Saturday, 28 April 2007

Animatic Crit

Yesterday we had our animatic crit.
Here is my animatic.

At first i was planning to start with the mayor writing the letter in which he admits to the crime. Then as he writes we see what happened. Here is that version of the animatic.

But i cahnged my mind and the next version starts with the mayor beeing haunted by the girl's ghost, remebers the day of the crime, unable to cope with it he decides to set a trap for himself and writes the letter.

If anyone has any opinion on the animatic please tell me, I appreciate different opinions.

I am still working on the text to be added to the animatic.

I have just started communicating with an excellent composer. She likes the project and I love her work. I think it is dark and passionate.

Now I am working on the characters in Maya, in particularly the mayor.
I am also looking for an actor for the voice over.

This is a drawing of the tortured mayor, and above is also the mayor in his room peeking through the window knowing that the ghost will appear.

Saturday, 14 April 2007

Major Project for the National Gallery

I am undertaking a Character Animation course in Saint Martins in London. My past is in fine art; drawing, painting and making exhibitions, but even my paintings are dealing with movement.

I paint outside mostly cityscapes, movements of people and lights at night... I don't have much time to paint at this exact time. I am working on my final project for the course and I just had a baby :)) A little boy that insists on full attention.

My task is to make 1 minute long animation, inspired by a painting in the National Gallery.
I choose a painting that I have always liked, its 'A Woman bathing in a Stream' by Rembrandt.
It immediately reminded me of a story i have read a long time ago. A shocking story by Guy De Maupassant that i only partly remembered.

I looked up the story and found out i have forgotten bits of it. Here is a link to the original story 'Little Louise Roque'.

In summary the mayor who is also the biggest landowner in the place during a walk in the woods one day sees a young girl having a bath, he looses control and rapes her. He comes back to his senses when she starts crying and screaming. In trying to silence her he strangles her.

The murderer is never found. The mayor of course helps with investigating the crime, he owns the woods where she is killed and he is a friend of the magistrate.

Months pass, and he is tortured by nightmares. He is not a person who normally has a conscience, but hallucinations of the dead girl haunt him.

He can not sleep or eat. She is behind the curtains in his room and coming through the fields towards him..

He tries to commit suicide but just can't shoot himself. So he decides to set a trap for himself.
He writes a letter to his friend the magistrate admitting everything. So he will have to kill himself once he has sent the letter. After the letter is written he already feels better.
He sends it in the postbox and the whole mental anguish is gone. He feels new and strong.
And he was about to die, because he was afraid of a shadow.. So he changes his mind and doesn't want to die anymore.

But the letter is sent now, so he decides to wait for the postman and convince him to give him his letter back. The postman, notices that the letter is for the magistrate and doesn't want to give it back. The mayor tries to fight with him but the postman has a big stick. Finally the mayor runs off in distress and throws himself off the tower..

I only have 1 minute so I will have to severely shorten the story. I can only use the very main parts of it. In the story the girl is very young and the painting is a much older woman soI will probably make the woman younger.

I will only have 2 characters: the girl and the mayor. I was sad to get rid of the postman scene as it contains a lot of action, but it will make the animation far too long.

Here is my first sketch for the character design of the young woman. It will change because i have decided to make her younger since then.

Thursday, 5 April 2007

My Background

My past is in fine art ; drawing, painting and making exhibitions, but even my paintings are dealing with movement. I paint outside mostly cityscapes, movements of people and lights at night.

I don't have much time to paint at this exact time because of my studies but I will paint again over the summer.

For the more than 10 years now I have slowly been spending more time working in digital art, mostly 2D and 3D although I have tried a little video and photography as well I prefer digital animation. In 3D I began working with 3DS Max but quickly moved to Maya as I was told that it would produce what I wanted.

My main employment remained as an oil painter, although I undertook various 3D commissions as well, such as book covers and TV adverts. I made the decision to study in the UK in 2003, a masters degree in Interactive Media, my degree having been in Fine Art this would be a new direction. So I moved from my home in beautiful Paris to my unknown future in Southampton.

Little did I know that as well as meeting a lot of very inspiring people I would also meet my husband a lecturer and photographer. My main work here was my

Since finishing my MA I have been balancing a variety of different roles, University Lecturer, Web Designer, Artist, the list goes on. Life has been very kind to me, my University work keeps me thinking and exploring, web design pays my bills and art keeps my sane and pays for my holidays.

Now I felt that I need some training in animation, everything to date had been self taught and I knew there were gaps. After some research Saint Martin's seemed to be the winner so here I am and it's been very worthwhile so far!