Tuesday, 17 March 2009
A few major changes from the original, mainly the new beginning and the scene where the mother finds the doll. Not planning to make any further changes as I feel it is to late in production apart from tweaking the timings on certain scenes, especially the scene where the camera zooms over the mothers shoulder.
As I said before have now started tweening, aiming to get this all finished to show at the final rush before Easter. Going far to slowly at present for this to be realistic as its less than two weeks away, but I believe it to be possible if I can really get into tweening.
Saturday, 31 January 2009
I also came across the film Девочка дура, which you can watch below.
Really love this short film, and it is much closer to what I had in mind for my own film then anything I have come across before for the aesthetic. I like the simplicity of it and the use of colour.
What I'd now like to achieve for my film is an aesthetic that looks like a moving drawing/illustration, so it will have an unfinished quality, remain quite sketchy and have a few splashes of very light water colour, I would also like to use a paper texture.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
So this is the animatic I handed in for the animatic deadline.
It now has all the camera moves, and proper layout designs which means some of them camera angles have changed. I have also added rain, to demonstrate that it is actually raining but also to emphasise the moments when it's not raining. Some of the shots have blank backgrounds, these are mostly close ups where the characters are not interacting with the background and I plan for these to just be coloured in the final film as a background is really not necessary and would distract from the characters. I have changed the part where the mother realises that Megan has gone after the doll, by replacing the close up of the umbrella falling to the floor to a mid/long shot of the mother running to the bridge side and rearranging the surrounding shots, I did this as seeing the umbrella fall to the floor is not important for the narrative, and I feel it reads much better as it is now.
Anna and bella screen shots
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Sunday, 4 January 2009
This is basically the same as the previous animatics, apart from the some of the ending which I have redrawn and changed slightly. I have also used the samples given to me by my composer and voice artist to create a new soundtrack that is closer to the final one, than the placeholders used previously.
I change the ending because as I said before it is the most important part of the story and yet I felt it was the weakest part of the animatic and didn't portray the feelings and emotions it needed to. The new ending I feel is an improvement, as well as being happier it is more focused on the mother and her change of heart towards the doll.
There is only new dialogue for the mother as although I originally planned for Posy Brewer to do both mother and child this didn't work well as we both agreed it would sound better if they were voiced by different people.
The music score is near to completion, needing only a few adjustments, this has been created entirely by Tim Ineson. A link to both his website and Posy Brewer's can be found in the link section at the side of the blog.
Friday, 19 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
The latest version of my Animatic, which was shown at the first rush on Wednesday 3rd of Dec.
Basically the same as the previous version but it now contains more sound effects and backgrounds. I have added a shot where the umbrella falls to the ground when dropped by the mother, and also adjusted the scene where mother and child are reunited. Although it works as an animatic in that it tells the story, I still feel the reuniting scene isn't quite correct. The most important part of the story is when the mother realises the importance of the doll and although I've started to portray this in the animatic I think there is another shot needed. This shot will probably be of the Mother watching the child be reunited with her doll. The current shots in that scene also need to be closer to the characters, so that the viewer feels the intimacy of the moment.
Saturday, 29 November 2008
This version of the animatic has place holders for sound track and effects and also dialouge.
The dialogue is just me recorded at uni and most of the sound FX came from the uni libirary collection. The sound track is mostly two tracks from Yann Tiersen, Mothers Journey and La Terrase. But the two tracks at the end is the start of two Yael Naim's songs, Lonely and Far Far.
I'm am now working on adding a few more camera moves (done in After effects) and drawing in the missing backgrounds. Will hopefully show this new version in the rushes next wed.
Thursday, 27 November 2008
I have been playing around with brown paper for a while now, these three sketches I did drew using pencil, chalk and charcol and the middle one has some water colour pencil too.
I much prefere the use of watercolour in the painting below, an image I just stumbled apon on google. It is softer and more fluid. This also has a similar colour pallet to the one I think I will use for my film.
I want the child to be cute, as the audience must empathise with her, by making her thin and giving her pig tails i think makes her young but also vunrable. Adding the coat with hood and wellies will also increase her cuteness.
I want the doll to be similar to the child, to enforce the fact that, the way the child feels about the doll is the same the mother feels about the child (well almost). I've decided that i want it to be a rag doll as somehow it seems more vunrable and more cuddley, and it inspires more history perhaps the child made it herself (it will have button eyes).
Hopefully I will produce some rough model sheets soon.