11 second club

11 second club feedback

For the first time I’ve entered my animation into a 11 seconds club competition. It’s a well know internet community of animators. I sued this opportunity for my research and as a chance for an extra practice as well. Unfortunately I didn’t receive as much feedback as I was hoping for. It has been pointed out that the lighting was too bright and when it comes to actual animation and acting I was advised to focus on slow ins and slow outs and having more holds. I have to admit that there was pretty much no acceleration, especially on the male character. Slow in and slow out make the movement look more natural, because nothing moves with the same speed all the time and then drastically stop. Used well they will benefit the animation and make it look more lifelike. What I was trying to achieve was exaggeration in his movement but it turned out to be way over the top and looked more like a pantomime. It was not interesting to look at and the fast movement did not work with the story.

Here’s my entry: http://www.11secondclub.com/competitions/march15/entry/AsJCgm

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Scene breakdown

Voice One: “I shouldn’t say this, because I majored in math, but you have my 1,000 percent attention.” Voice Two: “Wow, that’s a lot! I’m thrilled to hear that! You, I…” Voice One: “Excuse me one moment. Have you heard from Indonesia? Ok.”

Internal monologue/what characters are thinking:

Voice One: “I shouldn’t say this, because I majored in math, but you have my 1,000 percent attention.”

V1 – “OK, let’s get this over with…. But I wonder how is the other deal going? If that goes through I will be rich… Wait what was I going to say? Why I she so happy? Is my phone ringing?”

Voice Two: “Wow, that’s a lot! I’m thrilled to hear that! You, I…”

V2 – “That’s amazing,  this time it will work, I can show him my idea and…”

Voice One: “Excuse me one moment. Have you heard from Indonesia? Ok.”

V1 – “Oh I can’t wait, I need to find out what’s going on in Indonesia!” V2 – “What, are you serious!?” Characters characteristics: Her: Enthusiastic, joyful, idealistic, ambitious, but slightly gullibly. When it comes to Carl Gustav Jung’s 12 archetypes I would say she’s the Caregiver and the Explorer. Him: Cold, distanced, uninterested, apathetic. When it comes to Carl Gustav Jung’s 12 archetypes I would say he’s the Ruler and the Magician. Beat sheet: Scene Shot #1: Opening shot. Showing the café in a wider picture while the camera move closer to the characters. Freezes while the two characters are in a shot. Shot #2: Close up of a male character. He starts talking. Shot #3: Close up on a female character. She replies while laughing Shot #4: Back to the male character, he starts his sentence Shot #5: Split edit, camera’s on a female character again, showing her reaction to what he has to say.

11 second club – March

Voice One: “I shouldn’t say this, because I majored in math, but you have my 1,000 percent attention.”
Voice Two: “Wow, that’s a lot! I’m thrilled to hear that! You, I…”
Voice One: “Excuse me one moment. Have you heard from Indonesia? Ok.”

 

I was struggling with the idea for this month’s competition, couldn’t come up with anything original, but as it’s a good practice I’ve decided to do a standard guy and a girl conversation over lunch. They male character will be somehow arrogant and will ignore his female companion. In my opinion that dialogue can benefit my research, as facial expression will be determinate if the acting is good or not.  I’ve decided to set the scene in Parisian type cafe. I’ve looked at some examples online and then started modelling my scene. As we can see it still needs texturing and some details.

Cafe de Paris

source: wikipedia.org

source: etsy.com

source: etsy.com

source: wikipedia.org

source: wikipedia.org

 

cafe

11 second club – February – ideas

TRANSCRIPT

Voice One: “See, everything outside of our dimension… that’s eternity. Now, to us, it’s a sphere. But, to them, it’s a circle.”

I haven’t watched the show that this clip is from but it straight away gave me a film noir feel.  I can imagine the main character being a detective in his office talking to a potential client. After listening to it few times it also gave me few different ideas, such as a crazy homeless person talking to a random passer-by on the street, or a professor explaining some theory to his students.

I feel like this could work well with my area of interest, facial animation, as most of it could be done in a medium shot, with some close ups. Also, form the way the character speaks I can tell that he isn’t very expressive when it comes to body language, or gesticulation. He sounds detached, like he isn’t really in that room, maybe he is in shock after some traumatic experience from the past? I think this gives me some room to work with the facial animation and hopefully brining these emotions in my work.

Below you can see the actual scene from “True Detective”, the dialogue in question starts around 1:01.

‘The Secret Fate of All Life’, 2014, True Detective, Series 1, Episode 5 [TV] HBO, 16 February 2014.