The final stage of my animation was compiling all of the separate sequences together into one single movie. I did this using iMovie. Once it was all together I then added a filter over the video to create a timed film look. Next I placed an audio track into the film, the same song used in my Animatic, Mad World by Gary Joules. At the very end of the film just before the credits I added the children playing and car braking screech sound effects to finish of the movie and keep it in line with my Animatic.
Nearing the end of my animation I am very happy with the progress that I have made. I am in the process of rendering 9 separate mini sequences of the animation that I will then compile together into one single movie. I’ve done it this way to have a little more control over the render time and if there was any issues after the render I would only have to render that segment rather then the whole animation again.
Here are some stills of the final doll that I have rendered for my animation. There are in the 6 different positions that I have used.
My inspiration for this project has been numerous from films to animations. The idea for the corridor was inspired by a film called Burton Fink that has a long corridor set in a theme that appeals to me with my Animatic.
The design for the character and style have been inspired by a series of images and flash animations created by Katy Towell, known as Childrin R Skary. These animations and images revolve around a little girl who tends to be creepy and sinister yet in her own sweet and innocent way.
The sounds used in my Animatic include a song called Mad World by Gary Joules. I chose this song because of it’s slow and sad sounding tune which when placed over my Animatic I feel really fit together and draw out a sense of a creepy sadness.
Every time the lights flicker there is an electrical bulb fizzing sound that adds to the impression of the lights playing up. At the end of the Animatic I chose the sound of children being happy, laughing and talking together an abrupt halt by the sound of a car’s breaks screeching. This gives the viewer a chance to make of it what they think has happened for the doll to be left alone. Through the sounds of the children and car I have also placed in a droning sound which I feel adds something creepy and eerie to the audio that is already playing.
Here are some animatics that have inspired me or I have referenced for my work.
Tim Michins (2011) Tim Michin’s Storm the Animated Movie [Online] YouTube. Available from: <http://youtu.be/HhGuXCuDb1U> [Accessed on 15 January 2013]
Nicole M (2010) Toy Story 3 – Bonus Features “Clean Start” [Online] YouTube. Available from: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rl2WtNvhuE&list=PL58FB02340F7D96CF> [Accessed on 15 January 2013]
Inserting the images of the doll into Photoshop I could have a lot more control over editing them. Using this software I removed the white background surrounding the doll and layered each image over each other in a format that would work in After Effect. With each image now in a different layer I could move, scale and edit each image to animate them together.
I wanted the background used in the corridor to have an old feel to it to give the animatic a sense of time as I find that things can be creepier w
hen their older or set in an older period.
Here is a story board detailing the events of my animatic.
The design for my character was inspired by the artwork used from a website that produces flash based animations called Childrin R Skary (http://skary.com) as well as how I would imagine a doll would look being creepy and hurt from being left alone.