For my short film I intend to use stop motion techniques to showcase my realistic set building skills along with stop frame animation skills. To add to this I am thinking about integrating some CGI simulations of collapsing buildings and smoke as a background for the ending scenes. In contrast to this i may also consider sticking with the stop motion technique throughout the whole film to allow for an easier viewing. I also feel that the stop motion technique would be more effective in creating the realistic atmosphere within the narrative.
If I was to use stop motion throughout the film I have found an interesting video which explains how cotton wool can be used as a material for substituting smoke within stop motion. Here is the video examining how weather and elements are made within the film ‘Isle Of Dogs’.
Url Ling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QVNU-cHhAU (accessed 05/06/2018)
Some of the techniques shown here are really creative in the way they present fire, smoke and other elements that are seen as difficult to create within stop motion animation. This video also includes some information about how some of the sets are made from starting out as foam models, then developed into large realistic sets.
The main theme of this projects is to effectively show the inner workings of a characters mind within a daydream, showcasing the thoughts and fantasies and how they relate to situations within the real world.
The narrative of this animation will follow the form of a character daydreaming to help with a real life situation. The narrative will start off with a sequence of scene showing a character performing as part of an orchestra, specifically playing a percussion instrument. This sequence will play on the theme of timing and suspense where by the character must have perfect timing as part of an orchestra. Towards the end of the animation the character is revealed to be a building demolition operative in his everyday job waiting to press the big red button to demolish a block of buildings. The end scenes would show a building demolition or the aftermath of a building demolition.
This narrative will depict how a highly responsible and potentially dangerous job could also be considered an art form when looked at in a fantasy or dreamlike way.
I feel that the relationship between the percussionist and a building demolition operative goes really well. I also feel that the use of orchestral music behind the visuals of buildings falling to the ground one by one would change it into something beautiful rather than something that could be considered serious and dangerous.
My idea for this narrative originally came from viewing a short film on Vimeo which portrays how a pianist may think when playing a piece of music. This short film relates the action and aggression of a boxing match to a piece of music from a pianist.
I have made the decision of creating my film using the stop motion animation technique. I feel that it would best portray the ideas and narrative that I have. I have looked into the design of these puppets/sets and I have been drawn to the wool technique. A good example of the use of this material within the stop motion sector would be the short film ‘Edmond’.
URL Address: https://vimeo.com/172911816 (Accessed 29/05/2018)
The characters within this short film are constructed with wool and fabric. I really like that way the wool reacts within stop frame because it reminds me of camera noise and gives the film a fuzzy atmosphere. This aspect I think would be very effective within my own film which is based on the dream world and the unconscious mind.
Here is a close-up of the wool Stop-Motion puppet. The design appears to be constructed using wool for the skin and clothing. The the facial features appear to be added digitally afterwards.
In relation to the theme of dreams and how the dream world could influence reality, I have chosen to conduct some research into how useful inventions which have maybe changed the world, were created from the inventors dreams.
Some of the well known inventions created from dreams are;
The Sewing machine:
Elias Howe’s lock-stitch sewing machine was invented from a violent murder dream where by he dreamt that he got stabbed.
The Terminator Movie:
James Cameron Had a vivid dream while he was ill. He dreamt there was an explosion, and coming out of it was a robot, cut in half, crawling toward a fleeing girl. He created a rough sketch of a robot from this dream and created a draft which developed in to the well known ‘Terminator’.
Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity:
Apparently Einstein dreamt about cows getting electrocuted by and electric fence. Within his dream he saw the cows jumping back from th fence all at once, however when he asked the farmer what he saw, the farmer said he seen the cows jumping one by one. From this bizarre dream Einstein discovered how things appear different depending on where you are standing(The theory of Relativity).
Some of these examples are interesting to look at when comparing how such a bizarre dream can influence such a powerful idea or invention. It is also interesting how the minds of these creators work when in a dreamlike state. The unconscious mind is something that could be very intriguing to look into or even use as part of the narrative for my film.
Salvador Dali is a famous surrealist artist who was well know for his surreal dreamlike paintings. His work often depicts the dream world and the idea of distorted everyday objects placed within untouched landscapes. I have chosen to look into the work of Dali because some of his paintings provide good visual imagery of what I believe the ‘dreamworld’ to appear like. I am particularly drawn to the way Dali uses everyday objects to show a contrast between the dream world and the real world.
The work that stood out for me most was….
After sending off some basic rendered images of the animation I received some feedback from the school of sport.
I sent a selection of basic images along with some text explaining the animation. Here are the images below.
Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3Scene 4
The feedback from this stated that the idea was very good however they wanted to see more of what the animation entails. I found that the narrative within this was unclear and didn’t have a relative meaning. I knew that I had to find an angle to approach this in a way that could tell a short story in a short amount of time(5-10 seconds). I then came up with the idea of creating a quick narrative of all these sporting equipment being kind of characters, which then gather around a television to watch the show. This simple narrative would communicate to the viewer that they are going to be tuning into CardiffMet sport TV, as well as watching something to do with sport.
From this feedback I can now begin to think about how I could maybe characterise these CG models of sporting equipment in a way that shows their relation to the CG television in the centre.