This past week was the final week in Moving image and Photography where I was in a group of five to make a very short animation in a few days.
The subject we had to base our animation on was the words ‘break’ or ‘brake’ – I did a big mind map of BREAK as there were seemingly far more ideas for this definition….
- Emotional Break – up ( Heart break)
- Break dancing
- Breaking Bones
- Breaking Glass
- And my personal favourite ….BREAKING Wind.
The rest of the group wasn’t too certain of my favourite theme for a comical animation based on the last idea. ( I wonder why?)
So, instead we developed our ideas on Time being broken. Ours was a surreal animation which when you see it, I feel has a resemblance to some of the works Pink Floyd have done.
Storyboarding it begins with a clock face that jams and freezes. This then explodes to reveal a basic silhouette of a human head. Cogs and gears resemble the brain. As the mind works we have different emotions shown: sadness, rebirth and finally death. After this the clock face reassembles over the head completing the cycle.
The materials used in this included: an actual clock, which I disassembled to scavenge the hands, variety of foam board, plasticine and black. These were chosen for more depth and texture and a slight 3D look.
This was a really cheap clock, bough in a shop, taken apart to use the hands. I chose this one as it had eccentric cogs!
As a team we all took turns to animate . A camera and light rigging was suspended above the scene. We worked on the Mac, using Dragon Frame to capture each shot. We then edited it using Final Cut Pro. I thoroughly enjoyed working in this team as we all participated well and shared ideas. My section of animation was the raindrops emerging from the clouds and rolling down the head. I really got into this by making the rain splatter and trickle the nose.
HS doing the editing using Final Cut Pro.
Overall, this was a great teamwork experience. We all worked well: quickly, enthusiastically and professionally. Below is the final piece.
This was an animation I completed in ’98 at Richmond-Upon-Thames College based on the theme of fashion.