Tag Archives: Research

Animatic Issues

I have created the opening scene to the story for the animatic but it won’t output in After Effects, I have the preview quality down to a quarter of what it should be because otherwise it doesn’t display the various layers.

I honestly didn’t anticipate this scene of all of them to be causing the issues. It seemed fairly straight forward and yet here we are.

I got this error message :

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I tried to fix the problem by rendering out at a quarter of the quality (not just previewing it at a quarter) but I still got that message.

When I went on to the adobe forum about this issue (entering that url into my browser only lead me to google links) I found a pretty helpful reply.


I hadn’t touched my memory since I started using after effects, which includes all my showreels, vex work and just unfinished projects- so hopefully once I have purged my cache and RAM, this scene will render out.

Harvard Citiation

Adobe. (2013). What does “Purge” do?. Available: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1152291. Last accessed 5th Jan 2017.

Sofa Anthropometrics

In order for Malcolm to be correctly proportioned to the couch that he’ll be sitting upon, I thought it would be best to research the standard sort of measurements for furniture and adjust them accordingly since Malcolm isn’t actually proportioned like a real person but is more cartoonish with his oversized head.

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I made a start on it but it seems to be experiencing a weird puckering at the back on both sides, I don’t know what has went wrong there topology wise. It’s weird.

Harvard Citations

Pheasant, S. (2016). Ergonomics for designers. Available: http://www.furniturelinkca.com/design.htm. Last accessed 6th Dec 2016.

Script Research

I found this site that was quite helpful in further elaborating on the design of a script and shooting script. So I’m debating on whether or not to also do a shooting script since I know in my head what camera angles I want to use already and it will be clear from the storyboard too (hopefully).


filmschoolonline. (2017). Script Format. Available: http://filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_lesson_format.htm. Last accessed 28 Nov 2016.

Script Analysis

I looked up an old script for an episode of Castle, to see how they went about writing the episode, as I always find the episodes come across pretty polished, compared to other shows *cough* Glee *cough*.

So I firstly focused on the language used, my A-Level in English coming in handy, and the language was fairly standard and it wasn’t of a high register or anything like that, but the  script had dotted quite a few references to either novels/films or nods to previous episodes which helped establish the world as more believable. The language for the characters was also quite revealing as it says “MARTHA swoops” and such a colourful way of detailing the character’s movement reinforces the dramatic nature of the character (she’s an actress) as she doesn’t simply enter a room.

The format was slightly different from the way it was described in the book. The dialogue was centred, there was only single spacing, the titles were underlined “ACT ONE” and “INT. CASTLE LOFT” and the transitions weren’t solely on the right side. That being said I found the format still served it’s purpose and helped to clarify exactly how the script should be set out, which should make it easier for me to write a script for my own thing.

My Analysis 

Castle Script Analysis

Answers to my Questions

These are the answers to the questions posed in my notebook;

  1. It is a psychological horror film
  2. The film can be any length shorter than 30mins depending on the festival
  3. Depends on the festival you are entering. Some are open to all kinds, whereas some have a particular theme.
  4. I’ve yet to truly figure that out- ask me later. Just kidding, have your idea, write the script (possibly with a character profile), plot what assets needed to be created, work out the most important tasks and what tasks need to be completed so that you can move on etc.
  5. 3D animation (hopefully)
  6. See the post on Script Format
  7. Basically… that its short. No, only joking, the story is generally paced much quicker, and there is a faster character introduction
  8. I need at least two humanoid characters, one bird, and also cars
  9. Insanity
  10. Depends on the festival, some are free, some aren’t
  11. See this post
  12. Yeah, I don’t think I’ll waste the petrol, because I’ll probably drive into the sea quicker than find anywhere that isn’t near a KFC
  13. The deadlines vary. I’m aiming for the one in February in Hamburg.
  14. Again, varies. Generally .mp4.
  15. Sound wise, diegetic might be best.
  16. Could try Sarah or Nesta to compose something.
  17. I’ll use Maya and After Effects mainly.
  18. See list
  19. Animating, rigging, lighting and sound. At the very least.