited in Photoshop and copied into Vimeo. Not happy, I changed the tile and credits. The middle of the animation was awkward and I discovered an odd frame which I removed . . . https://vimeo.com/151897382
At the end of the first week of the Future Learn, 4 week course I learned how to stop-go animate.
Equipment: digital camera, cardboard box as ‘film-set’ on top of plan chest, two little wooden dolls, Cruden’s ‘Concordence’ (under camera).
Lots of advice on how to make a Morph. I chose wooden dolls not having any plasticine. Lots of advice on animation software, I chose VIMEO for my laptop. Thrilled when it ‘worked’, thrilled when I discovered ‘edit’, ‘add music’; Bob Dylan first before I realised ‘copyright’, (I had had to burn a self-publisher for knowingly and illegally using my artwork for the cover of her book) so changed from Dylan to my own ‘Chopsticks’.
Here is the link: https: https://vimeo.com/151172925 I managed to inadvertently find the ‘speed’ command but it has since eluded me!
The little animation is very brief . . . Enjoy!