Links to task posts;
We discussed shorts with a competitive narrative – of two characters both opposite and equal, normally ending with an acceptance of one another. We noted use of opposites in the mise-en-scene, colours, lighting that also accompany each character to highlight their differences to later incorporate into our animation.
Specifically, the ‘Chipotle’ advert and ‘Day and Night’ (2010, dir. Teddy Newton) were the initial inspiration for the staging of our short. Later, we researched further into the symmetrical and opposite placement of two ideas within a frame – mainly studied Wes Andersen’s films;
Here is the link the WES ANDERSEN RESEARCH doc Shannon and I produced.
The final years gave us more references for our short. There were no shortage of references for this type of narrative which was great;
Shot reverse shots emphasizing differences and hostility between the characters through camera, and fast paced editing progressively building their competitivity;
CHARACTER DESIGN RESEARCH
Here is the WINDOW CLEANING RESEARCH link.
With feedback from the animatic presentation and our own design preferences we decided to base a style from Dr Seuss illustrations and films. Obscure volumes of the houses and the negative space within the houses. ‘Horton Hears a Who’ (2008, dir. Steve Martino) and ‘The Lorax’ (2012, dir. Chris Renaud). The quirky designs would accompany the jovial interactions between the characters and create a surreal-scape for which such characters and a weird ending could take place.
Production designs for ‘Horton hears a Who’ by Willie Real;
Once-ler’s house on the edge of toppling over with stacked rooms – fun disregard of practicality and gravity.
Here is our PRESENTATION LINK – we compiled our animation research and I wrote explanations in the speaker notes in this presentation.