With this project I learned way more than I was expecting. Through making and reading, through theory and practice I acquired skills and knowledge I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for this foundation year. This project taught me a lot about animation, stop animation particularly and I recomend to anyone who’s thinking about doing art to make a foundation year.
Maybe next time I would have done things slightly differently but that’s what experience gives you, the knowledge of what not to do again
Here is my final animation! Though it’s not what I expected, I am still proud of it.
I hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave comments with feedback!
When I started editing I noticed that no matter the speed, the animation didn’t really look smooth. The motion of the puppet doesn’t feel “real” and there’s too much movement between frames. I was seriously disappointed but I guess it happens… The project went really well but sometimes the outcome is not great. I focused on finish it. The part I liked the most was syncing the voice with the Bird’s beak. It felt amazing when I played from the beginning and I had the feeling that the bird was really talking. I learned a lot of things:
- How to change an audio tune on garage band
- How to export audio on garage band
- How to work with audio on iMovie
- How to cut audio and sync it with the video on after effects
- How to export an iMovie file.
I spent the whole day making the animation. Moving the puppet over and over again. It was really exhausting but I was curious the final animation and that kept me motivated. I found it really hard to move the puppet and not leave marks but I did my best and some say that that even keeps the animation alive. (who knows). I am hoping for the best, I still have to edit but since I have some experience it should be relatively fast.
I am really excited!
Note: on my journal I have all the technical notes that Adrien told me about camera settings and lighting. For the editing phase, I will also use a sheet given by Adrien on a previous project on after effects. Big shoutout to Adrien whose the most helpful Technician for me!
I am curently working on the “making of” video where I’ll have a compilation of photos and tmie-lapse videos of me making the puppet, the set and the animation itself. It is going prey well since I am using iMovie to make it simple. I have it almost complete and now I can focus only on the animation.
Quick Reflection: I believe this video will add a lot to my project. It will have a greater impact if I show how everything was done. For now I am slightly worried about time but I will figure it out. If I would repeat this project I’d say I’d probably start it earlier ( but I guess that’s what everyone says ) and I would make a bigger set because my current one feels small for my puppet proportions.
When I was booking the photo studio for my animation I was surprised by the available slots.. I only had wendnesday so I asked for the whole day on wendnesday and that’s what I got!
The fact that the studio was overbooked actually gave me more time to do some extra sheets I wanted:
The set design sheet and the storyboarding sheet.
I also had more time to finish my set. I painted the volleyball field lines and painted the balls as well. I also added the 3D logos of the other existing birds and the club logo on the back wall.
I am quite happy with the set and now I am definitely ready to start animating. It’s a bit scary to think about the short time I have left… This project has been a huge step in my learning. Hopefully, everything will go ok with the animation part.
I finally finished my volleyball net. The project is going as planned though I am leaving a lot of work for the last week. I am loving the experience of this project and I keep learning everyday. I feel like I am pushing myself every day, in a good way.
Now I am looking at some videos before starting the animation… As I researched, it really helps if we have a video of a person making the same gestures we want the bird to make so I asked my dad to make some video with different gestures and expressions for the different lines of the Bird. And so he did!
(just a screenshot of the video)
With this I intend to study the movement so the bird looks more natural! I also asked Lucy Barlett (my voice), to film herself talking so I could study her lip movement so it would be easier to sync with the Bird’s beak.
I am getting closer to animate and it has been a long long journey. I think that technically, the project is working but my problems will appear while making the animation and I won’t have a lot of time to fix them. Perhaps the plasticine moulding could have gone better but I still have time to fix it. I am truly excited to start “shooting”
To do list (next):
- improve bird, soften the plasticine
- paint clay volleyballs
- paste backdrop onto the set