Before I started animating I decided to act the scenes out to test out the different camera angles and get an idea of how to make the animation believable, especially the characters.
I then did a few tests:
In the original animatic the panacea was on a plain white background so I changed it to a cushion on a column as I thought it would be visually more interesting. I also realised that the transition between the girl looking at her hands and
This is the final storyboard
Timing: I timed the animation so that the panacea is knocked away representing the fact that the panacea is not a cure and I also timed it to make sure that the teacher appeared when the speaker says that it is a powerful tool and when she says “deployed intelligently” it cuts to the girl as an example of design being used intelligently.
For the panacea I decided to experiment with different colours for both the background and the panacea using the colour palette I created.
I decided that the panacea looked best in pink and I added a label to make it look fancy.
I then experimented with the backgrounds and decided that blue was best.
Then i created some sparkles and placed it upon a column to make it appear magical.
I also made props for the children, not all of which were used and the book. I decided to create a logo that would represent design. It is seen in the classroom scene on the projection on the board of the classroom. The colour purple represents the power of design.
We decided to come up with a finalised colour palette for our animation.
Alice and I made a photoshop file with different colour swatches and then we assigned colours for each person:
(1st scene): Marie Curie making potion in a lab:
Suffragist march scene:
Land army scene:
(Final scene) “Use it’s Power Wisely” scene:
We took inspiration from the following artists:
1. Scott Benson
2. Vesa Sammalisto
3. Meomi Design
5. Alexander Vidal
6. Rubber House Studio
We like how their work is fun, and their use of colour is effective.
We all agreed that the colours were perhaps to bright so I changed the vibrancy on Photoshop which made the colours better:
This week we each worked colour palettes. We all really liked the idea of a simple colour scheme.
I also really liked the colours posters used during the Woman’s rights movement and I thought that it would be interesting to use these colours in our animation so I collected posters for Woman’s Suffrage used during the and the Land Army and picked out the colours they used on photoshop and placed them by the poster.
Then we made a few changes and I did this storyboard:
I then decided to change the camera shots a little and I ended up with this storyboard which was used to create my part of the animatic
After we had created a final storyline we designed some characters. These are some of the characters I created:
Some of them are inspirations of women from the 19th century and the rest are based on the women from the 40s. The first character is based on Rosie the Riveter. With all the characters I decided to experiment with shape and form. Some of the characters would be too complicated to animate so I decided to simplifly them. I really like the characters that have sharp angles to them. The thin stick-like character was an experiment I did to see how much I could take away from the form and still have a character with personality, I quite like it. The last character, the short and squat woman was the character that the group liked best and it was more similar to the other designs they had done.
We combined some of the features from our character designs and ended up with these characters created with separate vector limbs in Illustrator by Chanel)