WIP [ITP Blog]

Animation - Week 1

November 02, 2018

Our first Introduction to Animation assignment was to make a stop-motion animation. I first met with my group members, Stoker Kou and Rachel Lim, last week to discuss story ideas. Both Stoker and Rachel had ideas that involved an egg character, so we started to ideate from there. One theme that resonated with our current ITP experience was deciding what we wanted to be. This led to a story of an egg embarking on a journey to discover what it wanted to be:

Hard Boiled - Animation Video

Making The Animation

PES is a stop-motion animator I’ve been following for the past few years and his work, aesthetic, and creativity was an inspiration for this project. For example, we improvised a stovetop burner using a circular acrylic piece and colored pipe cleaners for flames.

scene 1

A takeaway from making Hard Boiled is that working with eggs/round objects in a stop-motion fashion can be tricky. The tendency for these objects to roll make them less than ideal for shooting stop-motion frames that can sometimes require slight position changes.

scene 2

I did enjoy working with Dragonframe — the onion skinning and ability to draw target paths on the frame preview made shooting sequential stop-motion action easier and more consistent. We attempted to apply some of the 12 Principles of Animation to our animation by using arcs and slow-ins and slow-outs for any object movements in and out of the frame.

scene 2 computer

Adding sounds to the project during the editing phase also had a completing effect for our animation. The sigh sound, for example, works with its slumping movement to help convey the egg’s frustration.


Future Thoughts

Some thoughts I had if I were to continue to iterate on this animation:

  • Consider adding some kind of feet or clear rubber pads to the bottom of the egg to prevent unintended rolling
  • Create more sounds ourselves like a foley artist, we relied on Freesound for most of the animation’s sounds because of time constraints
  • Write down camera settings and compare color balance between takes so that we can reduce the amount of color correcting we did on the bird scene

Adrian Bautista

A perpetual work in progress blog documentating my NYU ITP projects. Words are my own.