So, as previously mentioned. The Citizen Kane project was great to work on. The nature of working to a week’s brief meant I had to create an aniamtion QUICK! And I’m glad I did because it’s highlighted some issues which I need to address before Final-Major-Hand-In!
I pride myself on working nearly 100% by hand, although speaking to people recently. I’m coming to realise that it is possible to retain that ‘hand rendered’ feel, but by speeding up processes digitally etc. I can get stuff done faster! Which is always a winner.!
I’m lucky enough to have an excellent 2nd year student to hand, enter: Riz (http://contact-rizzi.blogspot.co.uk/). Who helped a LOT with After Effects on this piece.
It’s impractical to not know how to have a close up on a part of my work, if that’s what I want to to, and if that’s what the animation requires, I should be able to do it! I need to learn! It’s also a much speeder way of putting stills together, it justworks!
Also, Alex ‘@mrJOLEAF’ Joliffe (http://vimeo.com/28866492) who I met at the very event my animation was screened at. Has offered to help me in terms of my digital learning! Exxxxcellent networking skills on my part! High Five self.
Citizen Kane Project has made me realise I need to improve my TRANSITIONS. When wathcing the above piece ‘Man With The Beautiful Eyes’. I really appreciate the way Johnathan Hodgson has made one scene merge beautifully into the next, using colour and shape manipulation. (For an example, see 1:50 - 2:05, an example of abstract tweening to create flow, rather than a notable ‘change’). This is something I’d love to bring to my work. And would give it that professional edge I’m aiming for!
I also need to think more creatively in terms of composition. My work often has a lot of white space, is this always necessary? Sometime I think this adds to the piece, quite often animated typography on quite space looks great. But when the animation needs a little more context, in terms of character’s having REAL LIVES etc. It doesn’t really make much sense to have a random woman floating around a piece of paper - COME ON ASHTON, THAT’S GCSE STUFF GURL!
So there we go, time to crack on! Tick tock tick tock. University time is nearly over!