Explain your process from start to finish.
Our process was to make the storyboard, then gather materials and film it. While we were filming, we tried to film it in order (first scenes were filmed first, ect.). We tried reaching a plot point each day. After we were done filming, we added sound. After that, we made the introduction and outro and added it to the video.
Which of the 12 principles of animation did you use in your piece.
We used squash and stretch during the part where the hurricane goes away. We tried using appeal by having a small flower that gets battered by lost of different things, kind of like how you might get worn out from lots of things taking a toll on you.
What do you think of stop motion?
I think stop motion is simple, but at the same time very frustrating. You have to make sure that things are in the same place when you split up the filming process into different days. It's just a lot of work for barely any film at all, which makes me feel like it almost isn't worth the effort.
I wasn't here on the day that we were supposed to post our characters, so this is just an image of what I have
What did you create?
I created two cinemagraphs. One was the reflection of a mirror with hands and feet, and the other was a character moving around on a DS screen without being controlled.
Why did you pick these subjects over others? Does the subject have any specific meaning to you?
I thought the mirror idea would be cool because in horror movies that aspect is shown a lot. I wanted to see what a non-scary moving mirror reflection would look like. I also just love playing my DS and thought that it would be cool if it moved by itself.
What was difficult about this project? Is there anything you would recommend for someone in the future?
Exporting this was one of the biggest hardships in this project. It wouldn't work, and then when it finally did, I couldn't upload it. I also thought that filming the video was difficult because it had to be really straight and couldn't move. I would recommend using a tripod when filming.
Hot chocolate and Marshmallows
Hair Blowing in Wind/Fan
What was your theme and why did you pick it?
My theme was fall leaves. I chose it because I really like fall as a season, I think it's really pretty and nature just transforms itself. I wanted to do something that involved fall before the season was over, and I figured that a fall pattern would be really cool. I thought since leaves are the highlight of fall that I would make a pattern of them.
Of the 3 patterns you’ve made, which one is your favorite and why?
I think my favorite is the support pattern with the brown and red leaves. I don't like how my showstopper pattern turned out, and I'm personally not a fan of the horizontal stripe that I used on my other support pattern. I also just really like how the red and brown go together.
What did you find difficult about this project?
I think the biggest thing was trying to make the pattern fit. Every time I tried to apply the pattern to an outline, it was either too big, or the pattern was messed up. This led to a bunch of image size changes before finally getting it right with some adjustments to the pattern itself.
What would you recommend to someone starting this project?
Make sure that your showstopper and support patterns fit cohesively, I don't think that mine did that successfully. I would also say to make sure that your design flows and won't get chopped when it's put in the outline. If it's not aligned right, the pattern will end up looking very odd.
What's your inspiration?
My inspiration was the season in general. I was going to do a Halloween design, but I figured leaves might look better in a pattern. I was just salty because we basically skipped fall by making the winter cards so I wanted to relive October before it ends.
What's your plan?
I still have to arrange my elements into my showstopper pattern and create the support patterns. I'm not exactly sure what type of pattern I'll make.
What have you done so far?
So far, I've sketched my design components and digitized them. I haven't made as much progress as I would like since I had computer difficulties when trying to digitize each part.
What element is traditional medium and how did you use this element?
My traditional element was pencil and paper. I used it as a basis for the picture, (I traced the drawing in Photoshop so that I could add certain elements to it that I couldn't traditionally).
Explain your process and how you came up with the idea.
I wanted to make a card that wasn't too christmas focused because lots of people don't celebrate it. So I decided that having an animal be the focus would be the most connectable with people (who doesn't like cats?). Of course, having just a cat wouldn't be that festive so I added the ornament.
What would made it difficult?
I wasn't sure how to make realistic looking fur (which I still don't think I accomplished) so I took lots of different colors and blurred them together. It was irritating and I had to redo it multiple times because I would always mess up the cat's anatomy with the blur tool.
What did you find successful about your piece?
I think the design is the most successful part. I liked the traditional sketch of it a lot and I think my lack of blur tool usage kind of messed the final piece up. I did like how the branches of the tree came out, though.