Beginning to Animate

Finally started to animate the first section. Sorting out the background and eventually decided to paint loads of textures and put them together in photoshop as painting the full background from scratch kept looking a bit sloppy. Kimmo recommended I do a film workshop which really helped me rethink the scratch on film section and realise that the simpler the better for this type of animation.


Here is an edited version of the storyboard for scratch on film section, simplified.

This was a happy accident (: I am going to use this for my sun in the desert section.

Here is my messy set up at uni for line testing.


This is from the processing room for the film workshop where we made rayographs.

This is a still from a David Anderson film which uses pixilation in the forest which is a big inspiration for one of my scenes. Shaun recommended me to look him up and the only way to see him was on VHS at Camberwell so I took a little journey there into the past.

This is a desert reference from the Saguaro Desert.

Mm prickly nopales..

De Chirico is a big inspiration for the section in the desert and his use of shadows.

Here is the desert background without character/shadows/sun in it yet.


Black and White


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LAV week! Nicola was super helpful in workshopping and helping act out our scenes.

I went to see the Monochrome: Painting in Black and White show as one of the last visits for inspiration before we begin the animation stage. The earlier pieces were not as relevant but I realised that Picasso was an artist who painted a lot in black and white. In these pieces, you don’t question it and it allows the viewer to focus on texture and shape a bit more as well. All my animation will be in black and white for a few reasons..
– to connect the different animation styles together
– to separate the animation more from the live action (specifically the pixilation section)
– to simplify it as the animation has a lot going on in general
– to create an other worldliness about the mental landscapes

I showed and explained my animatic to Nicola, Shaun, and Kimmo on the same day as I had a sore throat so by the end I was exhausted in many ways as getting lots of viewpoints on your idea can be a bit scattering. You need to take time after to take in all the advice, see which ones to incorporate and which ones not to and if not to, address the issues that were seen by others. In the past, I have not always listened to the advice and it is usually those bits that I can’t not see as mistakes when I view the animation later on so I am trying not to make the same mistake this time.

Kimmo and Shaun both touched upon continuity and having some type of rhythm/way of going in and out of the real world/imagined world. I thought to go into each world through an action, having an object fall from the real world into the imagined world, and to come out of it by keeping the surrounding mental landscape on the screen for a bit while the real character fades in. Visually it would be a bit like Jonathan Hodgson’s Feeling My Way, using the two mediums the way he does: live action to show the ‘reality’ and animated to show the ‘imagined reality’ and blending the two for the transitions.

Feeling My Way and Picasso Inspiration below..

David, Alice, Jan

I read a really interesting essay on television written in the 90s by David Foster Wallace that helped me a lot with my section of the film focusing on consumption of technology. He has a brilliant way of writing and an awareness of what was going on that has such a relevance today even though the state of technology has changed so much since then. He saw through what it was and saw what it exploited in us, how it wasn’t the problem of technology itself but how it goes about doing what it does (i.e. getting us addicted, spending loads of time on it even if we don’t want to) because of how we are conditioned at this point in time.

I also watched Jan Svankmajer’s Alice which was wonderful. The textures! I watched it before but wasn’t really “there” but this time I noticed and loved how textural all the objects were.  They all seem used and loved, not new props for a film. He wrote a book about tactility in art that is also great; he used to have these tactile days where he would go around his house covering his eyes to see what it did to his other senses and kept a journal about it that was really interesting. He has a good sense of humour about the whole thing as well and describes when he fell down the stairs after stepping on something sharp and it was bleeding all over the place all because of his “tactile exercises”.

Screenshots from Alice below as well as shots from my sketchbook that won’t make sense to anyone but me for a while..

Also! I had a wonderful moment where I put a piece of paper on the lightbox not noticing the one below it and it gave me a completely new idea and spin on my way of looking at the whole film which was really nice. Picture below as well.