For the next part of this module I’ve been placed into a group with Rose, Sarah and Bradley, where we have to make a 40 second animation based of the theme Bravery.
from the assignment brief;
“Teams will need to balance the to start of 3D previs production against the need to give idealization, conceptualization, and planning enough time and energy to evolve. It’s important to remember animation is a radio play with pictures – think early on about how sound will balance your pace and and impact the appeal & emotion of your work.
Design ideas to consider:
Literal or figurative interpretations for the animation visuals.
Look to push genre, narrative, character and art in different ways.
Use design thinking processes to work through problems and unknowns.
Pre-rendered or realtime rendering as an output, or 360 video design etc”
We brainstormed quite a few ideas
- Someone finding the courage to tell their crush their feelings
- A kid facing up to their bully’s
- A social issue perhaps like a trans kid deciding to be open about who they are.
- A kid afraid to skateboard but tries it anyway and breaks his arm, but doesn’t let that deter them and keeps trying
- A kid thinking ‘ a monster in his room but it turns out to be they’re teddy bear
- A nightlight being scared of the dark and overcoming that when they see they help others not be scared of the dark as well.
Some of these ideas we felt were being a too obvious response to the theme or may be too complicated to really tell within the time frame, particularly the ideas about social issues. We tended to stay away from truly serious ideas and knew that we wanted a story that was lighthearted and played on how we ourselves view scary situations, basically a juxtaposition between our character thinking something was scary when it really wasn’t.
The idea we’ve decided to work on is about a man gearing up really dramatically with loads of equipment, then entering a room with a really eerie atmosphere, only for the audience to discover that he’s facing off against a spider. The atmosphere changes as the man flails about and struggles to capture the spider, when he finally does catch it he puts it outside. When the man is back inside though we can see another spider crawling onto his shoulder and it would end with the man about to scream.
I like this idea and how it plays off a persons on perception of how serious a situation is, being scared of spiders myself, I can be self ware of how silly I look when I’m trying to deal with them. Bravery to me is knowing that you’re scared of something and choosing to face it anyway and I believe this story nicely portrays that idea in a fun lighthearted way.