Thursday, October 17, 2013

Internship research

~RoosterTeeth

Roosterteeth is a gaming and animation company located in Austin, Texas and they provide their work through their own personal website and YouTube.

RoosterTeeth.com


~Warner Bros. Cartoon Network/ Adult Swim

Cartoon Network and Adult swim have animation intern positions open for Spring 2014. They are located in Atlanta, GA.


~Strawburry17 YouTube channel

Meghan Camerena is a independent YouTube channel who works from Los Angeles, California. She recently put out an internship to edit videos and always possibly create animations for the opening sequence of various videos.




Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Script revised


EXT. CENTER OF THE EARTH, SURROUNDED BY COLUMNS THAT REACH THROUGH TO THE SKIES
Atlas is standing in the center of the columns, some of which he holds with his two arms and others of which pierce through his skin. His other wounds consists of a distortedly crooked neck, torn achilles and skin, and crushed knees. Though he appears strong, one can tell the years of strain have withered his body.
ACT ONE
Atlas is shown trembling with pain as he struggles to continue to hold up the pillars, which support the heavens for earth.
Closeup of Atlas' eyes close shut as he lowers his head. Different scenes show parts of his deteriorating body. Atlas loses his grip and the pillars slowly drift down while he tightens his hold. His eyes flash back open, he looks to his left side, and he tightens his grip on the column. He looks to the left and does the same. 
Anger and hatred creep onto his face as scenes flash across his mind. With each passing glimpse, his grasp on the pillars tighten and bit by bit, they begin to actually crack as pieces fall deeper into the depths.
Atlas' face is shown again, and as he looks up, the camera slowly zooms out to reveal his surroundings, Tartarus. The pillars shake and pieces of the sky fall.
Text slowly fades onto the scene.
Release the burden that the gods have condemned you with Atlas. What is keeping you from doing so?
Camera pans on close up of Atlas' face, then onto his eyes which close once more.
ACT TWO EXT. EDGE OF THE MOUNTAINS OF OLYMPUS
Atlas' eyes dart open as the camera zooms out again to show Atlas free, standing before Mount Olympus. In the distance, the original titans fall into the ground in what appears to be Tartarus. 
Text appears. 
Do you remember, Atlas? The war which brought you to where you are now?
Atlas picks up his weapons and leads his forces up the mountain. As they ascend the cliff, some followers fall. At the top of the mountain only Zeus stands, who greets the only remaining titan, Atlas. 
The skies swirl into a vortex, as pillars slowly descend from them, then quickly fall into Atlas. As he is trapped, Zeus delivers the final strike, causing Atlas to fall into the earth. 
Atlas looks up with little strength and sees Zeus over him.
Text fades onto the screen as Atlas is scene struggling to break free in the background. 
The last stand of the titans results in your ultimate failure. You, who fought only for what originally belonged to your fathers, are cast into Tartarus. The sentence, to live the remainder of your eternal life holding the heavens for the gods. So what keeps you from releasing your burden? 
A zoom closes in on his eyes which shift angrily from side to side. The camera then zooms out as he slowly closes his eyes. 
Text appears.
Release it Atlas...
The camera faces the side of Atlas' face as he fades into a silhouette.
Text again appears.
RELEASE IT!
Conflicted, he imagines the sky falling and people in panic and chaos. A zoom shows the gods laughing at the people's misfortunes, which angers Atlas even more. He closes his eyes as he seems to have discovered the answer to his question.
ACT THREE
Atlas is now completely exhausted from the weight on his shoulders. His vision drifts in and out. Through his eyes, in a hazy form, he believes he sees Zeus, the target of his hatred. As he opens his eyes in surprise, it is not Zeus, but a frail old man with the same beard featured for Zeus. The man smiles and slowly back away, as Atlas drifts off into consciousness.
Atlas awakes and sees a small offering left for him at his knees. Atlas is sure of what he needs to do. Although he shakes, he slowly stands to his feet and uses his final strength to grasps tighter hold of the pillars. With a determined look on his face, regardless of his several wounds, he looks strong. He realizes what sacrifice he has to make and bravely accepts his fate. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Atlas story edited

Elevator line:

With every second becoming more painful as he holds up the skies, will Atlas choose the mortals he cares so much for or his revenge on the gods.

Act one:

We are first introduced to Atlas and the torment he has to endure as punishment. Scenes show his surroundings and we eventually see the severity of his pain by the effects it has taken on his body. He begins to question why should he continue to hold the heavens when he was not in the wrong to wage war on the gods. With this question lingering, he begins to remember what led him to be here and with each passing second as his hatred grows, he clutches the pillars tighter (similar to the stance that Samson from the bible holds) and pieces of the skies start to fall down.

Act Two:


We see scenes of of Atlas past, his original stand against the gods but these scenes are dissolved with ones that show the humans. He is conflicted in whether to get revenge on the gods and release his burden or to continue to hold the skies in order to protect the people. He thens imagines what would happen if the sky were to fall, and chaos takes place. The gods do not care that the people are in torment, which angers Atlas even more. He closes his eyes and his grasp again tightens on the pillars. Atlas then slowly relaxes as it seems that he finally has his answer. 


Act three:

As he opens his eyes, Atlas sees a small pile of offerings before him and he realizes that he must not drop the world for revenge or himself, he has to protect. The weight feels a bit lighter after remembering what he holds the sky for. He adjusts himself and appears stronger than before as he accepts his fate and continues to stand for the rest of his days.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A bit of character design









Script for Atlas


EXT. CENTER OF THE EARTH, SURROUNDED BY COLUMNS THAT REACH THROUGH TO THE SKIES
Atlas is standing in the center of the columns, some of which he holds with his two arms and others of which pierce through his skin. His other wounds consists of a distortedly crooked neck, torn achilles and skin, and crushed knees. Though he appears strong, one can tell the years of strain have withered his body.
ACT ONE
Atlas is shown trembling with pain as he struggles to continue to hold up the pillars, which support the heavens for earth.
Closeup of Atlas' eyes close shut as he lowers his head. Different scenes show parts of his deteriorating body. Atlas loses his grip and the pillars slowly drift down while he tightens his hold. His eyes flash back open, he looks to his left side, and he tightens his grip on the column. He looks to the left and does the same. 
Anger and hatred creep onto his face as scenes flash across his mind. With each passing glimpse, his grasp on the pillars tighten and bit by bit, they begin to actually crack as pieces fall deeper into the depths.
Atlas' face is shown again, and as he looks up, the camera slowly zooms out to reveal his surroundings, Tartarus. The pillars shake and pieces of the sky fall.
Text slowly fades onto the scene.
Release the burden that the gods have condemned you with Atlas. What is keeping you from doing so?
Camera pans on close up of Atlas' face, then onto his eyes which close once more.
ACT TWO EXT. EDGE OF THE MOUNTAINS OF OLYMPUS
Atlas' eyes dart open as the camera zooms out again to show Atlas free, standing before Mount Olympus. In the distance, the original titans fall into the ground in what appears to be Tartarus. 
Text appears. 
Those who originally ruled are cast aside for the new power of the gods, but all is not settled. The second coming of titans seek what once was, to rule over the earth. In defiance, they follow the lead of Atlas into battle. 
Atlas picks up his weapons and leads his forces up the mountain. As they ascend the cliff, some followers fall. At the top of the mountain only Zeus stands, who greets the only remaining titan, Atlas. 
The skies swirl into a vortex, as pillars slowly descend from them, then quickly fall into Atlas. As he is trapped, Zeus delivers the final strike, causing Atlas to fall into the earth. 
Atlas looks up with little strength and sees Zeus over him.
Text fades onto the screen as Atlas is scene struggling to break free in the background. 
The last stand of the titans results in their ultimate fall. Atlas, who fought only for what originally belonged to his fathers, is cast into Tartarus. His sentence, to live the remainder of his eternal life holding the heavens for the gods. 
A zoom closes in on his eyes which shift angrily from side to side. The camera then zooms out as he slowly closes his eyes. The camera zooms to reveal where Atlas stands at the beginning and where he has been standing for thousands of years. 
ACT THREE
Atlas, now riddled with anger, uses his final strength and stands. He assumes the strong pose of Samson and pulls the two pillars he holds in his arms together, crushing them. He then begins to tear out the remaining pillars and they all begin to crumble. 
Text appears on the screen.
What is it to me if the skies fall? The world will fend for itself from this day on.
He takes one look up and sees debris fall from above, starting with small pieces and eventually becoming larger and larger. The world begins to shake around him and eventually smoke clouds out the entire scene.
From the clouds of smoke Atlas walks through the falling world and begins to climb from Tartarus towards his "revenge" on Olympus.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Act structure

Elevator line:

If the gods rely on one man to keep the world from crumbling, why would this man continue to aid his enemies when he could so easily drop this "burden" and release chaos onto the earth and Olympus.

Theme:

Is revenge more acceptable if it is justified?



*****I want to show Atlas as less of an enemy and show that the titans' war on olympus was kind of justified as the titans did rule the earth before the gods and they were pushed aside after the gods came into existence. *****



Act one:

     We are first introduced to Atlas and the torment he has to endure as punishment. Scenes show his surroundings and we eventually see the severity of his pain by the effects it has taken on his body. He begins to question why should he continue to hold the heavens when he was not in the wrong to wage war on the gods. With this question lingering, he begins to remember what led him to be here and with each passing second as his hatred grows, he clutches the pillars tighter (similar to the stance that Samson from the bible holds) and pieces of the skies start to fall down.

Act two:

     In this flashback, we see the brief fall of the titans and the rise of the 2nd generation titans deciding to wage a war on the gods of olympus. Atlas is chosen as the lead and then he rushes into battle with the gods. Because death is not a threat, the only way Zeus can defeat the opposing side is to release ______ from tartarus and eventually the Titans are overpowered. Zeus points to Atlas as being the "ringleader" and condemns and chains him to the center of the earth as the rest of the titans fall deeper into hades/tartarus. Atlas is given the pillars and must hold them forever. There is a zoom closeup of his face/eyes which then zooms out to reveal the present situation.

Act three:

     After his flashback, he comes to the realization that the gods do rely on him to hold up the sky and without this, it would fall. He also realizes what does he owe to anyone and decides to drop this burden and let the world "fend" for itself.  In the final moment, he squeezes his eyes shut and with his last remaining strength, collapses the pillars and the skies come raining down, causing chaos. Atlas stands in the crumbling world, and his "revenge" on Olympus begins.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Internship research


     When I was considering internships, I wanted to primarily focus on interning with a company that deals with animation, video game development, or film production. For starters, I went onto the company website for RoosterTeeth. This company, based off of YouTube, has jobs dealing with video game reviews, animated series, and short story filmmaking. Many of the interns they have simply have to request an internship, show some of your experience with your desired field, and come in for an interview. Some interns have even begun working for the company in permanent positions. The second internship I researched was Walt Disney Studios, which focuses on art and animation. Since this program has housing it will be convenient for the summer. It also offers positions to people in my standing, those who are completing their sophomore year. Blizzard, to me, has some of the most interesting opportunities for internships as they focus on careers that I would like to have in the future. As for jobs, I have researched video game companies such as Blizzard based in California and animation company DreamWorks. The only career opportunity I saw at DreamWorks was an art director but of course, much experience is needed. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

quick test animation



animation test:


I need to practice on the masks of the cars more but this is pretty much how it will look...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Elevator line, theme, etc.


Elevator Line: Enter a game of two bored, otherworldly kids causing havoc in our reality.

Theme: Be careful to not take on challenges that can easily be over your head; being overly boastful will only cause trouble.

Explanation of tone/execution: I want this project to be light-hearted. I also want the characters to have dramatic expressions to exhibit their emotions (since there will be minimal dialogue).

***These are some examples of other videos: 

Here's a parody of a stereotypical anime comedy with live action added in it from Smosh Cartoons...though I don't want real people to interact with the animated characters as they do in this, moving objects will be going on in the background.


Another prime example is of course the movie Space Jam too.


Target Audience: Most likely kids who enjoy animation and others who like animation hybrids. 

Act Structure


ACT ONE:

   Inciting Incident:
        The game maker prompts the two bored kids with a competition: who can create the ultimate prank in the real world. A reward will be given to the winner.

   Plot Point 1:
        The two kids go into the real world. The girl is behind and is almost caught by the head of the APF because of what the boy did. She escapes, however, not without the chief getting a picture of her for his wanted posters.



ACT TWO:
   First Culmination:
     The girl seems to have figured out an ultimate prank, in which she is about to act on.

   Midpoint:
       The girl first spots all the wanted posters of herself plastered around the town. She realizes she has to keep on the down low to avoid being caught. Meanwhile, the son APF officer is inducted into the force by his father and he heads out to start his first patrol.

   Plot point two:
        After the officer and the girl collide, the officer has some sort of realization and the chase to catch her begins.



ACT THREE:

   Climax:
        The new officer finally catches up to her and she believes it’s all over. As he gets closer and grabs her, ending the terror in the town, she believes she will go to a “foreign” prison in the real world.

   Denouncement:
        The officer simply wanted to stop her to hand over her bag containing her transportation device, in which she gives up on her quest and gets out of the real world as quick as possible. The boy obviously wins while the girl learns her lesson in the end.

Monday, March 18, 2013

revised character designs


Boy and Girl Trickster






Captain and Son in training

  





                                               



Final Concept: Redo of story

***Based on the last critic, I decided to change a few points and add a few things to the story. So, I'm just going to list the basic plot points in short terms.

-The story begins with two animated "imp" children in the land of animation. They are clearly bored until another imp decides to play a game and hold a competition between the two children: who can pull off the most tricks or the ultimate trick. They decided to take the quest. As the main imp game maker gives them their transportation devices (the only method to go into the real world) they head out. 

-Because the girl character is somewhat dimwitted, she doesn't understand how to use the device right away and struggles to get it to work while the boy gets a head start in the game. Eventually she learns how to use the device and makes it to the real world. Here she sees the town already covered in mishaps. The girl realizes she desperately has to catch up and as she is about to pull one prank, she is caught by the captain of the Animated Police Force, animated characters who are in charge of other animated characters living in the real world. He believes she is the cause of all the other problems. She somehow manages to escape but not without the captain getting a picture, in which he later creates the wanted posters with. The girl begins to plan her ultimate prank.

-Now there is a cut to the captain of the APF inducting his son into the force, though he is not paying attention to anything he has to say. The son then goes onto his first patrol. Later, the girl spots the wanted posters, tries to tear them down, but then discovers there are hundreds of them (this part is the same as it is in the last story). As the son is on his first watch, he bumps into the girl who is running and the two fall to the ground. As the girl spots his badge, she quickly leaves the scene. The man appears to have a sudden realization and begins the chase.

-The girl tries to get away as the police son tries to catch her. She decides she should just go back to the animated world as she failed the task, until she realizes that she dropped her bag containing her magical transportation thing. The chase continues in different parts of the city. Eventually, he catches up to her by physically attacking. After the son appears to be really serious about the issue, he reveals to her that the only reason he stopped her was to give her back her bag. The girl admits she is not cut out for real worlds mischief and quickly returns to her own world before seeing her rival basically overtake the city, flying under the radar while she took all the blame. 

- In the ending the son is off duty and sees a poster with the girls picture on there, realizing his stupid mistake, and attempts to find the girl before his father finds out. Also, the two kids are back in the animated world while the boy celebrates in his prize and she sits in the corner sulking. 


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Final Project Concept

For my final concept, I've decided I want to go in the same direction I went with the digital analog digital assignment, bringing animated characters into real space. However, this time around, instead of using a still image, I want to use actual video. The characters will be the only things animated in this real space and these characters will follow a short simple story I plot out. The story will have no dialogue, only sound effects.

The plot will be somewhere along these lines:

The short starts out with a female character...


(Not the final sketch but close to it..a rough design)

She's out in town creating chaos as usual when suddenly she spots a "wanted" poster that has her picture on it for being a town nuisance. As she sees it, she attempts to tear it down and believes herself to be successful until she sees the walls filled with hundreds of the posters as she walks down the block. 

In her attempt to run, she collides with a security guard. The security guard helps her to her feet but because of her "wanted status," she quickly runs away. This is when the guard realizes something is amiss and begins the chase after her. 

They run through different areas of Memphis in a short montage of scenes.Once she finally thinks she has gotten away, she is startled by the fact the guard has caught up to her. She then surrenders after becoming tired of such a long chase until the guard simply tells her is was chasing her for the sole purpose of returning her dropped wallet. Dumbfounded, the girl wanders off in a daze, relieved to get away free.

Sometime later, while the security guard is on break and eating, he realizes the poster with the picture of the girl he let go on it. Realizing his stupid mistake, he angrily runs off to find the girl again.

**I don't know if I entirely want to use this exact story. I might change it a bit according to the feel of the story later. I want the characters to be really comically animated in their expressions while also having a simple story.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Digital-Analog-Digital

For my final project, I would like to create a forest and grass scene and animate it in After Effects in a similar way that I created my tutorial, with the camera slowly zooming to the back. For the analog portion of the assignment, I want to hand draw characters and animate slight movements and incorporate them into the computer generated background. As the final step, I will combine the computer animation with the hand drawn animation to create one scene in which the characters will blend in with their surroundings.


Rough previews of the animated characters: