Happy Valentine's Day! It seemed appropriate to share a "photograph" capturing a moment in the lives of Albert and Lilly, the fictional couple from my final year film. Several photos like these will appear throughout the film as cinemagraphs (like the one below!).
Back in September, I started developing an idea for a short film. The story is now called The Clockmaker and by the end of next May, I hope to be able to show the world a charming little story about an elderly little gentleman as he closes up shop.
The film is a very simple idea, but I'm happy with how its coming together now, and I'm looking forward to sharing a lot of the process that goes into it as I work. It's going to be a challenge, not least because it's the biggest animation project I've developed on my own, but because I'm hoping to reach a particular standard within a very tight timeframe. So far, I'm just about on schedule, but that's a story for another day. For now, I'll leave you with the movie poster and a process video. Hope to see you all back here after Christmas! :)
Recently, I was asked to design a logo for a local DJ group called LoopTown. Dealing mostly with late teen audiences and house music, I had some fun playing around with styles and symbols that I thought would resonate with that audience. I wanted to create something fresh and distinctive for the group, mixing between simplicity and complexity to create an image they could build a brand on.
You can see some of my mock-ups above. I was heavily influenced by vinyl records, music visualizers, geometric patterns, looping typography, and cityscapes. I tried out two colour variations as well, knowing that the guys in LoopTown liked black, blue, and orange.
A few iterations later, and the final decision was made to go ahead with the version on the left, above. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! What do you think?
Carrying on from last week, I've been looking forward to sharing this little character. 8-year-old Lucy is one of the main protagonists in Burn the Biscuit. She's the youngest in the family, and adventurous in spirit. Light and agile, she's quick thinking, full of energy, and very focused. Here's a little collection of development for her; including colour studies, a turnaround, and an expression sheet. :)
Now that I'm a fourth year animation student, I have two significant projects - amid a sea of smaller ones! - to concentrate on over the next few months. And I'm excited about both! I can't wait to share some of the ideas I've been developing for all of those, but first, I've been wanting to share an older story pitch that I developed last year!
The story is called Burn the Biscuit, and basically told the story of two children fighting over the last cookie in the jar. With that much to go on, I began sketching loosely; just having fun with character ideas, the overall feeling I wanted the film to have, camera angles and shots I might like to use - that sort of thing.
I really enjoyed this stage of the project. I was taking inspiration from everything around me, and essentially curating a collection of images to draw from as I continued the project. Stick around for the next few weeks and you'll see how! :)