In the second semester of my first year, I was given brief to make a short illustrated motion selected from a scene in any children’s tales. The motion has to be adapted into ‘adult version’, my teacher said. I think what he actually meant was to make it ‘horrified’ or ‘violent’. He loves to see blood, people fighting, people trapped in brick walls of insanity. He’s fed on our horror. He lives in the deepest darkest of the school building. He lives in our twisted minds.
Anyways, he’s a good decent man.
I chose to make an adaptation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the part where Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion went into the Emerald city to meet Oz but finally found out that he was, in fact, an ordinary man. But I wanted to take it up to another level, by turning it in to sci-fi.
There had to be at least 3 characters in this assignment. So I had to take out Scarecrow and only work on the 4 left, which are Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion and Oz.
First, I needed to plan the story board; how to convey the story, how the camera moves, how to cut through scenes, and more importantly, how to animate. I had to plan the face expression. For example, if I’m having Dorothy looking around the room, I had to separate her eye balls from her body, putting them in a different layer, so I can animate the eye balls without effecting the body layer. If I’m having her frown, then there would be another layer for the brows.
When the character painting is all done, it’s time to do the back ground, then throw everything in After Effects.
My story wasn’t set to be shot on just one flat back ground. I had to create a room, which means: 4 walls, a floor, and a ceiling. There a part where I got the camera move around as one of my character’s point of view. And there are scenes that the camera craned up and panned in another direction. You can’t shoot that on a flat background. It has to be on 3D mode. So I was paying attention with the setting a lot.
Like I always did, I had a great time making this piece of work, despite the fact that I slept only 4 hours during 4 days before due date and all I got to eat was bread and cold Mexican canned tuna because I didn’t have time to find food. Deadlines could be one painful thing, tell ya that.
I’m not used to painting digitally. So I was always struggling with it since I do not have my one painting style. At first I wanna make it realistic, a bit more sophisticate. But I figured it’d be more suitable for this project to be some sort of cartoon-y style. And I felt much more relaxed and I could really feel that I actually had more fun painting when I was relaxed.
I don’t know if you’ll ever notice where I might get my inspiration for set designs.
Well, here it is.
Don’t touch anything in the lab, ok?