Timing 

Animation Evaluation

Above is my final animation – The part that is mine, is between the Suffragette to the corset tighten. Overall I am really pleased with hole animation and the rest of the groups – it works really in capturing out own take on the idea of ‘Design’. I was the one who came up with this idea:

One idea that I had, is that our character is a woman from the past, to see how women have used design in order to get the vote – and establish themselves into society now (in a equal world) – the same character from the past to know. Basically how women have used design to give themselves notice and rights. Equality. we can still use our imagery and ideas and make it connect. And we are women. Taken from the Facebook Chat

Everyone thought this was a good idea and then we came in and had a meeting to discuss this idea and develop it further. I really like this concept as it is original and really connects to me as a female. The animation process was a little difficult at first as I had never used After effects to do this type of animating. We had to create all the characters before hand in Illustrator and the backgrounds in Photoshop. The rigging of the characters took a very long time when in after effects – and using the pen tool was a little frustrating sometimes as you couldn’t always move the character the way you wanted too – even though I really like after effects as you can adjust the timing and play around with the effects. I’m glad I was able to learn a new skill during this project – and will definitely use this software again in my projects. I struggled with turning the character – we only had four character turning positions and so it looked really static, so i had to play about with the timing and the opacity in order to make it work just right. In the end it looked good! If I had time I would have created alot more characters turning so it looked smoother – but it was good for the time we had.

I really like the speed that the whole animation flows – throughout there is always something to capture the audience and connect with the idea of women. The whole piece just shows lots of ideas and things to think about as a audience – which is forcing you to think further than audio (which is good as our animation shouldn’t just back up this point. If I had more time i would have liked to perfect some of the footage – the suffragette bit was the last scene I did and so I didn’t have long to animate the crowd scene – I think it still works, but if i could have more time I would animate all the characters arms or add more life to it.

EXPLAINING THE ANIMATION

The colours of the animation looked really good – its colourful and exciting just like the Women’s rights posters that we looked at and the illustrators. I used colour in mine to highlight important symbolic metaphors. Such as during the scene where the suffragette is in the room – she is trapped and constrained in doors (women expected to be at home) the dark tones just add to the space of darkness. The light that enters through the window is supposed to show hope. The room is meant to contrast the light orange colour that the men’s crowd are outside. The are free and bold – the whole scene is orange tones – showing that it is a man’s world and women are stuck in this place with rules and conformity – they are viewing the man’s world not apart of it. Furthermore there is alot of sky as this shows another metaphor for freedom. She is looking down at the scene also – but when she and the crowd of woman are marching for their rights, you see that they are outside in the orange and the camera angle is looking up – showing that they have a future (there is more sky to show their freedom and space that they have compared to the dark room.) Lastly the colours I have used throughout the suffragette scene (and even the 1920s charleston scene) are green, purple and white as these are the colours of the suffragette movement. I added this to hint to the audience about the movement throughout.

I really like the montage scene – it is so quick but its just the right time as the audience see small glimps of positive women role models and negatives such as objectification of women – at the end the suffragette places her vote so it shows the whole movement – like it finishes that chapter. The colours are especially nice in this scene as they change fast so a display of colour keeps the audience attached to each four people. They are cut together to seem to be one walk of one woman – to connect to all women. I used on shot so that this is clear. Lastly the Charleston starts with a stage to show how women are often looked at rather than the one looking. Furthermore it ensured to host the dance – this dance was so difficult that i instead used a slower but hinted version of the Charleston. The Charleston is a free dance and in the 1920s flapper girls were more wild than that of the decade before. The corset is supposed to be a representation of the restrictions that they still faced – as well as an idea of an industrial look. She faints to show the stereotypical ‘weakness’ of women. I decide to use a zoom in as the corset flies to her so that we as the audience feel the constraint as well. We are literally being pulled in with the scene. Also it lets us have a better view of her face. I used a red background and a contrast green (colour contrast) to ensure that the corset would stand out. Overall I am really pleased with how my animation came out and how the whole piece fit together.

Animation Tests

These four tests are some of the experiments I created before officially beginning the animation process – I made some whilst creating the character to ensure that costumes and facial expression would work:

above is an experimented of the animation test of the character expression and hair blowing in the wind. I wanted to look into two things with this experiment. 1) being the face, we had to cut out the eyeballs and layer the iris underneath so i wanted to see how this would look (it worked which is relief.) The mouth changing – I used the pin tool to change it from a smile to a frown. That worked well. The eyelids had to be layered below also. 2) I wanted to work on the overlap of the fringe and feathers of the hat. I had to create lots of layers so it let me just experiment before the final animation. I am happy with the results.

This is an experiment of the walk cycle which will be used for the pilot montage – its really slow because I key framed on a larger time rate without realising. Even though this way we can see the overlap of the scarf well. Furthermore an issue that i found is that the feet would not stay onto the legs – it would come off – even if it was parented. As a result I will combine the feet and legs. I’m going to use a walk cycle of the feet and copy and paste – then move the composition as this will cut down time instead of moving one after the other.

Although this Youtube video looks as though its not working, it is. (Play it.)  Here is the first try at making the Charleston. It is clear that this was a failure – However I also wanted to look at the lighting of the scene and the camera angles. These elements I really like – so will use for my final animation. The list of what is wrong with this is: The feet, again not connecting with the legs, the legs are dancing too fast – and because the pin tool it looks rather short legged (if you understand). The pattern of the dress is disjointing from the dress and so I have to edit the clothes onto their layers. The hair is showing bald spots when it overlaps. I also really dislike the costume and so am going to recreate this and the hair.

This was my second attempt of creating the Charleston – I really like this move. It slowly builds up to a pose. Doing a proper Charleston dance was not working, i made many attempts but they all like the animation above. I decided instead to imply the Charleston like this test. I found a two legs that were on the wrong layer which you can see above. I sorted this out, thankfully. This test saw the first time I applied the corset to the women and a turn. All of these let me understand what speed was best suited at it is a sudden turn. The corset feel a bit to fast – I might slow it down in the actual animation.

The Charleston

49Above are my some quick sketches that i made of key poses from three Charleston dance moves. I am going to used these to start creating some Charleston tests – this will definitely help me as it simplifies the dance which is otherwise insanely fast and difficult. The most difficult is the feet as they do heel twists and strange kicks – they are stereotypical Charleston/1920s but i hope I will be able to animate this. This also lets me understand timing of the dance move.

Below are the image that i took of my sister to understand the camera move/ timing of the turn – i need to know where she is for each part. This is for an experiment not a final piece.

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Week Five – Collecting animation reference

Look into similar film scenes and animations – look at camera angles and shots

The Frog Princess – the crowd

I am planning on having a section of my part – a woman doing the Charleston. As well as looking at reference for animating this complex dance I looked at the Disney’s Princess and the Frog because it is based around the 1920s – in particular one song reverts into a 1920s art deco style animation. I looked at this for inspiration for my own scene – I like the art deco shapes that are apart of the background and foreground. Furthermore the colours are also a good reference – as I can see how only a few colours have been used throughout this section of the film.

In addition I have a couple of crowd scenes in my part of our group animation – due to time reasons I can create character designs and parts for each person in the crowd. If you watch the footage you can see the crowds upper body moving still, up and down – and the legs are the only things that move. I actually really like this because it doesn’t loose the main character and would be easier to animate. I want to try and do something like for the crowd I create.

1920s Footage

I am going to be attempting animating the Charleston – a complex quick step from the 1920s. And so I have collected many original videos from this era (like the one above) to use for reference. I want to look through the different moves and pick one that can reflect the style of the dance but also is simple enough to animate.   It is also nice just to get a feel of the rhythm and style of dance – as well as the fun aspect of the Charleston and the 20s. Thinking about camera angles – I think I need to be able to capture the whole body as it is very much about the whole body in a playful way. However the feet often have a complex and quick step which may be interesting to capture with a close up (but this is obviously dependent on whether I could animate it well enough.)

Dance final (girl in striped top)

The girl in the striped top. As soon as I watched this video I thought, yes she is the one! I just love her dance moves to be honest. She moves in a way that makes her curvy and womanly? if that makes sense. This video is really nice reference because it is of a modern dance final exam – and these dance students have modernized the Charleston but kept its fun and timeless moves.

Votes

I watched this video to gain more knowledge about the Suffogettes and Suffogists for our animation on Women. However it actually has a lot of reference footage of what the protests looked liked and how these women acted like.

Meet me in st Louis

Gone with the Wind

Pirates of the Caribbean

The three particular videos above all look at corsets and the pain they cause the women as they are tightening the undergarment. I am going to use a corset assembling around the subject as she is dancing the Charleston – and so I need to look at different reactions – and just to learn about the expressions. My character is going to need to react in a surprised and pained way. These videos show the women after the pain also and how they feel. In the first we see Judy Garland unable to move normally – needing to sit to find relief and that is done carefully. The others show touching the waist/ readjusting the corset around the waist. My character will also be fainting.

Animatic

Above is our Finished animatic. We created this by dividing the animatic into four sections which was split equally between the four of us. We each had created storyboards for these sections and so created the animatic from what we had already planned. You can see that there is a  mixture of different styles now, however when we create the puppet in aftereffect it will look the same as we shall create the costumes on a base we will all use. The character will be the same just different hair and clothes to show how she is one women for all. The Timing needs a little work in some parts but overall it is a good example of the final  piece.

Explaining my section

The first section of mine begins with the view from the window as it is from the women perspective we become the character (the female gaze.) She is looking at the men. This way we feel like we are one iwth the character and living her expriences. The next shot is of her face – wnought time to understand how she feels left out/ powerless and trapped inside. She then will have a realistion that she can change it – i have included a turn to show here full costume – the sign and sash to highlight she is a suffragette. The montage section will be quick as it follows the audio exactly. It will fire lots of ideas quickly and so the people I will use must be obvious to understand within seconds. Lastly the faint scene will show a dance then zoom in as the corset pull so that we feel more constrained within the seen. The screen will be left empty to present the audience with a second of thought.

This is a Rough Version of part two of the animatic the images are taken from my sketchbook. I used this before starting the official animatic to know for sure all parts of my storyboard thumbnails would work within time frame and to understand whether I need to cut or add elements in. I had a lot to cover in 20 secs – so it needed to be tested. I also got the first idea of how my thumbnail idea looked like with my sound.