Athletes of the Heart: session 7

We have continued animating and editing, filling our 30 seconds with short fast clips. We want our clips to move simultaneously with the music, but to achieve this we have to play them over and over; when your clips are practically flashing past, this can strain your eyes. However, I am really happy with what we have done so far.

Today we tried multi-plane animation. Using a piece of glass we, shot a background plane though the glass, and a foreground plane on top of the glass. This brought our animation from just being just two dimensional into being three dimensional, Creating depth and a more interesting visual experience.

We have taken inspiration from the above animation by Clive Walley. He works on multiple planes of glass, which he slowly adds creating multi layered moving images.
Our multiplane is not going to be this extravagant but we wanted to give it a go.

This is our first attempt (below), but we chose to start again, from two small blobs, rather than a blob and a square.

We have chosen to focus the camera only on the surface of the glass, making the background blurry. The background is thick blue paint, which we have be moving around between each frame. The result is subtle, but you can see the light reflecting off the moving wet paint, which is quite magical. The foreground paint, on the glass, is going to be pink/red and yellow. The animation started in a more minimal way, making single blobs of paint appear to travel across the frame. The is a very different style of animation from what we have been doing so far, but should add a level of interest to our piece. The small blobs of paint slowly move around the frame, meeting in the middle, where they blend together and expand, filling the frame.

There are two more sections of ‘clicking’ which need to be filled. The first is going to be another sequence of repetitive flashing painted animation, but, since we have the ending to the whole musical composition, we have decided to do something a bit different for the very end. We are going to compile some sections from everyone else’s animations along with our own, and edit together a kind of reflection of everyone’s work to sum up and make a strong ending. Our multi-plane animation works really well as a transition between the two remaining sections. We have sped it up and played it backwards, so that the paint appears to retreat, before going into the final compilation of clips.

Because we are running out of time, at the end of the day I stayed behind to record a small section of animation to fill our final painted section. My aim was to create something a bit different from or other clips, but that still flowed and fitted with our overall style.

I went for a kind of dotted wave effect.The paint appears in dots flowing down the screen, in a fashion which remains me of yellow rain.


Author: Crisiant Williams

I am a Fine Art student, studying at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

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