This month I was invited to the Experience Barnsley Museum at the Gerald Scarfe exhibition and spent a number of days doing caricatures of the locals. A wonderful day out that brought one surprise after another with visits from friends and family old and new. The customers and staff were amazing.
I think it’s time to show everyone that give’s you some idea of what my work looked like more than four years ago. Young, fresh and thrown together like it was the most important thing going.
Well this one is a short story from another student, who came over to my place and gave me direction to what they wanted on the final storyboard. As they were only going to be marked on the actual film, we did okay. Not all of the students were that honest and they were almost expelled for getting me to do their storyboard, which incidentally would have meant me too for doing it. So let that be a lesson to you lot who try dodging hard work.
Do you ever have one of those projects where everyone involved just gets on your nerves and think that you would never find any respect for them at all after that? Well here is mine and I sincerely apologise for my stressed and bad tempered attitude throughout the entire project. It’s a easier to work with me now but sometimes you bang heads with other people when your career and livelihood are at stake when all they are doing is playing at being a film maker.
Overall I think everyone on this project is wonderful now and glad you all found your feet at last.
Evolve is the title of a 3D animation I never completed way back when I was doing Multimedia at University. The reason I wanted to show you this is because I loved the idea of pre-visualisation and the freedom it gave you to improve on your final ideas. Giving all involved the full, rounded, version of the entire film and leaving nothing to chance. The possibility of adding more and more detail to the final project is and was used throughout the history of film making.
Here is “A Father For The Dead” by Damian Morter. A very talented Directed just round the corner of my side of the world who I decided to work with. He had the script and I was very impressed with his other work, considering they were doing it for next to nothing, and put this storyboard together to help them bring some life to the film. As it’s only a guide and things have been moving on very quickly since I thought it time to show you what we all did…here is my version. I must add though that this does not appear in the final film and there is a completely different version coming up as soon as the film is shown.
As you can imagine the filming of a white service with shiny pens and a white background does look better if lit correctly so take this example as something to consider when doing you version of this simple animation technique.
This third animation covers the Prescriptions service and during this one I found the cartoons I did on the wipe board insane in some areas. As I got the details a little late to go through them, I had to make this one up on the spot. Booking camera equipment and lighting a wipeboard for this is not as easy as you think.
Now this week the animation and the footage was all complete and during this time I had a major crash course in what was possible in the use of the software on my laptop. The footage that was done at the University covers a file format that I cannot use on my laptop and the nightmare of sitting there and waiting for the computer to save the footage again in a format you can use…sigh!
When I first got this job I was told that it would only take a few minutes. That is the deceptive side of these animations as you may imagine, you have to film it, speed the footage up or down, take a still from it and animate that, making sure it runs in line with the film and then put it back into the footage and create the film again in a format the client can use. I like the style of these as they lend a little to the mystery of animation and the times before digital.