Monday, September 28, 2009

First animation assignments of 2nd year

Back in school! In the first animation assignment we did this year, we had to use Pink Panther, standing on a seesaw, picking up a boulder, attempting to catapult himself using the boulder, aaaaand then "something funny happens." The second assignment was to do a pose test using a line reading (and character, obv.) from Disney's Robin Hood. More wanky notes to follow after both videos...

(^Contains dialogue)



I made a ridiculous foot placement mistake during clean up -- well, not clean up exactly, I should say tiedown. But I'm on to different assignments and it would take a lot to get me to clean any more of this up. For one thing, when I was rough animating (that's pretty much where the magic happens) I was drawing extremely loose, just racing away. Okay, volume I can get somewhat under control during the tie down stage, but this is the least loose character that I can think of off the top of my head -- especially when you're trying to stay on model. So during tiedown I was struggling to turn my "organic" (to use a polite word) drawings into these exhaustingly geometric ones.

For the second thing, I don't like Pink Panther all that much. Admittedly, when I was rough animating, I started to get into it more, because my whole "what happens"- idea emerged out of character. It wasn't about a gag for me, not really that much about being funny, but about trying to present a personality, and connecting/acting with a personality that I previously didn't find very interesting.
Most of the connection that happened at that time between Pink Panther and me was subsequently scrubbed away by the tedium of the tiedown.

Anyways, that whole personality thing was my revelation du jour. My way has never been the story way or the surprise way, unfortunately; I'm a terrible writer. My way is the character study way. For now at least -- who knows, anything can change.

And while this isn't saying much, I've never been more "in control" of my animating, and the bit about stuff "sinking in" during Summer vacation would appear to be true.

I'm not very familiar with the character, didn't actually make an effort to match the model sheet, but I tried to let the emotion in the line reading determine the poses. That almost succeeded in the last expression, because to my ears Robin sounded annoyed by the fact that it just wasn't "done that way" and hoped that it would actually be that easy... But now, by explaining it, I obviously admit defeat in trying to make the viewer understand it without the aid of such a disclaimer. Result is meh but I had a BLAST especially during thumbnailing -- this, in all its suckidity, is a page that I doodled while I was listening to the line reading over and over again:

No other notes about the pose test itself (shock ;), but this was a mini-assignment designed to be completed and group-watched by the end of the class, which was all cool and fascinating.


Peach said...

Your pink panther is bloody amazing!

kelipipo said...

Thanks! :D

graffitihead said...

Oh my gosh, haha, we're doing Pink Panther too for our weight lift assignment in college. Yes, another Finnish animation student here - glad to meet you, Reetta (I believe that is your name, right?), this is Sanna from Dublin, Ireland.

Gorgeous work on the Robin Hood one, by the way, the simplicity and roughness of it are just beautiful.

kelipipo said...

No mutta moi, kiitos kommentista! :D

Nice to hear from another Finnish student abroad. Dublin, eh - cool!! After seeing The Secret of Kells, Cartoon Saloon in Ireland is definitely on my list of dream workplaces.
Good luck with school! Hope you find PP easier than I did ;) -Reetta

graffitihead said...

Joo, olin aikas ällikällä lyöty kun törmäsin sattumalta blogiisi etsiessäni inspistä layout assignmentin tekoon! Ja sattumista puheen ollen, Kellsin ohjaaja Tomm Moore on aikoinaan valmistunut samasta collegesta (BCFE) kuin missä ite nyt opiskelen. Voisi kutsua pieneksi ihmeeksi. :D

Eiköhän Cartoon Saloon kelpuuta työntekijöitä, jospa tämä maa tästä pikku hiljaa rupeaisi lamastakin toipumaan. Mitenkäs siellä Vancouverissa (iip, jännää ylipäätään ajatella että maanmies on sinne asti mennyt minne itsellä ei tahdosta huolimatta varat riittäneet!) muuten työllistymistilanne klassisen animaation puolella?

kelipipo said...

On siinä inspiroiva sattuma! :D

Nii, halpaa ei lysti tietenkää oo mut onneks Kela tukee...
Työllistymistilanne menee aaltoina mut kuulemma tällä hetkellä paranemaan päin. Ja rohkasevaa on että erittäin moni meiän koulusta valmistunu on saanu töitä, vaikkakaan ei aina Vancouverissa.

Täällä ei varsinaisesti enää tuoteta klassista paperianimaatiota, kaikki on vaan Flashiä. Toivottavasti Princess And The Frog pistäis tulta persuuksiin. Tykkään Vancouverista ja erityisesti koulustani mut ei mua yhtään haittais muuttaa työn perässä.