Short Animation

This short animation follows a supernatural cat-like creature who investigates a disturbance in his forest after being startled awake. This animation was created through the process of rotoscoping to get the smooth motion for the cat. I decided to keep the animation in black and white to create a sense of suspense and to allow the line quality to stand as the main stylistic element of the piece.

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Title Sequence

This project was inspired by the Fauvist art movement and by the genre of Thriller. The Fauvist art movement is characterized by emphasis on texture and composition over representation while Thrillers use suspense as a way to attract interest. For this project, I decided to allude to to a crime thriller. In choosing my color palette, I wanted to use red as the main color to amp up the sense of suspense by using highly saturated versions of the color. I chose to use blues to help the red stand out more and create a more dramatic feel to the piece. In terms of using Fauvism as inspiration, I chose to incorporate the texture aspect to the style of the piece to make it feel smooth but with rougher edges.

In terms of improvement, I could have been more careful in separating out my layers so as to avoid the problem of the masking out of the separate layers being seen. To fix this, I could go back and draw the images out in separate layers beforehand to avoid needing to mask them out in the same way.

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Obstructions Final

This project is about the process of creating a film with a set number of rules to follow.

First obstructions: sci-fi, space, green, guardian.

With these in mind, I wanted to handle the obstructions of genre, color and archetype in setting up the character with space being related to the environment. I tried to create a loosely sci-fi type costume for the character with utilizing the greens in the form of strips of green on an otherwise darkly-clothed character. The character is a guardian in that she is protecting the path forward on the road. Space is meant to be seen with a good distance between the character and the surrounding trees.

Second obstructions:

Genre Switch: Adventure

Antagonist Archetype: Pilgrim

Situational Conflict: Emerging Desires

For this piece, I wanted to create the sense that the viewer has travelled to the past in the sense that the main character is different. In terms of the antagonist archetype, I wanted the character to, in a way, be their own enemy. The “Pilgrim” is another way of describing the “Explorer” archetype. Therefore, I wanted this character to be at odds with the original one in that she is more of an intruder to the natural environment in this situation instead of being its guardian like in the first part of the film series. The emerging desires aspect of this alludes again to the character in the first film in that the character for this scene is beginning the transition to that character after finding the mysterious staff in the middle of the woods. The character already had an interest in nature, and the staff stands as a metaphor for the forest claiming her.

Final obstruction: 

Resolution: Rejection

For the last phase of this project, I needed to resolve the story through some form of rejection. I chose to have the Pilgrim character go through a painful process for the beginning of her transformation. Rather than accept the process and become a part of the forest, she, out of fear, throws down the staff and flees from the area. Rather than acknowledge the unknown and adapt, she chooses to stay with comfort and what she already knows.

Speaking of improvements that could be made to the film, there was some glitch effect that remained in the video after encoding that I could not figure out to fix. Ideally, I would possibly re-film with a different camera so as to avoid the issue all together. Also, I probably could have worked with color correction more to make the middle part of the film mesh together better. As it is, the fact that I filmed in different weather conditions for those scenes is something that could be addressed more fully either by more fine-tuning with color correction or by re-filming in weather with similar lighting. In the future, I may try to stray away from a solo-produced film so as to get more interesting camera angles and camera shots.

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Film Obstructions 2

Genre Switch: Adventure

Antagonist Archetype: Pilgrim

Situational Conflict: Emerging Desires

For this piece, I wanted to create the sense that the viewer has travelled to the past in the sense that the main character is different. In terms of the antagonist archetype, I wanted the character to, in a way, be their own enemy. The “Pilgrim” is another way of describing the “Explorer” archetype. Therefore, I wanted this character to be at odds with the original one in that she is more of an intruder to the natural environment in this situation instead of being its guardian like in the first part of the film series. The emerging desires aspect of this alludes again to the character in the first film in that the character for this scene is beginning the transition to that character after finding the mysterious staff in the middle of the woods. The character already had an interest in nature, and the staff stands as a metaphor for the forest claiming her.

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Setting/Character Obstruction

This project is about the process of creating a film with a set number of rules to follow.

My obstructions: sci-fi, space, green, guardian.

With these in mind, I wanted to handle the obstructions of genre, color and archetype in setting up the character with space being related to the environment. I tried to create a loosely sci-fi type costume for the character with utilizing the greens in the form of strips of green on an otherwise darkly-clothed character. The character is a guardian in that she is protecting the path forward on the road. Space is meant to be seen with a good distance between the character and the surrounding trees.

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Living Composition

This project involves taking a 2D image of my own creation and giving it some simple animation within After Effects. For my image, I decided to first start off with hands as the focal point to show my fascination and interest in hands as a study of the human figure. I have always been interested to see how many different ways hands can position themselves, and I understand how little people realize their importance in everyday life. These are the reasons why I made them the most prominent feature of the image. In regards to the flowers, I wanted them to in a way contrast the human element with a more naturalist essence. Human kind tends to be destructive toward nature in general, and I want the juxtaposition of the hands and flowers to loosely tie back to that idea and server to balance each other. This is also why I chose to have the hands appear larger within the animated sequence and to allow the flowers to fade out for portions of it.

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Literary Adaption

For this piece, I wanted to adapt the poem “Heart to Heart” by Rita Dove (1952). The imagery evoked in this piece for me is immediate, but at the same time Rita is stating many concepts that are not actually occurring. For my adaptation, I wanted to oppose this sentiment and stay true to the imagery being presented. For the portions of the poem that are less representational as a physical object, I let the natural elements around my filming location vill the void, so to speak and to try to create a more subdued or lost feeling. For the most part, I want to utilize close-ups or extreme close-ups for my camera shots to embody the lines being referenced, keeping the stones in the area visible in some fashion for most of my shots.

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