We had a daily activity where we worked in groups. The activity didn’t go that well, so we felt that we needed to show that we can work together. I really think we learned a lot about each other just from that small 1 hour activity.
People in the group:
Mats Hovind - http://matshovind.weebly.com/
Knut Eliassen -http://luvmachine.weebly.com/index.html
Jan Kristian Sætre -http://janki3d.weebly.com/index.html
Andreas Magnussen - u are here!
I kinda fell into a position in the group as the group leader, the one who arranged meetings and made sure people were where they supposed to be. I didn’t mind that at all, because I am not afraid to push others to do their best. I am organized person who likes to have control on what I am working with. But when things don’t goes as intended, I try to keep my head cool and still get the job done. I have to admit that I got stressed out a couple of times, but the others helped me get back on track.
The time for this project was about 1 week, but in that time range, we had to make an animatic too. So we felt that we had to decide what treatment we should make the storyboard from, and this was big decision and a tricky part.
We had 3 treatments, all very different. 2 of em was meant for a 1 min animation, and the last one was a bit longer, about 5-10 min long story. But the main idea here was so good, that we chose to pick parts from it, and make in shorter so we would manage to make a storyboard in the given time. We brainstormed for about 1 hour before Knut started to write the 1st draft for the treatment, and rest of us started on the first draft for the storyboard.
So we took the weekend off from the project and met up at Monday. We had a couple of new ideas and made some more changes, but not before we had it discussed properly. And I mean properly. Just one small discussion about one small shot could go on for an hour or so.
Been a lot for writing. I am now going to try to show how we took the different decisions about camera angles and why we chose to do things differently than the first draft.
The thought here was to let the viewer see the spaceships leave and the plant explode in one scene. We wanted the ships to pass the camera so you could see the details close up, but still see the earth in the background.
This was a key scene. We wanted to show many people in pods who where in hibernation and show that the captain was alone. So we wanted it to finished we a wideshot to show all the people and him standing in front of them. We got this idea that we could zoom in on of the pods and then zoom out to the wide shot.
The first draft:
Here we wanted him to wake up from the dream/flashback. He had to wake up from something that showed him that they had discovered a new planet they could live on. Tried a longshot before we had an insert of the radar.
The first draft:
The second draft:
In this scene a meteor was going to hit the ship. I thought of a long shot so you get this big epic feeling.
This is where he gets in to the section. I had the idea that he was standing in the door. A longshot.
This is where the section is let go and drift out to the space.
The end was a bit tricky. At first we didn’t have any real end, we made one where someone is coming out their pods and overview of the many people staring at their new home.
The second draft:
After we had decided that we were happy with the final draft, we divided up in 2 teams. Knut and I was going to the drawing, while Jan Kristian and Mats was going to look forward for the animatic and start to get the timing right.
Since Knut has great experience when it comes to digitally drawing, we chose to go for that. I haven't done specially much of that, so it was a bit scary for me, but a exciting challenge. We started off with a blast and drew a lot the first day. But we did a big mistake, the drawings were to detailed and we used so much time on each drawing. This meant that we had to draw for a longer time than we really had time to. 12 hours a day.
I drew something for the storyboard, and showed it to Knut. He mentioned that highlights was missing, and the image overall was to "flat". I couldn’t really understand why that would make my images awesome, but I could clearly see that something was missing after seeing some of his sketches. So I went ahead and tried to add highlights and a much darker shadow color, and actually thinking of where the light is coming from. This helped a lot.
I also love the part where the section drifts away into the space. The camera movement isn't big, but you can see that the section is going further and further away, but the viewer is still on the ship and have to leave him behind.
The angles at the end is also delightful. A mysterious end for the story. I think that we did a good job one this part.
I don’t really think I would done anymore big changes. Just some more of the running to show how big the ship is and maybe add some more at the end of people coming out.
Group work VS workload.
I want to reflect a bit at the end. This was a group project where we didn’t have very much spare time and I am completely sure of that everyone on the group knew that. When I am in a group, I know that people expect something of me and I am surely expecting something from the one I work with. If I get a task, I give it 100% of my attention and I do my best. If don’t know how I will make it, I talk to the other on the group and get help as fast as possible. I don’t show up the day it should be done, and say I couldn’t do it.
In one way I am happy and really pleased with the result we did here, but I am also a bit pissed and upset. The quality of the drawings are really nice looking, but we miss some frames to make the storytelling a bit clearer. We would have had time to that if everyone on the group and worked hard. It wouldn’t even be necessary to work hard, he could just worked a bit more and we would have made the whole project flawless.
Some of us worked 12 hours each day. I don’t say that I expect that from everyone, but I expect them to work dedicated and to show up on time. When people don’t do their job, the job falls down to someone else on the group. One person can drag the whole group down.
I really think that a group project shows what kind of people they are. I am really proud of the work I did one this one. I have learned a lot and done my best to get this project done. A big part of this group did a good job.