In this pass I cut a lot of the end off. I felt it wasn’t really necessary as I could tell that part of thestory more efficinelty and I thought that a shorter end could have more impact on the audience. Overall, the animatic might be a little too short right now but I now have much more time to build performance in to the actions I have kept. Hopefully this will make the film stronger and more emotional.
I did a second pass of the bsic walk cycle with the morphy rig to try more subtle movements and play with follow through in 3D. I’m pretty pleased with it for now as I’m really not very strong in 3D animation yet and it is an improvement on what I have produced so far. There is still no facial animation or small movements like the fingers but I will work my way up to that in more tests.
This is a very basic and rough test of the Bonnie rig, I mainly played with all the controls to try and get used to the rig and tried to pose her character. The wave is very clunky with no follow through in any of the body but it was just a basic test and I will do more thorough animations with the rig to get more accustomed to it.
This is the second pass on the animatic. The thinking and motivation behind The Lady’s actions changed at the beginning of this version. When she closes the door she is closing the world out of her own volition as opposed to being penned in as in the previous version. She is relieved to be inside.
I also changed the layout of the room the scene is set in to minimise the walking and keep the action to a smaller area, This way I can treat it almost like a stage and use it to showcase The Ladys performance above everything else. I also added a new script and made the Oscar less prominent, I was hoping to show that The Lady has had enough of acting, she was relieved to have finished a role and get away for a while, but now she has been given another script with no relief at all. This is why she reacts as suddenly and violently as she does, it’s the last straw for her. The corridor remains as an escape for her, a way out that she chooses by smashing the mirror with her Oscar.
The timing towards the end of the piece is still a bit rushed and needs more work. Her reaction to the mirror cracking and her descision to leave create solid moments for strong performance. I need to make sure I make the most of them.
I had another go at 3D animation. It’s a pretty big skill gap for me right now so while I’m still working on the animatic I’m trying to get more comfortable animating in maya. This is just a first pass at a basic walk cycle. The test is also me trying out the rig so I didn’t try anything too complicated.
This is a rough first pass at the animatic. At this point I have taken the thumbnails and used them to roughly stage the poses and performance. Usually the boards wouldn’t have this much movement in them but I am using them to plot the characters performance as well as their position and the set and camera movement.
Development of the animatic will continue from here and I will start with cutting out a lot of the walking. It takes up a lot of time where nothing is happening. I want to keep the animation under a minute and towards the end of the animatic I need more pause for the character to think and react to what is happening. I may also change some of the shots to keep the camera count as low as possible to give a clearer sequence for the audience.
I started working on the thumbnails based off of the last mood board and adaptation idea I worked on. These are the rough thumbnails for the movie star adaptation of ‘The Lady of Shalott’.
- The thumbnails start with The Lady having the door slammed in her face as she enters the room and we can see her slump and hold herself. This was meant to show that she was self consious and uncomfortable.
- She reaches for her oscar - a recent sucess- and carries it over to the mirror.
- What is missing from the thumbnails is that I wanted her to be happy as she looks at her oscar but it is short lived. Her sadness returns as she realises that she does not want to live this way any longer.
- She smashes the mirror and the image of herself as an actress.
- When she sees a path hidden behind the mirror she walks through it, only having a brief moment of doubt as she looks back.
- She frees herself from the life and image of an actress who can never be herself and leaves to a new life.
I was looking for inspirational character performances to help direct my own character animation and to break down performances to see what I could learn from them when I re-watched ‘Tangled’, in particular the scene between the King and the Queen before they release the lantern. For me this scene stands out because of the clarity of the emotions and how the relationship between the two characters is portrayed. Neither the King or the Queen say anything in the scene but it is always clear to the audience what they are thinking and feeling.
All of their movements and slow and gentle, they are meant to reassure and they show how intimate the moment is for the characters and it shows the audience how close they are to each other. Their movements are also an excellent example of subtle acting in animation. Not all actions have to be over exaggerated to be clear in animation, sometimes it is the more subtle actions that create a bigger impact for the audience.
This adaptation is the one I chose to continue with through to storyboards. In this version The Lady is a succesful actress who has recently won an Oscar. Similar to the CEO adaptation I posted previously she feels that she has no time to herself and is trapped in a constant stream of cameras and hotel rooms. She has had enough of that life and decides to leave.
The hotel room acts as the tower room for this adaptation and the mirror is an actual mirror that is floor length and slightly larger than an average door.
After looking at where I was going with the adaptation of ‘The Lady of Shalott’ my supervisor suggested that I was being too literal with the setting and the character and that I should look in to other ways to adapt the story. The mood board and thumbnails above are the first idea I had to adapt the story in to a modern setting. I had The Lady as a CEO of an advertising company who is always working and never has any time for herself. I tried to draw parallels to the original poem such as she is always in her office on one of the top floors of a skyscraper which acts as her tower room. She isolated from the world and the people but she can still see them out of her window. Another parallel was that she had a tablet that she veiwed the advertisments of the company, this was meant to act as her mirror that she used in her work.
Although I liked the idea and the performance I could have made out of it, I decided to stop it’s development at the thumbnail stage. This was because I thought it would be too complicated to portray as a short performance.