This is the showreel that I prepare for my end of year show:
It contains my all best work from the previous three years.
This is the showreel that I prepare for my end of year show:
It contains my all best work from the previous three years.
I have created a twitter account:
The account was created as a means of not only making it easier for a client to get in contact with me but also to help cement my self further into the animation and arts industry. This make it a lot easier for people to find me but also to find my work as the twitter account is linked to my blog to show my work development but if that doesn’t work out I will link my work to another one of my sites such as my portfolio which displays most of my finished work in the recent years.
This next post is to show that I have added on my portfolio:
This project page in my portfolio was added to said portfolio to show that I also have some experience and work in 3D animation.
This post is to demo straight my development of my portfolio for my professional practice:
For my portfolio I am using the Adobe Portfolio to put it together. I started the process by uploading the projects that I have created this year, Bubble and Squeak and Famous Women of Hull. These uploads were divided into two project category’s each for my projects that I have created this year. Unfortunately due to Famous Women of Hull been an interactive Flash file that utilises Action Script 3, I am unable to upload this onto my portfolio because of Flash not been supported by many softwares anymore, so I have placed my silent recording of the animation onto my portfolio to display that I can create an interactive animation. The Portfolio was also given several pages that will eventually act as links to websites that are useful for this path I am going down such as Twitter, Deviantart, my blog etc.
The image above to to show what I have put together so far for my famous women of Hull Project in my portfolio. I have also added a link to this blog that is related to that project, so that if I have a potential client that is interested in this project, they can have a closer look at how I work and what I produce during the main stages of a project. I have uploaded the chapter still that I created for this animation with several of my prototypes to also help display how they affected the animation.
The Bubble and Squeak page in my portfolio has the complete version of Bubble and Squeak but it doesn’t have all of my recordings that I did to create the final project due to them been lots of different recording that aren’t necessary to be placed in my Portfolio.
This post contains links to all my work and is divided into the two categories of my Course Work, Independent Practice and Creative Futures: Pro Practitioner.
A quick warning about this post all the links work but for some reason when no mouse hovers the actual post, the Creative Futures: Pro Practitioner section looks like there are no links and when it does all the links light up and so does the text, just click the links and it should take you to the desired post. I apologise about this I have gone of the link software several times and I don’t know what is causing this.
My Independent Practice process started with me deciding what I would do as my main project. I draw up some brainstorms to help me come up with ideas for my project as well as what I could possibly do within these projects during the process of making them.
Once all my ideas for this project were presented clearly on a piece of paper, I began to decided which project I wanted to pursue for my final major project as long as it stay within the brief that we were given at the beginning of the year. The project I had chosen for my final major project was Bubble and Squeak, I created these two characters last year, but I wasn’t really happy with the way they had come out last year, so I decided to redesign them and create a new episode of Bubble and Squeak. Since I started a new project had had to come up with some new objectives and aims for said project:
I started to then come up with several potential narratives for the animation, these scenarios where simple ideas that popped into my head during this creation process to find a suitable story for Bubble and Squeak to follow in this new animation:
Once I found a suitable narrative I began to redesign the characters Bubble and Squeak putting them into various scenarios to see what sort of reactions that they would get involved in and how they would deal and react to them. This includes of course Bubble’s sudden change of species after I began to realise that him been a fish severely stunted the animation and it’s narrative:
Once I chosen the species Bubble would become I began to write up potential story boards to help make the narrative of the story that I had chosen and developed a lot easier to understand. These storyboards went through several different versions of the same story as well as different ones.
I began to do tests in Adobe Flash to see if it was suitable for this project, I eventually found out that this was bad idea as it seemed to drain the life out of the story, the characters and the animation.
I began to experiment with the line reader to create a stopmotion animations with hand made puppets of Bubble and Squeak the first few steps of my project were a little rough as I was still new to stopmotion animation.
Once I grew confident enough to use the line reader I decided to use it and stopmotion to produce my final major project since I have never really used any other means of animating other than Flash so it might be a nice road to go down this year:
This was one of my early takes at creating Bubble and Squeak via the line reader and stopmotion animation after my experiments, so their was still a lot of room for improvement, my later work see down below shows that I started to improve both in my understanding of the technology and the animation style.
Once I started to get the hang of this new type of animation I also began to compose more complicated scenes with my puppets as well as putting together my older animation clips to see how well the animation came together with some sound effects.
Once I had done most of my scene I began to realise that I needed to also create my credit and opening sequence so I began to design design the Title Card and Credits in order for me to record this last sequence.
Eventually I posted up my combine all my clips and sound affects to produce my first final version of Bubble and Squeak:
Although after watching the completed video I realised their was still corrections to be made.
During the process of creating Bubble and Squeak I also researched several different animation technologies, visited sites of exhibits from Hull City of Culture and done several sketches to help improve my overall art skills. As well as Develop my image in the art industry with creating my own business cards.
Creative Futures: Pro Practitioner
My Creative Futures: Pro Practitioner project started with me trying to decide what I could do for a potential client project and who I could find as a client for said project or in another way a client who would provide me with a project for the third year course.
Now that I had decided what project I doing for a client of my choosing was, I was going to have to understand more about the women of Hull that were famous and I decided that 10 women would be a good number to help keep the length of the animation decent and interesting.
Once the women were chosen I began to draw up story boards of idea for potential narratives for this project. The ideas that I first created for these storyboard were only basic and I would later come back to design or develop new ones later on, some of the later on storyboards are after I started to do all animation redesigns for the women. These redesigns of these animations toke place after story board 3.
The links below are my different ideas for the new animations, as well as some of the inspirations for them included:
From here I began to animate my project:
Once my main animation was finished I began to look for a potential client who would be willing to show my work to the public:
This post is to show all the work I have done experimenting with a white board marker and A3 paper.
A collection of drawings that I did in my free time as an experiment with a white board marker. The aim of these drawings was not only to experiment but also to show that my understanding and ability to draw human anatomy had improved. Some of my best examples are the drawings of the man on a side angle , since I have started to add more finer details to the sketches making them look more life like. The only downfall with all these sketches is that while they do look somewhat human in nature they all have been drawn incorrectly, the mistake that I made on all the sketches is that I have placed the eyes to high up on the head, which is a common mistake. Why this is is that naturally the human eyes are lower down the head near the centre more than the top, this because the top area of the head is often covered in lost of hair hiding the rest of human head the essentially blank. Even though I made mistakes with these sketches I still feel like I have made some progress with my human anatomy studies and sketching of them.
A few days later I revived another email from Mal my client:
My animation has caught the interest of my client and he would gladly display it to the public but I only need to make a adjustment to the file since I made a spell mistake with Theatre, I have since then corrected this spelling mistake and have began to look at a way to present my work on one of the screen at the Kadromah94.
One of the other locations I investigated for my client project was the media cafe the Kadromah94 located at 94 Alfred Gelder Street Hull, I went to investigate this as a potential client that would be able to host my project since it host a wide range of Media based events. When I visited the cafe, I asked a member of staff if I could talk to the manager of the establishment. I was asked why and I told them that I was a third year Animation student at Hull School of Art and Design and that I was looking for someone who could host one of my works to public as it is part of my course. I was given a email address that the manger prefers to be emailed and that he is all ways busy so this is the best way to reach him. I email the manger of the Kardomjah94 once I got back:
I received a response two days later requesting that I send a MP4 format of the file and that I should try Humberfilm. Once I received this email I began to trying to find a way to converted my file for famous women of Hull into a MP4 unfortunately SWF files and FLA files can’t be tranfered into these formats without loosing actionscript3 which is a key component to my Famous Women of Hull Project, so my Tutor Gareth suggested that I do a screen recording of it and send my client that instead.
This post is to show my new Business cards:
I got the idea for these business cards after seeing the old fashion films from movies and camera’s and since animation uses a very similar process involving frames I thought it would be a cool idea for a business card.
This is what one of my original prototypes looks like for my business card, I used the image of a film still next to it to try and help me create an accurate replicate example of it in my business. The reason I chose this sort of idea for my Business card is that my tutor pointed out that my original concept and logo was not very clear and that I need to add more details to explain what the name Amtanimator actually meant. So it was decided that an idea like this would be better suited for this project. The final concept is not only a good idea to show that I am an animator but it also displays my previous projects that I have done this year and to also show that I have some experience in that sort of animation. The card is also easy to read and understand meaning my contact details are easy to understand as well.
This post was to show the improved version of the Bubble and Squeak Animation:
This version of the Bubble and Squeak has more sound effects such as more water dripping and longer Squeaks from Squeak. This was done to remove the mistake from the previous version which suddenly went quite during key moments of the animation, which also helps show how annoying the leaking tap actually is. These mistake were sounds like a sound track to go through the entire animation not just the opening and credits. The sounds also missing was the tap tripping when not on screen that was the easiest fix of all but the one that I added to ad bit more was the other character cheering with their natural noise to the other character to highlight their sense of character and their relationship as well as to show that this is a average day for them.
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