So far in my efforts to learn how to animate, I have studied the 12 principles of animation and practiced them by completing a series of animation tests including the bouncing ball , falling brick , head turn and biped walk cycle . I have also completed a few more animation tests that I will be discussing in future posts.
Now I want to do something with what I have learned. So I am going to create a short animation with an actual story!
I have a strict deadline for this project as it will be part of my hand in for my final semester on my illustration degree. I have four weeks to complete this (a short time in animation land!) and other work to be done alongside it, so I’m going to need to set a few restrictions to help me stay on task and be realistic about what I can achieve in this time frame.
So, my animation will…
- be a maximum of 1 minute long
- feature only 2 characters
- take place in 1 location
Now I need to decide on my characters and plot. I am not much of a writer, so rather than spending a long time coming up with an original story I decided to find an existing one and adjust it to fit the restrictions I have set out.
I knew I wanted my story to be about animals so I searched the internet for “short stories about animals” and came across “just so stories” which I remembered being read to us in primary school. After looking through the stories I decided to go with “the elephants child” (or “how the elephant got his trunk”).
you can read the full story here if you are interested but my simplified/ shortened version goes like this:
- young elephant is drinking from river
- crocodile watches menacingly
- crocodile strikes, grabbing elephant by nose
- a tug of war ensues and the elephants nose begins to stretch
- elephant breaks free and now has a long trunk
here are some initial sketches