Friday, 23 January 2015

Company Research #2

Part two of the inspiring animation company.

Studio Ghibli, this company is best known for producing Japanese animation which is also called 'anime' I know this is way different from Walt Disney Animation. Their style of animation mainly focuses on the aesthetics of the film visually. When I first saw a studio Ghibli film which was Princess Mononoke (1997) visually it just looks amazing, the animation style is obviously way different from what you would see, say Disney would produce. But there are still some fundamental basic animation techniques throughout the film.

For me looking at this poster for the anime film shows that they mainly concentrate on the aesthetics visually more. For example you can see what I mean in this short clip from the film below...

Studio Ghibli studios produce a lot of anime films and throughout all their anime films. They are always best at adding emotion within the story. It always gets me every time. In almost ever anime film I've seen produced by them, the emotion within the story is really strong and it hits the right spot. It hits you really hard, emotionally.

That is why Studio Ghibli is one of my inspirational companies just because for me personally they nail it every time in showing emotion within their anime films. Their animation is good but not what I am looking for or to go into. But the way they add emotion into their anime films always work for me. As in animation sometimes it is always difficult to show emotion, that will hit you very deep in the right spot. This is also where I try to learn and improve my knowledge on how to show emotion effectively in animated films.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

DEADLINE: The hand in for Business Assignment 1

Finally some spare time just to update my blog of the latest piece of uni assignment which the deadline was yesterday. This piece of assignment was for my business module called The Animation Business. For this assignment I had to design and create a business card, a CV and a cover letter for myself. A little mock example if I were to apply for a job. The assignment was also useful as I can use the information from that assignment for actually applying for a job.

I found it very difficult to come up with a design and a brand that I am comfortable with and also appealing as well as simple. In the end I kept it really simple also not too simple and plain.


Very simple shapes, I like the idea of using the circle as a main shape to put my initials in. I decided to not have the lines or dotted lines going across connecting the circle. As I want the logo in the middle to stand out, dominated the focal point of the design. Maybe I could have done a little more better with the background colour. As I said earlier in one of my previous posts about the design, that I wanted to try and add a cardboard texture style in the background to get that texture feeling. But in the end decided to stick with plain colours.


Again keeping with the branding of my logo and also the front of the business card. I decided to use the smaller circles as I did want a banner type going across the back with an image of my work. But instead I went with the circles which I am really happy about. As it links in with my brand and it's not taking up a lot of space. So space is good.
I might have another look at the quick sketch of a character at the bottom right corner. The only reason I put that in there last minute is because I thought it needed at least one small image.


Again keeping in line with my branding and again kept it really plain and simple so there's nothing too distracting that it will put the reader off from looking at my CV. As I said in an earlier post, I did want to see if adding cut off lines to section things off would look nice. But after experimenting with the lines I decided to just leave them out. Then use the body of the text to create sections for each sections. Now that is done and out of the way I hope I will get a good mark for this assignment.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Project Dance UPDATE 2 Animatics

Today I'm just catching up on updating my blog for Project Dance. I have done some animatics for the shots I will be animating in the animated short.

The first one is the slap scene.....

The second is the where the main character is being helped to his feet by the other male character...

Then the third animatic is where both male characters start going off dancing with each other.

As I said earlier in one of my posts. My drawing skills when it comes to pre-production are very beginners quality. But hopefully I will improve on those skills in the future.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Project Dance UPDATE 1 - Animatic

Just a quick update on Project Dance. Josh has uploaded a new animatic, just changing some shots which does not effect anyone's animation at all. So here it is....

I have also received the schedule for Project Dance. Now because I have already scheduled all my other projects while I was waiting for this one. I will have to schedule this project towards the end of the production pipeline.
Here is an image of the schedule for the project;

Friday, 2 January 2015

Company Research #1

As part of my business assignment I will be looking at Animation companies that have inspired me. Discussing which piece of work that inspired me the most and why. So it begins...

Walt Disney Animation Studio Films.

The animation studio for films was founded in 1923, way, way before my time and they are located in Burbank, CA. The studio is a film maker driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most best loving films ever made. They have produced films such as:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Cinderella 
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Jungle Book
  • Beauty and The Beast
  • The Lion King
  • Aladdin 
  • 101 Dalmatians
The list is endless, these are the films for me that are one of the best movies I have seen when I was growing up. That these are the films have been responsible for playing a massive role in inspiring me to want to be an animator in the future. I would sit there and watch Disney's movies all day long if I could and I would never get bored of watching them. The three animation films that were the ones that made it for me and they still do to this day. But this one is my all time favourite and that animated film is....

#1 - 101 Dalmatians (1961)

For me this is the one of the best films I've ever seen, not just because of the story but the style. The animation being exaggerated, the squash and stretch of the characters throughout this film. I find is just beautiful, that is all you need to know.

By just looking at these scenes that are taken from the film. Instantly these images show that the film is a warm relaxed and a family feel kind of a film that you are going to enjoy. I also like the style of the characters, tall and thin which they can stretch and exaggerate their poses which is brilliant when you see it. As well as stretching the poses of the characters. There are also stylized short and round characters which again they show a brilliant use of the squash technique throughout the film on one of the bad characters.

Also in this film they have all the fundamental animation techniques that are needed to produce an amazing piece of work. As you can see the amount of detailed work that has been put into this film really shows. This is the reasons why Disney is one of my favourite companies because they produce really good quality animation films and also they show that warm, family, fun feeling type of films.