Creative Futures – My work is out there

I received an email a few days ago:

Hello Daryl,
Sorry for the massive delay but we’ve had issues getting power into the display case where we needed it.  However, I’m pleased to say your animated film is now on display at Streetlife on a digital photo frame, within the Amy Johnson case in the ground floor Street scene area.
I will get a simple label done for this as part of a batch for an up and coming exhibition.  Could you confirm how you’d like the film described and what your course and college/dept is called?
Thanks for your patience.
Robin
I went to the Street Life museum. It’s not like I didn’t believe him. I just had to see it for myself;
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Creative Futures – My work is out there

Air Beam Advert – Second Edit

I revised the text again, spacing it closer together and closer to the central point, and even adding a little beam based on my tutor’s advice, as well as a slightly different view when the beam fires out of the ground, inspired by the Pyrats cinematography. It never occured to me before but the idea was so simple.

I didn’t want to just have a plain mountain landscape, so I threw in a cow with a bit of movement to liven the scene up. The beam itself looked a little boring so I added some accents, swirls and the like as it comes out to give it a bit more life. It’s a little longer as a result but I feel it’s got a more smoother and professional finish

Air Beam Advert – Second Edit

The Achievement of Amy Johnson, a non-fiction animation.

At the beginning of this semester we were tasked with creating a non-fiction animation around a subject of our choosing. Having so much free reign, I toyed with a few ideas. Initially, I was going to do an animation of most successful and most unsuccessful space launches, depicting the facts, the spacecrafts and showing what happened. Though this would’ve required a great deal of time consuming research, the number of space launches since 1950’s documents in the 100’s and that doesn’t take into account the unsuccessful ones. I’d also have to draw the various rocket ships and their intricacies.

This idea fell through, it was a lot of work for not a very interesting piece. I thought with the City of Culture thing still going on I could leap onto one of Hull’s Heroes and perhaps look at their lives. Two immediately sprang to mind, William Wilberforce, a man that abolished slavery, and Amy Johnson, Britain’s finest female aviator. Given how much of a spot light William has compared to Amy, I decided to animate her story.

I whittled down the facts of her life to the important details, the 11,000 mile flight that made her famous, and her tragically early demise.

I thought of a few ideas, including a moving timeline to keep things simple, but I ended up story boarding something that appeared a little more dramatic.
Amy storyboard
Amy storyboard
With the initial idea on paper, I got to putting the animatic together;


This was to simply give me a basic idea of timings and movements. I spent a good five days of non-stop working to get this piece finished, including adding in the text after flash in premiere as well as some visual effects to give it a more realistic flow. I went to incompetech.com to get some royalty free music and eventually decided on a piece titled “Americana”. The theme and style best reflected the time period in which Amy lived. “For the Fallen”, “Private Reflection”, “Eternal Hope” and “The Descent” also made the short list, but I felt these pieces were either too modern, too epic or too melancholic for the animation. Americana best reflects the tale of inspiration that is Amy Johnson’s life.

I’m very pleased with the final outcome, though some clipping and lack of finesse is noticable in the moving parts, I may go back and correct those in time.

An interesting thing to note, was when I moved this into Premiere, the entire thing had been shot almost entirely on twos (Essentially it was made at 12 frames a second). This was for ease of timings, for small movements frame by frame isn’t necessary. However, it did effect the outcome negatively for Jason’s take off and the Bail Out scenes, I slowed the action down in premiere to give greater emphasis on these defining points, but if you slow 12 frames a second down anymore, the gaps become incredibly noticable. I reopened it in flash and edited the frames in those scenes, inbetweening until it was at a full 24 frames a second, just for those two scenes. The result is a much smooth finish when the time is slowed down.

I e-mailed Hull Museums about this piece, I figured simply having it sit on youtube isn’t enough, so I got proactive. Hopefully they’ll get back to me with some enthusiasm for showing it, I’m just not sure where, Amy Johnson doesn’t have a dedicated museum unlike William Wilberforce.

The Achievement of Amy Johnson, a non-fiction animation.

Contact Clips. Possible Client

Mind Signal2Contact clips, short 6 second animations that would play when you receive a call from someone. Default clips, or Dclips in this case. 6 Seconds max, MP4 1080×1920

Send them to Alistar.bowness@contactclips.com by 12/12/14

I designed four default contact clips for now.

fire elemental

The messenger bird came to mind quite quickly, I was sure to note down anything that had anything to do with communication. This included messenger birds, ringing phones, telegraph machines and so on… I didn’t like the idea of having a ringing phone animated on a ringing phone.

Contact Clips BirdNext was just a little something that would envelope the entire phone screen, it was halloween when I made this one so I drew from that a bit.

Contact Clips Face

I was given the idea of a satellite dish pulsing out a signal but I took it one step further and went for a character producing a mind signal like someone trying to contact telepathically.

Mind Signal2

The final one I just did for a bit of fun, just to show off some simplistic frame by frame fire effects.

Fire hair2

Contact Clips. Possible Client

Product and Advertisement.

Following on from the post of Narrative Scenarios and Products, we were given the task of advertising one of the created products using one of the narrative scenarios we came up with.

I threw together three ideas I liked;

Training Shoes: Jump Kicks. With the advertisement showing a scavenger outrunning some corporate security thugs. Might promote the wrong idea however, such as anti-establishment. I’m not into that.

Internet/Mobile Network: Sky Beam. The advertisement shows an archeologist finding a mysterious object that advances human technology, the object being the catalyst of sky beam.

Breakfast: Fiber Stix. Trawler Men on a boat at sea fill up on hearty bowls of Fiber Stix and proceed to be amazing at catching fish.

With time limitations in mind, I had to be realistic, I went for the Sky Beam idea. I mapped out a very basic story board and followed it from there.
Air beam
I began on an animatic, but quickly got sucked in and ended up making a full animation that’s a about a minute long. With the time constraints I went for a minimalist black and white cut out style. As I worked, the story unfolded in my head. A person would be digging but stop to check their phone to find they have no signal, the camera would then pan to their vehicle which is clearly in a state of disrepair. Just as the person seems to lose hope, a pillar of green light erupts from the spot he was digging in, knocking him to the ground. As he looks up to see the pillar reach high into the sky, he checks his phone and finds his signal is maxed out.
When it came to the damaged vehicle, I needed a reference to rely on. One of the wheels would roll away and pewter out on itself, much like when a spinning coin runs out of momentum.


Armed with this, I powered on with the animation, and what was two days of solid work, I came out with something presentable but with no sound. First thing I noticed was Sky Beam sounds very much like something an existing T.V. company may have released, so I renamed the project to Air Beam instead.

One immediate critique is the pacing, the advert is way to long and needs to be about thirty seconds shorter. Another MASSIVE critique is the typography, I used Stencil for the final “Air Beam” quote, because of it’s punchy and straight forward design. Upon reflection, Stencil is the kind of typeface you might find on the side of a military vehicle. I needed to do some type research, I’ve already committed a pretty big faux pas already, I didn’t even stop to look at existing mobile device adverts. Let’s do that now.


The font is quite straight forward, I should definitely make mine a lot less… green. I was trying to match the title with the product colour, but I think that is a mistake.


The final edit has been shortened by thirty seconds, and the final type has been revised for a more profresional and less garish look.

Product and Advertisement.

Work for my neighbour.

My neighbour caught wind that I go to art school and asked me if I could do a flyer for an event he’s DJ-ing at The Blue Lamp in Hull.
I thought… Sure! Why not, I’ll give it a good go. So I went to his and gleamed as much information as I could about the event from him and his buddy he was also DJ-ing that night. I made a habit of noting down all the important things that should’ve been noted.
Venue
Date
Entry Fee
Band/music names
…maybe some genre’s listed about.
You see those music flyers dotted about in take aways, they’re pretty over stimulating. The genres being played consist of Reggae, R&B, Hip Hop, Funk and Groove. So I’d have to create the flyer with these things in mind.

The initial design is quite plain…a little too plain, the background is the interior of the Blue Lamp with a 50% opacity layer over the top.

Flyer draft 1

 

 

 

 

I went for something a bit more colourful, the union jack only with colours of the reggae flag. I hope that’s not treason or anything. It’s still just… a bit, phleh though.
draft 2

…so I added a slightly darker but faded circle to give the impression of a vinyl disk. I took these designs back to the guys with the suggestion that I would change anything they didn’t like. For instance, the text is very plain, I simply used the IMPACT font, to keep it simple and for ease of reading. They both found the 3rd draft acceptable. So that’s good.

draft 3

They then asked me how much I would charge…. I uh… didn’t really know what to say to that; So I just told them the first one is on the house. Just think of me if you need more stuff done, or recommend me to friends and family.

They caught up with me a few days later and asked me where I got the design for the flag from, because they googled it and couldn’t find it… Imagine there surprise when I told them I made it myself using simple colours and shapes.

Work for my neighbour.