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Keyframing and Production Planning

October 28, 2016 in ENO Project

Our group had a meeting with the ENO clients last Wednesday. Zuzanna and I stayed on Tuesday until late into uni trying to figure out how we could change some scenes for the better in our Animatic. We also discussed what we could do layoutwise to put into the newer animatic as a comparation how the final screenshot are going to look like.

When we showed Chris and Natasha on Wednesday our animatic, they seemed to like it which was good because we did not need to change the storyboard anymore.

What we need to focus now is to time the animation and shot change with the music we chose for it. Also we need to find a fitting piece for the beginning as for the animation to work better. Another issue we need to focus, is where exactly in the animation the dream- like sequence starts.

Next week on Monday Zuzanna and me are going to meet up and work out the issue with timing for our animatic.

Zuzanna and me realised that  we could do something with the Chess floor and make an appearance for it since the beginning.

Thursday we acted out the entire storyboard and also started keyframing some shots. Fan does the keyframes for Partenope, I do the ones for Rosmira/Eurimene and Zuzanna keyframes Arsace.

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Kelvin is in charge of animating some of the effects and Valerio will Keyframe the suitors and helped to create the Layout pan for the shadow chase.

I listed in the meantime every shot for the animation so I can put a Production Plan with deadlines on the weekend, because the deadlines are not too far away:

25th November: Neat Cut (meet with client)

9th December: DEADLINE – HAND IN

13th December: Show

 

ENO Pitch: Lulu (Part 2)

October 19, 2016 in ENO Project, uncategorised

Here are some of the Concept Art Pictures that were presented at the Pitch last friday (14.10.2016).  My project wasn’t chosen, but it reached me quite a bit about pitching and to move on if your project isn’t chosen.

At least, it is something for my portfolio and it showed me how to work under pressure. All images were created in a time span of a week, so I am quite happy about jaw they turned out. 🙂

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Right now, I was chosen to work on Zuzanna Odolczyk’s Partenope Project which is called “Shadow Play” along with Valerio Vigano, Fan Jia and Kelvin Francis.

ENO Pitch : Lulu

October 10, 2016 in ENO Project, uncategorised

It’s been less than a week since I’m back and we are already expected to pitch our project Idea to the ENO people. After spending 3 months back at home (which was good) I recovered and also had enough time to come up with a decent idea for the project pitch.

We need to present our idea to Shelly Page and the ENO representatives by the end of this week. Over summer, we had to choose between 3 Operas:

  1. The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan
  2. Lulu by Alban Berg
  3. Partenope by Handel

At the beginning I wanted to do something fun after such a depressing disease project back in June, so I started doing my research for Pirates of Penzance. I loved the jolly and catchy music and watched the entire Opera and as well as the 1983 Film that was released. I recommend it to everyone, it is such a well staged film with a lot of surprises and great actors, as well as stage design. Spoilers: Angela Landsbury and Kevin Kline are part of this marvellous cast.

Here is the link:

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…UNFORTUNATELY…

as much as I tried to come up with Ideas, I did not find one that I liked. The main problem I had with this opera was that there were way too many characters and all characters were too 1-dimensional. All of them were quite a bit stereo typish for my taste and felt helpless.

So I put this Opera aside and had a look at Lulu.

As Lulu was originally written in German (my second language) I managed to find a script online and had a read through. While reading I immediately had an Idea for it which was a bit complicated but as well very dramatic and powerful. I did not need more time to think wether I’m taking this Idea or not.

So I started my research on this one, watched the entire Opera in German and William Kentridges stage design. I loved the complexity of the main Character and how she was a 3-dimensional Character. Lulu is the protagonist of the Opera and is a victim of society as well as the aggressor of the entire play.

Here are some of the sketches I started working in August, just a few concept ideas:

 

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