For this project, I plan to use my three sky shots. Each picture has a horizon line and focuses on the sky and clouds. I want to use a cool color scheme for my design.
For my artistic ally, I chose Francesca Mazolla (https://www.instagram.com/francesca.mazzola76/). Her pictures are also nature shots that use similar hues of the color blue.
I updated the navigational page to keep it more consistent on the Sun and Comet page.
Above is my first draft of my image gallery. It starts with a homepage and when one of the images is clicked, it takes you to an enlarged version. I’ve also included arrows to make it easily navigatable.
For this project, I chose the topic of depression. I had many different ideas for what to do for my video, but in the end, I chose to create it in a more inspirational sense. My first idea was to create a sequential video that tells a story and that leads up to a girl getting depression. Wanting the video and music to work together more, I chose to have shorter scenes and flashbacks to why the girl has depression. Throughout the scenes, the voice in her head keeps reminding her of the bad things she was told by others. She ends up believing the voice and, feeling misunderstood, she resorts to anger and violence. She uses writing as a coping method, but when that fails she gets frustrated. At the end, I wanted to help other people that suffer from depression, so I added encouraging words and music and gave out hotline numbers for those willing to talk with a professional.
Over the course of the semester, I have been improving my skills as an animator. Using the Norman character rig in Maya, I was tasked with animating him for different scenarios. When I first began, I wasn’t sure how to create the ideas I had into the program. I also relied too heavily on the reference footage in the beginning, trying to follow it every step of the way rather than as just a guide. I learned the importance of camera angles and what it can convey to the viewer. One of the things I need to continue to improve upon is using the principles of animation. I understand the concepts of each one and have seen each technique used in the works of others, yet I struggle with using the right amount of each in my works. The main ones I have to focus on are ease in and out, timing, and staging. In order to further improve myself, the best way is to experiment with the different techniques to find my own style in animation and to closely examine other works to find what works.