Friday, 24 April 2015

annotated screen grabs u33

As you can see on the left this is where i have just started to edit the animation and i have imported all the images onto the editing software, i have then put them in order so that it makes a stop animation video when played, however it is really slow.

The reason the animation is so slow is because each picture is too long, to change this you have to change the duration of each clip, so once i selected all the clips and changes the duration to about half a second each the whole animation plays a lot smoother.

After making the animation play smoothly to look like a video i then added some sound effects to improve the quality of my animation i added this first effect which is footsteps so that it sounds like the characters are actually walking.

The second sounds effect i have added to the animation is the sort of sounds you would hear in a hospital this is to let the audience know where it is taking place if trey did not already know.

i then added the simple sound effect of 'magic pop' this sound effect was used when the objects were appearing in the hospital room

this is the final piece of editing done and it is adding the final sound effect with is the celebration sound at the end when the patients life improves.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

evaluation of stop motion animation formats

5. Evaluation of Stop Motion Formats

    WWW: we managed to make the movement of this small video clip smooth and affective.

        EBI: we would make sure that the lighting was consistent so that the lighting stays the same. and not faded and then bright all the time.

            EBI: we would make sure that our hands are out of the picture for every time we create a new scene/image.

             EBI: If we did a close u on the scene so their was no off set showing.

            WWW: we managed to get good shots throughout the mini clip

            WWW: The shots were good

            EBI: If we managed to make the white board cleaner

            EBI: We would make sure that our hands are out of the picture for every time we create a new scene/image.

            EBI: If we made the shots closer up so no off set was showing

            WWW: We made the sure that we had a distinctive board pen so it would show up on the camera clear instead of blurry.
            In the White board animation we found it easy to change our mistakes as we could rub them out and then re-draw them. Also it wasn't working to well because every time we rubbed an error out it would leave a black stain on the white board and we didn't/don't have any whiteboard cleaner so whenever we took a new shot it would show a black stain in the background.

            WWW: Close up shots were good
            WWW: Animation looked good
            WWW: We did it quickly
            WWW: As we have created a small video for this we have had to make paper cut outs to small sizes so that we can move everything about while filming.

            EBI: The character was orange
            EBI: If the light wasn't flashing
            EBI: If the Character was drawn better

            For the paper animation we as a group found it interesting as we got to draw our ideas and then cut them out, and we could bring them to life by moving them. The bad thing about the paper animation is that we had to cut out our characters several times because we couldn't cut around the shapes easily so we had to keep drawing new ideas; until we came up with an idea that was easy to cut out.

            team meeting minutes

            Team Meeting Minutes

            Our group for our animation had a meeting in which we were talking about how we were going to film our documentary. We talked for about 10-15 minutes on how we were going to film our animation. We decided we wanted to do it based on Teenage Cancer Trust and we had to base it around Teenagers to early adults.

            What we're going to do is film apart of our animation on a clay filed with a small character in which we're going to create playing football. The boy (the character which we've made) starts doing kick ups with a ball. We decided that the boy should fall down to the ground in agony so that he can attract attention from some walking by.

            We then thought as a group we would show someone walking past along the field who spots the boy in agony. The random stranger then calls the ambulance.

            after that scene we decided that we needed to have some form of an ambulance so we got a Lego one. we then showed a scene of the ambulance driving the boy to hospital. When the boy finally gets to the hospital theirs going to be a black out. This part one of our group members Dan thought we should have some sort of text in the animation saying "3-6 months later". And after that the boy comes out of the hospital treated and he goes back to playing football at the end of the animation.

            For the equipment we'll need:

            • Tripod/ Camera 
            We'll need a camera and tripod to shoot our animation because using a tripod will keep our camera having a steady aim throughout filming the animation

            • Clay
            We'll need a lot of clay for our animation as we need to create a grass field and all of our characters which will take up a bit of time but with our team we'll be able to do it.

            • Lego
            We won't need a lot of Lego as we only really need it to create the hospital table and for the ambulance we can just buy a lego ambulance which won't cost to much

            • Cardboard
            We'll need Cardboard to create our base outline for our animation set.

            • Computer
            We'll need a computer to create our final edit for our animation as it will contain all of our information to actually create the animation.

            production schedule

            Wednesday, 28 January 2015

            Production Schedule

            crew roles

            T 'n' M Filming Association 

            Crew Roles

            Major Roles

            Director: Alex Mason
            Definition: The director is the person that organises everything so that everything is in the right place at the right time and is in charge of everything that is happening during the production of the filming.
            Producer: Alex Mason
            Definition: The producer is second in command during the filming as he as the producer has to make sure that everything is happening at the right time. Just like the director he follows what he does but has less control over what everything happens. His (the producers) main priorities is to make sure that the filming is happening correctly and everything is in place.
            Director of Photography (D.P.): Dan Thomas
            Definition: As the director of photography every shot that is taken as a picture has to be taken while the camera is still, making sure that the same lighting is being used in every image as it makes the effect look greater thatn it really does. if the same lighting isn't used in every shot then the final edit won't come out as good, as different shades of lighting will make the final product look edgy and incomplete.
            Editor: Harry O'd
            Definition: As the editor when editing you have to be able to spot all the parts of the film that don't look up to scratch, so when editing you have to be able to edit everything to blend in with everything that has happened within the film.

            Camera Operator: Harry O'd
            Definition: the positioning of the cameras have to be on point every time otherwise the final product won't turn  out the best it could turn out to be.
            Minor Roles
            Assistant Camera (A.C.): Dan Thomas and Alex Mason
            Definition: As assistant camera man the primary position is to keep the sharpness on every level while filming
            Assistant Director (A.D.): Dan Thomas
            Definition: As assistant director, they have to follow and almost repeat what the general director does apart from they're just reinforcing whats going on.
            Art Director: Dan Thomas 
            Definition: The art director helps create the scenes so everything can look as realistic as possible while filming.
            Casting Director: Alex Mason
            Definition: The casting director helps the producer to help out on the set apart from they mostly help out with whats happening on what set at what time
            Location Scout: Dan Thomas
            Definition: The location scout has to show the director what places they've come up with in which the director has given them (the location scout) what they're looking for and the location scout has to find the place that looks like what the director is looking for, for the cheapest price.
            Production Manager (P.M.): Harry O'd
            Definition: Production management is for those creating visions for the director to consider putting in the film.
            Screenwriter: Dan Thomas

            Definition: The screen writer, writes the scripts and create stories to bring to life for filming.

            paper edit

            Friday, 20 March 2015

            Paper edit

            For the actual background music we will be using music played in the original Teenage Cancer Trust advert which is the first 30 seconds. This helps because it links well with our animation. This music will be played throughout the animation.

            concept pitch proposal/feedback

            lighting task

            Lighting Task

            For our lighting our task is to make sure that the lighting is the best it can possibly be. So to make it as good as possible we will use some natural light by keeping the windows open.
            We will also be using some lighting from inside of the classroom. The lighting is important to our animation so we'll need to film it in one go so that we can make sure that the light is more consistent. If we were to film it once and then stop and then film again the next day the lighting may not be the same.

            We've decided to use this type of lighting as we feel it will give us the best type of lighting we'll need for our animation.

            We're using paper cut out for our animation and we need to draw all of our characters and to draw some of them we need to trace them so to do that we're going to use a light box which will help us bring some of the images through. We tried just using normal light giving off from the computer and from the class room but it didn't work to well. so using the light box benefited us more.

            Three Point Lighting:

            Three point lighting is a method used in visual media and theatre, video, still photography. the light, as the name says; shines directly on a subject. The strength, colour, and angle of the key determines the shots overall lighting design.

            For our animation we need to make sure we have the lighting sorted so its bright in all angles, this is because we're filming from a birds-eye-view angle so the camera will be facing down tag all times. To achieve this we will have lights on all sides of our animation as we can't rely on natural light because the clouds could block the suns light.

            consideration of camera

            Consideration Of Camera

            For the camera use we will be doing a stop motion animation in which we all just be taking pictures for each movement we do. An example of this type of animation would be Wallace and Gromit. This is a clay animation in which they have to make a certain amount of heads to make it look like the mouths are actually moving. As you can see in the images below it shows the characters being made and one of the heads being carved out.

            In this picture you can see a new set being created and put together. For each image they take they then have to move everything to make i look like a moving picture so it can take a while just to take a single picture

            For our animation we will be doing a paper cut out in which we won't have to move a lot. An example of this type of animation would be south park.
             As you can see in both of these images they have many different parts to be attached to each character. So when they animators move the characters they will literally be moving/ changing a different part of the characters body to make a new picture.

            This animation suits our animation best as it would be harder and a lot more work to use clay, lego, and to draw on white board for whiteboard animation.

            The camera we're going to be using will be a Soney Camera, because it gives us the best quality for a stop motion animation as it's a high definition camera and we're able to transport the pictures easily to the iMac which we will then put onto final cut to edit our final animation for Teenage Cancer Trust.

            Shot Types in my animation:

            Close up shot:

            At the beginning of our animation and at the end of our animation we will have close up shots so we can show up in close detail the beginning and end of our animation.

            Mid Range shot:

            halve way through the beginning of our animation we'll swap form a close up shot to fade into a mid range shot so you can see most of the background of the animation as well.

            Long Shot:

            During our animation we'll show a few long shot clips so the whole of the background for parts of the animation and then it starts to fade back into the mid ranged shots into the close up shot at the end of animation.

            For the camera movement we're going to keep the camera in one single place and just zoom in and out to get all the different shot types we want. we want have the camera moving from side-to-side (PAN) because we're only taking single shots for each movement of our animation. We will be keeping the camera in one place because this will benefit us the most and it will give us the best effect on our final piece.

            charity research + target audience research audience and analysis

            Teenage Cancer Trust is a very successful programme, Dr. Stark has made this charity know worldwide from the research he has found locally, nationally and international, this Charity has saved so many lives worldwide abling teenagers to live their lives to the fullest. The target audience for Teenage Cancer Trust would be for Teenagers from 13 and young adults up to the age of 24. This is the Target audience that the charity is based around as the program for Cancer Treatment is for young people.


            UNICEF is a worldwide charity which is also promoted by spanish footballing giants Barcelona, this charity has been around since 1946 and has been getting bigger and stronger since, becoming one of the most successful charities of all time; saving millions of lives. This charity target groups of young children that haven't got much in the world and that are living in poverty.


            Cry was founded in 1995 in raising awareness for Cardiac Risk In The Young. This charity makes awareness for the young how are very active in their day-to-day lives. This ables charities to be prepared for anything that happens to young people that can have a cardiac arrest at a very young age. This charity targets those at a young age who can get check ups to see how their bodies are coping.

            Help For Heroes:

            This charity os for those soldiers that have come back from the military and have been retired from the force because of their injuries. This charity is one of the most known charities about with different events going on each year to raise money to help those soldiers that have come back from war and for those that are currently out on the front line fighting for their countries. This charity targets those that have come back from war and need help getting their lives back on track if they aren't mentally stable or injured in any way shape or form.


            MS affects 100,000 people a year and is people are mostly diagnosed within the ages of 20-40 years old. It can also affect people who are younger or old but it is mostly seen within those ages of 20-40. Thier is as many as three times the amount of Women with MS than their is men. This charity targets those 18 and above if you've been diagnosed with tremor (rhythmic shaking) in at least one hand/arm. 

            My group have decided to do Teenage Cancer Research as it appeals more to our age as we're teenagers and our concerned about our health for such a young age. Thousands or even millions of teenagers every year are told by the doctors that they have cancer and don't know what to do about, let alone telling their family about the condition they have.

            The message in the Teenage Cancer Trust is to send out a message to those who have cancer and are looking for quick treatment to cure them from their illness. In the videos that I've watch the message is clear asking people to donate in order to create a cure that will cure cancer cancer quicker for those teenagers that all want to live their live, to the best of their ability.

            This advert has people who actually have cancer meaning that this advert relates to those who want to get treated for cancer. The money that is raised by this advert is all donated towards the charity.

            copyright research

            • 1. copyright Research Alex Mason, Dan Thomas, Harry O’d

            • 2. What is Copyright Research? • copyright is a document which you can get to stop people stealing your ideas/ logos an example of this is McDonalds. Their logo is known world wide and no one can now steal their logo.

            • 3. How Can You Use copyright? • The copyright is when someone has copied/ stolen someone else's work, and claiming it as their own.

            • 4Types Of Copyright • There are different types if copyright for protection form different types of media such as: • A book • Film • Song • TV Programme • Advert • Songs • This protects everyone so that they know something is theirs. Unless they decided to sell that idea to someone else. An example of this would be ‘Beats By Dr. Dre’ who has recently sold that idea to apple for a price region around $2.4billion

            • 5. Advert • An example of copyrighting something from an advert would be E4 or the BBC. • Because the BBC and E4 are two very different but unique company’s it’s difficult to copyright them because their logos are unique just like their adverts. • Copying/ stealing an idea from either of these companies could lead to a huge fine without the right documents and authorization from them.

            • 6. Songs • To use another artists song inside another song will need permission from the other artist. • If any part of a different song is easily recognised and the artist finds out then they have the right to sue for not having the right permission and not have documents saying its ok for this to happen.

            • 7. Film • An example of film copyright would be the recent occurring of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. • Three of the reasons is that Star Wars have found 34 distinct ideas that have been used in Battlestar galactica. The other reason being is that the character in Battlestar Galactica is called Skyler which was to much like the name Skywalker in Star Wars. And also the title airing of Battlestar Galactica was called Star Worlds, which again the owners of Star Wars thought was to close to their original name.

            • 8. How this links to my animation? • This links with my animation because we’re doing our advert animation on a charity which you don’t see much if on TV so we won’t be copying anything from their advert apart from maybe their music in the background.