Digital Composition Assignment: Final Project

The final assignment is a group project, where each members had their different roles. My role is to provide storyboarding, along with being an actor for the video.

During discussion, we opted for an idea that would be “surreal enough”, and yet within our capabilities. In other words, we cannot think up a story that would seem too hard for us to edit / shoot / create. After several meetings and discussions with Skype, we settled for a story, where two fruit-headed people met and fell in love (It changed to becoming friends when we realized there are no male actors within our group).

Anyhow, I created the storyboard according to the instruction of the group leader.

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Afterwards, we began green screen shooting, where we encountered some of the challenges. One of them is trying to keep our body facing the camera and not turning, since we cannot make the fruit “rotate” in the video. These challenges resulted in the different compositions between the storyboard and the video.

So here is the result of the group effort, including one talented video editor and cameraman (obviously not me).

2D Animation Final Project: Video

(This week is when I submitted the last of my assignments, and now I have enough time to take breaks / finish illustrations for an editor. So forth)

Despite of the so-called “final storyboard” in the previous post, the meeting with my advisor proved otherwise. Turns out that I have to create many rough sketches and leica reels / animatics as possible, in order to get the timing and story right. Among the elements of animation, timing and story is the most important of all, whereas graphic quality is the last one to be considered.

Due to this, I had created several animatics / leica reels throughout several weeks, according to the advice of the professors. Such advices span from changing the story to adding more movements in the leica reel.

During one scene, I got stuck on the story, particularly on the point where the big robot is hanging the tiny robot above the building. I wonder why would the robot do such a thing if he intends to rescue the tiny robot, for it does not seem to serve much purpose in character aside for intimidation. I asked my friend about it, and she told me about the big robot pulling a prank on the tiny robot, akin to a father playing a prank to his child for fun.

This gives me a solution to the story, and thus the animation had a different story.  Instead of a large robot rescuing a tiny robot from a crane, it is the large robot playing a prank to the tiny robot. The change was made to emphasize the father-son relationship of the robot characters.

Either way, I had to rush in drawing basic animation, with some rough lines and such. During the presentation, the professor mentioned it as a laic reel instead of animation (I suspect it is the line quality). Anyhow, here is the rough animation.