Michelle Brand
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Without Baton

DURATION 00:00:45
MEDIUM Digital Animation in After Effects
PRODUCTION University for the Creative Arts, 2015

SYNOPSIS  A lover of classical music loses himself in his own little dream world, completely forgetting his surroundings – much to the annoyance of the people around him.

Film Statement

Film Statement

The animation was created at university. The task was to create a micro-movie that presents a protagonist during an action, a sudden change of that action, and the protagonist’s reaction.

The film was animated in After Effects using the puppet pin tool. 
I chose to animate a concert enthusiast conducting, completely losing himself in the opera song ‘La donna ‘e mobile’, sung by Pavarotti. Energetically conducting the piece of music, he falls out of his dream when the song comes to an end.

Working Storyboard

Working Storyboard

The storyboard shows the main outline of action and reaction in connection to the key parts of the musical piece, as I aimed to connect the visual flow to the orchestral mood.

Animation Notes

Animation Notes

In order to create believable conductor movements, I studied conductors conducting the piece of music, and analysed their movements in connection to the high and low points of the song. I could then sketch out a rough outline of the conductor’s movements, that later also became my keyframes. 

Sound Design

Sound Design

Since the micro-movie had a tight time limit of 30-40 seconds, the song needed to be appropriately cut to fit the mood of the film, and also come to an abrupt end.

Character Design

Character Design

For the character design, I was aiming for a man made up of simple, curvy lines, so that his conducting movements would have a certain elasticity and dynamic to them. Adding large, dark eyebrows and puffy, curly hair, gave him an eccentric aura, and I enjoyed animating him.

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