Jul/Aug Checked List

Mon 310717 update:

  • Shading shot 18,19,20,21,22,23,24
  • Compositing shot 18,19,20,21,22,23

Tues 010817 update:

  • Shading shot 25,26,27,28
  • Compositing shot 24,25,26,27,28
  • Adding some foley

Wed 020817 update:

  • Shading Shot 36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,50

Thurs 030817 update:

  • Shading Shot 51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60
  • Compositing Shot 49,50,58,51,52,53,55,56,57,35

Fri 040817 update:

  • Shading Shot 66,67,68,69,70,71,72,73,77
  • Compositing shot 66,67,68,69,70,71,72

Sat 050817 update:

  • Shading shot 75,74,65,62
  • Colouring Shot 62
  • Compositing shot 62,65,74,75,76,77

Sun 060817 update:

  • Shading Shot 72
  • Compositing Shot 73,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48


July Checked List

Mon 240717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 49,50,51,57,55

Tues 250717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 55,51,53,52,54,60,61,59,48

Wed 260717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 47,42,44,41

Thurs 270717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot45,43,65,62,79

Fri 280717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot13
  • Opening shot animated with colour and shadow
  • Shading shot 13
  • Composited shot 14
  • Review and Update blog post

Sat 290717 update:

  • Shading shot 14,15,16
  • Composited shot 14,15,16

Sun 300717 update:

  • Shading shot 17
  • Composited shot 17


Review and Update

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.

Weekly Reflection

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.

July Checked List

Mon 100717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 40,14
  • Uploaded FMPD chasing bird shot

Tues 110717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 15

Wed 120717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 15,16
  • Weekly Review

Thurs 130717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 17,18

Fri 140717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 19,20

Sat 150717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 20,21,22,23

Sun 170717 update:

  • Colouring animation shot 23,24

Weekly Review

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?