It’s FiNishEd!!!! Wooo hoooooo!
My animation for the House of visual culture is finished! After approximately 151 hours of actually sketching, drawing and making and many, many more hours of experimenting, thinking and designing; the damn thing is finished! Happy, happy Joy!
And, you can’t see it!
Nope, I’m afraid you will have to wait until I have shown my client this coming Thursday. It’s only polite that they see it before you.
But I can show you some screen shots.
Screen shots – Visual Culture Animation
So did this project go according to plan?
Yes! But with a few tweaks hear and there which were due to limited time. Because of this I was unable to animate more of the objects in the landscape. I wanted to use different techniques and softwares such as, stop motion and Anime pro to make objects move and have Pac Man scoot across the screen. But when watching the film back I think that it would of only distracted away from the story being told. Everything happens for a reason, so i’m not upset.
It looks pretty much exactly as I imagined it and how the storyboard said it should become, so there were no unexpected changes.
I was able to get my hands dirty again by making my own props. The artist in me was allowed to play again and while making such a computer time intensive product, this was a gift I gave to myself. Something I will also take with me on to my next projects. If you have to work you may as well enjoy it.
I was particularly pleased with being able to work in the green screen studio and get some real time footage into the animation. Plus I learnt a ton of stuff in doing so. A BIG thank you to Fabian de Boer for helping me both in the studio and figuring out how to key out the background.
Although I wanted to work with a sound designer I couldn’t find one who was willing to work over the Christmas period, in a short space of time for a limited budget. But I think I solved that problem with the help of freesound.org… and Micky mouse. Lets hope I don’t upset Mr Disney. (When you see the film you’ll know what I mean).
I did have a moment where I realised that some things just aren’t as easy as you think. My plan was to make an English as well as a Dutch version of the animation. I found three beautiful voices one English, belonging to Mike Shelton, which you will hear in the film and two Dutch belonging to Peter de Vries and Rogier Roeters, which you will never hear. And the reason you will never hear them is because, to edit the text in to the film would mean me having to re-edit a huge amount of the animation and it’s timing. This is why:
Excuse me! Excuse me! Yes you. Have you ever considered a world without visual culture?
Pardon! Pardon! Ja, jij daar! Heb je er ooit over nagedacht hoe het zou zijn, om te leven in een wereld zonder beeldende cultuur?
The Dutch text is quite a bit longer.
Being British I started with the English version and animated Dave to react to it and in turn the background. I recorded the voices all Before Christmas and when it came to making the Dutch version I realised it wasn’t just a question of replacing the English voice with the Dutch one. Oops!
So my solution is Subtitles. Next time I will have to think just a little bit further about the editing process.
I enjoyed this project immensely. I was able to learn how to make a mixed media animation, how to use Adobe After Effects, TV Paint and green screen footage, plus combine them with making props, story telling and characters. Not bad for eight weeks.
The only thing I don’t think I can get used to is the square eyes. Eye drops have become my new friend.
As soon as I get the go ahead I will post the film for you.