Hope Animation and Stop-motion Evaluation

 


“A sense of Hope”

The project was based on the competition with the theme “A sense of hope’. There were certain requirements set by the film institute, which we were expected to meet. We were asked to produce 90 seconds animation in a particular format.

Idea generation and design process

Firstly, I worked in a small group, where we shared our initial ideas and come up with concepts that reflected on the brief given. In my research, I looked at animation history and analysed relevant examples of existing animation. I also created a mood board to visualise my idea and gain inspiration from. After that, I wrote a treatment and drew a storyboard for the animation. To inform my study further I investigate two examples of animation and watched the film Wall-E again. I decided to base my idea on the film as I think that it represents best the core idea of hope for the all human beings. To add on, I have researched animation history and different animation techniques and styles. 

 It was very difficult for me to start with my initial ideas on paper. I have a graphic tablet and it is easier for me to do my drawings straight in Photoshop. Therefore, I digitalised my initial drawings for the characters and scenes.  This digital process was fairly easy for me because I have good Photoshop skills, but the difficult bit came when I started to use Adobe Animate. Fortunately, I quickly adopted the relevant skills, as all Adobe products are similar to each other in terms of functionality.

I created my animation in Photoshop, Adobe Anime and Premier Pro. In order to include the sound to it, I used LMMS software for PC, which is similar to Garage Band on Macs. I taught myself how to use it and I am very pleased with the outcome, as the sound compliments well the animation and helps to convey the story better. 

Time management and sound

Through this assignment, I faced some challenges in regards to my planning, organisational skills and also have some time management issues. Although that I had a plan for this project I did not realise how much time it would take to produce my animation. I was overwhelmed with the theme and very enthusiastic to watch tutorials and explore further the software that I used, so it was hard for me to meet the deadlines set. Despite that, I managed to finish and upload my animation without sound on the competition website. 

If I had more time for this project I would have focused more on adding more details to the character and scenes. Also, I would have made the character movement more fluent.  To sum up, this project was like a milestone for me as it gave me the chance to gain valuable experience in working in a real life project and participate in group discussions and presentations. Trough this project I have learned a lot about Adobe products and adopted some new creative techniques.

Feedback

I set a questionnaire on Google Forms and asked my friends and peers for feedback.  The overall response was positive but it was suggested that I should add more frames to make the animation smoother.

Animation Feedback

Animation compared to professional-standard work

I think my animation is quite good compared to current 2d-style animations. however, there are a few things that could be improved upon – such as adding more frames to make the motion smoother and working on more realistic walk cycles as the current ones are very basic/non-existent.


Stop Motion Animation

As a part of this project, I have been asked to produce short stop-motion animation to promote the letter ‘G’.  I did my research on the stop motion animation and its history, which has helped me to form my concept. I have decided to use Studio Ghibli film cases and I spread them in a form of the letter ‘G’. The camera and lighting were already set up for me so I found it quite easy to do on my own without assistance. I also filmed it back-to-front and later reversed the footage to make it easier to align the cases to form the letter. I stacked the cases in a domino-like effect on top of each other so that they appeared to move as if they were joined together. I added a movie shutter sound to my stop motion to make it seem like it was being played on a film-reel.

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Animation Development

Storyboards

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Once I had come up with my idea, I sketched out a basic storyboard to help me develop my idea further.

 

Initial Artwork Designs

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These were my initial sketchbook designs for the art-style and background scenery. I decided to go with a simplistic style to my artwork to help convey the bleakness and hopelessness of story.

Character Development

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Then, using my graphics tablet and Photoshop, I created a character design and head turnaround for my main (and only) character. I used more tones and desaturated colour as he symbolises the end of life and the last hope of humanity.

Animatic

I then developed my initial sketches and storyboard into a more developed animatic. I decided to use colour sparingly as would help to make the things that I did colour jump out more – such as the flower and the sun.

Initial Animation Design

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From my animatic, I started to develop a rough version of my animation. First, I created a basic skyline based on my animatic and sketched the very basic elements.

Character and Object Art Development

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then, I developed the character – based on my character design, and the buildings. this process was quite time-consuming as it took a long time for me to get the perspective right.

Final Scene and Fog Movement Development

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Next, I added the fog scene at the beginning and the final plant scene that represents hope for life.  I decided to use a green colour for the both the fog and plant as it shows that humanity brought the fog upon themselves – through some unexplained accident.

Middle Walking Scene Motion Development

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Originally I wanted to draw each character movement frame individually, but by this point, I was quickly running out of time so I opted to use tweening for the character motion. This had its own set of problems as I found it very difficult to create a realistic-looking walk cycle so I decided to make the robot have wheels rather than legs and only animate him from the waist up.

Sound Development – Adding Sound

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The sound was perhaps one of the easiest parts of this project for me as I enjoy making soundtracks at home in my spare time. I settled on using a track from my EP called ‘Dissension’ I then cut the track down to length and tweaked the timing of the movement to match the song.

Final Animation

Overall I was quite happy with how it turned out, however, I could have improved upon the smoothness of the final result and added a sound effects track.

Animation Feedback

1- On a scale of 1 to 5 how good was the animationScreen Shot 2017-06-08 at 11.18.09

2- How did it portray hope

  • bc it shows that even against odds life can still exist
  • I think it portrayed hope through the fact that the “Robot?” had to clear the smoke cloud
  • in order for humanity to survive.
  • don’t get it
  • none
  • I’m not sure
  • it didn’t
  • IDK
  • It showed hope where if you try you can help to save the world
  • it had a leaf showing new life
  • Even though robots have taken over the world, they don’t really mind putting it back to
  • how it was
  • life can grow anew
  • Showing plants can still grow on the bombed planet (plus 300 words)
  • no
  • Too many words requested
  • joke man your gonna get 299. with that said yeah it did

3- On a scale of 1 to 5 how good was the sound/music?Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 11.19.32.png

4- On a scale of 1 to 5 how well did the style of the animation suite the theme?

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5- Was the fps suitable

  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes

6- How were the backgrounds

  • Good
  • Good
  • Needs Improvement
  • Good
  • Needs Improvement
  • Good
  • Needs Improvement
  • Good
  • Needs Improvement
  • Good
  • Good
  • Good
  • Good
  • Good
  • Good

7- Did you like the characters

  • Yes
  • No
  • it was ok
  • Yes
  • Neutral
  • No
  • what characters
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • yes when he was the bad guy not anymore
  • when I thought he was pure evil

8- Did you understand the message and what was it

  • the omnics belong on earth bc they will survive us. the plantation also survived, robo no eat plant, hope ensues
  • It was very vague
  • not really
  • no
  • No
  • no
  • no
  • Sort of, like an apocalyptic wasteland getting plant life again
  • yuh
  • Life can survive in Apocalypse
  • hOPE
  • Got clear at the end
  • Not really
  • the power of friendship
  • the power of being green

9- In your opinion what was the best part about the animation?

  • all of it
  • Character Design (When the character appeared)
  • the gas
  • none
  • The plant
  • the robot moving
  • idk
  • The flower at the end
  • the robot design
  • the poinion hat
  • THE FLOWER
  • the ending with the fire blasting the sky the character.
  • when i thought the robot took over the world
  • The robot walking.
  • just the robot

10- What could have been improved about the animation?

  • nothing its lit…except tat walking time thats so long wth man
  • 1) Some of the scenes could be shorter
    2) Animation could be designed better (In terms of quality and art style)
    3) The storyline could’ve been clearer within the animation
  • made it more fluid
  • more frames
  • More frames
  • clear story
  • everything
  • More frames my dude
  • not hold a frame for 3 seconds at a time
  • more frames
  • walking animation
  • made shorter
  • Frames too long
  • frames went on for too long
  • we add a bit of music

Treatment for “A sense of hope” animation

Working Title – Post Apocalyptic Hope

Genre – Animation Short

Duration – Less than 90 seconds

Target Audience – 9/10 – 16/17 year-olds

Outline

  • Beginning
    • Starts with a flashback of past events – end of humanity
    • Robot character is introduced
    • Robot finds map to word-repairing device
  • Middle
    • Main character robot travelling to world-repairing device
  • End
    • Robot fixes planet
    • Plant is seen growing at the end to signify rebirth of life

Character Breakdown

  • Main Character
    • Race: Humanoid robot
    • Backstory: Last thing left on earth after apocalypse
    • Age: N/A

Visual Elements / Mise en Scene-

  • Backgrounds
    • Fairly simple – basic horizon and sky colour
  • Buildings
    • Simplistic
    • Flat colour
  • Fog/Sky
    • Flat colour

Audio

  • Soundtracks
    • Song dissension – fitted to animation
  • Foley/sound effects
    • None/Minimal

Requirements and resources

  • Adobe Animate
  • Garage Band
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Graphics tablet for drawing frames
  • Midi keyboard for writing music score

Constraints and Contingency – What problems are you likely to encounter and how will they be overcome.

  • Lack of time

Legal and ethical considerations

  • Has to be PG
  • Can’t use other people’s ideas/IP

Budget

  • Cost of Adobe CC software – £196 / Year
  • Cost of graphics tablet – £70
  • Cost of audio creation software

Schedule

  • Few years probably to complete to an industry standard
  • Lots of all-nighters to allow for potential problems

2D Animation Project – Idea Generation (Task 2)

Initial Animation Ideas

Mind map

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Plant growing through seasons

  • Timelapse
  • Survival
  • Evolution
  • Growth
  • Post-apocalyptic
  • Personified plant with voice

Hope used by leaders to control people

  • War
  • Soldiers
  • Society
  • Revolution

Robot surviving in post-apocalypse

  • Lack of hope
  • barely surviving
  • Makes/finds object of salvation

development of animation ideas