LO6: Scheduling is one of the most important tools that will aid me in getting my animation completed. One of my weaknesses is giving myself too much time in one area; therefore using schedules and sticking to them will help me to stay organised and on track. I like using schedules and To Do lists, it is something I have been doing since starting uni. Therefore I naturally created lots of them to help me.
First Gantt chart prior to Christmas
Second version of Gantt chart
Updated Gantt Chart
LO6: From the beginning of term I decided to use google to create a To-Do list which I am trying to use every start of the day. It is really useful to set myself targets to hit as it pushes me to stay organised and on track of what I need to do.
To do lists.
I created lots of to do lists, many of them i random notebooks and scraps of paper. There is just something so satisfying of being able to cross it out physically. But as well as my hand I used my note pad on my Mac to create checklists so all my notes were together.
I created a new not with every shot I needed to do along with a small checklist to visually see which one’s I had worked on and what one’s I needed to work on.
LO6: Below are more of my checklists, my daily targets. Some of these were also for showing what I needed to send to people. Helping me organise what I needed to get done.
“Up from ashes grow the roses of success…”
LO6: Staying motivated is really important, I explained some of the ways I did that above, meditating, reading quotes, watching inspirational work. It is SO very important to learn from any mistakes I make. It dosen’t matter if something goes completely wrong or ends up looking terrible because once I have made such mistakes I can grow into something better. Above is a motivational song straight from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. To remember that up from the ashes grow the roses of success! It reminds me that actually facing mistakes and failure means you can learn even more than if I did not.
LO6: I used a wall in my bedroom also to help organise my time. I put a wall of inspiration. At the top are artists who inspire me. In the middle was the weeks we have left and under that my storyboard. Having this basically face me made me conscious of the time I had left and what I had left to do. This wall was really effective. I look at it everyday and it allows me to plan what I need to do for the next day.
As previously discussed in my Research and development tab preparing my animatic to be carried into production was important. I spent sometime actually analysing timing and blocking out how hard, medium or easy a shot was. Leaving the easier shots to the end and working on the harder ones first would mean I wouldn’t be rushing the complex shots. This project management allowed me to think about how long it would take me and ultimately see if it was realistic.
Workflow and Naming conventions
LO6: As well as the creative side of animating it is important I will be backing up my work. This will limit any casualties that could happen. I will be backing the files on my hard drive, google docs and main computer. I will ensure work is backed up everyday/ every big change on my hard drive. Will upload to an organised area on google docs.
LO6: Using a sketched up plan I have organised my google docs ready to upload everything incase of emergencies. I have split it into five main areas. Seen below.
- Pre Production > Concept art [Environmental, Character designs, Moodboards], My photos, Scripts, Storyboards and Animatics [Storyboard Versions, Final Storyboard, Animatic Versions, Final Animatic.]
- Production > Animation Files [Shot 01, Shot 02, Shot 03….etc]
- Post Production > Comp
- Sound and Music > Info Packs [Script, Storyboard, animatic, inspirational moodboards, Concept art.] Music Versions, Sound Versions, Final Sound, Final Music.
- Collaboration Projects > Shadid, Alice, Ed, Lisa
LO6: Having this extra security is another way to prevent any time wasted which is very important when it comes to scheduling. Below you can see my folders in my google doc prepared.
As well as backing up my files on google docs I used my Hard drive as well.
LO6: Before I begin the animation I want to put into place organising Workflow and naming conventions. I know from previous animations that there is going to be a lot of files. I have been doing a little research into effective file naming in order to keep it precise. Some tips which was advised was to choose a naming convention and use it consistently. Sorting this out now will mean I can find files quickly and it will ensure I am not stressed with a messy files. From some research I have done they suggest that you save a readme.File which explains the naming convention to yourself. I want to ensure the file name isn’t too long, but clear with information I need.
Animating name structure
Name of Shot|_|Version|_|Description|.File type
(If I was animating with someone else I would extend this to
Name of Shot|_|Version|_|Description|Date|Intials .File type
Above you can see the naming convention I settled on. Using this formula throughout will keep my workspace professional and organised. I do not want to have extra stress of a messy file space.
L06: I will save each shot it’s own folder, correlating to it’s file naming meaning I can swiftly find files. In order to remember the shots I am working on I put a screenshot labelled of my storyboard with the shot name in the file folder. You can see below my screenshot that I have put in my folder to help me when organising. It keeps my folder organised. If I had to pass this on to someone else I would be confident that they understand what to name it and where to put each shot.
LO6: When scheduling myself I need to take into consideration how I work, and the time I need. It is about being efficient but being realistic. Around 3 people have approached me on either doing concept work or storyboarding or visual development thus far. I am a bit worried that it could be too much; meaning organising my time is not only vital but a way to allow myself not to feel overwhelmed. I have created “to do lists” which I am trying to tackle daily.
LO6: Working as a collaboration communication is very important, we have been using Facebook currently to communicate between the Film student and ourselves. Shadid and Lisa I have discussed face to face in meetings. This has been equally as useful as I can hear some of there proposals.
LO6: When working in these collaborations I have aimed to be honest, as well as ask for deadlines so that I can realistically make time to work on others as well as my own.
Tutorials and feedback has been important to allow me to gain perspectives and advice. I think it is great for someone else to give their point of view. During this project I have had several feedback below are some of the feedback.
LO5: Dan’s Feedback (One to one tutorial) 11/01/16
LO5, LO6: At my first tutorial I had a vague idea for my animation I knew that the piece was going to be inspired by the National Trust. The meeting was really helpful for making me be more specific. Dan gave me advice to which I was able to finalize my idea, which I was really grateful for! Below are Dan suggested the following:
- Look at trends, look at it from a child’s perspective (Age group)
- Different categories at the National Trust – History/ Nature
- Passionate child’s animation, Think about it promoting it as a child. Flesh it out.
- Why educate children? Nature, good health, historic. Looking at the news.
- Perhaps it could be a 40-60 sec advert with 4-6 key areas combined.
LO6, LO5: These early questions really helped me, I began to look at my stories from child’s perspective. I did a huge amount of research in to the National Trust; and answering and exploring these questions really helped.
For next week: Think about 3 Alternative ideas for the animation.
- Promote National Trust
- Rehashing History
- Global Warming – Need protection
- Save National Trust
- Beatrice Potter
- Children and the outdoors
You need to think about the message you are trying to present
Do you want a message to inform, do you want to relive history, Campaign, awareness.
Think about contacting the National Trust or/ and Filmmaker David Bond.
LO5, LO6: In the end the message I wanted to show is children and the outdoors. As well as campaigning conservation and it’s importance in Britain.
“Try Sparking interest”
L05: Listening to this feedback has been important, because it is forcing me to narrow my idea which at this point I know is already too broad. I wanted to show that I needed to research and Dan agrees this is a good place to start with. I believe once really understanding the beliefs and ideas, the stories and the history will allow me to think of better ideas! I like Dan’s suggestions of coming up with three different ideas as it will implore me to see possibilities.
LO5: Dan’s Feedback (One to one tutorial) 18/01/16
LO5: This week I have showed some of the collaboration work I have begun. The three ideas that I came up with from last weeks feedback, I created a presentation to show Dan that showed the three ideas. This presentation allowed me to communicate my ideas to Dan, below part of my presentation and the ultimate chosen idea.
LO5, LO6: We both agreed Idea 1 was the best idea to use. The next stage is to pin down a story. My task for next week/end of this week is to email with a couple of story ideas with visuals.
Dan said to consider:
Do you want a body of text to show the campaign for the National Trust (L05: I said maybe at the end of the animation, this is something useful to consider and maybe getting in touch with the National Trust could even help me inform this.)
Think about the child you are going to feature : What gender – Maybe research who are more likely to take on some of the activities are there a diversity. This could be another layer of how to show a different perspective view. Also what characteristic of the child? What is there personality – would they be shy this could impact how the story is.
What are the other characters? Could it be an animal like a goose. If so begin to look into quadraped animation.
Look up Aaron Blaise : https://creatureartteacher.com/
For the end of this week/ Start of next week
- Please can you send: Your Blog link
- Alternative story ideas with visuals of the chosen Idea 1
- Raymond Briggs Letter
LO5, LO6: As well as tutorials in class, Dan kindly gave me permission to email him my progress and use the hours to get there and back to uni. Below you can see my email and Dan’s response to my email.
Feedback from Dan
Hi Victoria,Thanks for sending the attachments, treasure those!!! Fantastic.Thanks also for the update. I had a look at your presentation slides and like the overall premise and feel to it. Can I suggest utilising the owl more? Perhaps instead of the moths or just a single shot of it in a tree with its eyes lighting up in the rising action part, to create more tension and fear. Nice sound effects will help too.As for the reference a source link is fine for the blog, but the report will need to be Harvard reference.In regards to the live briefs, I shared the TT episodes with the class last week, so have a look and let me know what you can do. I will also let you know of the Beano visit so you can attend the talk.Keep up the great work.Dan
(Noted down by Alice:)
- Think about contacting young children for feedback
- Tutor’s like water colour look
- The Badger look is really nice
- Thinking about the story break it down to waiting and the resolve
- See the badger should be the end, we are all experiencing with the child the seen, Experiment and focus on the end
- Doesn’t have to beginning, middle and end
- Nice facts throughout the presentation
- Neutral respect to man and animals
“The designs were charming, Charming”
Dan’s feedback after Easter
- Consider the title name, and the message to be conveyed. How will you make it clear it is inspired by the national trust 50 things to do before your 11 and 3/4
- Think about contacting the national trust to ask permission to use logo perhaps
- Maybe I could put the quotes I found at the beginning of the animation.
- Think about how long the coloring will take
- The schedule for shots is really good
LO5, LO6 After this tutorial it gave me more construction directions. Dan made me consider the titles and credits. This is something I had yet to really confirm but I did it when I got home that day. After I made the decision on that I emailed Sound/Music with a completed email. Colouring was something I needed to think about and I did take the time to appreciate ow long i would take. I made me try and take shortcuts and work quickly at this. I emailed the National Trust after this meeting and they said I could use the logo which I was so happy about!
LO5, LO6: As stated above Dan allowed me to email my progress to save me time to travelling to uni which I was grateful for. Sometimes I emailed and didn’t get a response but it still allowed Dan to see my progress, especially when I am animating and I want to let him know how I am getting on. Below are the emails that I didn’t get a response from. But when I saw him later in class he referenced them in talking.