October 20, 2017

MINOR PROJECT ANIMATIC


JELLYFISH RESEARCH TRIP

Today myself and Tom went to London SeaLife Centre for some research to see some jellyfish up close and personal, as opposed to stock footage through a computer screen. Whilst at the new jellyfish exhibition I spent a lot of time with jellyfish and learnt so much about different species, how they look, swim, move, and about how they live and exist. Even the atmosphere of the exhibit inspired different feelings and gave me a better sense of atmosphere for my animation, in terms of colour, sound and space.


























October 18, 2017

ARNOLD STANDARD SURFACE 2018

Ai Standard Surface Materials, Metal, Gold, Bubble, Crystal, Jelly, Brushed Metal, Metal






















Displacement maps, texturing

October 02, 2017

MINOR PROJECT UPDATE


ROUGH OUTLINE OF STORY:

Set in a rock pool. Lonely jellyfish is sad and alone as he cannot be friends with others as he stings everything he touches. We will see lots of shots of him separated from the other fish and watching them longingly, and see him sting something he tries to touch. Daytime shots of him only, and of him going to sleep as it gets dark. Hermit crab is lonely because she is nocturnal, and is the only creature in the rock pool that is awake at night. We will see shots of her waking up to an empty, dark and quiet version of the rock pool, looking sad, to show that she is lonely. They both want a friend, but the jellyfish is only awake during the day and never gets to meet the crab, as she sleeps inside her shell during the day. We see both characters being lonely and pining for a friend, and we as an audience keep hoping for them to meet each other. Until one day an eclipse happens, and the rock pool is suddenly in darkness during the day time, when all the creatures are awake. The crab wakes up, confused and thinking it is night time, but sees all the other awake creatures around her. All animals, including the jellyfish and crab, are looking up towards the eclipse through the water, dazed and confused. The hermit crab, who has peeked out of her shell, and the jellyfish, now glowing brilliantly in the dark with his bioluminescence, are facing opposite ways, back to back, and they start wandering backward absentmindedly while looking up at the eclipse... and they accidentaly collide! The jellyfish, horrified that he just bumped into someone and hurt them with his tentacles, spins around at the same time the crab does and they finally see each other face to face, only to see that this crab was not effected or hurt by his sting. Jellyfish is unsure and pokes the crab tentatively with a tentacle, and the jellyfish comes to the realisation that she is not hurt because of her hard shell. Jellyfish is excited that he has found a friend he could not hurt with his tentacles, and the lonely crab is excited that the jellyfish notices her and wants to be her friend.

EARLY NOTES:
  • The whole point of film is about their efforts to get together and make friends, but Something stops them every time 
  • Rock in between them? Always miss each other 
  • Third character is the environment! Conflict coming from tide going in and coming out, as the crab goes on land during the day when the tide is in, and the jellyfish is gone at night. 
  • Jellyfish character who is lonely, crab character who is lonely, both want a friend, Jellyfish does not have friends because he stings everything he touches, crab is lonely because he is nocturnal and only comes out when it is dark. Both characters share the same space but at different times, making the audience tense that they keep missing meeting each other. 
  • Tide comes in and out, crab goes on land, always miss 
  • One space that they occupy at different times, night and day, quest is to figure out how they get to be in the same space and meet each other 
  • Jelly fish is lonely and only ever in this space when there is water 
  • Hermit crab is lonely and only in there when it is dry

RESEARCH

To help further my story and have it also be factually correct in some way, I researched if crabs were really nocturnal, and it turns out they are, as well as a few other species of crab.
https://www.hermit-crabs.com/night.html
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/270625121.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_crab

September 26, 2017

MINOR PROJECT STORY UPDATE


My minor project idea is a love story about a lonely jellyfish who cannot hug, embrace or love because he stings anything he touches. He will fall in love with a fish/creature of a different species and to be with them he must overcome his problem in some way.

Things I need to work out are how the jellyfish would be able to stop stinging others, and what the love interest character will be. Maybe the jellyfish or love interest will take inspiration from other creatures that are not hurt by a jellyfish sting, such as those with exoskeletons or armour, and adopt a shell or protective barrier of some kind. Or perhaps the love interest is the only one who is immune to the jellyfish sting, because he has a shell or exoskeleton.
I have chosen a jellyfish as the main character because there are lots of things that make them interesting in terms of design, such as their stinging tentacles, or their bioluminescent organs. They can also clone themselves and some are even immortal, and revert themselves back to a younger jellyfish. It would make the main character even more of an outsider to be a jellyfish, as unlike most sea creatures, they have no heart, brain or blood, and this would set apart the jellyfish from the others even further.


Having the love interest character be another species would be more interesting in terms of design and story, so I have been thinking about a fish who is also an outsider and maybe has their own problem, such as a rainbow fish who is plain looking and gets ignored, but turns vibrant colours during courtship. Or the invisible ghost fish, or the blind tetra.
I've looked at various other fish which could be characters in my story and add and emphasise the loneliness you feel for the jellyfish. There will be various groups of fish who all live together, and the jellyfish will be an outsider and the only of his kind.
This will all take place in a large rockpool, where there will be scenic landscapes, vibrant colours and epic shots, and a wide variety of sea creatures.


ACT ONE:
Jellyfish is alone, watches other fish and friends in the rockpool. Does not go near other fish because of his stinging tentacles.
ACT TWO:
Meets love interest/friend, wants to be with them/ hug them but cannot. Tries to find a way to be with them without stinging.
ACT THREE:
Finds a way to hug and interact with others without stinging them. Jellyfish is happy and now has friends.



September 20, 2017

YEAR 3 IDEA DRAWINGS

These drawings are experiments and sketches I have done to get more of an idea of the route I want to go down for my minor project. I have tried designing a few characters roughly, and just doodling so that something about my story and ideas can come to me as I am designing, as I am not too sure about my story at the moment. I am designing different characters at the moment to see which ones I could see working in my story.
Crab Illustrations made using masking tape and acrylic paints










August 29, 2017

Early Idea Drawings

Here are some sketchbook/digital drawings I did based on the artist (Edmund Dulac) that was recommended to me by Phil.
Digitally coloured drawing
Interpretation of my above drawing by Thomas Smith
Original Sketchbook Drawing
Digital Colours


August 26, 2017

YEAR 3 IDEA PROPOSALS


1: ATLANTIS

For my third year ideas so far, I have been focused on an underwater, mythical/whimsical setting,  and I would be interested to explore a myth such as Atlantis, or that of a lost city under the sea. If I would pursue this theme I would like to make an animation about the main character finding Atlantis or this lost city somehow. I am undecided on what creature I would have as a main character, whether it be a fish/sea creature, mermaid/mythical creature or a diver. as I do not know much about what I want the story to be, but I would like it to be an animation filled with many underwater creatures throughout, and have 'Atlantis' to be a very detailed, epic palace and city full of artefacts and things to explore. Within these underwater myths I could also explore some more stories about Poseidon and other Gods and stories of the sea.
Another idea I had is to adapt a poem, such as Herman Scheffauer's Atlantis from the 1800's. This way I could explore designing a world, characters and stories from this poem and be a little more abstract in terms of exploring the undersea world, and also have a structured narration throughout my animation.

Influence Map

Concept Art
2: ROCKPOOLS

Another early idea that I had was about exploring creatures in rock pools. This animation will be very whimsical and charming, and full of interesting scenery and creatures. My ideas for the story so far are not very developed and are very rough, but I would like it to be about a character (fish/ small cute sea creature) that gets washed up away from home into a rock pool, and eventually explores their surroundings and maybe meets new creatures (other species of fish, starfish, small turtles, maybe humans exploring the rockpool), and eventually ends up going back to the sea happier, more adventurous and maybe with new friends. The story is not very fleshed out yet but it is a simple basic structure I could work upon and change.
I like this idea because I am very fascinated with rock pools and sea creatures and would like to design a world in which I have so much interest, as I feel it would keep me interested in my project throughout year 3.

Influence Map
More ideas to come!