Monday, 28 February 2011

Productiona Note - 28 FEB 2011

In regard to the individual tutorial today, I have to think seriously about a music composer, who could involve my project, and the technique, in which I may use. Actually, the current music in my animatic is fine. But I rather like to have more electronic sound in it due to the future setting. Wayne is going to introduce me to a girl who was in the team which made The Happy Duckling (2009). With her advice, I may found a good direction and a connection with a good musician.

Wayne also gave me comments for my animatic. He said that it's pretty good now. But I should aware a 'crossing the line' at thirty-third second. I perhaps solve it by slowly turning the camera's angle a 'wee' bit. He also think that the final sentences aren't necessary, audiences could understand the whole story and messages without them anyway.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

The Crowd Solution

Regarding to the crowd problem in which I found last time, I've just got an idea how to solve it. Based on my previous work experience in Kantana Animation Studios, I found that I could greatly reduce 'production cost' by planning carefully about the scale of pre-production. Instead of making four extra characters, I could make just one by replacing some difference accessory, such as hat and scarf, beside changing a few texture.

I discuss this with Adam today to ensure about shared rigging. He said that it's possible. This may lead to my final decision on technique which would be used on my project.

The crowd simulation concept is very suitable. We used a software called Massive in Khankluay 2. Anyway, I think I'm not going to use a simulation software in this case because it's too expensive in production aspect. The maximum is 12 characters in a shot. Just Animation may be enough.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Initial Pixie Sketches

Since the last Christmas, my script have been changed from the old shepherd to the little candle girl. Thence it changed to the little match girl finally. These are initial Pixie, the main character, sketches. I found that they aren't satisfied yet because they look too lovely. According to the story, Pixie is a homeless girl. So she should look more poor.
The Little Match Girl (The Little Candle Girl) - Character Sketch

The Little Match Girl (The Little Candle Girl) - Character Sketch

How Should a Metropolis be in Next 50 Years?

Now, I've moved to the environment design process. The animation use a future metropolis as its backdrop. So I'm researching that how the city should be.

Personally, I believe that a future metropolis tends to be builded by using more space in the air, for instance, buildings would be very high, and have very thin basement but broad roof-deck. Although nobility may be interested moving to the countryside in the present days, middle class tends to be more interested to live in the city centre due to convenience. I think this concept would continue to the next decades, and affects the city development plan.

The Direction Problem

I'm planing about which technique is most suitable for my project. Three-dimension would be a great choice for my future because I would understand better in unfamiliar field. Anyway, it will come with a ton of pre-production jobs.

After have a discuss with Adam, I found that a crowd in the animation is a big problem. I need a least four extra characters for those shots. However, he said that I could solve the problem by repeating a same character for the citizen. It depend on the design and style which will be used. This problem may affect the design direction.

The Little Match Girl - Animation (version 1)

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The Little Match Girl - Animation (version 1)

Here is my project's animatic. I wonder if you could help me develop it by leaving comments.

I had planed to make my animation shorter than a minute before I found that the shortage of time leads to difficulties in narrative. Although audiences could understand the main message of the story, a considerable number of them was confuse in details. Adding more few shots could illustrate the details more clearly. Thus the time has been extended to a minute and half which means more works.

The animatic used free foley and music from http://www.freesfx.co.uk/. I am looking for a sound and music composer who wants to involve my project. If you are interested, please let me know.