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Final Idea-Snowman

After sometime stressing over what I was going to do I finally have an idea. It’s a sad one though.

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Basic idea:

Snowman in snow globe sees a real snowman outside and becomes sad about his situation.

A breakdown:

Camera starts on snowman very happy and content

He’s looking around at his surroundings in amazement

A (toy) train goes past

He watches the train go by, we then see the train go around him

The camera zooms out to show he is in a snow globe

Zoom back in, he’s still following the train which takes his gaze over to a window

He can see through the window next to him

There is a real snowman outside

He is sad and jealous of the snowman outside

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Now just decide whether 3D or stop motion is the way forward.

Here’s a cute animation + inspiration for the design of the snowman

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Ideas

After being given a new brief a week ago I still haven’t settled on an idea. I have been through a snail stuck on a side walk, a puffer fish with a fear and the idea of a little wool character.

Snail:

My idea of a snail of the pavement struggling to get to where he wants to be so he finds something to make him go faster feels like a cliche. It feels so obvious. In this the snail would go from frustrated to happy.

Puffer fish:

I had an idea of a puffer fish encountering a watch with an alarm set on it. The watch falls down next to the fish in the sea. He investigates and after a while the alarm goes off scaring the fish causing him to puff up, This again feels like its been over done. The fish would go from happy and content to scared.

Wool:

I had no idea where I was going with this idea it just came to mind as something I could use for stop motion if I chose to take that route.

Change of ideas

I felt like things weren’t quite going my way with rigging. So, to avoid spending too much time not animating I changed what I was doing. I’m now pushing a box. Although this is a very simple idea it has allowed me to start animating without too much of problem. It was a case of soldier through with 3 weeks left or get the animation to a good standard on a basic idea. Obviously I took the latter idea.

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Weeds

My idea involves a gardener would is pulling out weeds from his/her garden. There are two large weeds and one smaller weed. The gardener uses two hands to pull the first weed, expecting it to be difficult to pull. It comes out with ease. The second large weed they pull out with one hand. Easy. Believing the final weed will not require much effort at all they go to grab it with their fingers. However. this weed does not budge. the gardener pulls and pulls. Eventually the weed comes out, the gardener falls backwards and wonders what just happened.

Video References

Basic Story Board

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I want to draw a more detailed story board so I really understand what’s going to happen. However for now stick figures will do.

Character design review

All the drawings from this project…

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The design for his face I am happy with, even if he does look like Jason Statham. I think he’s the right amount of rugged and rough while still being able to smarten up and be a gentleman.

The expression sheet could definitely be better. It has made me realise I need to draw expressions more and work on developing a style. I really need to sit down and work out how to best show expressions.

I’m actually kinda happy with the turn around to say its the first one I’ve done. Looking at it now however I realise it doesn’t quite line up properly. This was an oversight that on reviewing my work I can see. I think my turnaround could have also done with facial expressions but due to time pressures I decided not to do this.

I think my story telling poses could have been better but again due to time pressure this is what happened.

I think I should have timed things better with this project knowing that I’d never done any of this before and might need time.