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Graphic Design student at Sheffield Hallam. I eat, I sleep, I drink tea & when I'm done with that I like to think I'm an illustrator.

After trying to recover my beetlejuice and spaceship animation I realised it was due to not saving the files to my usb or onto my personal files properly. I’d not realised how important it was to make sure you had these initial files saved even after you’ve saved your project. I suppose this is an add-on to my evaluation where i’ve learnt not to make mistakes like this in the future. 

After trying to recover my beetlejuice and spaceship animation I realised it was due to not saving the files to my usb or onto my personal files properly. I’d not realised how important it was to make sure you had these initial files saved even after you’ve saved your project. I suppose this is an add-on to my evaluation where i’ve learnt not to make mistakes like this in the future. 

Evaluation

When I first started this project I wasn’t sure what I’d make of it or even if I’d enjoy it. I’d found previous attempts at animation in college quite boring and never thought of it was something I’d be interested in creating. Once we’d been given the full brief on this project and I had heard my track I already started to change my mind about the project and began coming up with possible ideas for my animation. After being shown examples of other artists work I got into the project a lot more and was interested to see how I would progress. I liked the idea of us having to interpret the piece of music ourselves so there was no chance we’d come out with the same ideas. It turns out my initial idea was the one I stuck with and developed further. To my surprise I really enjoyed the workshops I had on animation throughout this project. Although the After Effects sessions we’re very compact and fast-paced it was really interesting learning how to use new software. Even though I only touched lightly on the things you can do in After Effects I enjoyed working with it (most of the time) and would like to develop my knowledge on it further in possible later projects. As I stated above I’d thought of producing an animation as boring and that I didn’t have the patience for it and this project still did live up to my ideas, photographing 370 frames was very tedious but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. Once again I took a more hands on hand drawn approach opposed to working digitally but this is just my preferred way of work. To conclude I’ve really enjoyed this project, a lot more than I thought I would and after this I would definitely want to incorporate animation into any future areas of work. It’s also been great looking at how everyone else has chose to interpret their audio tracks. 

My final animation completed. To recap the idea behind this animation is a visual representation of what comes to mind when I listen to my audio, or jazz in general. The three words I chose to work with were abstract, confusing and haphazard. This is basically my idea of jazz, it’s messy, confusing and doesn’t seem to follow any set rhythm. This is where the random pattern idea came from. Looking at my animation now although it was unplanned the slightly jumpy transition from frame to frame creates an unrefined style which actually fits quite well with the unrefined-ness of jazz music. Overall I’m really happy with my outcome and the process I used to create it. Possibly if I were to do something like this again, or animation again I’d like to incorporate hand drawn with digital elements as I think it would be an interesting combination. Also if I were to do this project all over again I could have a completely different outcome as there were so many possibilities with this brief but I’m pretty happy with the outcome I chose. 

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I didn’t want or feel the need to edit my animation too much with it being hand drawn stop motion. I used key frames to change the position and scale of some of the frames so they fit within the composition. I also did this at the end of the animation where the credits are as originally it didn’t fit on the animation properly. I changed the opacity at the beginning and end to add a fade in and fade out effect. I didn’t feel the need to make any alterations to my audio track and just added that in as it was. I chose to use the first 30 seconds as I feel it is the part that inspired my three original words I chose and fits with the theme of the animation best. 

I didn’t want or feel the need to edit my animation too much with it being hand drawn stop motion. I used key frames to change the position and scale of some of the frames so they fit within the composition. I also did this at the end of the animation where the credits are as originally it didn’t fit on the animation properly. I changed the opacity at the beginning and end to add a fade in and fade out effect. I didn’t feel the need to make any alterations to my audio track and just added that in as it was. I chose to use the first 30 seconds as I feel it is the part that inspired my three original words I chose and fits with the theme of the animation best. 

Counting my frames. The process of photographing each frame was very tedious.

Counting my frames. The process of photographing each frame was very tedious.

My makeshift stop motion workspace. 

My makeshift stop motion workspace. 

All 370 frames, this equals out at just over 30 seconds. So happy this section of the process is complete. 

All 370 frames, this equals out at just over 30 seconds. So happy this section of the process is complete. 

End Credits

So far my animation comes to 29 seconds and with the extra second left I decided to use those last few frames to add an end credit. It shall simply read ‘by Rhianne’. I’ll do this by photographing each letter being drawn individually and adding this to the rest of my animation frames. 

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This is my initial animation put together without audio and without editing just to see how it all flows. I’m quite happy with my outcome so far. I’d tried to keep the whiteboard in more or less the same position throughout the photographing of my frames but there is some slight movement between frames. I don’t think this is a major issue as the main focus was the actually animation and making sure the patterns flowed well and fit to the frame scale. 

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