Alison Lucy's Blog

Animation Progress Update
November 10, 2009, 22:36
Filed under: Location

Slowly but surely we have begun our animation. As ever with a new project we have encountered a few problems one couldn’t have predicted but overall we have started so I’m pretty happy. Animating in a place that’s open to the public means that we’ve been restricted to an hour in the evening as this seems to be the least busy time at The Spruce Goose and also the best light for animating. You get the best contrast of colours which is important for the surreal quality we require. We’ve animated the beginning of the narrative sequence following our rough story-boards as a guideline, adjusting camera angles as we go, trying to keep in mind the symmetrical, almost uncomfortable feel we want to create.

Uncomfortable animations with a slight dark side have always interested me. Often because animation tends to be thought of as quite an ‘innocent’ medium so when they deal with a more loaded subject matter they can be quite shocking. Our animation doesn’t need to be remotely as dark as the ones below, ‘Dog’ by Suzie Templeton and ‘Madame Tutli-Putli’ by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, but I think they are excellent examples of how boundaries in animation can be pushed.

Here are some still frames of  what we’ve taken so far, hopefully you can see how we’ve focussed on shots that are symmetrical and I suppose quite simple but with a strong narrative I’m hoping it will be engaging.

Animation Stills

Animation Stills


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