below are links to all the webotes i have thoroughly explored in search of work experience or work experience inspairation. i have looked through a series of very exciting and varied options with has really got me think realistically and ambitiously of where i want to go.
I focused on the design gui and layout to sum up myself and the art work I tend to produce. aesthetically although clean it is far from accurate and rather a raw more expressibly approach has been used.it is original with hand designed font this is something I also wanted to reflect the work. I chose neutral yet bright colour as I Ielt this was important. I kept the content simple with just the basics I felt it required mainly contact details and work that I would want to show.I find this sort of promotion appealing as i love the creative control you have of creating you own identity and how you get the chance to instantly make an impression of what your style is like through layout design and colour choices.
This is an image of one for the pieces I worked on for the design of the studio. I think the piece resulted in being really efficiently and works both aesthetically and practically. On the whole the piece is accurate and looks nest and accurate from far away however from close up you can see the imperfections that really bring the quality down. I think the room now looks like and will now be a much more enhanced working environment with opportunity for better organisation and a friendlier atmosphere.i also helped with the larger and more daunting task to creating the film strip picture frames we had to work as a team to create a consistent feel for the most effective this was somewhat achieved. I participated in a simillair thing with the cloud i helped to paint cloud texture on the form, this was particually difficult to get looking consistent however i think the three different styles really add so something to this work inparticuallr.
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Harbour inn kitchen work 15.04.11-Now
I presently work in a sea food restaurant as kitchen staff, these included duties such as cleaning and prep cooking. For task I have developed on my listening, time management and organisation skills, all are vital for a role such as this.
Canvassing for estate agents 20.04.11 – 30.06.11
This job involved dispatching promotional material for a well known estate agent across a large area. This job required ability in organisation and stamina both I feel were developed here
Teachings assistant at summer school 15.08.11-21.08.11
I have particularly enjoyed work with children, more specifically artistic and media based work. I have taught at a summer where I was given the job of assisting the children in their projects, predominantly the ones that were struggling or lacking motivation the eventual positive outcomes induced by the art was highly interesting and satisfying to see. I have also run a film club for key stage three children; this involved choosing a film for them to see and then running an activity based upon what they had seen. I was really stunned and enjoyed the power I had in selecting the film and activity knowing you could inspire and encourage imagination and ideas in such a strong way.
I have had work displayed in a museum this included a pop up book for children, where again I loved the sense of influence I would have with my telling of a historical story of a local hero Mary Anning. However this time I was full in control of the child’s ability to learn and have fun. I have also had an animation of another local hero Thomas Coram exhibited in the celebration of his life, in he style of Lotte Reiniger .I saw how pulled in people were by this powerful tool as opposed to some of the other ways the information was presented.
I Recently won a prize for my efforts in art were I was given money to fund my studies and exhibition space in a cafe were customers will view the work and I can sell my pieces.
Online promotion is an excellent way of presenting what you and your work is about. It provides the opportunity to give your name contact details Information about you and your work and photos videos and audio. There are many different ways of doing this some of the key ones are the following all have different advantages and disadvantages depending on what you want form it.
Websites are very effective ways of promoting yourself. You have full creative control of the style you are trying to encourage and as you want it to really represent what you and you work around about. It can translate to both a specific target audience and a very general one. This is a perfect means to upload whatever media you have for public view. The one down side to this kind of promotion id that it is not free unlike other method.
Websites such as YouTube and Vimeo promote the perfect place to present video for free. For a very general public to view and scrutinise.it is ideal for promoting trailers or short films just for opinions and to get your name out and getting accustomed to scrutiny and advice.
A blog has similar qualities of a website with a few key different. An advantage is that is free and they are much more simple to comment to other sites and with other people. However they allow for much less creative control with layout and design meaning it is a much less individual way of presenting yourself visually.
An extremely common element on peoples modern lives is social networking website therefore a great way of promotion yourself would be to use this media that people use so much that is such a prominent feature in the daily life of many. Like blogging its free however but with less design options. I think one of the best advantages to this sort of promotion is that you will be guaranteed to get views feedback and likes and followers form friends and family, this is the best way of starting the promotion as it is usually the most encouraging and honest, and can lead to commissions form people you know that may one day branch out to be something more.
Why did I chose dot?
I really love the way this work transported you into the fictional tiny world they had created so well. They had taken the viewer someone else that was partly real but out of context this made the illusion really magical as they created something that in one way could be real but impossible in another .I think the use of mundane objects that everyone understands made the work really easy to understand and therefore appreciate. Although this film is visually very impressive it is clear that it is more about the concept and technology behind the fact she is the smallest stop motion character ever, this being the main selling point of the film.
I was even more intrigued and in awe of this film after I researched into it more. I found the way they had created the work fascinating finding out that each frame of the character was one of 50 tiny 9mm models and that is was filmed from and manipulated under a microscope and camera phone. As well as this they move the set and background under need the character to give the illusion she is running rather than the character.
Although I saw many brilliant films at Bristol Animated encounters this was my favourite. I loved the simplicity of the story and found it was a brilliant example of how such a simple and short story can still be exciting and fulfilling. Most of all I loved how the mundane objects were used so creatively and innovatively in such a different way making me seem important and exciting.
What role would I like on the film and why?
I would have liked role in the concept and initial ideas part of the process.im am unsure specifically what field .But at the moment I am interested in early story boarding, character, design backgrounds and initial ideas. This is because I favour the more rough creative side of things where you don’t need to think about accuracy or practicality too much and you can just be free and creative to trial and experiment new ideas and processes.
What skills would I need to acquire this role?
In this role would need strong visualisation as well a skill for creativity and innovation. With this I would also need an understanding of how I could put these ideas into practice and make them feasible. More skills that are needed in the initial ideas process is the ability to be able to adapt develop and abandon ideas, understanding when to carry push a concept and when to choose alternatives. One would also need to be able to interpret a brief and understand constraints and respond to them fully and creatively.
What influences were there?
I think the main influence in the film was the development in technology. The motivation for this piece was to celebrate nokia’s new phone. As well as this they are showing and utilising the progress of 3D of witch the film would not be possible without. Also the work was just inspired by those dull objects we see every day and forget the beauty of.
email to Aardman
I watched you film dot at the recent Bristol encounters animated film awards and found it totally inspiring. I was blown away both by the aesthetics and really transported by the short storyline and brilliance of the character and her surrounds. I was even more astounded by the technical side of it after watching your brilliant making of video that answered so many of my questions.
I am an animation arts degree first year student studying at Plymouth College of art and was wondering if I could possibly get a DVD or more detailed information on the piece.
I also have several questions that were not answered in the making of video……
*Why was the name dot chosen
*Are there ay other projects like this running currently
*Were there any other concepts that had to be abandoned because they were to ambitious
*What were other concepts for the character design and backgrounds.
Thank you very much for creating this brilliant film.
Yours sincerely Donna Wiscombe.
unfortunatly there was no reply
Overall I feel I have gained so much from this module of work. It was a side of animation that I had little to no experience in and so had to develop my skills from scratch. I currently feel I now have a basic varied set of skills in witch to develop and hopefully eventually create developed final effective artwork. I have mostly enjoyed and therefore spent most time on flash this had resulted in this element being stronger than some of the other techniques used. I like the freedom of it witch still with the control of computer program, I also favour that it combines elements from traditional hand drawn animation and animation software. i have found traditional animation rather challenging. The accuracy required for the art means that I found it tricky to be confidant in how the movement will look as neatness and precision is an area I struggle with. However I do full see the learning benefits of using this method as you much create everything and so it means you must think of every aspect. This thinking backs up every method of animation. My favourite part of this unit was the final piece. Putting all the skills that I have leant into practice in a creative and free way was an exciting and greatly unrestrictive, I feel this allowed me to create a final piece that was far stronger than the other 2D work I had produced.Overall I feel I have gained so much from this module of work. It was a side of animation that I had little to no experience in and so had to develop my skills from scratch. I currently feel I now have a basic varied set of skills in witch to develop and hopefully eventually create developed final effective artwork. I have mostly enjoyed and therefore spent most time on flash this had resulted in this element being stronger than some of the other techniques used. I like the freedom of it witch still with the control of computer program, I also favour that it combines elements from traditional hand drawn animation and animation software. i have found traditional animation rather challenging. The accuracy required for the art means that I found it tricky to be confidant in how the movement will look as neatness and precision is an area I struggle with. However I do full see the learning benefits of using this method as you much create everything and so it means you must think of every aspect. This thinking backs up every method of animation.
I feel I have also benefited from viewing some of the films we have seen in the sessions. they have allowed me to see something a bit different and view it with a more critical eye bearing in mind to concentrate on animation elements.
My favourite part of this unit was the final piece. Putting all the skills that I have leant into practice in a creative and free way was an exciting and greatly non-restrictive, I feel this allowed me to create a final piece that was far stronger than the other 2D work I had produced.
When animating this piece I really wanted to focus on the timing and pacing of different elements. I really focus on getting the motion and time realistically correct to excaudate and highlight the stylisation of the image design. I think this is a successful piece I put into practice many different animation techniques including boiling squash and stretch and looping to get as much out of the short piece as I could. Should I develop this I would work on creating a narrative around the piece giving it more depth and a context. I would also work on heightening even ore the reality of the movement.
In this very simple piece I worked on developing my skills in squash and stretch. But particularly looking at and recreating subtle details in a simple movement. In this case it was the tiny splashes of water when the drop hits the floor and the slow release of the drop out of the end of the tap, these elements are vital when creating seemingly real looking motion and could have been looked over.
This walk cycle is very unrealistic and doesn’t not flow in the way it should. The middle section where the legs cross is inaccurate caused by a frame out of place. One of the main problems is that the leg change size creating a huge lack of realism. This was most likely caused be the act I did this piece without a peg bar for the most part. The arms and change of body height work much more effectively with good motion rhythm and realism I should take what is successful about this and apply this to the legs. The piece works okay as a line test but is by no means sufficient for showing a successful walk cycle. I know were I need to improve for next time.
Here I was trailing text in animation and pacing within reading the writing. I wanted it to be kept very simple and clear. I chose simple childlike colours and design as I think the quote is reminiscent of this. I think aesthetically this is a successful piece as it is simple clear and to the point using strong bold contrasting colour. I think one of the most effective elements of this piece is the timings and pace of reading as it slowly reveals at a better much slower rate than if you were to read it in a standard way.
Anim to music
My animation to music has both effective and ineffective parts. I think what works well is the way the song is presented visually; the abstract mark illustrated the feeling of the some well particularly the form, simplicity and the colour. The major element that doesn’t work is the timing although I calculated the timings correctly I followed the wrong wave pattern and so the effect of this is a out of rhythm patter. Despite this problem the aim is clear and should I want to make this more accurate I could.
This piece let me see how a movement can be broken down into minimal frames to create one flowing looping motion. This animation is made up of only six frames but has a smooth repetitive rhythm. Although this is simple it works on a principle that can be applied to much more complex animation.
This task was rather challenging. Accuracy was needed to calculate when what sound when with what part in time. I created a dope sheet to identify the phonix sounds. I enjoyed learning about this and have a new appreciation for something often overlooked when watching animation. I th9ink this final piece is fairly successful however for next time I know that more accuracy is needed when studying the mouth shapes and accurateness with timings.
This was my first experience of traditional hand drawn animation. I really enjoyed the process as it was great to step aside from technology; with this method you have no choice but to have total understanding as you are fully in control. I think this piece is rather effective with a good sense of pacing movement logic and several animation techniques such as boiling squash and stretch
I intended for my final piece to be mainly about the illustration. I created characters that seemed extremely normal and in a relatively realist way. I think this effectively contrasted against the audio as you would expect a child’s drawing implied by the way the child is explaining his family. This sheds a completely different light on the tone of this piece and this is what I wanted to show. A darker more realist side to a very serious situation and how it can strain an entire family. I really wanted the marks to also show emotion. I used rough crosshatch like rendering to produce tone and evoke a raw stressed feeling. Using very simple motion makes the viewer focus on the forms and facial expressions of the character. It also helps reinforce the normality of them as the movements are very slow and mundane. I think this although the rest presents a sombre out looks shows come positivity and hope for the situation. All these elements help make a very simple and rather short audio have much deeper meaning and connotation. The accompanying music I feel adds a sense of hope and subtle gentle happiness but still does not take any of the normality out of the characters. It also has a great childlike quality that really compliments the topic and voice over.
Final character- for this more final stage I have to use the basic knowledge I have developed to create my final character. I feel this is a daunting task and at this stage I feel I don’t have the skills to do this with ease.
By thoroughly planning my character from a front side and top angle I can feel more confidant. These guide lines will help me develop a more accurate frame work to build around. despite this I do not feel this model is an accurate reflection of my character. This forms are in no way accurate as I found it difficult to echo the guide lines with the cv curve tool and morph the shapes to show realism. one element that I could get very similliar however is the colour.
Overall I have not enjoyed this module. I have found it to be very uncreative and rigid. Although I understand that with the nature of learning this medium there is no other option. It had taken me a very long time to even pick up the very basic foundations of the program, I though I would develop them more quickly and effectively and this made me disheartened and lose motivation. I do not want to take my Maya skills any further. Although having now seen this side to animation as I now have a heightened application for 3d animation and computer modelling.
This simple editing technique can really add something to the work. I think the text really becomes parts of the visuals more than should it be static like it usually is. It makes the viewer read what it has to say more as the tracing gives the words more importance and relevance. I found a really inspiring piece of motion tracking that uses the same principle that I used but taking them one step further I can now really appreciate the work