I have really enjoyed this project. I have never done animation before and never really considered it, but after researching and producing my own, i have realised there are so many possibilities and different processes to explore. When i was shown animations such as, ‘Dot’ and ‘Back to The Start’, i felt really inspired to do my own. And after hearing my music i immediately had loads of thoughts and ideas.
My final outcome was in response to the music ‘Free Jazz’, from this I got to the words, chased, trapped, overwhelmed, and anxiety. I feel my narrative reflects this.
The story, is about a goldfish in a boring fish tank that dreams about how life would be at sea. Only to realise that maybe it is safer in his little tank, after his dream turns into a nightmare. How ever at the end of the animation the dream comes outside the tank and breaks the ‘flow’. I am happy with the animation in terms of narrative and responding to my music. How ever, creating the animation and the technical side of things was much more challenging. I decided to use stop motion and a chalk board. I have come to realise just how time consuming stop motion is. Especially when you are using drawings ! It took me 312 drawings to complete this one. Each drawing took anything from a minute to 15. And even though this is a lot of time i understand that there are many things i have missed and could improve on. My main criticism, is the quality. This is through my own doing. Before i began my animation on istopmotion i didn’t select the correct setting. By the time i realised this, there was nothing that would significantly improve the quality that i could do. There also a few other glitches through out the animation, they are only small and i don’t want to point them out, as they probably aren’t noticeable until watched as many times as i have. One of the big glitches that annoys me so much, is the tank moving in some parts of the animation from where i have had to redraw it. But at this point i just don’t have enough time to correct it. The last major thing i would change is the fish tank it self, it’s not really a fish tank. Originally i considered this animation to be a practice, as I got further in to making it, i realised i wanted it to be my final.
This project has probably been my favourite so far, I know i have spent so much time on producing this animation, in return it has given me huge satisfaction watching the finished piece. I have developed so many new skills and have really gone outside my comfort zone. I wish i had more time to develop my ideas even further. Having said this, i think this would be a great subject to consider specialising in. This has lead me to an outcome i haven’t really come close to before. I think it’s something i will continue to explore in my own time.