Here are some updates on my final project for advanced animation studio. I decided to stick with the salt shaker and cheese grater as my characters, who I’ve named (atleast for now) “Lydia”-the tall geisha-looking one, and “Shane”-the short one with the beak and feathered tail.
The story is simple and takes place in a park. Lydia is Shane’s wife. Shane has a surprise for her and so in the beginning of the scene, we see Lydia standing by herself, waiting anxiously for her surprise with her eyes closed and turned around. Shane is taking his sweet time. Lydia is being impatient. Shane drops off a pretty flower behind Lydia (where we, the audience, can see it clearly) and then walks off screen, basically walking straight across the screen to drop it off. He tells her she can turn. As she steps off to the side (since she’s hollow underneath due to being a cheese grater) we see she was also keeping a surprise from him underneath her–a flower that looks just like the one he got her! Aww.
Below is the first draft of a basic script, the storyboard, and just to start getting a feel for how this will look in stop motion, I’ve begun playing around with taking images of the objects in Central Park with actual flowers.
For my animation final, I plan to to focus on animating photography (my own), similar to the concept of my midterm- sticking to a narrative that has a clear beginning, middle, and end. This will give me a chance to really emphasize on animation that is:
-Character driven, giving human traits to something nonhuman
-Visual and also audible, meaning I might be doing some voiceover work
-Time allowing I might also work on mixing and animating some drawing with photography as well
One story could be based upon these images of objects I have at home, i’ve always thought these would be a great characters to animate: