Music in games and animation

This was a really interesting talk as I made us all think about music in games and animation. About how sound plays a key role and that it is important in player and audience satisfaction to sync it up with the right part in the visual. It made us think about sound and how it was more important than we though and not just to accompany the visual.
Here are my notes on the lecture;

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30 Second Animation

This is my 30 second animation which I created in response to a piece of music. Because I wanted something different and to be a bit more creative I asked my Friend Jess who is on a Sound course to create a 30second piece of sound for me. I asked her to but some beats in it so that I could have some main parts to animate too and I was really happy with the outcome that she gave me as It was just what I was after. Even though this animation was simple It was what I wanted to do as I went with the sound and shows my animation reacting to it. I like the way the paint moves in and out to the music but yet suddenly jolters out when the beat comes in. I am pleased with my first animation that I have done to sound.

Evaluation

Overall with our final piece I am happy with the outcome. We have shown experimental ideas and how the visual aspect can work with sound. I think the way we have created our final piece works really well with our sounds as we could be experimental and add different aspects and shapes into it connecting it with the sound even more. Overall in this project I have learnt more about sound and how it works with the visual content to create a film. I have learnt about lots more animation artists who are no the ‘normal’ animation artists who look at such as Disney, but others of which who it was very interesting to look at and see how they created their animations using what techniques. In researching these it has brooded my knowledge of animation techniques and how they are used in conveying messages through sound and visual.
I am glad we went with this abstract idea as Its different from what I have done before where I have concentrated on a particular and storyline instead of going for something that doesn’t follow a story but has freedom and isn’t controlled so can flow and go with ideas and things that happen as I animate. Experimenting with this idea has also informed me as I have learnt about how abstract pieces can look really good and work very well with sound, also how they can be manipulated and worked on to sync in with the music. This is why we did not create a storyboard for our final piece, as although we had a ruff idea as to what we wanted, there wasn’t a specific story or narrative that was could pre plan as we wanted to react to the music as it was playing not planning the actions but giving freedom to the music. We wanted to give a very experimental piece showing our reactions and thoughts to the music through abstraction.

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After filming our footage we then went into to city campus to start adding in the 2D elements of it. As we had issues in adding the shots into flash because they were such big files Dan was made role of the compositor and put the shots into after effects made the footage last for the correct amount of time that it had to be (1m30s) and then exported it so that me and Nicky could work on it in flash. To make the length of the video fit the time frame we had to slow down the shots, which at first we didn’t think was going to work and make it very jittery but it actually still worked and looked good, not being too slow to show the jitteriness of each frame but having the stop motion create effect.
Me and Nicky then worked on the piece in flash taking to turns to work on a piece, creating paint splatters with the music.
Because of the time shortage we had with creating this piece, and also because the final piece looked good with the flash images we decided to abandon the idea of the stop-motion shapes and just stick to what we had as I worked with the sound well already so we were comfortable and happy with leaving it as it was. Dan then had the role of the compositor.

Ideas Developing 2

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When speaking to our lecturer he first mentioned about how we could add a elements to our film so that it was black and white and then when the beats of the music came in or certain parts that stood out, colour would jump in and stand out from the black and white background, such as in Shinders List (A holocaust film created in 1993 by Steven Spielberg) and many photographers. But when coming to look at the piece once it had been created we decided that It actually looked good with the colour in there from the beginning as the colour was a main part in what we had created and had made sure looked and acted differently in the art work, taking this away would make it very boring and plain and the way it was at the moment was very bright and colour and also had character to it. Although I liked the idea I did think it wouldn’t work out with our final outcome, as we initially didn’t know how it was going to turn out.

Ideas Developing

So with filming planned for the Sunday we needed to get some paint and paper to use as the canvas. As a group we decided to do it at my flat because of the distance and easiness it was for all of our group to get there. As we started to set up for filming and was looking at camera positions we thought that instead of live action filming it we would stop motion each movement that Nicky made with the paintbrush putting paint onto the canvas. This would give it another animation effect and create a smooth but surreal look to make it flows and look creative, working with the way the paint would layer up on the page and how it could be captured. With me doing the filming instead of trying to take one frame at every moment I timed it so that with each action she did I held down the shot button on the camera which sent off continuous shots capturing every action that she did from starting to throw the paint to the paint being on the paper. I though as well as adding to the creative effect it would also leave an element of surprise to the piece as I didn’t know what the camera was going to capture as I had no control on what I could see it was going to take. But this was interesting as in some frames you see Nicky painting and in others the paint just appears as Nicky is put of the frame. In a certain shot you actually see her coming and working into the piece of work which we contemplated taking out because you couldn’t see the painting but looking over the footage it worked well and showed the graduation of the piece. As filming went on during the day other idea came to mind including the Gotye idea, which we though of as we were getting covered in paint!!