Final Critique


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For the section that I chose to review there was not a lot of music involved in the animations. The last one, I think that Kaz produced is the only one that included a music track so I’m going to focus on her video to address the question  about constructing a musical experience.

The music is triumphant which provides a silly tone to co-exist with the simple visual elements. Without the soundtrack to accompany the video it plays with a single beat with no sense of humor (except for the little dude at the end of the video).Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 9.41.59 AM

For the other videos the sound effects heavily changed my interpretation of the video. A circle that divides into smaller circles now becomes a glass ball that shatters through the inclusion of sound effects. It creates this new interpretation of this circle because it creates a sound that I reference to another object made from glass and not pixels.

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I want to say that the inclusion of these sound effects enhance the visuals but I don’t know if this is what McCloud had in mind when it came to “amplification through simplification”. I guess by using these simple elements, the sound effects are more believable than if these objects were rendered more realistically. if a circle bobs around the edges of the screen and has a sound effect of a “Booing” to interact with- I believe that it’s a ball. If it were a detailed drawing of a vase doing the same actions and is included with the same sound effect than it wouldn’t appear as if the two elements co-exist.


final Project+ Reflection

It was strange how this project was both easy and difficult. Once I got a basic grasp on animating through Photoshop I found it fairly easy to play around with my figures and sound/music. Creating a piece within the art form of abstraction is what I really struggled with. I have created a few abstract paintings before but it’s not an art form I’m passionate about. I always feel that I am leaving too much out and I’m not communicating with my audience the way I want to.

Most of my video animation is just examples of my experimentation with Photoshop- seeing ways I can play with very simple tools.

Sound credit goes to PatrickLieberkind

Now that I know how to animate I want to push forward and start dabbling in flash and even create a short animation over my winter break.

Animation video- youtube


Reading response, animation

For my case study I watched the video by Sue-C. She used still images, live action animation, video recordings and I assume computer animation to assemble her video. When it comes to bringing out strong emotional or psychological response, there is only one component of the animation that brought that out of me. For example roughly 7 minutes in the video she repeats the words “Make me crazy”. Which invoked in me my own doubt of mental health and if I am crazy or not (I think everyone questions their own sanity). So for this to be successful, to pull out an emotional response, I think that the content has to be straight forward and not beat around the bush about the human experience. This was the least abstract part of the video that I viewed and it worked great. When it comes to abstraction… I have opinions. I think because it can be such a vague and aloof subject- representing anything and possibly nothing, I think it has to have some aesthetic appeal if the concept is difficult for the audience to grasp. For a lot of the video I didn’t have any psychological or emotional response because it felt to me random and up in the air. I know Sue-C will argue otherwise, that it has several different representations and possibly is a reflection of the human experience. But it’s difficult for me to relate to abstraction.


Werewolf Drafts

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This is my first sketch and out of all three it’s one of my favorites. However I want to redo the werewolf because it’s a reincorporated image that I didn’t alter too much. I think a background color like a dark/gray-blue would look good. The moons need their sizes altered as well so they don’t look like separate images.

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This one is kay. Not great but kay. I dislike the outline for the moon and the shapes but I do like the cut marks. Maybe they should be angled a little more and with more ridges. It also needs a background color other than white. I’m not sure this image does a good job communicating the purpose of the app.

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I like the concept of this one, it fits best with the purpose of the app. However there’s still a lot more that needs to be done with it. the human/werewolf shapes need their scale altered. I feel like they’re making the icon too bottom heavy. Background color needs to be added and I might try and use two human/werewolves instead of three. +background color!!!!

Werewolf App: The Moon Tracker

The Moon Tracker app is designed specifically for werewolves to help them keep track of their next transformation. The moon tracker app provides a moon chart that dates the next full moon. It also provides alarms and notifications that allows the werewolf to stay alert for their next transformation. The Moon Tracker app also provides safety tips on having a transformation that causes the least amount of damage to the community as well as their self.

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