Monday, April 13, 2009

Force Animation

This was the first assignment in my character II animation class. The point of the assignment was to understand weight and the force of two characters interacting. This one was tough, but I learned how the body reacts to an outside force and how the legs always move to catch the weight of the body. I tried new approaches to moving holds, which I still have a lot of trouble with. I also focused on breaking up the arms so that they were not twinned.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Story Sketch Assignment 3

Story Sketch 3
This assignment required the protagonist to be a cube and it had to deal with the theme of perseverance.
This one was particularly hard because a cube is a difficult character to establish with the theme that was given. I heard the phrase "think out of the box" and developed my story from there.

Rigid Cube was walking on his usual endless path when he came across beautiful, sleek Hourglass. In an attempt to win her attention, and perhaps a bit of her time, he handed her a bouquet of flowers. She looked away in discontent. So he tried again, this time it was a box of chocolates. She yawned in boredom. Then, he presented her with lavish jewelry. Despite this, she was not impressed. Cube slowly walked away, feeling defeated. As he peered back, Triangle and Trapezoid began to flex their angles in an attempt to show off. Determined to gain her attention, Cube pulled out a razor and begin to shave off his corners until they were smoothly rounded. He walked back to Hourglass with a strong strut. As he drew closer, Hourglass turned away from the other shapes. Cube placed his hands against his face and began to rotate them in an almost rhythmic pattern. She froze as the sand in her chest practically stopped moving. The other shapes gasped. She left them behind, and joined cube on his endless walk back to pass the time together.

I worked on the theme of perception of time and perception of beauty. But I also included the idea of thinking outside the box. (or cube in this case!)

Story Sketch Assignment 2

Story Sketch 2
For this assignment, we had to use two characters and place them in a totally random environment that didn't relate to them. Our theme had to be "dealing with death."
I was forced to have a degree of randomness and disorder in this story. It was hard for me to develop an idea of chaos to organize, so I got my friend Zane to set up a situation for me and then tried to contain it from there.

The houses begin to look like dots as the hot air balloon raised higher and higher into the blue sky. There were two lucky riders, one man with a crisp tuxedo, a top hat and a briefcase filled with flowers, wands and other toys of deception, the other, a lanky boy with slightly tattered clothes, a boom box and backpack. The two gazed upon the shrinking world below them as they floated higher and higher into the endless blue sea. They began to pass over a dense forest when the balloon started to emit disturbing sounds. After a loud pop, the balloon began to plummet uncontrollably. The rich colors of the balloon became blurs in the sky as they began to fall. The swift artist of illusion grabbed on to the side of the basket, screaming, and opened his briefcase attempting to pull out anything that could save him, sheets, and handkerchiefs, even doves. The boy just stood there, gazing at the spinning imagery of the warm sun and the sky melting into the green of forest. Moments later, the air balloon aggressively collided with a large pine tree. As the dust cleared, the boy weakly pulled himself from the basket and turned around to see the silenced magician, entangled within his colored handkerchiefs in the twisted branches of the tree.

Story Sketch Assignment 1

Story Sketch 1:
Our requirements included only having one character and we had to use a binocular as a prop.
After writing this story, I learned to "show not tell." I had to re-write it a couple times because I was telling how the character felt instead of showing it.

It's after bedtime in a dark room. Tim pulls off the covers from over his head, shaking in fear. he takes out his night vision binoculars from his nightstand and checks the premise. He looks around each part of the room, making sure not to miss a spot. He takes a deep sigh of relief and places his binoculars back in his drawer for the next night. The next night, Tim pulls off his covers again, shaking just as fiercely as the previous night. He goes to pull out his handy pair of night vision binoculars from the drawer, but they are not there. Terrified, he pulls the covers over his head and breathes heavily. He stays up all night in fear until he finally realized the sun had come out. He pulls off the covers in disbelief that he has made it through the night without his goggles. He jumps atophis bed in a hero stance. Then, he runs to the squeaky basement door, swings it open boldly, and begins to take a step. Then, he changes his mind, flings the door closed, and pulls out his slingshot.

Concept Design

For my concept design class, I have to come up with the idea for my senior film. In preparation, we have a bunch of "story sketch assignments." Every class, we are given certain elements of the story and we have to go from there.