Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Minor Project Script Idea/Draft

Jim Script Idea

Lock unlocks and ‘doors’ open, revealing the word JIM. The letters blur and turn into a window, rain beating against the glass. Voice recording starts playing. Sweet appears in upper left corner, boy walks in with hands stretched towards the sweet. His body morphs into that of an adult but keeps the head of the child, now stretching his arms up to plead for help, then clasps them over his head while head zooms towards camera, there is a thunderstorm visible through the window, child’s lips are opening and closing as if to talk. Head sinks out of the frame and causes a hurricane of rain and leaves with shoes running across the frame, keys dancing along and jackets hurrying. Everything speeds up until the rain drowns out everything else and washes clear (every single item could be on a separate “cardboard” and animated individually, could look really good?).

Dirty dishes and cutlery appear, dancing with each other, huge nose appears from the side, sniffing, paws appearing and turning into a little puppy that plays with the cutlery, man appears from below and picks puppy up, cutlery and dishes vanish and puppy head morphs into baby head while man’s head morphs into boy’s head. Man strokes puppy, whole room flips off the page.

Pots and pans fall from the ceiling onto counter in kitchen, oven slots in from the side, oven mitts put a big box with a chicken painted on the sides into the oven and it all explodes into tiny little pieces covering the screen.

Room with a window has a girl in it now, she’s looking at photo albums of her dad doing activities he used to do but can’t anymore (skiing, mountain climbing, playing sports, leaving for work e.g.) flicking pages slowly, letting every memory settle in. Room falls through the side.

The same girl with sits on the floor with man, he’s trying to put wooden blocks together, first upright which topples over, then lying down which works, girl cheers him on and pats him on the head, his head gets bigger and little viruses jump in and start munching on his brain, his head turns into the child’s head as big chunks of brain disappear into the virus’s mouths.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Minor Project first draft storyboard part 1

As discussed with Phil on Monday, it is high time for me to decide on a style for my animation and what the outcome should look like, so I started on my storyboard. It consists of collage like images that are not final by any means but that show what direction my style could go into.

This is only the first paragraph of the story.
I can see my animation being a mix of Maya and After Effects, with many of the objects being modelled in Maya and then brought together with the background in After Effects. 
I will upload a version later paired with the audio to see how it works out!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

@Phil Recording edited

Possible names for the project:
"Like a Child"
"Something to Care for" --> like the puppy he's holding, not sure about that one though (sounds like a terrible pop song xD)
"Cardboard Box Chicken"
"Returning to a Child"

I have not found the dad's name out yet but will put it on here when I do!

Edit: Father's name is Jim!
 And Kayliegh suggested "Return to Childhood", will definitely consider that one as well :)

Monday, 10 October 2016

minor project sound draft

After testing the sound on  my speakers at home I decided that the quality is pretty good (it's much more static on headphones) and cut the whole interview down from 8 minutes to 2:30. I've also tried to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end but I'm not sure how successful I was with that yet, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Minor Project Interview with my friend about her dad and dementia a transcript

My friend about her dad and dementia, an interview

The main thing I noticed is that I begin to treat him like a child, more like a child than an adult so he needs a lot of help with everything, for example I took him out for lunch for his birthday last week and he couldn’t read the menu at all so I had to like point out everything, as you would a child, and then he couldn’t cut his food properly, because he’s got so much slower now, like really slow, even walking, walking, talking, anything, he’s just really really slow now, so I kind of gave him, you know like a steak knife, I gave him one of them and then kind of helped him, but you don’t want to help too much cause you don’t want, they don’t feel like a child so you don’t want to treat them like that too much because they are still an adult, so that’s hard because your natural instinct is just to help, but they want to do it by their self.
Yeah, he’s very slow now, he gets very frustrated when there’s thing going around him that are fast, so say if you’re in a rush one morning for work and you’re running around the house getting ready getting the keys, he won’t like that, it will really stress him out and he will get really panicky in a way and really anxious so if you’re tidying up the house and things like that he doesn’t like that, he doesn’t like mess at all now, like at all he gets really really angry about it sometimes if there is just a glass on the table, it will have a little bit of water or whatever in it still and then he’ll be like “what’s that doing there, that needs to go in the kitchen” and I still got drink in it but yeah, that he doesn’t like…
He still kept his sense of humour, he tries to make jokes out of everything, which I think helps because, you either laugh or cry about because things are getting worse and if you do cry about it you’re just going to be sad and become depressed almost, if you think about it. But if you laugh I think it kind of keeps the mood up, which is a bit helpful.
I think for my mum and brother who are there all the time, I think they find it more difficult, because they probably think he’s nagging at them, especially about the whole mess and things but I don’t think they understand that it’s not him, it’s the illness, so he can’t control it, so they find it hard and might react in a way they shouldn’t, but telling them that he’s not moaning, that he’s not really moaning it’s just the illness coming out.
He likes animals and, so he likes animals so my mum got a new puppy the other week and we all thought he wouldn’t like it because like the mess they’re going to make, but because it’s new, it’s kind of like a baby, like it’s something to care for and like look after so he really like took to it and really likes looking after it and he holds it, he will like literally cuddle it all day and hold it like a baby and all sorts so, that’s quite nice and he talks to it so I think it’s a way of getting his like emotions out, to the puppy. But I’ve heard a lot of people use like baby dolls and do the same thing in like care homes, they have dolls and things and they get like really overprotective because they like their new, like possession kind of thing that makes them feel comfortable, so that’s good… I’m trying to think of what other things have changed…
(Does he do any tasks at home?)
Yeah he yeah. So, he does cook, but he will make mistakes, so he put like a, my mum told him to cook like a chicken or something, but he put the whole like card board box or something in the oven, like things like that and he might not turn the oven off and things, he might forget, so he can do it, but he needs more supervision now, because… he will make mistakes. He still washes up and does the washing, doesn’t iron, that might be a bit dangerous, because actually, my mum asked him to fill up the iron when she, while she went to the shop and I was around, and he filled up the pot of water to pour it in and he literally completely missed the whole hole, and it went all over my dog but luckily it was cold water, or it could have burned him, but yeah he’s not very good with fiddly things, bout the same as a child, really. I think it’s more like, you see them returning to a child in a way, because dementia eats at your brain, I suppose it is kind of going backwards, so, in the end… because my nan had dementia as well so I’ve kind of seen the worst stages too, and in the end she couldn’t speak, eat, she didn’t know who we were, so, he’s at a stage where it’s not too bad at the moment, which is good, but I don’t know how fast it will be till it gets a lot worse, so I try not to think about it.
Some days it gets to me, like I really think about it, but like I said I try to laugh at the mistakes he does, rather than getting really upset and moaning about it because I know it’s not his fault, so I’m just like oh don’t worry about it, or do this instead, and I think that makes it easier to cope with. Last year while I was working at H&M, I think that was around when he first got diagnosed, I didn’t realise it but I think it must have really gotten to me because I got… not depressed but really really low and it like affected me at work and stuff, so that wasn’t good, but now, cause I’ve lived with it for a while, I kind of begin to cope more okay, and I’m not there every day now, where I live at Dan’s, so… it’s easier… but I can see my mum get stressed a lot and a bit frustrated, which isn’t nice to see, but you can’t do anything about it so… you just have to live with it.
We have to help him read, he used to be really good at writing and spelling and things, so that is a big change. He wears glasses, so I think if it’s really big words, like I don’t know, he could probably read that, but where the menu obviously they have the headline and then there is smaller writing, he couldn’t read all that…

His appetite hasn’t changed, he says, he always says to me he can’t eat a lot, so I took him out for lunch he’s like “I won’t be able to eat all that” and then I’m like okay, and then he had a starter, a main, and desert and ate it all and I was like see? You can eat everything! So yeah things like that, he can eat fine at the moment but yeah, it’s like funny some things he says, and we have to laugh…