(1.1 Shown Above – A blocked out demonstration of a transition test for the animated documentary.)
As part of the preparations for the pitch presentation tomorrow, the team discussed creating some storyboards and tests to demonstrate the vision of the environment techniques that we intend to utilise for transitions between scenes in the animated documentary.
Jess had been delegated the role of producing some illustrative storyboards, whereas I offered to create a blocked out three-dimensional environment that would enable us to test the possibility of using the camera movement and scene positioning to create an example of the intended transition techniques.
The process was rather uncomplicated – I created the rough environment within an hour, and was supplied with a dog rig by Tyrone to substitute for an animal character as the scene was composed. The most challenging aspect of creating the test was animating the camera so that it retained a steady swoop whilst being rotated on a fixed pivotal axis.
Whilst it is not an aesthetically appealing example of the transitional approach, it serves the purpose of describing the motion as a visual aid. In my opinion, the test was an opportunity to clarify the approach with the rest of the team, as well as demonstrate it during the pitch. Admittedly, the team ran into complications during the week as a result of communicational issues – it resulted in some team members being unable to understand the approach that Ryan and Jess were describing. The issue was resolved somewhat with Jess’ compositing test, supported by additional examples that were provided later by Ryan, referencing a piece that had been previously viewed during our second year – For the Remainder (David, 2012).
Upon reviewing those examples, the process of visualising the transitions became much more coherent. Through the process of creating the test animation, it is my opinion that the rest of the team now have a unified comprehension of the approach, now that it has been applied in a nature that is relevant to the subject matter. It shall be interesting to see where further tests shall bring us now that the first test has been completed – there are a lot of unique ambitions with regards to the construction and transition of the environments to evolve around Zara, so it can be presumed that testing will continue to occur until we can confidently confirm that the ambitions are feasible for execution.
(1.2 Shown Above – Some sceenshots of blocked out models created for the transition test. The dog character has been outsourced by Tyrone Owens.)
David, O. (2012). For the Remainder. Available at: https://vimeo.com/36818561 [Accessed 9 Feb. 2017].