Monday, 11 May 2015

Animation Reflection

Harlan Brownrigg-Ross
Ball Bounce
Flash and Photoshop
For this assignment, I used Flash instead of Photoshop as I found it much easier to use. I drew all of my animation frame by frame, other than the background that I used Photoshop for. Other than that nothing else was really used.
My idea for this was to make a ball bounce then it changed to a ball of water turning into a tree.  As I worked on it my tree changed a few times before I liked the final version. Other than that, nothing else changed.
No particular artist influenced me for this project.
I used asymmetry in my animation so it would look more natural. I had the background blurry so that it would give depth to the animation showing the foreground much more in focus. I used things like squash and stretch to make the motion of the ball look more lifelike. When you look at it, your eyes keep focus on the ball which move them, around the screen to the tree.  
My personal motivation for this was that I really liked doing this, I found it different from our normal work. I guess just wanted to try animation, no real visual style or anything but just an attempt at animation.

I feel that my background and timing were very successful and interesting. Nothing really surprised me too much. With additional time I probably would have made the ball look better and set up a much better background. Maybe I would have added reflections of the background in the water ball. 

Animation Plan

Ball of water bounces twice then soaks into ground and a tree grows.

Animator - William Hanna

William Hanna was a famous animator and person in general. Hanna was born in New Mexico in 1910. He had a rather ordinary childhood. 20 years later in 1930, he started working at Harman-Ising Studios, the studio that is responsible for shows such as Marie Melodies and Loony Tunes. Several years later he started work at MGM Studios. It was there that he met and started to work with Joseph Barbera. It was then that they created one of their most famous cartoons, Tom and Jerry.  In 1957 Hanna and Barbera set out on their own and created Hanna-Barbera Studios. From there they stared making shows such as Yogi Bear and The Huckleberry Hound Show. By 1960 their studio had created The Flinstones. Not too long after that The Jetsons was made. By the late 60’s they stared on another very famous show, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?. Together, both Hanna and Barbera produced the shows. Hanna took on more of a directing job as things got busier. In the end their studio had put our nearly 150 different animated TV shows and thousands of episodes. Many people all around the world grew up watching shows he created. William Hanna passed away on the 22nd of March, 2001 at the age of 90. His life’s work will be remembered for years to come. 

Ball Animation

Monday, 4 May 2015

Spirited Away Critique

1.       I think that the use of more familiar folklore make the story much easier to understand, although they aren't as obvious unless you are looking for them. I think they added to the story making some things easier to understand for the viewer by showing things they may already know about.

2.       I think that for some people who believe in things like that, it is helpful to think that spirits are needed to help get through everyday life. Personally, I don’t really believe in things like that. I don’t really think it’s the solution but I don’t think that it’s a bad thing. I don’t really know what the solution to the environmental problems are but I think just acting more “green” and not polluting as much would help. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Culture Jam Reflection

  1. What aspect of your culture jam do you find most successful and why?
I think that the barrel of oil I made is really successful alongside the slogan of the company.  I think they go well because the ad is taking the slogan more literally by actually spilling the oil.  
  2. What aspect of your culture jam do you find least successful and why?
Least successful of the culture jam would be that there isn’t a whole lot to it.  It also looks a little fake because of the barrel I made, it could have been better with more time. I doesn’t look too professional.
   3. If you could do this project again, what changes would you make to improve it?
      If I could do this project again, I would probably work harder on the image I made of the barrel, getting it to look much more real and better quality, so that the ad looks more professional.