Rationale

I decided on this brief because I thought it would be the one that I had the most success in, but still be one that will challenge my skills and broaden my knowledge. For this project I remember seeing the example in which there is a duck on an adventure and there was a selection of paths that the user could take. It was like it was a multiple choice question, this became apparent to me that this is the style I wanted to create my interactive animation. I decided that i would do some research into the branching method, and this is the technique I would use.

For my story I looked at a selection of short ones, this was to me this was achievable for the time frame we had. I wanted to use one that I knew quite well and one that I had read a few times. This is what lead me to look at the collection by Angela Carter. I decided to use ‘The Snow Child’, as I already found that it had clear stages and sparked ideas to add other paths straight away.

For the animation I knew I wanted to create something that was emotive and a bit dark like the original story. I knew it had links with Snow White, therefore I looked at Disney’s characters for inspiration. When I was thinking of creating original images, I was considering how they would be dark and how I could create them all in the small time frame, this is when I decided to use chalk in black as this was something I have previously dappled in. However when I came to thinking how I would add movement to these I realised that this may not be the best technique, so I was lead to the computer to mimic a similar style digitally. I am pleased with how the imagery has turned out i think it has created an emotional and striking group of images. I am also very pleased with the building up effect I created by saving stages of the imagery. Personally my favourite imagery is off the Snow Child, however I am happy with how they all turned out. One imagery group I am not that pleased with is the Count and Countess I feel it does not fit in with the group and style I have used in other images.

When it came to adding sound I knew I wanted something that was instrumental, and without a build up in the music. I looked at all types of music, but found nothing I felt suited. Then i looked to the movies, and to the terrific Hans Zimmer. All of his music is so powerful and captivating. I used a track that he did for the movie Inception. This track unfortunately had the build up that I didn’t want, but I knew I felt that this piece fitted so well so I edited it in Audition, which allowed me to explore the software in a bit more detail and to learn during the process.

After putting the images in, adding the options, doing the coding and adding the background music, something as still missing. I knew I wanted the story playing along side the imagery my first thought was to add a running text, however I decided that I did not want to draw the eye away from the imagery at all, as this as the main focus for the animation. Thus I decided to use a spoken narration, alongside the backing track. I think that this is successful, because now the viewer can looking solely at the art work.

Overall I am pleased with this Interactive Animation. I am happy when I challenge my skills and learn valuable new ones.

Narration in Flash

After putting together all the narration, I then had the long process of adding it to my flash file. I found myself adjusting the time that the images appeared, to match what was being said. I found this to be a very repetitive but necessary process. Adding the narrative has given my piece a much longer length and I now feel it flows better. I also add to remember to change the coding so that it went to the correct frame.

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Narration

I managed to find someone who was free to do the narration for my animation. I knew I wanted a strong voice, and someone who is used to speaking and narrating. I was fortunate enough that my dad was free one night to help me with this. I have been using the Audition Software to help me with the cutting and to examine the sound clips ready for my Flash file.

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Effects for Happy Ending Imagery

I decided that the endings should also different in effect from one another, to show the sad ending of death and the happy ending.

Invert:

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Colour Balance:

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Brightness and Contrast:

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Gold Colour Balance:

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Invert and Colour Layer:

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Creating a Spot Light Effect:

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Combining Invert and Colour Balance:

To create a look of the drawing being done in red on white is contrasting from red on black.

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Final Imagery

Now I am happy that the structure sound and imagery is all together and the coding is correct. I have gone on to looking at how I can change the ending imager to make it stand out from the others. Making it visually interesting and defining that end point.

I took one of the end images back to photoshop and looked at how I could create different effects.

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Colour Balance 2:

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Invert:

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Low Posterize:

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Threshold:

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Adding a colour layer 1:

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Adding a colour layer 2:

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Narration

I re-considered my original thought of adding text to narrate the story, I thought this would disturb the imagery too much. Therefore my other solution is to record a someone speaking the story. For the speaking voice I want something that is not childish, maybe quite deep, but nothing that will be to overpowering. For the narration I will just have the speaker read the original Angela Carter story, then I will record the other options separate.

Original Story link available in previous post: Story Options.

The other options:

Happy Ending:

  1. Now the Countess was bare as a bone and the girl furred, she was left in the cold. To the girls surprise a handsome and kind stranger came by and rescued her from the cold. She was eternally grateful to this stranger, so she gave him the diamond the countess left, The stranger loved her and they lived a long happy future together.

  2. Now the Countess was bare as a bone and the girl furred and booted, she was left in the cold so she walked and walked until she came across a small cottage. To the girls surprise their lived a handsome and kind stranger he offered her warmth from the cold. She was eternally grateful to this stranger, she loved him and they lived a long happy future together.