I think the best thing that I did was my referencing. I took found lots of references from silent comedians that proved really useful in planning out the animation movements, particularly the more slapstick and elaborate ones. I also recorded a lot of references of myself and my peers. I invested a lot of work in understanding and imagining Billy Bob’s character, which I felt was important.
What was the hardest part?
The animation could only be 15 seconds, and the hardest part was figuring out how to convey a lot of subtext, story and character in that short amount of time.
What would you do differently?
I think I would try and establish the criteria of my animation earlier. I felt I spent too much time coming to a conclusion with my animation’s theme and concept. I think I would question the readability of my ideas harder, earlier, so as to establish what I was setting out to show and achieve. I think I would have done more research into short animations and films to get a better idea of how to convey a story, character or joke in a short amount of time.
How difficult or easy did you find it?
I found this project fairly difficult so far. I found coming up with, and developing an idea whilst at the same time keeping it simple and coherent, quite a difficult task. I also felt I could have done better in terms of time management and organization.
What is the most important thing you have learnt about yourself?
That I need to question further how my animation will be read and understood by the viewer and whether it’s subtext and context will be conveyed properly. I also need to manage and organize my time better and more appropriately.
What do you think the most important things are that the marker is looking for in this assignment?
For the student to demonstrate how well they explore and plan a shot for animation purposes For the student to demonstrate their...