MRI – Final film

The brief asked for an animation which helped 6-8 year olds understand why sitting still for an MRI scan is a good thing to do and helping them to not be afraid of the process. The animation had to be fit for the audience, using the appropriate language and using imagery which would appeal to them.

I wanted to create something which at the heart of it was fun and would be more visually interesting for the audience. In the end i kept things simple, and didn’t take too many risks with this one. After effects is a useful tool but takes some getting used to, so i spent my time working out what went wrong and fixing things half the time. I would be much more ready to make an animation completely in after effects now, and would spend more time developing characters and ideas. My idea was nice and simple, a character who loves to dance, but of course he wont be able to dance while he has his scan!

I wanted the animation to be something that would be enjoyable and kind of silly, so that the children could enjoy something while being more informed about the MRI scan.

Improvements i could make:

  • Add a smile! The character is missing his mouth, which would help to make him look happy and friendly, which would be more appealing to younger viewers, and perhaps help to make them feel more relaxed with the character.
  • I would have used more close up shots with some expressions, like worried when the MRI scan is mentioned, but smiling again when the narrator mentions that it is a perfectly safe procedure which in the end will help the doctors a lot.
  • I would play around with the background a bit more, and perhaps also have some imagery pop up next to Sammy to help visualise things for the children.

In the end i am happy enough with the animation, as it helps children to understand that MRI scans are safe, and that they must be still when the scan is happening. I thought that this information was explained appropriately. I could have also included other information, like the MRI scan being loud, so children were aware of that, but there are a couple of reason i didn’t.

  • Not a long animation, didn’t want to have too much going on to distract and confuse the audience.
  • Hospitals will provide headphones or even DVDs for children so the loud scary noises are often not really loud scary noises for children, they are low rumblings at best. So really it would be something that they may not need to know even exists, and the nurses would tell them the relevant information anyway.

Also i left out the information about making sure not to take metal with you, this is because:

  • This information is more for the guardian of the child, they will make sure that the child doesn’t wear inappropriate clothes and things like that. The child shouldn’t and doesn’t have to worry about that.
  • When the child gets to the hospital the nurses will explain to them that they cannot have any metal on them and they will help them to make sure they do not have any. So really that information is completely unnecessary for this short animation.

Anyway i learnt a lot about After Effects and would like to revisit it in the future, although in my own time with a different idea so i can approach it differently and try a few things i didn’t get a chance to from the research i did.

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‘The Wonderful World of Pudy’ – The Line Project Final Film

For this project we were asked to create a 2D animation that tells a story using the three act structure of a character overcoming an obstacle in pursuit of an objective.

The film above is not my final film. There is no dialogue and the mouth movements when talking are not all cleaned up final versions. The film is not really complete either, but its already over 30 seconds so i cut it short and decided it would be even weirder than it already was. Cutting the story like that speaks volumes of my planning for this project.

I learned a lot about TvPaint (the software i used) from doing this little animation. I managed to squeeze a walk cycle, a little jump, (unfinished) dialogue, a bush coming to life, funny eye rolling and frantic arm-waving into this short animation. I think pushing myself to do more than required backfired a little bit here, the animation could have been a lot simpler and the story could have actually fit the brief. I had ideas which would have worked well for that stuff, but in the end i wanted to do something which was different and a bit subversive. I wanted to have a character that was funny and silly and when met with an obstacle would fail to overcome it at all. I think i spent too long planning and coming up with ideas, only to just move forward loosely with an idea and then further develop more ideas for said idea, leading to multiple ideas and characters and obstacles. It just became a bit confusing, and i could have obviously made my life a lot simpler and less confusing if i had properly organised myself and what i was doing. I think that i should have started animating a lot earlier than i did, and in the future i need to make sure i set aside more time for that.

Even though the project is finished I still plan to complete the film, the audio is recorded and just needs editing into the film. The foley for the film was all taken from the YouTube library, although i did record a little piano jingle for the intro to the animation, although i also recorded a few other intro styles as well (none of which are in this version of the film yet). In the end although the project will be over, if i can organise my time better i plan to do a few version of the film, because when recording the audio we tried a few different voices and said different stuff.