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Showing posts from February, 2015

Plans for Summer

I recently looked at my timetable for university, and realised how quickly this academic year is now coming to an end. There's less than 3 months now of doing work, which lead me to the question of how will I spend my summer?

I have a part time job but this is only 10 hours a week, 2 hours a day, Mon-Fri, 5pm until 7pm. This leaves a large portion of time to dedicate to something else. Admittedly, last summer I could have spent my time more wisely. It's important to enjoy the sunshine and the free time, and I did achieve some progress with my sewing skills, but I felt like I questioned myself once summer was over, what did I actually do?

I will be moving from year 2 to year 3 at university, so really this is my last summer where I won't be worrying about applying for my first design job, and also one summer closer to the real world. I think therefore this time will be crucial to add to my portfolio. 

I feel my portfolio seems empty, lacking in the things that reflect and show…

Experimentation with Transitions

For the above example experimentation, I experimented with the ways I could transfer from one scene to the other. I tried instead of a simple one scene to another straight forward transition, to integrate the two together so it provides a more flowing and interactive experience, that's certainly more interesting to watch.

I will be continuing to experiment for the next few days on different transition types, but I am nearly decided on this style already.

More Animation Experiments

Over the past few days I have been continuing my experimentations for the TV ident project. I have a few ideas in mind now in terms of aesthetic, and it seems every day I come up with an idea that I think is good, but the next I come up with another I like just as much. Luckily, we have had the deadline of our project extended so I can take a little more time in deciding the best way forward for this brief. Below are some examples of what I've been doing:

So far I really like the aesthetic of the bottom animation. However, whilst experimenting I found perhaps mixing the half-tone style of the photos of the toy dinosaurs with the paper hand made feel textures seemed worthy of trying out, so this is what I shall be doing next.

Dinosaur head banging

As part of the current TV ident project, through my experimentations I achieved a head banging dinosaur:

Of course this is just an experimentation; I was playing around with the aesthetic of the ident. I like the idea of having an aged, slightly grungy and reminiscent of Monty Python. I made the above animation by buying some toy dinosaurs, photographing them and applying half-tone effects on Photoshop. I actually think the toy dinosaurs look vaguely believable weirdly, and turned out a lot better than expected. We have a little over 2 weeks to make this so I'm hoping by tomorrow/Wednesday I will have settled on a design style to carry through to the final piece, and spend the rest of the time making the animation as good as it can be. The problem I'm having is that I like too many different styles of portraying the dinosaurs and I can't seem to settle on one!