It’s been pretty hectic these past few weeks at school so I haven’t had chance to do much posting. The reason is we’ve been doing a workshop with the brilliant Caroline Leaf all about Sand Animation. Sand is such an expressive medium for animating that it has a life all of its own. Caroline showed us all about morphing and moving through space and then we just had fun experimenting and trying different things out. We also had to make a couple of short films over the two weeks so I’ve included some storyboard panels from each film and a frame from the finished piece for comparison. The first sequence is from a one-day exercise where I made a 20sec short about a greedy diamond miner and the other panel is from a four-day exercise where I experimented more with camera moves through space and also a little character animation to see how it would look. The great thing is we now get to hand our films over to the first year composers so pretty soon all the films will have their very own soundtracks! I can’t wait to hear what they come up with. Till next time..
Cross-Spec week is a chance to try some of the other specialisations at the school and see what everyone else does before we get settled into full-time animation. There are too many things to try out over the week so it's sort of raffle depending on what you end up doing. I ended up with the animation, documentary, sound and cinematography workshops which have all been fantastic and really make you appreciate how much skill goes into every aspect of a finished film.
On top of all this there has also been loads of seminars and masterclasses from all different people from the industry deconstructing their specialist areas of film making and explaining how each one relates to telling stories.
My first sketch is of visiting Director, Sarah Gavron (on the left), who came to discuss her film 'Brick Lane' with her producer. The next few sketches are people I saw around London and the last sketch was for my animation workshop on creating character. Using simple lines and an emotion we had to create a mask then create a small scenario involving the characters we made. My character was 'grim'.