My Website Sitemap/Flow Chart
Problems and Evaluation
I made different sample pages with varied concepts and layouts. Created on: http://cacoo.com/
I have finished all my improved paperwork at home and scanned any sketches and storyboards that I needed. This week I lost my memory stick, which contained my only copy of my animation. I decided that I needed to create a new animation that takes less time to create. Also it will still need to appeal to the audience and contain similar features as my original animation. Since I won’t have enough time to recreate my characters I just created the animation that will be featured on the screen on my original animation. After I finished with this animation I saved it straight to my SkyDrive and on my external hard drive that I have at home so that I will have back-up copies.
I also lost my sound files along with my memory stick, which means I won’t have sound track on my final product. I still uploaded my animation onto YouTube and asked for feedback. I have started writing my evaluation and stated the problem that occurred and what improvements I would like to do the next time I create another animation project.
My final product is uploaded onto YouTube, which is located here. I have also made a survey online here and got some feedback from my target audience, which I used in my evaluation to support my points.
Feedback & Production
I have received some feedback on my pre-production work and my skills audit. I will need to improve my justification and add more detail explaining my chosen idea. I also need to add more detail on my skills audit because it is still in its most simple form.
I have finished creating one of my characters, which is the dog. I decided to create this first because it has less featured and is easier to simplify than my main character, which is a female teenager. Creating the dog is like a test for me to learn how to simplify my original sketches. It has helped me learn how to use the pen tool better, which will help me when it comes to creating my more complex character. I also created a screen, which will scroll up and down. I have imported the images that I will need for that project that I got from my presentation.
I will be continuing on creating my characters and other graphics that I need in lesson and improve my paperwork at home. This will save me time spending too much on the animation at home and concentrate on the important paperwork. Also doing my flash animation in lesson means I can ask for help and feedback from my lecturer if need it.
For my animation I came up with three concepts, which I have recorded on my pre-production documentation by using a mindmap, storyboards, sketches and a justification for my final idea. I have also finished researching and creating a timeline about the history of animation. For my animation content I will be using the same images on my presentation and the text will be simplified and recorded as a voiceover so that the writing on my animation will be minimised. This will keep the audience interested and pay attention to what is being said than to not bother with reading.
I have produced different sketches and storyboards for each of my ideas, which are here and here. I have also finished typing up my justification, which explains why I chose my final idea in terms of typeface, layout and other features. I have also started to create my characters and other graphics on flash to get a head start.
Advance Flash Tutorial
During this week’s tutorial I have learned how to use motion guides, masking, easing, importing images and using timeline effects such as blur and transform. I also learned how to publish my file in a .swf format. Adding text is something I already picked up from using other adobe software like Photoshop and Illustrator because it has similar toolbars and icons.
I looked at three different animations and analysed them to see what their strengths and witnesses were. I also typed up my findings so that I can come back to it when I am developing ideas. Looking at different animations makes me realise the limitations and what I can do for my own animation.
The three animations I looked at are Poverty: Where We All Started, The Informed Consumer and The Elements Song. These are very different animations when it comes to layout, characters and pace. However, they all have humour on them, which can engage the audience.