I have made changes to the narrative in terms of the order and added new scenes. It is a risk by adding scenes but I have attempted to make it as simple to achieve with the least work, to be sure I can complete the project by the set deadline.
I have quickly rendered two versions: the no added scenes and the added scenes. I feel that the added scenes fill a more rounded picture, whereas the first version at least provides the bare minimum to understand what is going on. Version 1 is also my fall back, in case if I run out of time. Version 2 is what I want to aim to achieve.
Today we had our final symposium workshop meeting about reflection and evaluation. It was helpful in understanding the cognition and thought process. There are three key components from Kolb’s learning cycle that is: the experience (do something), to reflect (evaluate), to conceptualise (generalise) and the plan (what next).
Currently there is around about a month left to complete the final major project. According to the gantt chart and the items I have scheduled, I have not been keeping on track. At the moment I need to juggle with outlining the characters using the appropriate colours, in-betweening, colouring animation and shading. Previously, I have used screen capture to record my work in order to compile it into a video to upload on YouTube. I would record continuously from 30 minutes to an hour each take non-stop. This technique I found was motivating to press on working. However I cannot use this method each time as it would take up a lot of disk space. Therefore I signed up for Rescue Time to log my productivity as seen in the image below, which was last week’s.
Using Rescue Time has helped track my software, website usage to determine what is seen as productive and not. It is also encourages me to work more consistently and acts as a motivator.
Also, based from the meet up last week, I have been reassessing how to narrate the animation and working with what I have to tell the story more from the older brother Michael’s perspective.
This past week I have not been able to achieve the weekly targets. It has come to my attention that I need to readjust my schedule to meet more productive ends for the remainder of the time I have left. Normally I balance my time between social, university work and my part time job. I will be needing to cut out some of the social activities for the time being.
This tutorial I had two tutors Kate and Jess. Jess will be filling in for Kate as she goes on holiday. Today’s discussion was more focused on the emotional narrative aspect. It was Jess’ first time watching the full length of the key animation. Her perspective was very insightful as there were a lot of areas which was difficult to understand from the animation. Small to larger areas such as making more clear Ryan is begging and making the money more convincing with sound effects and also providing more information on Ryan’s downfall, which was what Kate also mentioned last week.
What would be required of me for the next week is to continue colouring the animations and also to work on the narrative more.
Working on the narrative I mean by:
- Fleshing out the character development
- What is the tagline?
- Who’s the main character?
- How can we demonstrate emotion and translate the relationships between family members better?
- working with brainstorming and sticky notes
Although it seems too late to make drastic changes, I feel that discussing thoroughly the narrative is one of the most important aspects in order to bring out the value and morals of the film.
So far, the title of my animated short is ‘Love Returned’. Initially I thought ‘A Love Returned’, however I realised I wanted the audience to question will both brothers put aside their differences to work on the relationships within their family, in particular the older brother Michael?