I was nervous but also excited about undertaking this project. I was excited to do something that was completely my own idea, however I was nervous and probably not confident with the prospect of having to trust my own decision making. After discussing this with Alan in one of my tutorials I began to relax into the project and became more confident in making my own decisions. I also realize that I often complete projects like "shopping lists". Like Alan said I can take things "very literally" and become constrained by my ideas very quickly. Although I still work to a list, I do try to jump around a bit more and give myself some reflection time whilst doing some other tasks. I know that this is an area that needs further work but also recognise it is actually part of my nature.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating the concept Art for my project. The UPA theme has allowed me to break the boundaries of perfect lines, shapes and colours. I understand that not all of my work is abstract enough, which is something I hope to improve on before I come back in September.
Making my Animatic was difficult, as it was hard to get my shapes in time with the music! Despite this aspect it was really fun bringing my story to life and I look forward to making the adjustments to the shapes movement. Once I took a step back from it and having Alan and Phil give me advice I understood the issues with it and value their feedback.
I now see that the separation between the shapes and character is not working. It makes it less interesting and boring to watch him walk horizontally across the screen. I want to spend time on creating concept art which shows The Mountain King reacting with the shapes. Seeing as it is happening in his mind, I have thought that I could place the King in the abstract world!Almost as if he is in a fairground bedazzled, curious and engaged with all that is going on around him. This will give my story more depth and excitement. I think taking another look at the animations Alan and Phil suggested will help me to do this too.
Despite having to make changes in my project, I feel I've improved so much since Year 1 in terms of how quickly I do things and being more confident in my decision making. I am really looking forward to learning more skills and improving on the ones I already have in Year 3! I am proud of my achievements this year.