Previously, we created an animation as a group and for a first attempt, it wasn’t completely unsuccessful but there was definitely room for improvement! We named it “The Dance” and the link to watch it is with Helen.
- Move the character slower, so there is no lagging effect in the film
- Plastecine is not the best medium, it’s too messy and fiddly, loses shape as you keep touching it
- Stronger wire is needed for the model
- Background should be more creative and inventive
After taking all these into plan, I began by tackling the issue of a more creative background by painting one for my character. It is her bedroom, and the basic pieces of furniture, and I made sure to simplify it and have the shapes quite round to portray a child-like illustration, as my character herself is quite childish and comical.
Now, I was ready to animate and I was so excited to finally bring the character to life on set:
I rehearsed the stop-motion animation once before creating the final film, just so that I was familiar with moving the wire figure, and figuring out how to imitate glasses falling off her face. The whole process took 2 hours with the help of Adrian, who set up the camera and adjusted the lighting so that it was an optimal setting. Adrian also reminded me that I had to create 25 frames for every second of the animation. I am proud to say that it was a smooth process and my animation turned out very cute, and humorous:
The animation has been sent as a link to Helen, and it is available to watch!