The Aphorist

Production blog for the animated short, as part of a project set by the Bristol School of Animation. For questions, suggestions and feedback, hit ask. - Jack
Reiteration and colour key for the window scene. Will be used as a placeholder - this scene is currently too far from completion

Reiteration and colour key for the window scene. Will be used as a placeholder - this scene is currently too far from completion

animationsmears:

“Adventure Time - The Chamber of Frozen Blades” (2011)

animationsmears:

“Adventure Time - The Chamber of Frozen Blades” (2011)

Amy Cane voice acted the Aphorist’s lines, and did a wicked job! She pulls off the clinical supermarket announcer and sickly sweet overseer incredibly well.
There are accident announcements and work-related aphorisms by Alex Trebak, Maya Angelo, Robert Louis Stevenson, Swami Sivananda and Pablo Picasso. Louis Tucker, (a music tech student at UWE) helped me to process the vocal lines for a disgusting supermarket tannoy sound: slight crunch of a hard limiter, subtle delay and a roll off the low end eq.
I used the same microphone and interface setup to record the guitar lines and foley. The condenser was so sensitive that I only needed to open my window at the right time of day to pick up a load of traffic noise. Foley was created for the industrial environment by hitting/dropping everyday objects (DVD cases, pastry packs and empty cans) onto the desk next to the microphone, slowing them down by 60%ish and adding reverb/eq to make them sound badass. Running a tin accross a radiator and slowly unzipping a bag worked extremely well once processed to portray the sound of gargantuan industrial machines, such as the giant magnet which plucks worker’s sleeping pods from the hive.

Amy Cane voice acted the Aphorist’s lines, and did a wicked job! She pulls off the clinical supermarket announcer and sickly sweet overseer incredibly well.

There are accident announcements and work-related aphorisms by Alex Trebak, Maya Angelo, Robert Louis Stevenson, Swami Sivananda and Pablo Picasso. Louis Tucker, (a music tech student at UWE) helped me to process the vocal lines for a disgusting supermarket tannoy sound: slight crunch of a hard limiter, subtle delay and a roll off the low end eq.

I used the same microphone and interface setup to record the guitar lines and foley. The condenser was so sensitive that I only needed to open my window at the right time of day to pick up a load of traffic noise. Foley was created for the industrial environment by hitting/dropping everyday objects (DVD cases, pastry packs and empty cans) onto the desk next to the microphone, slowing them down by 60%ish and adding reverb/eq to make them sound badass. Running a tin accross a radiator and slowly unzipping a bag worked extremely well once processed to portray the sound of gargantuan industrial machines, such as the giant magnet which plucks worker’s sleeping pods from the hive.

Ahahahaha, it’s amazing looking back at the test shots from 10 weeks ago and seeing how much has changed. In this screen I had experimented with importing Photoshop’s 3D files into After Effects. Not only does the title look poor, but the colossal file meant that rendering would take over an hour for 7 seconds. Compensated for this by rendering a few stills in photoshop and saving them as pngs. Yet more reasons to get into Maya over the summer.

Ahahahaha, it’s amazing looking back at the test shots from 10 weeks ago and seeing how much has changed. In this screen I had experimented with importing Photoshop’s 3D files into After Effects. Not only does the title look poor, but the colossal file meant that rendering would take over an hour for 7 seconds. Compensated for this by rendering a few stills in photoshop and saving them as pngs. Yet more reasons to get into Maya over the summer.

—ditched

Extract from an arrangement I ditched because it was far too melancholy and unfitting for the intro scene.

Violin sample pack provided by Idk1609 - http://www.freesound.org/people/ldk1609/

Cello sample pack provided by Claire Fitch - http://www.fitchsounds.com/freestuff.php

Arranged in audacity.

The music I wrote for the ‘choice’ scene might seem overly bright - fingerpicked guitar tuned to DADGAD with a bittersweet vibe - but I want the audience to genuinely believe that when the boy sees the exit, he can escape. Hence, the reiteration from when the window looked accross a vast expanse of ocean; if it is plausible for him to escape, it is more of a shock that he turns his nose up at the idea.

One of the larger backgrounds, learned a lot doing this!

One of the larger backgrounds, learned a lot doing this!

animationsmears:

Y’know that Tom and Jerry smear posted a few pages back? Well, I think i found the direct inspiration for that frame.
From “Millionaire Droopy” (1956)

Gahaha, I love smears. Expect to see some over-indulgent ones in the finished product!

animationsmears:

Y’know that Tom and Jerry smear posted a few pages back? Well, I think i found the direct inspiration for that frame.

From “Millionaire Droopy” (1956)

Gahaha, I love smears. Expect to see some over-indulgent ones in the finished product!

Paintin’ some pngs

Paintin’ some pngs

Some ridiculous propaganda that the population eat up without question. Plot devices like these illustrate the state of the fictional world within my time constraint. Hopefully viewers will pick up on the signs littered around

Some ridiculous propaganda that the population eat up without question. Plot devices like these illustrate the state of the fictional world within my time constraint. Hopefully viewers will pick up on the signs littered around