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Showreel Complete

I finally got my animation showreel done!

I included the animations that I did with my friend Jordan which were mainly Stop-motion ones.

I’m actually really happy with it. I originally intended to make it using Windows Live Movie Maker, but I need to use iMovie because it was making me angry.

I then made the entire soundtrack in GarageBand.

I really just put a repetitive sound in first and then hit random keys repeatedly- it sounds pretty good to me. I actually think it’s better than all my other attempts for the crystal world project.

I got the cartoon falling sound from Freesound.org. (Link: https://www.freesound.org/people/CGEffex/sounds/89546/)

Showreel link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FoZM5V1p-I&feature=youtu.be


I remembered when we were learning about composition and tone when I was up the park, because I recalled the picture we were shown of the mountains.

I’m pretty impressed with it since I took it with my nose because I didn’t want to take my gloves off as it was quite cold.


Sounds I Made

Below are the thirteen attempts that I made at creating a soundtrack for the title sequence that our group had to create.

[Soundtrack 1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or81ZUwK6pA&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6&index=1 ]

AnimaticSound1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkNME9RmvKY&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6&index=2

AnimaticSound2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rkmKU70Wrc&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6&index=3

AnimaticSound3 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdtIBm9cmNM&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6&index=4

AnimaticSound4 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Xq4POCr-I&index=5&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6

[AnimaticSound5https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVXD5bbHQ2k&index=6&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6 ]

[AnimaticSound6https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLa_aWIdiHc&index=7&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6 ]

AnimaticSound7 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtwnwWanBxs&index=8&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6

AnimaticSound8 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95x9iPU3GiQ&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6&index=9

AnimaticSound9 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kduZidhklYU&index=10&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6

AnimaticSound10 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KySrxDXWfWw&index=11&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6

AnimaticSound11 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKclPlZGR58&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6&index=12

AnimaticSound12 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emNff2_EWmc&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UapOXIENdFCxQJ25OiKGQQ6&index=13

This was just a complete barrel of laughs to make! (That is sarcasm in action, it was enjoyable to a point and then… things happened).

Since I wasn’t able to come in on Wednesday, I offered to make the music for our title sequence. We had yet to agree on a final idea, but we had Dylan’s poem and the animatic to go on.

So, the main idea for the music/soundtrack was to have a sort of battle appropriate sound with a tinge of sadness.

Now… I am not musically gifted in any way shape or form.

For one of my music exams in school (before I gratefully dropped the subject to study business and technology- which we more much more enjoyable because I could actually do them), I played one of those little mouth things where you blow it and sound like an animal. (That was the height of my musical talent).

I do have amazing friends who are incredibly talented in that field, but they were all busy at that time to try and make any sort of decent attempt.

So I was on my own.

I discovered the handy little Apple Loops, and hoped I could just whack them altogether and… Voila!

But no.

I know resent respect people even more if they can play an instrument. I was only ever good at the drums (but I was five, and my mum got rid of them, so my recollection could be slightly warped- still convinced I could play the theme tune to Scooby Doo Zombie Island though).

What initially began as a collection of Apple Loops eventually evolved into something at least partially from my mind. I tried to have a base noise, then work my way up. My idea was to have it coming to a crescendo and then have a sudden ending, so it would be quite dramatic. I soon discovered it is rather difficult to do a drum roll on a computer keyboard, but I was glad that I gave it a go anyway.

The next challenge was to make it into .mp3.

I was at a complete loss initially and resorted to recording the audio from my computer speakers, using the computer’s microphone. (I warn you not to listen to the results with headphones in or with the volume turned up to high- it hurts!) This also resulted in my group freaking out because I was sending them my attempts and they thought that that was the quality of the sound, they were relieved to know it was just because I was just trying to send them something to work with, until I worked out how the software actually worked.

I finally discovered how to convert GarageBand files into .mp3 formats! I had just installed the Yosemite update on my mac so when I went to convert it to .mp3 (so I could import it into iMovie and upload it onto Youtube) everything had changed!

Everything that had been on the right was now on the left and… WHY?

How on earth is that supposed to help anybody do anything?

I was not too impressed as you can imagine.

Anyway, after that traumatic episode, I worked it out (or Google told me) and I then converted each file. Something strange happened to the fifth and sixth ones though (technically the sixth but I was ignoring “soundtrack 1” because that was painful.) When I played it in GarageBand it started freaking out saying it was overloaded (it clearly has no concept of what that little lexical item means) and so it is kind of static-y in parts. Then it started to crash the software anytime I opened them so that’s the best you are gonna get of it.

I am pretty impressed with the final product, if I do say so myself.

Slug Storyboards

Attempt 1
Attempt 1

This is my first attempt at doing a storyboard for the slug assignment. Mike gave me some helpful feedback when he saw it.

He said that there weren’t enough frames to show the steps of the animation and that I had left out the anticipation that is required to indicate to the audience that something is about to happen. It was also hard to tell what was supposed to be happening in the animation as you couldn’t see the slug’s “face” at times so it was difficult to convey the emotions.

Attempt 2
Attempt 2

This was my second storyboard where I tried to rectify my previous mistakes, with some success.

Things to be addressed :

  • Staging
  • Rule of thirds
  • Volume
  • Camera angles

I hadn’t kept my slug or cube consistent in their volume, the storyboard was confusing with many camera angles that would conflict with one another (Mike said to consider the staging, that cameras should never be visible to one another but it would be touched on in class at a later point), and that I wasn’t paying head to the rule of thirds in my storyboard.

Attempt 3
Attempt 3

This was my latest attempt at storyboarding, taking all the feedback into consideration. On reflection, I may not have obeyed the rule of thirds (again) as I didn’t draw the grid on and was mostly attempting to obey the rule by eye.

I think it turned out well overall. I kept the camera angle consistent, I had the sense of anticipation and I hopefully, kept the volume of the slug consistent.

Also, I added in the line on the slug’s head (another helpful tip from Mike) to illustrate when the head or body twisted.

Presentation 5 – Animatic

It was at this time that Shannon was changing her name to Molly. Or Molly was changing her name from Shannon. Not entirely sure of the most respectful way to put that.

Well, I’m not the most tactful person, but I’m trying to improve so I didn’t exactly want to ask Molly what her name was despite my confusion, so I called her Disney Princess on the presentation.

She was quite appreciative of my solution and confirmed that her name was in fact Molly now.

So, I’m no longer confused.

So it is all good.

Presentation : Build A World – 4

I did a script again and this time it was read.

Here it is:

“My slides

1. Title

2. We were given the task to create a ninety second animatic based on the split world and try not to make it have a predictable plot.

So we thought about where to start, and thought about how the group that had this world before us felt like we had lost a lot of their work, so we went back to their presentation and then managed to find the one from the week before that which had a clearer explanation of how their world worked.

3.So once we had a more defined idea of the world and it’s inhabitants, we started to think of possible plots.

We quickly decided that we wanted interaction between the conflicting sides to occur and tried to think of different scenarios in which that would occur, some where annual like they met up for an olympics type event, and others were surprise attacks.

We ended up decided on a rather comedic start.

Molly your slides – does not have to word for word as long as you get the gist

4.We discovered that the previous group envisaged the darksider’s as somewhat of a mining community that basically drilled into the plates.

So we thought that when they drill down, they drill through the plate causing the plate to spin on the drill bit and that’s how the two sides of the planet are joined.

The we had to decide on what would happen when they interacted.

5.We quickly dismissed the ideas that involved the sides getting into a physical altercation as that is rather over done and we wanted something unexpected to happen.

So again, we went in the comedic direction.

Some of our favoured options was their version of wife swap, a murder mystery where both sides join together to find the culprit, and a monster movie. Like their luminous mushrooms grows legs or something and storms off.

6.We eventually decided on a dance off as a way to end the animatic, there was also the idea to incorporate a Romeo and Juliette aspect to it.

Once we had a rough idea we started to mock up storyboards.

Stephen your slides – again not word for word just the general idea

7.We then went into detail as to what was going to occur in the story, detailing which parts would draw the main focus and how we wanted each aspect to be composed.

Then we divided the storyboard up into different sections that we each could go through and illustrate after we had a clear idea of the structure of each part.

8.Once we did a quick story board to show how we wanted the animatic to go, and to check that it could work well, we then started on the list of shots/scenes to be completed.

We tried to ensure that when the shot/scene? changed, that the audience’s eye would have to jump around the place, we wanted the images to flow coherently and therefore be easy to follow.


9.After we ensured that we had the right idea with the story board we did some mock ups of possible styles to use and then we decided how we wanted to proceed in terms of who was going to do what.

10.We weren’t overly sure how to illustrate the dance that we wanted our characters to perform and therefore we looked up the key points of the Gangnam style dance.

Then we illustrated the poses our characters would do using the tip sheet as a guide.

Tasha slides

11. After we established the style of drawing we then started to draw the outline of the scenes before passing them on to be refined, then placed in the animatic

12. Bibliography”


  • Composition- some of the images weren’t the same size
  • It was a bit of a let down
  • There was an expectation of a bigger reaction from the lightsiders
  • Perspective was a little weird
  • Should have maybe extended the gangnam dance

Presentation 3 – Fixed version

This is the Crystal world developed more.

We took on board the feedback and tried to incorporate into this presentation.

  • There was more research
  • We created a backstory for the planet
  • Tried to show the rooms in use, and adhering to composition
  • We also tried to keep all concepts 16:9
  • And we also made a map of the ship, to help to place where the rooms would be

Presentation : Build A World 2

Same approach to the presentation as before, we split the slides between ourselves and then jumped in if any details were left out. Stephen was quite good at chipping in additional details about the ship.

You may notice that each of the Crystal world presentations have a blue background, I did this so that I could tell which presentations were related and as the project developed I made the world get progressively darker.