Tuesday, 8 May 2012


At the very start of this project i was excited to work in a group for the first time on this course. I was very nervous and unnsure whether i personally would handle group pressure and the amount of work,because i wasn't as skilled in Animating and producing 'clean' lines.
In the first few days of the project my director Joel decided to give me and my team mate the job of animating 10 seconds each after i requested not to be on clean up,of the main animation, he personally would be on clean up.I found i was given little information on how to do each scene of my 10 seconds so i decided to follow the animatic the best i could.
 One of the first mock up animations i did was to follow the animatic scene by scene adding inbetweens to produce more of a animation, it proved difficult because at the time i only just started to use a wacom.From this mock up i produced individual scenes to start animating the best i could such as the 'robots face expression' which my director approved of alot.
Most of the scenes i created where used and cleaned up by my director but over the weeks i personally felt that me and my other team mate were given a unfair amount of animation each,half and half,as my director was waiting on us to cleam up.
My other team mate did not for most of the project produce any work and my director had to begin animating his scenes for him,this put pressure on me because my director was clearly a faster and better animator then i.i found at my skill level that half the animation was alot to handle although i decided to stick with my job because the weeks ticked on.Over the weeks i committed as much time and effort as possible to my job in the group,i was slow at animating and did struggle with how to go about a somewhat 3D character in 2D animating.
Watching my director over the project animating the scenes my team mate didn't along with cleaning up i questioned why he did not at least split the whole animation three ways? it was clear at his personal skill he could produce work more effectively.
Eventually the inevitable came and i was harshly targetted by my director and someone who wasn't in our group,calming i was lazy and not skilled enough be be on this course,it was unfair and effected my confidence in the group alot, i defended this statement saying it was far from laziness and it is actually not personally being as fast or as skilled as them.
Regardless i continued my work consistantly.Nearer to the deadline i found my director nit-picked to much on accepting my work for him to clean up, i also asked the question- if you are not happy with it,please replace it yourself,as i had alot of other scenes to finish that he persistently kept adding and adding to. Eventually my director employed people outside our group without me knowing until little bits of my work were replaced without asking or my consent,i personally wouldnt of minded if i was told first,though nearly all my work was used in the end.
Over all the animations i am most happy about are my robot walk,robot face expression and snowman because i animated them the smoothest,all my animations were produced on Flash,i produced 2 clean ups,1 with help from my director. my job was to do the second 10 seconds of the sting roughly to be cleaned up,i feel i have done this job to the best of my ability regardless that i had little to work with and lack of information, As for my Director i personally felt he was constantly confused on what he wanted and who produces what making my job difficult,it is vital to be a leader if it is your animatic which is chosen to become a animation.
the last minute animations i had to do were clean ups from two of the scenes from my original 10 seconds,these were not meant to be cleaned up by me,but regardless,i completed these clean ups myself and was happy to do so for the sake of completing the project, i am quite happy with the result of all my work and feel confident that i have done enough even though i was at first given alot to take on,it has opened my eyes,so i feel i should not complain if this amount of work has helped me,which it has. ON completion of our final sting i noticed over half the animation used was mine,backing up the fact i was personally given a large amount to do,but im pleased i did do alot of the animation now as it has develpoed me more as a animator and person.
ive learnt from this group project that i personally have made progress and realised that you cannot simply be left alone when you should have guidance when working for someone else,but its also taught me to get work done faster for the sake of a team as i did make the mistake of being a perfectionist.

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