Group Develop Process

Introduction
In this group, there are four members.

Alvin Lau
Chiam Zi Ee
Shayl Patel
Wunna

Our group name is called “The Lizard Squad”.

Beginning
First of all, we all watch the “Gift” video first. Then we tried to understand the concept and the meaning of this video. One member drafted out the storyboard into the papers and also write the subtitles out so it will be easier for the rest to know where and which part need to be change. We used stickman to represent the characters in the storyboard as a representation of smurfs. Then only we draw Smurfs in the animation. We chose Smurfs because it’s adorable even when it’s hard to draw. We used Adobe Flash CS6 to animate the whole animation including editing the scenes. We separate the whole process into a few parts for the group members. All of us will do first and combine the whole thing together later. We will do the editing and cutting scene parts after we done combining. This is to make our video nice. We are also trying to produce a different outcome.

We had a lot of meetings so that the members can teach each other different skills. We changed laptops frequently as well so we were able to correct each other’s mistakes. Our stage is the normal size and the background is bright color making the characters and objects look clearer. We draw the characters using brush because it’s smoother. We also separated the characters’ body parts and used bone tool to combine them. This is so that we can see the character moving its legs and arms properly. If not the characters will be like a stick that cannot move its body parts. Then we applied a lot of motion tween to move the characters from one side to another. We also used frame by frame and onion skin for easy drawing. In order to make the video smooth, we added more frames inside sync with the FPS which is 15fps because that’s the minimum. We created scene by scene then only we combined everything into an animation video. We also cut the audio because we’ve changed the ending. We produced another different easy ending so the audio has to change. For the subtitles part, we typed it in Microsoft Word first then we copy and paste lines by lines according to the scenes. We used text with normal font because it’s easier for the audience to read.

Contribution

Alvin
Designed characters
Animation video
Audio
Editing

Chiam Zi Ee
Draw storyboard
Movement of characters
Animation video
Subtitles
Report

Shayl Patel
Animation video
Subtitle
Audio
Editing

Wunna
Background
Animation video
Editing

Screenshots of Storyboard and Scenes from Animation Video

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Result
Our first attempt of animation were completely ruined after we combined all our parts together not long. I have no idea what happened to one of the member’s laptop. It just crashed and the next thing we know was everything is gone. Not just the files but the downloaded Gift video and MP3 as well. We were all shocked. We tried all ways including searching online and asking people if there is any way to find back the files but there’s nothing we can do. So in the end, we all agreed to start everything from the beginning again. We re-draw all characters and scenes. We redo all the animations and tweens. We re-edit everything but in our second video, there’s apparently some mistake. One of the characters cannot work like what we expected. Then the video cannot stop on its own as well. We tried to do and change the scenes again and again yet the mistake was still there. We’re rushing as well because time is running out and we just presented our fail work during the presentation. We didn’t managed to show what we wanted. We didn’t manage to show the different outcome we’ve produced.

Reflection
Throughout this animation making, we’ve learnt a lot of stuffs. We gained so many knowledge on how to do animation. We also learnt how to use and combine our skills in the animation project. Besides, each of us have learnt not to give up and try our best to face all the obstacles. Together we gathered all our knowledge and skills, we provide this video. It seems impossible to do this animation video at first but nothing is impossible. Last but not least, time is extremely important in this animation. We can never start it late because it’s very time consuming. Our first attempt were gone due to some accidents. It was the perfect one yet we can’t do anything because it’s gone. So we need to start another new one by re-drawing every single thing. Time is running out and all of us were rushing. At times like this, we sacrificed our sleeps. We tried our best and gave everything we have. Teamwork and team spirit is extremely important when this kind of problems appeared. We never left any members behind to do this animation alone. We did it together and fight through all the challenges.

Conclusion
It is so tough to do this animation yet we managed to finish it. We are all glad that we came up with an animation even when there was mistake when we presented it. It’s not perfect but we have tried to fight this challenge. We managed to find what’s wrong with the second video and fixed it. Also, we were able to redo this animation video thanks to our lecturer for being so understanding and we really apologized for not informing about the computer failure problem. Anyway, we wish we will not cross path with animation ever again. It’s giving us constantly nightmares. I can’t even stand watching animation like minion. It hurts my eyes badly reminding me what my group members and I went through to produce an animation video.

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