This is the second attempt of the animatic where I added more drawings to explain what was going on better and added colour. I attempted to colour the whole thing to try and make it easier to tell the characters apart but didn’t quite make it in time for the next crit.
The way it is just now it is still too confusing. I think the next step would be best to leave the storyboarding just now and make a plan of the layout. I am going to draw out a rough sketch of the whole landscape and place the characters in it and map out where they will go in the story baring in mind the 180 degree rule. Hopefully once that is done the storyboard will be easier to go back to.
I really love the look of the Disney Xerox era where the animators pencil lines were transferred directly onto cel to be coloured rather than cleaned up. I especially love it when their construction lines creep into frames in the film like in these screenshots below.
Another style that has influenced my decision to keep my more sketchy approach as oppose to flash for this project is the work of Niko Henrichon in the graphic novel “Pide of Baghdad” by Brian K. Vaughan. His artwork in this comic is stunning, I would love so much to see it animated.
I’ve taken to listening to Owl City while working on this project. There’s something so whimsical, fun and just cute about their music. Id love the music for my film to be like theirs! An acoustic score with vocals and synthpop during the credits would be really nice.
I’ve also been thinking about the sound effects for my film. I don’t want to limit Fruut’s sound effects to just pigeons, there are so many cute animal sounds out there that I think would work great in bringing him a voice, such as foxes and cheetahs.
Iv also been considering trying to do the noises for Fruut myself instead of recording the actual animal sounds, I thought this could work well in humanising him. When it comes to this sort of thing Frank Welker is the man! When your watching a cartoon with animal sounds in it, chances are its him doing them.
I’m really looking forward to Joanna Quinn’s workshops this week! 😀