Thursday, 24 March 2011

Designs for Cockney Flat Cap stand


I took note from phil's comments and have tried to make this hat stand a little thicker the left hat stand is inspired by an image he posted.

Also Phil in terms of when the Cockeny trips over I was thinking of having in the shot in front of the aristocratic couple introducing lights to light up the display which would give a trailing wire which may have been forgotten about and not hidden properly. Another idea I thought of was a scarf attached to one of the hat stands which the cockney accidently catches and causes havoc.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Male Aristocratic Hat Stand quick concept

In a prompt from Phil on my IOR he spoke about the similar design of the hat stands. In response to this I have come up with a design which I feel suits the Aristocratic hat stand much better and would be easier to convey a snooty characteristic within his walk cycle. The hat stand takes upon a more traditional, old fashioned, wooden base which I think works better and reads to the audience better as well.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Essay Idea

For the essay I'm thinking along the lines of looking into Osamu Tezuka - nicknamed the 'Godfather of Anime'.

Some things to look into would be

- The influence of Disney on his work

- Anime and Manga and their origins

- Tezuka's influence on Manga and Anime

- Metropolis and the film based on his work from 2001 also influenced by Fritz Lang's Metropolis

- Astro Boy and the recent CGI remake.

If not just looking into anime as a whole - influences of disney, style, key people (Osamu Tezuka), influences on western animation and its popularity.

Act drawings

Act 1

Plain facial hat stand with a flat cap enters from the dark corner of the window display of a hat shop. He hops around the display but is rather unsteady.


Act 2

He sees a beautiful swan necked hat stand with an elegant hat perched on top. He dances around but knocks into other hat stands in the display window knocking them over to which the feminine hat stand turns away.


Act 3

The Hat stand hops off in sadness back to his corner of the display. The flat cap is then removed and replaced with an expensive hat. The hat stand becomes more confident and as he hops to the front of the display the swan necked hat stand takes notice but he walks straight past in triumph.

Unit 5 Influence Map

Refined Unit 5 Idea


Ideas

Act 1

Plain facial hat stand with a flat cap enters from the dark corner of the window display of a hat shop. He hops around the display but is rather unsteady.

Act 2

He sees a beautiful swan necked hat stand with an elegant hat perched on top. He dances around but knocks into other hat stands in the display window knocking them over to which the feminine hat stand turns away.

Act 3

The Hat stand hops off in sadness back to his corner of the display. The flat cap is then removed and replaced with an expensive hat. The hat stand becomes more confident and as he hops to the front of the display the swan necked hat stand takes notice but he walks straight past in triumph.

Monday, 14 March 2011

@Phil Unit 5 Ideas

Unit 5 - Ideas

Winsor McCay

"Animation should be an art....what you fellows have done with it is making it into a trade....not an art, but a trade....bad luck ." Thus Winsor McCay, father of the animated cartoon, pronounced the doom of the very industry he had inadvertently helped create.' (Crandol)



Winsor McCay began making a big name for himself when he relocated to New York. He had taken a job at the New York Herald where through 1904 to 1911 he was producing comic strips where he found his first success with the strip Little Sammy Sneeze. This strip and the few others that McCay had created were very formulaic in the narrative and way they were presented and McCay's true talent was let loose on a strip known as Little Nemo. Chalk-talk artists were very popular at the time and McCay took his Little Nemo to broadway performing this chalk-talk across the street. From this McCay would be inspired to merge both his strips and vaudeville act into one creating an animated cartoon. Little Nemo had nothing in terms of story but rather an experiment in perspective and moving characters but was followed How a Mosquito Operates. This was 6,000 images long and followed the story of a mosquito pestering a sleeping man and greedily sucking up too much blood to then explode. 




In 1914 saw the introduction of McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur starring an emotional dinosaur called Gertie who when prompted by McCay would move to the request. The animation had an amazing sense of perspective and size, for example McCay showed Gertie throwing a Mammoth into the background and when interacting with Gertie the Pumpkin that he hands over reduces dramatically in size. McCay puts himself into the animation at the end as well where he is seen riding off on Gertie's back. These tricks were imperetive in McCay's animation as it could be read and understood easily as huge in size. 



'....at the act's conclusion, appears to walk into the cartoon's space.....Of course, that movement from offscreen space into the depth of the filmed world, into animating space, was apparently meant for a different effect, one of amusement and awe rather fear, thanks to the manner which it pointedly toys with reality, emphasising the skills of the showman-animator and the constructed nature of the filmic space....it is an effect that....still carries its own weight of anxiety because of the modernist attitude toward space that it demonstrates - an attitude that...represents an important legacy for the animated cartoon.' (Telotte, 2010)



The Sinking of the Lusitania was based around the Germans sinking a passenger liner named Lusitania in 1915 which is believed to be the catalyst for the Americans joining the First World War. McCay was outraged by this event and created The Sinking of the Lusitania which seemed to be of a propaganda nature. McCay moved away from a cartoony aspect and took up a more realistic styl.e for the animation. 'In The Sinking of the Lusitania, McCay continues to ground his animation within a realist framework, but in this case he wants to efface the superreal aspects of the medium as much as possible. He wants his film to stand as a dramatic reconstruction of the sinking, and he takes great care over the details of the ships massive weight being penetrated by an explosive force that almost overwhelms the image itself, but it never slides into abstraction: the aim is to stop the ship looking “cartoony”, and to convey a sense of palpable destruction.' (North, 2009)
 

Bibliography


Crandol, M. The History of Animation: Advantages and Disadvantages of the Studio System in the Production of an Art Form, http://www.digitalmediafx.com/Features/animationhistory.html accessed on 14/3/2011

North, D. (2009)  Winsor McCay's The Sinking of the Lusitania, http://drnorth.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/winsor-mccays-the-sinking-of-the-lusitania/ accessed on 14/3/2011

Telotte, J. P. (2010) Animating Space: From Mickey to Wall-E, page 45, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=mZ5CfCXl3u4C&pg=PA45&dq=winsor+mccay+gertie+the+dinosaur&hl=en&ei=E_t9TbmREMa5hAefvPj8Bg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEoQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=winsor%20mccay%20gertie%20the%20dinosaur&f=false accessed on 14/3/2011 

Images

Winsor McCay's Little Nemo - http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_hb6jWA1D5A4/TNfe9Ie_whI/AAAAAAAAAP0/uWBNsVspGj8/s1600/Little+Nemo+-+1911+-+Roses.jpg accessed on 14/3/2011

How a Mosquito Operates - http://img.listal.com/image/694175/936full-how-a-mosquito-operates-screenshot.jpg accessed on 14/3/2011 

Gertie the Dinosaur - http://www.galerielaqua.de/galerielaqua/IMAGES/Original/animation%20art/036.gif accessed on 14/3/2011 

An original drawing of the Lusitania by Winsor McCay -   http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/public/news_images/4/44577_95541_7.jpg accessed on 14/3/2011

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Ideas

A couple of drawings illustrating my ideas for the story.

Idea 1


Idea 2


I was thinking for the second idea while I was creating it that I could turn it into more of a love story. The hat stand being a lovable oaf trying to impress this beautiful feminine hat but is extremely clumsy. When the hat tries to get away from the stand it makes a dire move and clings for its life leaving the stamd to save the hat and the hat falls in love.

Friday, 11 March 2011

How to make your own Hat Stand

Some thoughts on the cheap hat stand idea comes this ......thing. The story revolving around a DIY hat stand from a 'lazymans' house has a posh relative to stay with an expensive hat.




Strangely compelling.

Oafish

Oaf:
1 A stupid person
2 a big clumsy slow-witted person

Two well famous characters come to mind from gaining this definition.


From this definition and first character influences I think that I should look into the idea of the hat stand being clumsy when looking after hats, maybe dropping them all the time. An oaf is considered to be rather tasteless as well (in a more aristocratic definition) and I think exploring a more simple design for the hat stand would work really well. In connection with the aristocratic definition maybe an introduction of a beautiful and expensive hat could be introduced as a character who is disgusted at the appearance of the hat stand.

Looking for outside influences on the idea of turning a hat stand into an inanimate object I can look no further than the hat stand from Beauty and the Beast. Known as the Hospitable Hat Rack this has given me a good idea as to how the 'anatomy' of a hat stand would look.

Really need to crack on to catch up - UNIT 5 ANIMATION here we go

My 1 minute animation will revolve around the story of an Oafish Hat Stand.




Our first lesson with Meg was really good and it was amazing to see everyones faces morph into each other. That said I know this unit is going to be a test and in light of inspiration I watched my animation from foundation to embed into my head this fact.



To give this animation a bit of background it follows a man who is afraid of darkness but succumbs to it in the end. The project was concerned with Phobias and I just thought it would be cool to have a battle of light and dark.

I am looking forward to this unit and this weekend is going to be a non-stop work mania!