Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pitch for Final Project

So for my final project, I decided to go the narrative route. In the end, thinking narratively is most organic and natural to me, so I decided to play my strengths. I also decided to work with some of the themes I used in other pieces so far, particularly the idea of a young girl going on a adventure where she helps magical creatures.

Concept: A young girl is taken to a zoo where there are only magical creatures being exhibited.

Story: A girl and her father go to the new zoo that has just opened in the local park. But this is no ordinary zoo, for all of the animals on display are magical/mythical creatures. As she passes each cage she gets more and more saddened by the creatures, who appear to have their magic being drained away before her very eyes. Unfortunately, her father is an adult who has lost all his sense of wonder and cannot see the animals as his daughter does. When the reach the end of the cages they come up to a large aquarium that also contains magical aquatic creatures. The father tries to get his daughter to calm down and have an ice cream cone, but she cannot even enjoy it. Suddenly, her eyes trace a baseball bat lying abandoned on the ground and then back to the aquarium. The next shot is the front gates of the zoo that we saw at the beginning. There is a rumble, and then the gates are forced open by a tidal wave of water. Riding on top of the wave are all of the now freed magical animals and the little girl sharing her ice cream with a unicorn. Her father trails behind.

Aesthetic: After looking at many videos which feature extensive color palettes, I realized that shots with very limited to no animation where kept fresh and interesting by having intense, engaging color palettes complimented by lighting effects that are slowly shifting, making them dynamic. I realized that this was definitely the route I wanted to take with this animation, which I have cited below.

The Big Winner from Rubber House on Vimeo.

With this animation, the colors are what keeps the beginning interesting, as there isn't very much animation going on. I also like that they kept the aesthetic very minimal and dynamic.

Headless studio reel 2010 from Headless Productions on Vimeo.

The colors are what really make this, especially the excerpts from the Lost Head animation. All of the vibrancy of the hues combined with the great vectorized looks with the patterns is spot on. Makes me want to animate!

The Subway Time from Dongzhen.Li on Vimeo.

Again, the lighting in this piece is what keeps it interesting, as well as the subtle background movements. This limited animation style also works because even though it is sparse in some areas, the stills act enough like pure candy to keep you distracted. This is a good thing when there is the lone animator doing all the work. More of this, please.

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