The main challenges, as I said in my first post about this project, were:
-Learning new techniques, rotoscoping and after effects. Now increased by the possibility of doing 2D animation.
-The lack of time (working fast-paced and creating a good piece of work in less than one month)
-Fitting the story in 60′
After last thursday I was feeling so confused about the project that I decided not to close any door.
I discarded 3 of the ideas:
-CREATIVE DISTRACTIONS: The idea of elements in my desk talking to me were seductive because the technique wasn’t too complicated, but I thought it wasn’t original enough.
-A RAINY NIGHT: Monsters getting close to me in a dark rainy night, I still like this idea but I should have to change angles of the camera several times to make it more interesting and I didn’t feel the final effect would be very enganging, though I am thinking I will try to plan it again and make it in the future.
-TINDER DATE: With this idea I gave a go with my camera and I went to record some shots to a restaurant, I realized that without help for the script it would be difficult to create a conversation genuinely engaging.
IDEAS IN PROCESS
I selected 2 ideas because I wasn’t sure of which one would get a better result and because I wanted to learn 2 techniques: Rotoscoping in Photoshop and 2D animation
1-I JUST WANT CHANGE
I kept the idea and recorded it at Stoke’s Croft with my partner.
Complications: He didn’t take it very seriously (though he put effort on it) and I had no experience directing and recording so I had to learn a lot about editing in Premiere to get a piece of material to start rotoscoping in photoshop. Also I found complications fitting it in the time stablished, ending up with 90′.
A first sketch of the edited footage to start rotoscoping:
First 3 seconds of rotoscoping
2-SEEKING FOR LOVE IN LOVE CANYON
I came up with a new storyboard about one of my illustrations: Love Canyon
Logline: An alien feels lonely and finds love through a Dating App
Style: 2D animation
Technique: Hand-drawn elements edited in photoshop and animated in After Effects
First Week Development:
-Design of characters, elements and backgrounds
-First test animation (The simpsons?):I learnt basic element animation in after effects, key framing and parenting elements.
-Second test animation: Involving character animation.
I learnt about rigging a basic body but, some problems start to appear:
-How do I move the characters without moving the bodies?
*New challenge for the week: learning face animation
-How do I create a nice transition that makes the character look for tinder in his phone apps?
Next steps: start developing the other 2 scenes.