Narrative Structure Factual Animation – Final Version

Here is the final version of the Alexander the Great Animation with sound:

I will know compare my final product against my aims:

The aim of this animation is to produce a Animated Biopic based on the Ancient Greek Conqueror and King, Alexander the Great. The Animation will be 30 to 45 seconds long and not a second over. The animation will tell a part of Alexander effectively and utilize sound effects that are suitable for the chosen content that will help tell his story and make sure that the target audience is not offended. The Animation will aim for a target audience of school children since Alexander is a Historical figure and is consider a important part of our history, so it make sense.

I can successfully say that the animation just hits the maximum time limit since I managed to make the corrections that I stated previously in the post, such as I needed to size down the information within the speech bubbles because it made them harder to read in the given time period. I managed to also fit the credits into the animation without going over the time limit. The animation successfully tells the origin story of Alexander the Great with the speech bubbles and the images that I developed to help increase the understanding of the story that I want the target audience to see. The project doesn’t offend anyone that I have shown within the target audience and they stated that the project was quite funky and easy to understand with the animation style I used for the reference images to help with the subjects in Alexander’s origins and the cleaver use of the statue to tell Alexander’s story. I have utilized the sound effects that I have gathered and created myself successfully into the animation and have been told that it makes the animation much more entertaining and easier to understand with the unique combination of images and speech bubbles. Overall I am quite happy with the final animation for this project, it has plenty of information, is very informative about a chosen figure and fulfills all my intentions for this project.

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Narrative Structure Factual Animation Prototype 9

Here is Prototype 9 of Alexander the Great Animation:

I will now compare my animation against my aims:

The aim of this animation is to produce a Animated Biopic based on the Ancient Greek Conqueror and King, Alexander the Great. The Animation will be 30 to 45 seconds long and not a second over. The animation will tell a part of Alexander effectively and utilize sound effects that are suitable for the chosen content that will help tell his story and make sure that the target audience is not offended. The Animation will aim for a target audience of school children since Alexander is a Historical figure and is consider a important part of our history.

This time I have successfully gone past the minimum time limit for this project and I am actually cutting it close with the maximum time limit, which is also why the speech bubbles with the information of Alexander’s Origins are moving quite quickly and in some of the speech bubbles there is too much information. Unfortunately this is a problem because I still have a few things to add on to the end of the project mainly the credits. I may go over the maximum time limit which then breaks one of my aims. So I will have to shorten the information in the speech bubbles as there is too much information in them (This makes it hard for the target audience to understand what is actual there and how Alexander is involved regardless of my symbol animations to the side) and also I will need to make sure that the Animation meets the given time limits. Again like I mention I have successfully created a suitable animation style for the target audience which is school children for educational purposes. No sound is needed yet so I still not required so this box is needed yet.

Narrative Structure Factual Animation Prototype 6

Here is the sixth prototype of the Alexander the Great Animation:

I will now reflect my work against my aims:

The aim of this animation is to produce a Animated Biopic based on the Ancient Greek Conqueror and King, Alexander the Great. The Animation will be 30 to 45 seconds long and not a second over. The animation will tell a part of Alexander effectively and utilize sound effects that are suitable for the chosen content that will help tell his story and make sure that the target audience is not offended. The Animation will aim for a target audience of school children since Alexander is a Historical figure and is consider a important part of our history.

Straightaway after watching this animation I can tell that I have failed to fulfill one of my aims which was to produce an animation that was at least 30 seconds long, but because this animation was another test to see if I had successfully got the motions that I had placed in the animation to work properly such as the eyes blinking and the mouth moving to show Alexander is talking. Due to the animation was a test it didn’t require at the time any vocal or sound effects in the animation, so another aim failed. Again one of the aims is ticked with the target audience with it’s animation style and the chosen information that Alexander speaks about briefly with the amount of present frames, which does get what information was placed across to them effectively.

One of the major influences for this project was actual this animation:

While this animation does appear to be completely fiction, that is incorrect because the animated series of Arthur was used to teach kids life lessons and this influenced the way I thought about presenting my animation. Because it was a animation that focused on a target audience similar to my own I thought that this might be a good example to follow with friendly characters that almost anyone could relate to. This is why Alexander looks and acts the way he does. It is also the reason why the speech bubbles are the way they are because it is almost a kiddy like style that is apparently easy to learn from.

Narrative Structure Factual Animation Prototype 3

Here is the Prototype V3 of the Alexander the Great Animation:

This animation was a test more than a an actual animation to see if I had captured the sleeping and snore motions correctly for the opening sequence of this animation project. I will analyse this against my aim:

The aim of this animation is to produce a Animated Biopic based on the Ancient Greek Conqueror and King, Alexander the Great. The Animation will be 30 to 45 seconds long and not a second over. The animation will tell a part of Alexander effectively and utilize sound effects that are suitable for the chosen content that will help tell his story and make sure that the target audience is not offended. The Animation will aim for a target audience of school children since Alexander is a Historical figure and is consider a important part of our history, so it make sense.

Straightaway this doesn’t come close to completing any of my aims that I set my self at the beginning of this project, the only aim it probably ticks is the age group for the target audience which if for school children. This can be seen with the animation style that I chose for this project, that utilizes a few images of an Alexander Bust and Mural that wasn’t copyright protected as either the background or main body of Alexander. The actual animation is quite childish but at the same time looks quite mature. The other aims unfortunately were never ticked due to the fact that not much was started in this test, so the animation doesn’t even reach the time limit minimum or even required sound effects at this moment in time.

Narrative Structure Factual Animation Animatic

Here is the animatic of the Alexander the Great Animation:

The aims for this are:

The aim of this animation is to produce a Animated Biopic based on the Ancient Greek Conqueror and King, Alexander the Great. The Animation will be 30 to 45 seconds long and not a second over. The animation will tell a part of Alexander’s life effectively and utilize sound effects that are suitable for the chosen content, this will help tell his story and make sure that the target audience is not offended. The Animation will aim for a target audience of school children since Alexander is a Historical figure and is consider an important part of our history.

I created this animatic as a test to see if the actual story works with the sounds that I have collected. Even though the animatic didn’t have all the sounds it still helped carry the story on quite well, especially the song, it helped influence the mood by making the factual side of the animation quite fun and it draws in the target audience. When I make the full animation I hope that all the sound effects that I have gathered will help make the animation much more successful. The only down side with this animatic was that I had to edit it to include the logos on certain parts that didn’t originally have them and that not all of the given sound effects fitted in the animatic. This animation fits into the designated time frame and while it is only a prototype it does in deed suit the designated age group that I set this project for. The only slight problem might be that there is the reference of his father’s assassination, people may be put off by a weapon and the mention of a death but the used animated image for this part of Alexander’s origin doesn’t seem to much of a problem hopefully.

Narrative Structure Factual Animation Sound List

I have created this post to show the music and sound effects that I will consider or will use in my Alexander the Great Animation, all these sound are either my own or royalty free sounds:

Horse:

I chose this sound effect because it contain a lot more sounds then I believed it could possible hold, this single file supplies me with a majority of noise that a stereotypical horse is known for making. This makes it perfect for this narrative project because it helps me add on to the actual effect that the horse is more than a small motion based image and this will help add to the realism of the selected scene for Alexander’s History with his horse. The downfall with this is that I need to make sure that the actual motion of the horse is easy to see and understand when this is presented or the sound will not make sense to the audience. I will be using this audio clip for the Alexander the Great Animation because it seems to fit well with the animated horse logo that I have created for this project and it seems to cement the fact that one of Alexander’s closest friends is a horse, who experienced many of his greatest achievements.

I chose these two audio clips because I was considering using more than one clip to help bring the animated image to life making it seem more like the actual creature it is supposed to be. The downside with this is when I align these two into the actual animation it might be quite tricky to do as there might not be enough room/time for them both to completely fit unfortunately.

Storm and Thunder:

 

Provided by pinballman1

I have chosen this as one of my considered sound effects because it the thunder sound in this clip, while not exactly the clearest to hear but the volume and consistency of the sounds are what I am looking for in this animation because it suits the actual animated clip for the Alexander clip quite well. If anything it is slightly long for the required frames, so if anything I will need to shorten the clips and maybe connect them to suit the speed of the vast amounts of the lightning that flashes in the animated clip. I have chosen this clip because once it has been edited, it fits in with the actual section of the animation involving Zeus really well.

Provided by ProFX | Sound Effects

Man Crying

Once I heard this clip I knew it was perfect for this animation because during the ending of the animation the assassination of Alexander’s father is told and due to the close relationship between Alexander and his father, Philip Alexander was devastated when this happened and the combination of this with the actual animated image makes the moment that Alexander is describing.

Trumpet:

Provided by Free Sound Effects

I chose this animation straight away for this animation because it sounds like a royal tune, which made it perfect for when Alexander was crowned king because it helps show that Alexander was not only ready for the taking the thrown but he had big plans for it and they were extremely passionate. The downside is that because of the way the actual sound of the audio clip is set up makes the editing or shortening of the clip is hard to do but I will find a way.

Knife and Stab:

Provided by copyrighy free sound-effect

I chose this as one of the definite sounds for the assassination clip because it sounds like a proper weapon is been drawn, the only down fall with this clip is that the sound is too high pitched, so it sounds like a extremely small weapon is been drawn and it isn’t very threatening then is it.

Provided by Free GreenScreeners

This is another weapon sound effect that is very similar the previous one but is a lot deeper in pitch which made this perfect for the animation because it makes the weapon sound more like an actual sword, which is needed for the assassination scene.

Provided by Sidney Turner

This was one of the worst sound effects for this animation but since the other stabbing sounds where more for horror and that would have been more inappropriate for this animation due to the target audience, which I have aimed for students because it is a educational animation.

Music:

Provided by Royalty Free Music! – by HeatleyBros

I chose this sound track because it seemed to have a museum sort of beat or theme to it and it suits the environment setting of the animation. It is quite cheerful and chippy but also has a historical feel to it as well.

Provided by Toast – Music

This sound effect was chosen becaues the very tune seems to describe the personality of Alexander the great that I have researched for this project. I would have chosen this song but I thought that it might not have been the most appropriate since it is a factual animation.

Snoring:

Provided by copyrighy free sound-effect

This sound effect was just what I was looking for the opening of the animation, the only down fall is that I need to edit it so that it fits into the section of the animation that it is needed in.

Provided by LDj _Audio

 

 

Narrative Structure Factual Storyboard Final

Here is a new version of the storyboard for the Alexander the Great Animation. As I stated in one of my previous posts for this project I have decided that instead of having the story of Alexander told like it is actually happening, I have decided to have a bust of Alexander tell his origins to the audience. The reason for this is that I think one it will be a nicer way to hear his origins story because it makes it seem like it is more personal and let’s face it often a tale is better from the Horses mouth (Pardon the phrase). So Narrative wise it is a good choice because it allows not only the target audiences attention to focus on the bust but it feels more personal coming from Alexander.

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Here are the aims for this project:

The aim of this animation is to produce a Animated Biopic based on the Ancient Greek Conqueror and King, Alexander the Great. The Animation will be 30 to 45 seconds long and not a second over. The animation will tell a part of Alexander’s life effectively and utilize sound effects that are suitable for the chosen content, this will help tell his story and make sure that the target audience is not offended. The Animation will aim for a target audience of school children since Alexander is a Historical figure and is consider an important part of our history.

This storyboard is a lot more successful then my previous one, the story is easier to understand then it’s predecessor because of the way the narrative is presented to the audience. It is clear, precise and doesn’t go of in a tangent at any point during the animation/storyboard. For example the opening to the animation has Alexander’s name and title as the name of the animation/storyboard showing what or in this case, who is the main character within this animation. While the storyboard may appear not to be much, it still gets the narrative across successfully because all the focus is placed on the bust. While the stories of Alexander’s past are been told there are symbols, some will be animated and some will not. This is to help strengthen the narrative of the story and to make these events more recognizable to the target audience, so that they can understand what is happening in the animation, as well as what happened to Alexander. The only down fall with this storyboard, I believe is that the animation might be just short of the 30 second minimum, so I will need to tweak the actual animation to get this to work.

The sounds for this animation will be researched into later, although I have already considered various sounds that I might utilize within this animation, when I create it. For example the Horse animated clip will have either just a audio clip of a horse neighing or hoofs colliding with the ground with this scene in the animation:

Alexander the Great Storyboard frame example 1

The reason why this will help is that it makes this scene a lot easier to understand since not only is the character talking about the horse but there is a animated image of it.  I think this scene works a lot better than the previous storyboard version and it allows more time to be seen on Alexander who is telling his own tale. The only down fall is that I have to be careful about what sound I use i.e. if I just use hooves the people may not associated this sound with a horse they may either see this as a Donkey instead which isn’t correct.

Other sounds I have already considered for this animation is for the actual talking of the character Alexander. I personally think in order to add to the character and make it appear more realistic and to draw in the target audience, Alexander should appear to talk in a unknown language something like Ancient Greek. This is so that the audience can’t understand him unless they read the speech bubbles coming from the characters mouth, which contains the actual information about him. This is done not only to represent the character’s old culture but also to make him seem more mysterious to the actual audience watching the factual animation. The down side is that I will need to be careful with the speech bubbles since they won’t be able to fit everything in them and the sound can’t be to annoying or people will get fed up with not only with them but may also be offended with them.