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General Feedback on the class’ animations:

  • Work with technology not against it
  • Dislikes physical sun and sky
  • Maintain your vision in Maya, if it works on paper it should work in that
  • Test animation on target audience
  • Make sure the presentation works
  • Movie first then breakdown of process
  • Have one video per slide – and go full screen
  • Ask those with more experience for advice
  • Seasons to show long passage of time, night and day for short
  • Use an x-sheet to know what happens on each frame
  • The whole class is a team
  • Eyes are the window to the soul
  • When given feedback work with it, don’t ditch an idea

This is the feedback which we received for our presentation on our 15 second dinosaur animation.

  • Presented well, but turned back on audience
  • Issues with composition, texturing and lighting
  • No sound
  • No real evidence of how research influenced design
  • Nice to see application of the conventions of comedy
  • Have the T-Rex hold the flag e.g. using it’s tail, or hand?
  • Nice rig (all Amy’s work)
  • Hitting rock with tail is a nice sequence
  • Good character design
  • Issues with staging (scene 5)
  • We got a laugh for the first time, it was longer on play-blasted version

Additional feedback from Mike:

  • Titles on the opening scene obscure the characters, fade it out sooner and also have it fade in at the start
  • Horizon line in scene 2 jumps
  • Prolong the shot of the splash in scene 2
  • Parasaurolophus’ arms raise as his head moves, correct this, keep the stationary
  • Have close ups of the parasaurolophus anticipating the rock hitting the T-Rex’s head and the T-Rex’s reaction to being struck on the head (scene 3)
  • Swap scene 4 and 5, so rock attack precedes retaliation
  • Where does the rock the T-Rex tries to throw come from? Insert a shelf or something that it will come from.
  • When throwing a lot of rocks, have camera to the other side, and at the end have the T-Rex looking off towards rock that it will throw with narrowed eyes
  • For failed throw zoom out from bouncing stone to angry face- don’t have it getting angry
  • Have more pull back on the arm prior to throw
  • Cut to face tracking stone’s fall
  • Cut to ripples in water
  • Cut to disheartened face- could end it there
  • There is no real need for the flag scene at the end
  • Maybe should of had something jump out of the water and eat the parasaurolophus or have a pterodactyl swooping down and crying it off
  • The timing is what makes it funny to him

Updated Drawing Tutorials

Since our feedback from our second presentation we decided to change our character designs.

Our T-Rex is now primarily based on Amy’s design as we felt that is more expressive and we looked up some herbivorous dinosaurs that existed at the same time as the tyrannosaurs. We found the Parasaurolophus were from the same time and looked quite nice, so we chose them as the secondary characters in our animation.

Since we now have the two characters designs I did a quick drawing tutorial so that we could all sketch the characters and have them look the same.

T-Rex Drawing Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veCmMzalcC0

Para Drawing Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iPiOUQDL04

Colour Scheme

Here are some of the colour palettes we looked at to use for our animation.

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We used this video recommended by Clare for inspiration Carnotaurus. The bright colours also fit with one of the conventions of the comedy genre.

We sat down as a group and wrote down what we needed to get done and then went though it, checking things off when we finished them.

To do list
To do list

I then made a birds eye view of the landscape so we could plan out the layout of the different background objects such as trees and bushes. The second version has the two bushes on a slight hill.


Kim, B. (2012). Carnotaurus. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfk8tkh5uKA&feature=youtu.be. Last accessed 25th Mar 2015.

Various. (2015). menacing color palettes. Available: http://www.colorhunter.com/tag/menacing/1. Last accessed 25th Mar 2015.


We discussed what our favourite parts from the dinosaur concepts were and decided that we wanted a squarish head, rounded body, circular feet and circular eyes.

I created this tutorial for our dinosaur to help the everyone in the group keep the drawing style consistent.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUcH2nDC_tI&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UZfedoFKlw-PX3V_-0l2d9R&index=1


We came up with several endings for the animatic. We wanted to have the chance to visualise each idea but so far the original idea of the two dinosaurs tossing the rock as a joke seems the most feasible, the one with the meteor is kind of boring, the first one is simply too short and the pterodactyl one is cutting it close with the time.

This started off as a storyboard that I was doing and then we realised that we could basically stick it together as a movie, it also gave us more time to explore other ideas for the ending of the story.

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  • The rock bounces off the dinosaur’s head
  • The rock bounces off and it’s revealed a pair of dinosaurs threw it as a joke
  • The rock bounces off, and as he turns to look, he gets squashed by a meteor
  • The rock bounces off, and as he turns to look, he is abducted by a pterodactyl


Version 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QleMS9tY6-M&feature=youtu.be

Version 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpCvM-nirQo&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UZfedoFKlw-PX3V_-0l2d9R&index=2

Version 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ywrONPuns&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UZfedoFKlw-PX3V_-0l2d9R&index=3

Version 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGpzWIpiACk&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UZfedoFKlw-PX3V_-0l2d9R&index=4&spfreload=10