PART I – Climate change Project Duration: 3 Weeks
Submission Date: 23d November 2020
1. MOOD BOARD
I assembled different images related to climate change to see other viewpoints of the natural worlds. I mainly focused on two main points: climate change by human and climate change by natural factors. Firstly, I realized that human beings mainly cause climate change. People try hard to make the new materials to lengthen Earth’s overall life span, but it turns to failure and brings more significant catastrophes. For example, in the movie Snowpiercer, human blasted the target to the sky to release the overall temperature. However, the Earth turns to super cold that no one can hide from coldness. Secondly, climate change by natural factors—for instance, volcanic eruptions and ocean currents. However, there are limitations in describing relations and interactions between humans and nature, which lose concentration.
Bibliography CLIMATE-CHANGE NOUN – DEFINITION, PICTURES, PRONUNCIATION AND USAGE NOTES | OXFORD ADVANCED LEARNER’S DICTIONARY AT OXFORDLEARNERSDICTIONARIES.COM
In-text: (climate-change noun – Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes | Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com, 2020)
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2 – 1. PRIMARY RESEARCH
I visited the Botanical garden as a primary study. In this study, I would like to focus on tropical rainforests located in South America.
Before jump to climate change, I have to get a sense of peace of inspiration to use them for final projects. Therefore, I visited two prominent natural places in Cambridge: Paradise local Nature Reserve and Botanical garden. In Paradise local Nature Reserve, I took pictures of both animals and the natural viewpoints surrounding them. When I visited the Botanical garden, I could see the small gallery where displays various scientific exhibitions. I first saw that site on the BBC broadcast. Furthermore, I heard that that place is for researching natural features and make new eco-friendly products assembling DNA.
2 – 2. SECONDARY RESEARCH
Books and documentaries that I read and watched
As a secondary research, I watched the documentary’An Inconvenient Truth’ lectured by Al Gore. I read’WHAT’S REALLITY HAPPENING TO OUR PLANET’ to find out the specific greenhouse effect index. Both have described Earth’s problems, including global warming.
I read two books to identify the causal relationship between plants and climate change and to study specific plant roles and characteristics.
Through the above data survey, I confirmed that plants are one of the ways to solve climate change. Therefore, I think that if I use these elements in reverse to construct the story, I can develop a bizarre story.
3. SYNOPSES of my story
4. Concept art
4 – 1 . Thumbnail drawings – Watercolour
I visited Paradise local Nature in Cambridge to get inspiration. It was a great opportunity, but as I don’t know the basics of plants, It would better to research in detail later.
Ferocactus pilosus (the Mexican Lime Cactus): The ridged edges of many succulent stems allow expansion space. The plant can balloon rapidly to store when it rains. The ridges slowly contract as water reserves are used up. Inspired by the round cactus, I painted a cactus monster that quickly sprouts thorns when threatened, protecting it from predators.
Some have broadly-flattened stems, rather like leaves. New fresh ‘pads’ of Opuntia are produced after rain. These types of cactus are made up of many stems, so I’ve attached countless eyes.
Agave parryi (Arizona, New Mexico) : Agave parryi have waxy leaves. The dense, blue-green waxy coating reduces water loss. Cactus made of jelly like aloe has a abundant effect, but it was intended to express a cactus withered yellow because there will no water as a cactus monster.
I’m not sure the type of this flower. Crocosmia(?): They have colourful inflorescences of 4 to 20 vivid red and orange subopposite flowers on a divaricately (horizontally) branched stem. -WIKI This plant with intense reddish colors is reminiscent of a sharp knife.
Borassus flabellifer: Borassus flabellifer is -WIKI Robust tree and can reach a height of 30 metres (98 ft). The trunk is grey, robust and ringed with leaf scars; old leaves remain attached to the trunk for several years before falling cleanly. I considered the humanities factor. Tree leaves are similar to fan leaves, but I thought they were closer to hair. It would be interesting to realize the image of a tree monster washing his hair with rainwater. All of the plants pictures above were taken with a digital camera myself in the Botanical Garden. I then drew the foundation on watercolor paper with ink pen and then painted with watercolor.
Before producing the final game for Part 2, I drew the concept designs in thumbnail size. The basic idea dealt with trees parasitic in the human body. Although the illustrations are bizarre and childish, they have been a great help in forming the overall idea.
I discovered one of the new ways to create animation. It is an animation using Photoshop, and unlike the previous method of drawing frames one by one, it was a more convenient method because when I draw one, the next frame to be drawn is immediately visible. I mainly focused on the simple bizarre image. The process of turning an ordinary tree into a monster was drawn within 12 frames. Unlike animation using a puppet, it was cumbersome that I to have to paint colours one frame by frame.
Several versions were drawn to design the heroine in Synopses. I also had to pay attention to the change of lines and the use of colors. The characters using simple and stiff lines were extremely bizarre, but I decided that they were not suitable for animation production. On the other hand, it was difficult to bring bizarreness from characters who implemented specific lines and steps of contrast, but it was rather effective in animation production.
To draw a new concept art, each piece of paper was cut and pasted on one piece of paper to create a layered effect. To give contrast, the main character (player) was painted blue, and the wood monster was highlighted in red.
4 – 2 . Thumbnail drawings – Digital
I drew several drawings to get different inspirational images. It was successful in forming different characters. However, as it indicates the whole various topics, it was inappropriate to develop climate change-related characters. As I created potential characters, I’ll use five of them and make them in detail. I chose a soldier with a tree arm, grotesque fish that has humanistic body parts, moving furniture, and the polar bear with female body parts.
5 – 1. Character designs
I proceeded with the intermediate sketching process based on one of the thumbnail pictures I drew earlier. I tried to select ‘Soldier’ as the main character, and I drew a present-futuristic soldier who can fight in nature. I got inspiration from existing soldiers.
5 – 2. Character designs
The concept of the drawing is that a soldier was infected by the parasite tree and was injured. I precede drawing in detail a soldier whom I outlined earlier. It was successfully described but did not come across to my mind as the overall pose, and the facial features are a bit simple. It would better to change the pose as dynamic as well. Besides, I drew an Australian soldier who exists, not the character I imagined, so if I select it as the final character, I have to change the design and face.
6. Final character
In forming main character, I got inspiration from William Laud’s portrait displayed on Fitzwilliam Museum. The inspiration for the use of color came from Akira. The use of achromatic color made the overall atmosphere of the film dark and bizarre.
I designed the final character to be used in the animated sequence of Part 1. Initially, I tried to create a young woman as a motif, but I thought a more middle-aged character was suitable for action performing. The skin color was inspired by the Japanese anime’Akira’ and’Ghost in the Shell’. When painting, by deliberately lowering the saturation than the basic color, I was able to increase the realism and concentration of the painting. The skin color was infected by the tree and turned purple, and the eyelids and lips were emphasized with red. I thought that the overall face shape would be between Asian and European. The eye design inserted the typical British eye (William Laud’s eye). I like the final design quite a bit, and I plan to draw more illustrations in various poses.
The disaster god of Princess Mononoke inspired the wood monster character. Also, the god of disaster (left) and the banyan tree(right) in India have similar characteristics. They are both considered gods derived from nature. Therefore, it has the characteristic of totemism. The banyan tree’s height is about 30m, and not only the branches constantly spread from one tree, but also several roots from one branch come out and quickly become like a forest. In other words, when a branch is stretched out and bent and touches the ground, it will take root and grow again. So, it looks like a bunch of trees, not just a single tree. In India, it is usually regarded as a Buddha.
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Banyan. [online] Available at: < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banyan> [Accessed 19 October 2020].
I designed a monster formed by intertwining many trees and tree roots.
I designed a tree infected person. The host’s body inflates like a balloon, and trees grow on it.
I drew a monster whose branches of a tree turned into human hands. The use and composition of colors is boring and not fun. It would be good to recreate it later with a similar concept.
7. LOCATION DESIGNS
Environment drawing – digital
As the background drawing, got inspiration from the Korean webtoon series called HIVE. In that story, because of the climate change, as Glacier melted, the quantities of oxygen increased. Therefore the giant insects appeared and attacked human beings and their inhabitants.
Inspiration from HIVE
The basic story of HIVE, one of Korea’s famous webtoons, is as follows: As the Arctic ice melted due to climate change, the large supply of oxygen made insects too large as in the Jurassic period. However, it turned out that giant insects were artificially manipulated in a secret laboratory. The story is about climate change, and it was a good webtoon to get morphs in environmental design because the buildings and people who became hosts of bugs appeared through the story.
BEFORE MAKING STORYBOARDS
7. Story board
Rough Story board
The overall storyboard will consist of 24 to 30 scenes. Before creating the final storyboard, I made a storyboard using rough sketches. I tried to make the movement as dynamic as possible.
Final Story board
To exaggerate the grotesque atmosphere, I just use black and white colors. She is shooting her gun and the bullets explored when it meets the monster.
After she destroyed the monster, she goes into the forest and sees her face through the water. Unfortunately, it is so hard to understand the overall story without annotation.
The main character is looking at her face through the water. However, some grotesque creatures come into her mouth and she swallows it. Then she suddenly climes the tree. Scenes two and three look too rough that is herd to understand for the first time.
In this scene, the main character is climbing a tree however, suddenly a tree branch is broken and a woman falls. To help the viewer understand it, I tried to draw it in great detail, and an impressive image was created using cartoonish elements.
The final mood board was intended to end with a bizarre image of a tree growing on the body of the main character who is fallen. It consists of six frames, two frames showing the upper and lower body of the character, and four scenes close-up of the scene where the character becomes a tree.
In order to produce each sequence drawn one by one on the storyboard as a connected video, each frame had to be taken and saved. Each photo was then transferred to the Premire Pro to set the time duration per frame. Effects such as twisting, expanding, reducing, etc. help viewers understand the story more easily. Basic sound effects are inserted to increase the picture’s richness, that is, immersion. At first, I didn’t pay attention to the trivial sounds, such as the sounds made when the basic sounds of nature and the main character’s clothes interlocked, but as a result of applying it with the teacher’s advice, I created more three-dimensional sounds.
8. ANIMATIC SEQUENCE
Drawing style: In the drawing style, I was inspired by the storyboard of Matrix. I believed that the clearly contrasting black and white highlights the strong image and allows the use of cartoonish elements. Poses: Almost all of the poses for the main character were taken from my full body photos. In particular, in order to implement a falling scene, I pose as if it instantly hits the floor. In order to draw more dynamic than the actual poses, I used perspective, such as drawing the feet larger. Evaluations: The sequence was successfully constructed. Although the storytelling process is quite complex and difficult to understand, the final sequences and bizarre sound effects were effective. The point to be supplemented is that the illustrations in the middle storyboard are not described in detail, so I need to correct them, and I can maximize the bizarreness by inserting completely contrasting music like classical music for the last sound effect.
9. Final outcome for part one
As the final outcome of part 1, unit 10, I tried to make the AR mask. Expected result: A person’s face is tracked, and a virtual mask is placed on the face. The mask looks like the root of a tree, and when I make a motion, such as moving my jaw, the tree comes out of my mouth. To do this, first of all, I downloaded ‘Spark AR Studio’. I opened the software and hit the camera icon in the top left corner. I clicked the ‘Assets’ and added ‘face mash’. Then, I able to see my face is tracked by the software AI system.
The poor mask is completed. Although it succeeded in importing the 3D file created by Blender into’Spark AR Studio,’ there was no problem with tracking the face. However, it was not possible to proceed with production anymore due to time limitations. If I have plenty more time later, I will improve it to make the mask look like the real AR mask. What I feel after this work is that the software develops rapidly and is easy to handle, so even people who lack computer-related knowledge can produce related content without any problems. Now I have to focus more on the ‘idea.’ In addition, I feel that constant research is required to come up with good ideas.
10. PEER REVIEW ASSESSMENT
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