I would have liked to have got to experiment more on after effects, but I missed the first session due to illness and could not attend another group’s because of a blood test. Then when I attended the other after effects workshops I just didn’t grasp it at all. I learnt a little in the second one, but did keep falling behind, and as for the third one I was completely confused the whole time, couldn’t keep up with the speed the group were working at, and felt rude asking the tutor to repeat every step he did, so I ended up not really taking anything away from that session. This meant I couldn’t really use the program at all for my project which was certainly a bit of a let down.
Luckily I had decided early on I wanted to experiment with stop motion, so it wasn’t completely necessary for my outcome, but I would’ve liked to have had the option. I still learnt how to use the program IStopMotion which I have never used before.
Although I struggled with the project and found it very difficult, I feel it has not been a wasted experience as I have learnt a lot about animation (and particularly stop motion) and tried things I have not before. I was amazed at how long it took me to create just a second of animation! I was not 100% pleased with my outcome and don’t think it is the best thing I have ever created, but as it is the first time I’ve ever tried animation and considering how hard I found it I wasn’t expecting it to be great, and I still had fun making it.
The words I was trying to represent in my animation were ‘Jovial, light-hearted and leisurely’, I feel I managed to achieve this to a certain extent. The animation is certainly jovial and light-hearted as it is quite playful and makes me smile when I watch it. There are parts of the animation that are leisurely, such as when the sliced fruit sway from side to side, but there are other parts that I feel could’ve done with being a bit slower- however then I wouldn’t have been able to fit all the movement in to the 30 second time slot.