The last 2 weeks we had lectures from Phil Hunt from studio AKA and director Ben Hibon, not only were they lectures brilliant their advice and observations on our work was really accurate and very helpful. They were both really clear about what they thought needed changing to improve the story.
Thanks to them and Steve I’ve made some quite big changes to the story and I feel it’s really taking shape now, the improvements have helped me figure out exactly what I was trying to say with this film and I feel I’ve got some renewed confidence about the idea.
I also got more help from Ioli and she was so encouraging and really payed attention to the new idea, bringing new possibilities not just for the acting but for all the elements. She has a really great eye and was really positive about me retaining my personal style, experimenting and making the most of my strengths rather than worrying about my weaknesses.
The new animatic shows Trip, still having a bad time at school, but in the new version he is the only puppet and everyone else is 2D. The tattoo is his first attempt to be more 2D, and eventually his connection with tattoo artist Pepsi is what brings him from an isolated stop-motion world into the 2D world. I want to keep the 2D world loose and sketch with the essence of my line drawings. I hope I will improve my stop-motion animation by focusing on the single puppet, rather than spreading my attention too thinly over several puppets.
I feel I need to spend the money to get a more professional armature because I know there are definite limitations with my home-made versions, I’m stalling slightly because of the cost, but I know it will be worth it.
Been getting lots of good feedback and I’ve made a few changes to the animatic. Hope it’s making more sense. Think it will be better with the new beginning and a bit of dialogue in, but this is where it’s at for now…
No sound effects yet. Played it to Steve, he suggested I clarify what happens in the bar, and simplify it a bit. He said it made him think of Midnight In Paris, the Woody Allen film, which I like because I imagined that inside the bar is all 1930/40s and outside on the street is a more modern London.
I’ve done the animatic, it came to exactly 1 minute, but there are some bits that are unclear. Especially the transformation and the moving parts of the set. I’m really looking forward to some feedback on Monday. I have developed the character design of Ariel quite a bit since doing the drawings for the storyboard. I feel that now I’ve done this, if I began the storyboard all over again it would be much better! I tried to show the costume change in a different way, but actually I think my original idea will work much better. I intended to have the costume “miraculously” transform on the stage, showing Ariel crouching down and then the outer costume pulls off in a flash of lightning! much more like the costume change in Sagi Musume.