MEDIUM Digital Animation
PRODUCTION Private, 2013
SYNOPSIS A girl learns to appreciate the beauty in the world around her by capturing it through art.
The 16-minute animation was a personal project I started before entering university. I wished to explore the connection between image and sound, and composed songs on the piano to accordingly suit the atmosphere of the scenes. The film mainly consists of long shots of digitally drawn backgrounds, edited in harmony to the soundtrack. My aim was to improve my skills in background design, and to create a film with a harmonious composition of picture and music.
Background Design I
The film consists of two main areas – the house the girl lives in, drawn in mainly blue tones, and the nature around her, drawn in colourful, warm, yellow tones. The girl is lonely and bored in the house, feeling closed in, and only later learns to appreciate the pretty nature around her.
The girl feels lonely in an aesthetically pretty environment, symbolised through an island.
When she begins to see the true beauty around her, her world, and that of the island, expands.
Background Design II
All backgrounds were first sketched out with pencils, and their details added in ink. Like this, I could add colour and lighting in Photoshop.
Background Design III
The girl begins to appreciate her environment by starting to capture it through art. Therefore, I needed to create the same background in many different styles. Playing with the different designs was enjoyable and allowed me to improve on my background design skills, something I still wish to develop further.