Thursday, August 19, 2010

Staging

The presentation of any idea so that it is completely and unmistakably clear.

Current weakness. The last few personal animations I have done I have realized that I am really suffering here. My ideas are fine (probably) but they aren't coming across clearly to the viewer. If the viewer misses it, there's no point for any of the rest of it.

JHD's 100 frame challenges are the perfect solution. Fixed frame limit so I have to learn how to prioritize ideas instead of just stretching things out to make it all fit, and to make them achievable as exercises.

Here's the list of topics that've rolled through on his blog. Going to try and do 1 a week for a while. (but I'm on vacation next week, without a computer, so remind me the week after.)


dying
time travel
unreachable goal
chase
guilty
regret
solitude
longing
forgotten
wisdom
teh end
the beginning
fail
excitement
anxious
mental break down
unscratchable itch
zombie
daring
injured
flying school
anger
shyness
jealousy
cunning
clumsy
patience
surprise
fear
disgust
attention
bored
bored
revenge
revelation
radioactive
sugarhigh/over caffeinated
phobia
do it
nervous
courage
pain
confused
hungry

(and some other exercises that would fit within 100 frames)
Character Walk
Juice box enter scene, react to something, and exit scene
Thought process while getting up from a chair
Character interact with an object
Have Character "fix" something
Gear change: 2 different thoughts with a good transition moment (this LightSwitch moment is the key point to this excercise)

1 comment:

michelle said...

I like how this exercise has a clear outcome: "Make the idea clear to the audience" but is also creatively intriguing...the possibilities are infinite! This is a good blogpost for a student like myself attempting a short animation and there is still (always) time to apply this test in staging to each scene. (But I can't wait to try out all those topics!)