“BUILD A WORLD”
This week we started working on our “build a world” projects in completely new groups. The task includes creating a completely original world (it can literally be anything) in groups of 4 or 5 and eventually presenting the idea in front of the rest of the class.
Our lecturers gave each group in class about fifteen minutes to come up with ideas and then we were told to take those ideas we had come up with and create even more ideas. My group and I decided to go our separate ways and think of as many ideas as possible between us and then decide as a group, the best ones to combine.
“THE FACE WE PUT ON”
After reading the Japanese proverb about hiding one’s truest self, I’ve always wondered how interesting it would be to try and explore its meaning through images. The proverb goes like this:
‘The Japanese say you have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.’
I decided to create a character where their face says one thing (like the girl on the left) but their “true” face beside them says another (to the right). I feel like this concept could be developed into visually interesting designs, where there is a constant flow of interactions between different characters and their “true selves”.
“HIDING OUR HEAD IN OUR HANDS”
For this idea I tried to imagine where, in our heads, we go when we hide our face in our hands in times of great dismay or distress; a form of human escapism.
The images the individual is picturing in their mind is kind of like their “happy place”. This scene could be a great platform for a world within a world. I imagine there could be a story told within this new world that the main character is picturing, and maybe even eventually enter into somehow.
I am drawn to the subjectivity of the images.
“STRAIGHT LINE VERSUS SQUIGGLE”
This concept was very much inspired by Pixar and Disney shorts where they take simple everyday shapes/objects and give them life.
I thought it would be interesting to imagine the interaction between a straight line and a squiggle; highlighting their unique qualities by seeing how they compare and contrast with one another in different situations.
For example, the straight line has the ability to lay down and become a bridge to let others across a gap whereas the squiggle could not. Similarly, the squiggle could drill a hole in the ground whereas the straight line could not, unless pushed underground by another.
For this concept, I pictured a world of giant gnomes living and breathing as we humans do. However, the twist in the plot is that humans are gnome sized!
In the image, the narrative is that the old gnome has lifted up a small human girl in his hand with a look of disbelief. He is the first gnome to discover small people and finally all his theories and studies of the “fantasy” humans have come true!
I imagine this animation would work well in both 2D and 3D, it really just depends on what looks best on screen.
“A WORLD OF SILENCE (NO SPEECH)”
‘A world of silence’ was inspired by my love of contemporary dance and Glen Keane‘s study of a ballet dancer in ‘Nephtalie‘.
This concept is completely focused on the movement and expressions of the characters; telling the story completely in visuals rather than relying on sound and words.
I imagined with this animation idea there would be a huge focus on line and lighting to bring the characters to life. The two dancers depicted in my rough sketches are just a snapshot of the energetic, frenzied lines I would like to come through in the visuals to convey the initial concept.