After a week of retrying, reediting and redoing we improved and changed our animatic dramatically.
After we presented our animatics and storyboards, our tutor wanted us to think more about each important movement in pose to pose actions. We were shown a short clip from the 1977 film ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’. He showed us a 40 second clip of Piglet getting swooped up by a leaf and being blown away, only to bump into Pooh bear. He let us watch this clip about 4-5 times and then gave us the sound clip from that piece of film. Without being able to see the film any more we had to draw out the storyboard for that piece of film, determining what happens when by the sound clip we were given. I have to say, i absolutely loved this exercise, it was fun and helpful.
We began by practicing drawing Pooh Bear and Piglet. Here are some quick sketchbook sketches.
We drew out rectangular boxes in our sketchbooks and began drawing what we could picture in our minds from what we had earlier watched. The clip began with leaves being blown and one large leaf being center screen.
We see Piglet sweeping away leaves outside his house when the wind momentarily lifts him from the ground.
The large leaf lifts piglet and blows him away for quite a while until he finally bumps into Pooh Bear and the leaf blows away.
Piglet continues to get blown away by the wind and Pooh slowly follows whilst watching.
Piglet gets lifted higher into the sky by the wind and Pooh sleepily continues to watch.
Pooh jumps up at the last minute and grabs piglets scarf, it begins to unravel and Piglet continues to be blown in the sky, getting higher and higher.
The scarf unravels until Piglet is holding onto the last piece of the unraveled thread. We see a final shot looking down at Pooh to explain how high up Piglet is.
This story happens for about 40 seconds of film and it took me about 45 story board drawings to depict. As you can see here i have only shown a few.
After i did this i decided that i had enjoyed it so much that i would extend on practicing the characters. I wanted to show in my sketchbook the films style and use of colour, here is a little water colour painting i did of Piglet outside his home in the big oak tree.
I did these little drawings of Pooh bear in different poses using copic markers.
I really enjoyed drawing Piglet, probably as i got to draw him so much throughout so decided to do many different piglet poses and then added colour using Copic Markers.
I really enjoyed this project and would like to do something like this again in the future.
We decided that rather than focusing on the fact its a jellyfish world we decided to focus on humans within the jellyfish who were experimented on and turned into animals. We decided to use the group aka me, Tyrone, Aidhan, Charlie and Hannah as the main characters. I am an octopus, Tyrone is a werebear, Aidhan is a bull, Charlie is a cat and Hannah is a possum/Squirrel. As you can see below.
We decided to storyboard the idea of post it notes and stick them up and change them around until we got the desired shots and got the story making sense.We are looked at as super hero style characters. We escape from our tubes were we have been put into a coma and turn into out animal selves, we have a childs tv show style title sequence. We originally want to break the problem and become human but realise we like the powers we get along with being these animal creatures. As you can see below.
i decided to focus on the scene of us breaking out of our tubes and as you can see below i put it in a little video, sadly as i only have a trial of the software, there is a watermark over the film.
I am looking forward to seeing the finished product with all of our work included.
Time for a brief evaluation on the past 6 weeks. The past 6 weeks have been alot of hard work, but they have mainly been alot of fun. Not only have we created a sketchbook, a blog, a film and an animatic, but we have made friends, good friends, and for me being an awkward, small, knitting, comic reading, tea drinking 21 year old disney fanatic is a bit of an accomplishment in itself.
In week one it was really a week of bouncing off wacky ideas and post it noting them onto the window. We realised pretty quickly that the theme of perception was leading us down some pretty twisted, creepy ideas based around mental health. We quickly liked the idea of basing it around schizophrenia and the seven deadly sins. I also did sketchbook work and research on what exactly perception is and did a quick story board for an idea that never lead anywhere.
In week two we began developing ideas based on the seven deadly sins. We had come up with an idea of having a character or characters be each sin and give them torturous punishments for these sins, for example the glutton would be deep fried in oil. We realised that this would be impossible to accomplish unless it was animated and as Conann pointed out, we would drown in a 2 minute animation needing made in 6 weeks unless it was limited animation and we realised that wouldn’t be very effected for the ideas and imagery we wished to create.
In week two we needed to get our heads down and get a solid idea down and get to work with it. We liked the idea of judgement and how it affects people mentally and physically which is were schizophrenia came back into the picture. As Niamh from our team is a model we decided to focus on the life of a model. Megan came up with the idea of Niamh having a doppelgänger. We started sketching out rough storyboard ideas and specific shots we envisioned.
Monday of week 4 something great happened. Megan came in with an animatic created of how she envisioned the story, we fell in love and tweaked and worked it from there. We created the story of a young model who gets a letter in the post informing her she got a fantastic modelling job. She goes to the job feeling ecstatic and begins posing, the interviewer says she’s not good enough for it anymore. When Niamh turns around her face is awfully disfigured and wounded, to a horrifying extent. In the film we will begin to hear voices and thoughts running through her head from her doppelgänger ‘your a disgrace’ ‘did you eat today? i hope you didn’t’ ‘they aren’t laughing with you, they’re laughing at you.’ etc. The character turns to alcohol and in a moving scene draws pre surgery lines on her face describing the major alterations she feels she needs to make. She passes out drunk on her bed and when she rolls over to face the camera in her sleep we will see her face cut up and wounded once more. This sort of thing will continue in the film and the haunting voices in her head will get worse and worse until she cant take it anymore, grabs a scalpel and rips apart her face, she will scream more as the voices get louder and more over bearing and the film will end.
We began shooting by the end of this week.
Week 5 we spent a lot of time filming and began basic editing and searching for the correct sounds needed for the film.
The end is near! We worked our butts off this week editing and reshooting very early in the week with shots that hadn’t looked right when we saw them edited together. Early today we had what we thought a good finished film, but i feel we had gotten to engulfed in the work load that we couldn’t judge the film anymore like someone who had never seen it before and couldn’t understand what was easy to read and what was confusing. We got some outsiders perspective from Andrew of second year and Mike, one of our tutors. Andrew was honest as we had asked him to be and explained that he didn’t really understand Megan’s part in the film as the stalker/ghost/doppelganger. We quickly edited her scenes to make Megan appear ghost like and it worked very successfully.
Mike was even more critical and explained that he couldn’t understand or read a lot of it and that the sound we had worked on wasn’t working well. Since we were focusing on schizophrenia we decided to bring in even more voices representing the thoughts in Niamhs head. We spent all evening in uni fixing these problems, we didnt leave until after 8pm but i feel we have majorly fixed our problem. With our deadline in the morning, im glad we got the positive criticism today and got things sorted out.
I thoroughly enjoyed this project although it did have some exhaustingly long days especially when shooting. I wont lie, i’m glad its all over, but i did enjoy the project. If we were to do it again i would have asked for the criticism we got much earlier in the project and more often as it really pushed our film in the best direction possible.
The end has finally arrived and we finished our film today for the deadline tomorrow morning. It has had a lot of issues and major changes along the way, especially today right at the end. It came to our attention that the film wasn’t reading well enough and so we changed some shots and changed the sound dramatically leading us to stay in uni until 8pm. I hope it reads in the way it was intended and expresses anger, pride, vanity and mental illness such as schizophrenia. I hope it is moving and frightening and most of all i hope you enjoy it. It was a lot of fun to make, but i am incredibly glad its all over.
We have dramatically changed the film since these were shot and basically edited but it gives you an idea of the story and position in which the story reads.
Since then we have fully edited, added it many transitions and filters and we have worked hard on voice recordings of and given it a real schizophrenic approach.
Film opens in black when a letter comes through the door and fills the shot with light.
When the see lead character opening and reading letter.
We see a close up shot of the letter which informs us she has been selected to model for model Belfast.
We then see the lead character happily walk out the door.
She happily looks up at the sky and takes a deep breath of fresh air.
This shot then transitions into a new scene of her doing the same pose whilst modelling at her shoot.
We then see her continue to strike a few poses.
She oozes confidence.
We then see a camera flash
We then see the mouth of what we can assume is the interviewer saying ‘youre not good enough for this anymore’.
We go back to another shot of the lead character posing in a full body shot.
We see another camera flash
We then see a side view of the interviewer snidely saying ‘i’m sorry’
The lead character swivels around in her chair to face the camera. We see her face become wounded and horrifying.
Screen fades to black
The hand held shaking expresses that the lead character is drunk
The drunken character judges her appearance to point were she begins to draw on pre surgery lines as if to alter her image drastically.
We then change to a shot of the character drunkenly stumbling to her bed.
She flops onto her bed.
Her back to the camera.
In her drunken slumber she rolls over to reveal her face, horribly changed, with deep wounds.
The camera fades to black
Camera blurs into the next morning
We see the character putting on her jacket to leave the house, her face perfectly fine again.
As she walks out the camera transitions and we see her walking out of the house with her face looking horrible again.
We see her walk out the door.
We then see a shot of her as a normal person having a normal fun time socializing. We begin to see a character
We see a shot of the lead character walking home, the stalker/ghost soon follows looking hauntingly pale.
Once the lead character walks into her home we see a foot wedge open the door, no doubt its the stalker.
We then see the lead character using the scalpel to cut into the pre-surgery lines.
The shot changes to layers of film of her cutting herself, we see blood pouring down her face.
We her pain and blood
Enough is enough and she screams
The screen fades to black.