12 October 2017

10 October 2017

Toolkit 2: Character - Goblin Drawings and Wood Carving Style

Here are drawings I have done for last weeks task of 10 life drawings for my character. I have taken from Goblin's in illustration and film as well as trickster type characters.

For todays lesson I have drawn Aku from Samurai Jack with influence from wood carvings.

Toolkit 2: Character - Influence Maps

My character is a Goblin with Trickster and Wood Carving conceits. The environment is a dark forest and the character must sneak into the Goblin King's Tower and the action is hiding.

Goblins from Folk Lore/Fairy Tales

Trickster Archetype

Wood Carvings/Puppets

Goblins in Fiction/Pop Culture

Tree Towers and Wood Carvings of Towers

Dark Forest

9 October 2017

Toolkit 2: Animation 2 (Poses 1-4)

This task involved finding reference images for 5 emotional poses and recreating them with Moom in Maya.

I will update this with the final pose when I have completed it.

Toolkit 2: Animation 3

For this task we were provided a weightlifting video and certain frames to use as reference for posing a character in Maya. Frames 180, 201 and 211 were completed first and frames 198 and 205 were filled in after this.
Frame 180

Frame 198
Frame 201
Frame 205

Frame 211

Collaboration - Death Skit Influence Maps

Sitting Room

4 October 2017

Toolkit 2: Life Drawing 3

20 mins
Chalk and charcoal on black paper

20 mins
4B pencil

5 min poses

3 October 2017

Toolkit 2: Life Drawing 2

20 mins
9B Pencil
I drew the second pose around the first and tried to focus mainly on blocking out shadows

3-5 min poses
9B Pencil, Charcoal, Brush Pen & Coffee

30 mins
Conte crayon & Charcoal

This is work I did before the lesson as Vicky suggested I should look at black and white footage to help me with lighting and movement. Laurel & Hardy seemed appropriate due to the Collaboration project needing comedy.

Collaboration: Ideas After the Acting Class

Here are the ideas that we worked on during the acting class with Dan. We focussed mainly on 'The Wrong Response to Death'. I have quickly written these out for now and we will work further on specific movements and a more resolved script outside of class.

The Wrong Response to Death:

Granny sitting in her living room, fussing over tea set, seat and photo album.
Pan around to see Death approaching the door and then knocking ominously.
Granny rushes to answer door and after a small pause adjusts her glasses.
Death raises a finger to point, very close to grannies forehead.
Granny grabs Death's hand and kisses it, before fussing over him.
She grabs Death's scythe and rushes off screen to place it next to the chair she was fussing over earlier.
She returns and beckons Death inside, tottering around him in a circle, exclaiming over his height, he seems annoyed.
She then stares up at him expectantly.
Granny showing Death the photo album, he holds a cup of tea and seems very bored.
Granny putting a blanket over death, he looks aggravated, incredulous.
Granny turns out the light and totters off.


The Wrong Response to a Kisscam:

A kisscam is pointed at a man and a woman at a football game.
The man looks hopeful and turns to kiss the woman, the crowd around them leans in anticipating.
Instead of kissing the man the woman bursts out laughing.
He looks hurt and she continues to laugh, the crowd are shocked.
The woman is laughing so hard she slips off her seat.
The man shrinks in on himself and the crowd are mostly focused on the game, with one or two people glancing at the not-couple.
The woman pulls herself back on the seat, fanning herself, she calms down and turns to look at the man.
Small pause.
She starts laughing again, the man looks dismayed.
It is now dark and everyone but the man and the woman has left.
She is still laughing.
The man gets out of his seat and edges away.
The woman continues to laugh.

The Wrong Response to a Hair Disaster:

A woman sits at the hairdressers with a hair drying helmet on, reading a magazine.
There are other women around her, dressed in drab clothes, some have rollers in their hair.
The hairdresser comes and starts to remove the helmet and she puts her magazine down, seeming excited.
The helmet comes off and there is a huge frizzy mess underneath, it is very unlike any of the other hairstyles in the room.
The hairdresser looks mortified and the other customers are sneering and shocked.
The woman seems ready to explode.
She shoots her arms out and exclaims with joy! She becomes very colourful.
She dances around with happiness as everyone else looks confused.
She shakes the worried hairdressers hand and bounces about.

We also have an idea that is set at an Art Gallery and a dead insect on the wall being mistaken for art, but this was not fleshed out as much, I have written out my interpretation of this idea, but don't yet have a title.

The Wrong Response to '???':

A janitor is sweeping at an art gallery.
He sees a mosquito and chases it around, through the guests and art, eventually splatting it against an empty space on the wall.
He looks at the mess and tries to scrape it off but just smudges it so it is bigger.
He steps back worried as someone comes along and stares at the dead insect, but they just nod at it and move along.
There is now a large crowd around the 'art', taking notes and photos, murmuring excitedly.
The janitor has returned with some cleaning supplies, he edges through the crowd to get to the insect.
The janitor awkwardly cleans away the mess and there is pause as he stares at the crowd and they stare it him.
The crowd then bursts into applause, thinking that this was all part of the 'art'.

25 September 2017

Collaboration: Research and Story Idea

I have read some of 'Ideas for the Animated Short: Finding and Building Stories' (2008) by Karen Sullivan, Gary Schumer, Kate Alexander. Here are some notes I made from the book.

3 primary elements necessary for a story:

Other story elements:
Inciting Moment
Story question

Story Is King
Keep It Simple
Know Your Concept, Theme or Meaning
Avoid Cliche
Create a Memorable Character
Emotion Drives Action
Show, Don't Tell
Create Conflict
Know Your Ending
Entertain Your Audience
Use Humour
Do Something You Like

I decided to explore 'Wrong response to I love you' as a premise for a single conflict that intensifies:

A character who is looking for love takes their date out to dinner and gives their heart to them, it could appear as something like a candy heart. Their date reacts poorly and they try again with a different date, the reaction gets worse each time. Location is single camera point of view of restaurant table. Could possibly change the date setting, or the season (different weather outside the window).

Possible Reactions:
Leaning back looking uncomfortable and apologetic
Being Disgusted
Running away/climbing out the window

The response of the person our character loves gets worse, but so could their own approach to it. Our character could get so fed up they splat their heart down onto the table in front of the other person and cross their arms and try to glare the other person into submission, looking from the heart to the person and back. Eventually our character could get completely fed up and flip the table up to hit the camera.