Creative Strategies: Team Findings

Through out the week we’ve been looking at the work of others for either their visual style or narrative; Christian, Zoe and Pete came up with a nice variety of finds.

‘MUTE is an animated short about a world populated by people born without a mouth. When a gory accident leads to the discovery they are able to create their own mouth by cutting themselves, this releases an enthusiastic chain reaction among the population.’

Job, Joris & Marieke, a Dutch studio for animation, illustration, character design and music. In 2011 Job

I really like the dark, almost twisted sense of humour shown in this animated short, definitely something i’d definitely be interested in implementing into the narrative of our short. Awesome find Christian!

‘This narrative short is the culmination of some playful experiments with 3D character rigging on a live action, camera-tracked scene. It all came about when our 3D animation specialist Russ Etheridge noticed that his bathroom sink was shaped like a perfect half-pipe, and began to wonder how a tiny skater might interact with it. After toying with a few ideas, the spider was settled upon as a pretty apt creature to win the starring role in this domestic bathroom-based adventure.’

Created by Animade; a combination of 3D character animation and live 
action using CINEMA 4D.

Really nice find by Zoe! I hadn’t considered animating 3D characters in a live action setting, it could really save us some time in terms of creating environmental assets for our sort and I’ve been looking to study compositing and visual effects since I started the course so this could be a really cool way to create our short. The only thing that would concern me is that it’s a method of visual creation that none of the team is particularly confident in, so it may not be the most practical method to use with the time frame we’re given, but i’d be up for learning the ‘how to’s’ in a heart beat.

‘A short clip from the stop motion animated film Old Czech Legends’

‘The Kitsune wedding procession.’

Pete went down a more abstract route with regards to his research, coming away from relatively western themes and focusing on themes of Asian heritage and ceremonies to Czech Legends. I thought there were some really interesting ideas emulating from the videos Pete posted with regards to Narrative themes. I think a battle may be difficult to emulate and fitting it to our brief big and small may prove difficult, but there were some shots from the clip of ‘Battle With the Luczans’  that I really liked, maybe something to remember when we’re coming up with shots in our final idea.

BWTL

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