Monday 19th November – Discussion over outcomes
I wanted to keep the animation simple with very few add on but had a continuous feel. So I decided to redo the animation as it was static and I wanted to follow previous critiques. I did this through out the week.
To begin I took away all of the characters. The removal of the child characters meant that the balloons can now be a visual representation of the children at the chickenpox party. At first I just had the 3 red balloons that would be the children but then with showing my group I added 5 different coloured balloons in so that it could be more of a party scene. These new balloons would the move away ready for the 3 main ones to explode.
Continuing on the balloons exploding is well illustrated and everyone was very happy with this effect. The only aspect that I changed was the speed so that it was a more realistic pop.
I the added the text this included the title “Poxism” and the words “A party for happy children and caring parents.” With the title I wanted to make that different through using a text preset. Going though the different effects I can across a magnifying style. This gave the illusion that a glass is going over the top making each letter stand out in turn. However this effect does not allow me to remove the base layer as each letter increases, thus giving the illusion of having 2 of the same letters at the same time.
The second set of letters are show so that the slide up from the bottom and appear after you have read the previous word. This should allow a viewer of all ages to read the text.
Over all the colour tones are bright and clashing to illustrate the vibrancy of a child’s party. I added a background colour of a gender neutral turquoise, so that all can be included. When looking through and showing my animation to the group one single colour was not enough so I added colour changing at the beginning ti set the tone. This emphasises the chaotic nature of a party scene.
Wednesday 7th – After Effects Introduction
I had never used after effects before the workshop and was very unsure of how things worked but I was certain that I would figure the overall aspects of the software.
By the end of the workshop I had created a few little animations that look half decent. These small moving aspects taught me that the first over whelming software is similar to most adobe programs.
Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th – creating first animation
Through using the online videos created and my memory of the workshop I was able to recreate the simple spinets of my storyboard. I developed my techniques and by the end of the week I was able to use around 5 different techniques to create a basic full animation.
One aspect that I was unsure about was the explosion of the balloons. To create this effect I had to mess around and find the spilt effect. This meant that I could break the balloons into many pieces. Continuing on my concept where the balloons release the disease I wanted to use a confetti style breakout. Using YouTube tutorials on how to create a particle world effect I managed to make 3 different eruptions.
Thursday 15th November – constellation – Week 6
In this weeks constellation we talked about the Post Modern Fashion. This is where we come into the 21st century and discuss how the modern tends are influenced by the past subcultures.
Looking at some quotes and styles I discovered that post modern fashion is a mixture of different elements from styles across the centuries. A Book written by Paul Sweetman 2004, claims that there is no distinct definition of a 21st century look. The style is seemed to be just a “mash up” with no clear style choices. “…postmodern fashion no longer refers to anything but itself and this lack of external referentiality means that everything is available…” This can be viewed that the current style does not make a political statement; the clothes are worn just because of a personal taste instead of letting the world know that you believed or were part of something.
In addition Muggleton (2004) perceives the thought of “them and us,” which can mean that the public does not want to be seen as outrageous or be the alternative. Continue reading his work we can assume that he believes that the rules from previous subcultures have been taken and altered to create an ever changing look.
The first person to look into this was Polhemus in the 1990’s. His work included the main concept of a “supermarket of style” (Polhemus, 1995). This is the ideology that each distinct style had one isle with in a shop – so the skin heads had one isle, the punks had one, the goths had another and so on. At that time and the past before the groups only shopped within their isle but with the modern fashion becoming more inclusive the style has adapted so that an average person can take things from multiple styles. As a result we get a classic mash up of styles.
A reason for the sudden change in ideals is the development of technology. With this ease access the public can take ideas from other groups as well as their own to create their own unique style. To add to this idea the concept of “the travellers” and “the tourist” (Sweetman 2004) had been developed. A ‘tourist’ would be seen as the more free flowing where they could one day have one style then change the next, these could also mix up a look and have more than one style within a single outfit. Whereas the ‘traveller’ would stick with one style for a sightly longer period but will still eventually change style.
One example of a post modern fashion we looked at in detail was be the steampunk. An image we looked into shows four men wearing similar clothing in the style of steampunk – all of which wear their own crafted back packs. These are in the style of a messy, non-minimalistic industry. This can imply that the men have hand crafted their costumes. The non-sleek design can mean that they are embracing the cluttered elements of the Victorian era. Another way to view this would be that they are all retaliating against the modern technologies where current style is to make things smaller and more minimalistic. Forlili said that the steam punk style is rebelling away from today’s technology; “The DIY component of steampunk effectively critiques the fundamental opacity of contemporary technology” (Forlini, 2010:81). This can be enhanced by the meaning of using ‘material things’ instead of the generic and more common online virtual things.
Overall today I have developed my skills in paraphrasing of a large quote and I have opened my eyes to the different ideologies of the past in comparison to current times.
Monday 12th November – Group Initial Critique Discussions
Today I had a small group conversation showing my work in front of two of my tutors and the group.
This is my first idea for my story board, which I showed today. The concept is simple as it illustrates the happiness of a party but with an underlining meaning that the children will ultimately become sick and diseased. This is visually represented through the balloons popping and releasing the chickenpox, thus making it a chickenpox party.
When talking to the tutors it was apparent that the balloons were the key aspect of the design, which could be taken further into the narrative. This could be where the balloons were the actual children with the emotions. I could take this further so that the strings could animate as well. Their could be one single infected balloon with many other balloons around that seem to be playing and having a good time. Then the single ill balloon slowly infects the others around it. This could be shown in many different ways through popping, deflating air onto other balloons or just as simple as a touch.
Another element we talked about was the sound. This could be as simple as party music playing in the background as there would have no need to have a narrator talking because the story line should be well presented. A different way to go would be to have children giggling and have children making weird noises.
To go further and make this come to life I will use the software after effects. This should help with the cartoon style and overall emotions that are being portrayed.
Tuesday 6th to Sunday 11th November- Movement Idea Creation and Visuals
To begin with I brainstormed and made a ruff list of many random ideas I thought.
Then I picked my favourites that I thought I could develop into good ideologies.
From there I decided to mind map what sort of animation or creative path to take. After a short while I realised that the illness idea could have great potential. This idea came from my life experience of my parents holding a chickenpox party when my siblings caught the illness.
I was still unsure on the name of my new movement but through talking to one of my tutors we decided that illness-ism could include too much of a wide variety of diseases. So by using my experiences we decided on Pox-ism, which is a lot more catchy.
From deciding on the main focus of the movement I wanted to do some research into the disease and why would parents want to make their children go through this pain. When talking to another tutor he said that one of the best advice he got to raise his children was to make them know that the real world is harsh from a young age. This should mean that the children should be more resilient and better prepared for the future.
I began to draw some initial ideas for the movement. At first I though it needed memorable characters, but then that could seem childish and could ruin the over all nature of the piece. Then I though about the party style and what elements of a party can have great meaning. This lead me to the balloon concepts.
After a messy sketch of ruff ideas I made a digital story board of the design.
Monday 5th November – Experimental Typography Workshop
After our weekly meeting where I finally grasped what our brief truly meant, I had a small work shop where I listened to a few different voices on repeat. We illustrated their moods and accents through the words they said.
This made me think about the style of language used, such as slang, American or the queens English in relation to who would be the target audience. I kept on rearranging the scale of the letters in relation to the volume; the spacing with the layout of the words can be used for the pace of the person talking.
This concept can be used in the movement project because I plan to have some text within the animation but have nobody talking. This can be used to show the emotion and tone of the piece.
Tuesday 30th October – Creative thinking.
We had an in depth lecture to engage our brains so that as a class we can be inspired by the smallest of things. The lecturer showed us some images and clips that had hidden elements within the over all image. Now with a new appreciation for elements of inspiration, we were given groups to research our own thinking techniques through one existing movement.
A few hours later all the groups came back and explained their technique given. This was enlightening as I did not know some of these methods. One example of this would be the 6 thinking hats. Each has a different colour to represent a thinking style which will help you to look at the same work from a different angle.
From using these techniques I decided to brain storm ideas in the style of a mind map for my Movement Project. I came up with several different ideas; one being a cup of Tea is a God or a darker tone of regret-ism where everyone has a regret and the members have to guess. I also thought about having no make-up movement or even permanent make-up, however these were already ideas, so I thought about my surname “Fraser” and having it be a high up, well to do ‘members only’ style club. Then I continued to brainstorm and thought about illnesses and how my parents held a chicken pox party where children would come to get chicken pox while they were young as it can be worse when you are older.
Therefore, using creative thinking techniques helped me to come up with ideas from a few simple everyday inspirations.