LIVE BRIEF – project V

CLOSE TO THE END PROGRESS & OTHER STUFF

 

Rig

While me and Aaron were working on some changes to the environment of the scenes Maria was creating a rig with Duik plug for After Effects.

I must say that this rig wasn’t a dream tool to animate what we needed but we managed and it doesn’t look that bad (I think)

 

I forgotten to mention before:

Designs

We designed our characters and environment in Adobe Illustrator. We chose it because BYG System’s logo we received was made in it and it is also good in cooperation with After Effects. Vector graphic is generally simple and easy, therefore it seemed to be the best choice.

Character Designs

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Changes we made to character seem to be a really good choice. Our characters look cute but not too much, they definitely seem alive, 3 dimensional and more friendly (we made limb shorter and thicker, added white to the eyes and glimpse in them, also they are more simplified no and don’t have assigned sex).

Progress

 

 

 

Sorry for the bad quality but I had troubles with internet and i recorded it with my phone just to update my group on the progress.

 

WE ARE NEARLY DONE THOUGH

 

References:

GIPHY. (2017). Christmas Movies GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. [online] Available at: https://media.giphy.com/media/xUySTUriHMB9TOipBS/giphy.gif [Accessed 24 May 2017].

 

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CONFERENCE CALL WITH BYG

 

Today we had conference call with BYG on our current progress.

Unfortunately they were concerned with the low amount of animation we had to show, but we explained why (we had troubles with rigging the characters), of course we weren’t trying to excuse ourselves. It is our fault, we just wanted them to know that we weren’t lazy.

They requested more emails informing on our progress to ease their worry that we won’t make it on time.

They also suggested changing “π = 3.14” which appears on the pc screen to a more difficult mathematical problem .

In general they liked what we made. We apologised for the amount we had for them and promised to work harder. From now on we will be informing them on what is each member working as well as sending them our progress and asking for feedback.

References:

GIPHY. (2017). Robin Williams GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. [online] Available at: https://media.giphy.com/media/5sWLnNE1WQnGo/giphy.gif [Accessed 19 May 2017].

TOON VS ACTOR – project IV

EVALUATION

Working on this project was surprisingly really time consuming. I gained a lot of information and I had troubles deciding what is really important and how to put it all together in a desired way. But I did it.

I think that I have achieved what I wanted – it isn’t a script for an obvious learning film but a fun short film with a subtle way of selling the information, I think this way it works better. We plant the information in the audience’s heads and let them figure it out on their own (this should probably also make them feel better about them selves – they will think that they are sooo clever).

I made only 2 pages of storyboard in which among explaining what is happening I’ve placed types of the shots I am would expect while making the film. I didn’t translate the whole script in to a storyboard, because it was surprisingly time consuming and I decided that 2 pages are enough to prove my understanding of the matter.

Overall – I feel more knowledgeable now (understanding these little things can really help someone who is aiming to have a future in the film industry whether it is an animation or a regular film)

References:

GIPHY. (2017). Hey Violet GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. [online] Available at: https://media.giphy.com/media/3owyp4lrgQjqeLe0hy/giphy.gif %5BAccessed 12 May 2017].

GIPHY. (2017). Reaction GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. [online] Available at: https://media.giphy.com/media/26tPplGWjN0xLybiU/giphy.gif %5BAccessed 12 May 2017].

 

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Done

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Normal version – it might be easier to read here, since the pictures are not very big

 

Toon vs. actor – Clash of the universes

Dark evening. Regular looking front room. A regular looking guy (Mike) sitting on the sofa, eating popcorn and watching cartoons (TURBO CAT). TV screen is the only source of light.

Guy speaks with his mouth full of popcorn staring at the screen. Turbo Cat is fighting someone, he just used a pawzooka (bazooka-pawzooka).

MIKE – Oh man, Turbo Cat is so cool. I wish toons were alive.

Cartoon action stops. Turbo cat breaks the third wall and looks at our guy.

TURBO CAT– What are you on about mate? We are alive!

Mike chokes on the popcorn.

MIKE – Woah?! The hell?!

TURBO CAT – Chill man, you’re acting like you’ve had too much catnip.

Turbo Cat comes out of the TV (‘The Ring’ style). Mike is hiding behind the sofa. Turbo Cat walks towards him. Tv becomes blank.

TURBO CAT – Okay, you are starting to annoy me now. You’ve been watching every single episode of Turbo Cat through the last 3 seasons. Don’t you get it yet? I AM THE GOOD GUY. Now stop hiding behind the sofa.

Mike sits back on the sofa, he is staring at Turbo Cat with his mouth wide opened. Turbo Cat positions himself on the other end of the sofa, looks at Mike and reaches with one hand towards him while saying.

TURBO CAT – Okay, I may have done it wrong. I’m Turbo Cat, nice to meet you.

Guy is still staring.

TURBO CAT – Mike, shake my hand and tell me your name.

Mike shakes Turbo Cat’s hand.

MIKE – Mike.

Short moment of silence. Then Mike shouts.

MIKE – Wait. If you already know my name, why did you ask? And how the hell do you know my name?!

TURBO CAT – Look, I was just trying to be polite, okay? You already know my name, too. And just how do you think I know you’ve never missed an episode?

Mike whispers

MIKE – You’ve been watching me.

Turbo Cat, shakes his head with an approval and starts eating popcorn. Mike becomes ‘stiff’.

MIKE – NO NO NO When you say you’ve been watching me, you mean like, you’ve seen everything?!

Turbo cat continuously eats popcorn

TURBO CAT – Yeah, pretty much.

MIKE – So you’ve seen me doing…

TURBO CAT – Yup. But I’d rather forget that image. So please don’t bring it up again, okay?

Mike shouts

MIKE – OH MY GOD, You’re a stalker!

Mike leans toward Turbo Cat who seems to completely ignore him and whispers

MIKE – I’m gonna kill you.

TURBO CAT – Mike, I’m a cartoon. You can’t kill me and don’t forget that I am the super hero in here, so there is no way you’d win. Now, calm down and enjoy this holy moment, will ya.

Mike goes back on to his spot.

A longer moment of silence. Turbo Cat is eating popcorn while Mike is heavily thinking (you can see it on his face [poor thing]). Finally he speaks

MIKE – Soo… are you like, real?

TURBO CAT – I’m as real as long as you think of me, mate. It all depends on you. As long as you enjoy my story, I’m a star.

MIKE – But you know, you look much more high quality than in the tv. All the shadows and stuff

TURBO CAT – Oh you don’t like it? I can go back to the original. I just thought it would make you feel more comfortable if I had some realistic shadows and lights on me you know, to fit in properly…

Mike is trying to speak

MIKE – No, it’s okay I was just asking

TURBO CAT – … or maybe you’re a fan of more modern techniques? I can do that too.

Turbo Cat changes in to a hyper-realistic version of himself (perfect CGI).

MIKE – OH WOW. You look great!…

TURBO CAT – Yeah thank you. It’s pretty amazing right? Do believe that I truly am real now?

MIKE – …I would even say you look too great.

TURBO CAT – Wait what? How can I look too great? Man, you make no sense. I’ve been trying hard to impress you and you…

MIKE – No, no wait, don’t get me wrong, you look awesome it’s just… You look too good for the place you are in. Look around.

Turbo Cat looks around

MIKE – See, everything in here is really boring and low detail, and you are a very high quality piece. And in this environment, the realism makes you look even more unreal.

TURBO CAT – I see what you mean now. It’s not a very good mise-en-scene. I’ll go back to my old self now.

Turbo Cat, kind of upset, changes back in to his original shadowless TV version self.

MIKE – You know, I actually believe that some things should never have a ‘makeover’. And not because they are not good enough but because it takes their charm away… But… do you mind bringing the shadows back though, they kind of suit you in this dimension.

TURBO CAT – Sure

Turbo Cat brings the shadows back, still a little bit down.

TURBO CAT – I’ve heard that it’s hard work being a toon in the real world. All the shadows, interactions and all the REAL stuff. But I didn’t realise it is so hard with CGI. You do like your things believable huh?

MIKE – Don’t get me wrong. I know you’re alive cause I’m talking to you, (unless I am crazy…) but it just feels weird if you are breaking all the rules of the real world. Then, you don’t fit in, you know? It makes you look fake. You need a golden mean.

TURBO CAT – You mean something like this?

While saying it Turbo Cat stretches his arm across the sofa and to the other side of Mike’s body, then he taps Mike on a shoulder. When Mike looks in this direction Turbo Cat’s hand slaps him repeatedly in the face. By the time when Mike goes to grab the hand it is already back in it’s place at the other side of the sofa, where Turbo Cat is heavily laughing.

Turbo Cat talks while laughing.

TURBO CAT – This was fun. I might actually stay in this world. You were so busy talking about being realistic, you’ve forgotten that I’m a cartoon. Mike, don’t you ever forget there is nothing that I can’t do that you can.

Mike, angry, is about to jump on Turbo Cat to bit him up. When the image fades and he wakes up. In the dark front room, on the sofa, in front of the TV – Turbo Cat rerun is on. Mike looks at the screen with a shine in his eyes, he is still overwhelmed with a dream. Turbo Cat just used a pawzooka.

Mike says.

MIKE – Well actually I think there is. Someone has to animate you! You might have managed to fool me for a second but it is you who is stuck in the TV, not me! You are just a caricature of life!

He gets up off the sofa and stops for a moment. The Turbo Cat cartoon continues normally. Mike finally manages to free himself from the dreamy delusions and while heading towards the kitchen door (to the right from the sofa) he says

MIKE – Oh man, I was just shouting at a cartoon character, I really gotta stop working so hard.

When Mike crosses the kitchen-front room barrier we hear Turbo Cat’s voice say

TURBO CAT – Next time, I am taking you in to my world, Mike. And then, we will see who is unreal.

 

THE END

 

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Finally….

 

References:

GIPHY. (2017). Homer Simpson GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. [online] Available at: https://media.giphy.com/media/xT5LMQ8rHYTDGFG07e/giphy.gif [Accessed 12 May 2017].

TOON VS ACTOR – project IV

Character Designs

Next to the toon character I decided to draw my idea of the life action character (I thought it would be good if I draw him and the environment, just so you know how I imagine it).

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Name: Mike

Age: in his 20s

Heigh: 180cm

Build: Regular

Clothes: Dark jeans, grey t-shirt with green sleeves, red and yellow stripey socks

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown

Additional Information: Loves Turbo Cat cartoon series

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Name: Turbo Cat

Age: Unknown

Heigh: 150cm

Build: Regular

Clothes: Red shorts, Dark grey vest, black tie, white short sleeved shirt

Eyes: Black

Fur: Grey-blue

Additional Information: Has a bazooka fist, stalker

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Turbo Cat & Mike

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Turbo Cat – action pose

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The room

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IDEA

 

While thinking and reading all the references for the project I finally got an idea what I’d like to do.

I am planning to write a script about a guy sitting on the sofa in the front room, watching cartoons. After a while the main character of the cartoon will come out of the TV and have a conversation with our guy. I want to make it more interesting, as if it was supposed to be an actual short film for all audiences, in which I will try to educate them but with not a straight forward message. I don’t want it to be a typical educational video, If you know what I mean.

 

I’ve got a first sketch for the cartoon character. But I still don’t have a name for him

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Here are some other sketches I made for this project.

As you can see I tried to make a raccoon but as always I’ve ended up with a cat….

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LIVE BRIEF – project V

BYG SYSTEMS feedback

Last Friday me an my group went to the BYG SYSTEMS to pitch our idea for the brief they presented to us 2 weeks ago.

We were all very stressed, expecting to see a big board meeting and having to pitch in all of them. Fortunately this did not have place. We had to only speak with Chris and Matt (same guys who presented the project brief to us), we were allowed to sit down and got offered snacks and drinks.

The presentation went smoothly, although Chris and Matt were very pleased that we brought animatic with us we couldn’t present it because there was a sound problem on the TV which were using (they couldn’t un-mute it)[we left the animatic with them so they could watch it on a different device]. Instead we went through the story board explaining everything and answering questions.

I am really happy to say that Chris and Matt liked our idea. They said that we were very well prepared and we did meet their expectations. Of course they suggested a few minor changes and requested a new story board to be send to them before Wednesday so we could start animate as quickly as possible.

As the last thing we finally received the timetable with which BYG would like us to work with.

timetable

 

OMG ORGANISATION

 

References:

GIPHY. (2017). Im So Excited GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. [online] Available at: https://media.giphy.com/media/e7WApJiX8sfv2/giphy.gif [Accessed 7 May 2017].