My animation was made with a combination of software: Illustrator, After Effects and GarageBand.
The digital animation starts off with “Does Love Die?”as the opening Title-plate. The story of the animation entails a person that finds true love in his life, but then his love unfortunately dies from natural causes, soon after accepting his proposal. He subsequently attends the funeral and tosses both engagement rings into her grave. The turmoil evoked by his loss causes him to plunge into the dark abyss of psychological madness. The ensuing insanity drives him to contemplate his existence. As he lies on his deathbed he is plagued by the emotions of his perdition, and is eventually reunited with his love, to live the life they could have lived. Begging the ultimate question, “Is there life after death?”.
1. Where did you get your ideas from? What influenced you?
The idea of this animation originated from the childhood stories of people’s tragic lives. How they did not do anything wrong, but always looked at life in a joyful manner, and because of that they where rewarded in the afterlife for their perseverance.
2. How did your idea develop and why did they change?
My idea’s development needed to change because of the length of the animation. It need to be 90 seconds in length, but ended up with 115 seconds long, which was 25 seconds over the allocated time. This made me cut out the slides/scenes that were irrelevant to the actual story line.
3. What do you think of the overall design? What changes would you make?
My idea for the design of my first ever animation was overall great, but not perfect. The reason why I say this is that, even though the art style was great, the animation I put together was lacking in small ways that if I had completed it would have been perfect.
4. Are you happy with the materials you chose? Would you make adjustments next time?
The digital materials/software I used within my animation was Illustrator (for the creations of every individual slide), After Effects (to construct a stop motion animation with all my scenes) and GarageBand (use for the audio within the animation). The adjustments I would amend would be the frame rate and slide animations.
5. Is the colour scheme exactly what you expected What alterations would you make?
The colour scheme is exactly how I expected it to be. It included many different colours showing the emotions through the various scenes. This included bright and joyful scenes to dark and depressing scenes. I would not make any alterations to the colours in the animation for it sets the scene well.
6. Did the project take too long to make? How would you have used the time more efficiently?
This project took about 2 mouths to complete. which for me was just enough time to finish the animation. If I had more time, I would have spent it on the slide animations so it was not as rough, making the final outcome smoother and appear more professional. This would be achieved by editing the slides.
7. Is your solution fit for purpose ? Would you change it?
I believe that my solution is indeed fit for purpose. I would not need to change the solution for I have covered all the problems I have faced in my project, But there is still more room for improvement.
8. Are the techniques you used to make your solution adequate or would you use a different range of manufacturing techniques?
I think that the many techniques that I used are adequate such as the flashing between two images, and the fact that all slides were drawn. However, certain aspects could be improved upon such as the limited movement.
9. What are the views of other people regarding your design?
The class feedback was very positive of my final outcome and included pointers that would help in the future. For example “Works well although the movement is a bit limited at times” I agree with this comment the most because it did not flatter my work but helped to improve it in the long term.
10. Does it work? What changes are required?
The animation is fully functional ,and there is no changes required, but I believe that it could be improved upon in the animation department.
Storyline Idea Evaluation:
The first scene will be focusing on a baby in a womb (the main character) but then I decided to change my idea to a blinking eye whilst the camera zooms into the pupil. This would create the same desired affect in representing a flash back, however, the advantage of this is that the scene required less work and could be reused later on in the animation rather than the solely specific scene of the initial idea. Working under a confined time schedule required organised management of ideas.
The second scene is of the main protagonist growing up from a baby in a cot through his teens into a man (Includes stop images in the middle of this scene).
Growing up Scenes:
- Playing a sport with his friends (Such as Basketball).
- In class doing some work (Such as Maths).
- Making new friends in his life.
- Graduation of his university.
- Working in a job or out with colleagues.
Meet the love of his life for the first time in his work place and become good friends.
The proposals / engaged scene.
Children scene (got rid of this idea because it would be to sad/devastating when their parents die).
The main protagonist’s wife dies in hospital of cancer (The life support machine’s beep stops and becomes a high pitch sound). life support machine sounds
At the funeral the main protagonist throws both of the proposals rings in the grave with his wife (the original idea was meant to be a cross to symbolise that this was not right why is this happening to them when they did nothing wrong).
Insanity the husband dives in madness with the lose of his wife his is pushed back to the darkest corner of his mind surrounded by his nightmares (I took out the nightmares scene for is was too graphical and would of changed the mood of the animation)
Eyes zoom out is the same at the begin this shows the viewer that all you just saw was just a flash back of his life. (Like when they say your about too die you see your hole life flash before your eyes)
When the husband die he is ment to die in the same place as his wife, but this time the viewer sees what happens. The life support machine’s beeps go flat and then slowly gets quieter as the viewer (now in first person of the main protagonist) gets swallowed up by the blinding light.
The husband open his eyes and see his wife a beautiful as ever standing in front of he. her stretches out to give him something. her hand open up and there in the parm of her hand are both proposals rings .
Then it zooms out and watch them hug and share a kiss because they have finally been reunited in death to life the live they always wanted to live.
I made my art style by basing it of disney’s style. It’s sort of give off a childish feel to the animation making it seem more child friendly. I specifically looked at the art style used in the