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Case Study

*Note: If you read the posts “The Creation Process for Block’d” parts 1-4, then you’ve already read the case study! Awesome, right?

Animation Project: “Block’d”

Date: 9/18/13 – 12/19/13

Animation Summary: Andewd and Wolfie happen on an obisdian block in Andewd’s house, and try their best to get rid of the pesky block. While attempting to get rid of the block, Andewd has to put up with Wolfie’s shenanigans! Will our two…”heroes” be able to get rid of the block without killing each other!? Find out in the animation “Block’d”!

I had many inspirations for creating Block’d. The first, and probably obvious one was the game Minecraft. I felt that the world of Minecraft would be the perfect place to make my first animation in. It’s simple style and limitless possibilities for creation left me with a lot of room to get creative with; without having to start from scratch too. My second source of inspiration came from a fellow animator known as TuxedoMob; who’s Flash tutorial’s and Achievement Hunter Animated series had a large influence on my animation style and also inspired me to take the 2D animation course from the start.

The idea for “Block’d” (which by the way, definitely did end up as the final title for the animation!) was based off an adventure me and my friend had while playing Minecraft.  At first I wanted Block’d to be about a long, climatic adventure between two friends on a quest for the ultimate material in the game (diamond), and fighting various monsters along the way. The idea of animating that would take waaaaay too long for me to animate; so instead, the beginning of that said adventure was extracted, and turned into it’s own little animation. You can read all about it in the storyboard page.

After the storyboard received the green light from the art director (professor, teacher, overlord, same thing!) , I created an animatic out of my storyboard sketches. The point of the animatic was to serve as a guideline to how the animation would play out. My animatic wasn’t very detailed; but it did give me the main ideas for the basic key frames. Thus began the long process of animating…

When I started animating, I felt like I had an idea that I wanted to start with the middle frame (formerly known as keyframe 07) because it was one of the longest scenes I had in mind, and the scenes before and after it would play a crucial role in telling the story (since there was no voice acting involved). While working on key frame 7 I decided to add the coloring into the scene as I go on, that way the coloring step would be out of the way and I could focus more on finishing the other scenes without having to worry about going back to add it later.

Some time later, I managed to get most of the scenes drawn out. In the process of doing that, I found myself removing and replacing scenes. Remember the toolbox scene for example? Yep, that went out the window! It wasn’t because the scene was a bad idea, or out that it was of place in the story, it was omitted due to deadlines. Could I still get the point of the story across without it? Yes. Though it was a great idea, I wanted to focus my priorities on finishing the leftover scenes, and adding the inbetweens to the main scenes.

The final part of the creation process for Block’d was adding sound effects. Sound was…really a pain in the neck to work on for some reason. A lot of websites were charging money for using the sound effects I was looking for. So instead, I took the liberty of recording my own sound effects! Not the greatest quality, but hey! It worked out pretty well in the end! I did manage to find some good sound effects from and the actual Minecraft files themselves! Adding the sound to Block’d really helped tighten up the timing of the animation too. Before I had sound, I was having issues with certain parts of a scene being too fast.

And there you have it; the entire creation process of Block’d!


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