Category: ARD415 Ideas and Concepts

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Negotiated Study 2 (Animation, Visual Effects and Game Art)


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This is the grant chart for my final project. Upon reading the final brief for this moodle. I have to complete 300 hours of independent study and creative practice. As you can see above I have layout my plan for this project so I could finish it on time. Also, I did use online hours so that I can complete 300 hours for this project.


Mindmap -need scanning




However, during the research and pre-production of my first idea, it didn’t go well because it is really complicated to do the animation of my first idea so I didn’t finish the storyboard. Weeks later I decided to create a new idea for my storyboard. I have spoken to my tutor regathering about my final project and discuss with her that I’m not using my first idea.

As you can see in my storyboard is basically two early people living a simple lifestyle. My inspiration for this project will be my grandparents, this is my personal experience as and true story of my life. Like in the storyboard I want to show the love of a couple that only death can be separated them apart.

It would be nice to show all the emotion on this animation like (fear, courage, sadness, anticipation, and love). I decided to incorporate all of this emotion. I know that it is quite risky doing all of this emotion in a very short time of the animation.


When I have received the brief of this moodle. I wanted to create a unique 2d animation for my final project for this year. My first plan is about traditional childhood outdoor games the Philippines. Why did I choose this topic for my final project I believe that young generation today is more on technology this include iPad’s and other technology devices. I want to create an animation to show young generation that outdoor games can be fun and entertain. Also, I want to showcase my culture by showing some outdoor games that I have played during my childhood. I realize especially nowadays rather than technology affecting young children by using different technology devices this include iPad’s. I do not disagree with children using iPad’s because it can have pros and cons of using iPads or another technology devices. This is my first idea for my final project upon watching different videos and research about the outdoor game in the Philippines.

The first thing that I thought to myself is that “how can I animate this?”. I have created a mindmap and some of the character sketches for this project. However, I did not use this character for this project. During the past two weeks, I realize that I don’t proceed and continue this for my final project because it is complicated for me and I don’t know how to start and end the animation. It is a good animation to showcase especially nowadays some young children are addictive on iPads and other devices that can’t be good for them they can ruin their eyes as well health and relationship with families and friends.

During the past few weeks, I have to changes my ideas to something different for my final project. I want to create a 2D animation since all my previous project is 2D animation. I will create another unique 2D animation and a heartwarming story that all ages can relate to my animation. On my final project, of course, it is based in the Philippines this includes background environment, houses, people, and ambiance. That my target audience will have the feeling how the lifestyle in the Philippines looks like. So I decided to create that is based on my experience as well some people experience.

For this final project, my storyline will be a true story of my grandparent I am inspired by their love story there are two elder people they been married for almost 55 years. There been through thick and thin of their lives, this is famous lines went two people get married in the church at the end of the service the priest or the pastor will tell this to the married couple thought dead though as part of sickness and health. For me, this is my part of a couple that they will never forget ever thought the years of their lives and only death can separate them. That’s the reason I have made this animation this is for my grandparents especially my granddad who passed away 10 years ago. I want to dedicate this to him.

Sketches (tradition)


Above is a traditional sketch of the house.




I only use basic color for this project. I want to show that my animation is for all for ages. Also, I want to show that life is simple we don’t need material things in this world we can able to live our lives in simple ways. That’s why this animation really has very simple colors.

Character (Digital)



I only create two main characters for this animation. Since the story is all about grandparents I only drew grandmother and grandfather. I want to focus the storyline just the two of them so that the audience won’t be confused if I have three or more character in this animation.


Background (Digital)


As you can see above is a background inside the house for my animation. As you can see I did the background is really simple and colorful. As the storyline is really simple I decided to used bright color for this animation. However, this is really challenging for me to do because I have to think and play with different colors scheme using Abode color.

I use “salmon pink” color for the background of the house since the setting for this animation is daytime. I think this color is not too bright as well it is cartoonist style I wanted my target audience for this animation is all ages.




As you can see above is the software that I have used for my project final. Using flash as my specialties in 2d animation. During the pre-production for this project, I have spoken to my tutor regarding which software I want to use for the final project. I have told her that I want to explore my skills using 3d animation, she suggests that I stick with 2d animation for my final project so I did use flash as my primary software for this project.

Sound and Music effect

Final Animation



During the pre-production for the final animation this year. It is really really for me






Level 6

Negotiated Studies 1 (Research & Design)







As you can see above is my digital storyboard I only use Photoshop to digitalis my storyboard I didn’t make sketches of a storyboard. I rather than use Photoshop or any digital software for this assignment. For my storyboard is all about a young girl dreaming of little bright lights illuminating around and attempts to catch jellyfish them with her giant net given by her friend, Penguin. Despite, failing in her attempt to catch them, she still persists. I look at the animated films from my childhood with a new appreciation and now I fully understand the extent of the work that went into each scene. I love all the little details in the animation that give the characters a connection to the audience especially my aim for this animation will be young children. While I did my story-boarding of my ideas. I wanted to make a story that can captive the audience and could tell heartwarming stories.

The motivation for this project is close to my heart in which it involves my childhood and my passion for anime. During my childhood it is either playing outside then after watching Japanese anime in which opened my eyes in this kind of animation which is different from western animation in which I am used to i.e. looney tunes, cartoons from cartoon network, etc this sort of animation is new to me the way the facial features are exaggerated is oddly satisfying one scene can be emotional then it becomes comedy that is one of the reasons why I respect Japanese animators because of how they portray each scene with details that are easily recognisable.


Research (video)




These are the videos that I have watched gathering about the topic for this project. My project is all about our dream”, why did I choose this the topic to animate for this project. I think it is appropriate since we have been experiencing dreams in our everyday lives. According to this website, “Dreams are basically stories and images our mind creates while we sleep. Dreams can be vivid. They can make you feel happy, sad, or scared. And they may seem confusing or perfectly rational.” For my project, I’m going to do something unique 2D animation for this project. I wanted to challenge myself to do something new and push myself to the next level of my ability. My target audiences for this project will be young children ages 5 ages old. Since I have niece and nephew that I have babysat I wanted to create a children educated animation in the future. They are my inspiration why I did this animation for this project.

During the research that I have done so far we experience dream this includes emotion like fear, sad, happy and more emotion that we can think.  For this project is all about a young girl who dreams about attempts to catch jellyfish them with her giant net given by her friend, Penguin. As you can see in my storyboard is very straightforward and easy to understand the story-line. However, due to my lack of time management, did not do the animatic I when straight to animation. In my opinion, if I did animatic this project I probably won’t be able to finish on time.

My inspiration for this project is catching jellyfish is SPONGE-BOB. A few months ago I remember that my nieces they are watching SPONGE-BOB and they are trying to follow what sponge bob do this include catching jellyfish with a crab net. I’m not a fan of sponge-bob because of my nieces they watching it. I don’t have a choice but to watch it, on the other hand, it really handy to get some inspiration from sponge-bob. Even though sponge bob is not really my type of cartoon style.


Shot (Sleeping, Walking, Running, and Jumping )




Above some of the reference video for my project. Using my niece as my reference for my video it is hard for me to establish shot for this project I don’t even know where to start.

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I have use the Edward as my inspiration for my project especially different movement that I can incorporate my animation.


Sketches (Possible character)

Sketches (traditional)


I’m not really fan of traditional drawing style i did not make any sketches. I prefer digital style drawing however, I have created some of traditional drawing but I did use my previous sketches I did not create a new sketches. Since I have lack of time I did not make sketches I rather when straight to digital.

Sketches (Digital)

Using my previous sketches for this project. I didn’t do new sketches for this project. I wanted to use my previous character design, however, it doesn’t go well on my background as well on my theme.

Below, is my first idea sketches of the characters. However, I did not finish it because I believe it will take my time if I will continue. My concern on my first idea is the rendering part it scares me because of much texturing, colour and music. It will crash my laptop plus the rendering it will take me awhile. If I have a proper laptop in which can handle the texturing plus rendering why not I will continue and develop this idea maybe in the future I will. But for now, I want this project really simple I believe that my target audience is more important for this project.


These past few months, I’ve been working on this sketches. As you can see I have based my character on my target audience. However, I realize that my character is a young girl I didn’t do some sketches of a young boy but I tried to used my previous sketches it did goes well so I decided to use the young girl rather than young boy. Because I don’t think I have time to sketch or draw some characters for this project due to lack of my time management outside the university.

Above is my sketches of a young girl who dreams of catching a jellyfish with her imaginary friend. I have watched a different animation about dreams as you can see in my research videos.Firstly, I didn’t want to make a 2D animation but rather I want to do 3D animation. Since I have done some 2D animation in my previous project I have some ideas for this project. However, I don’t know where to start during the preproduction of this project it took me awhile to build and create this animation. My inspiration for this project is Studio Ghibli by Miyazaki Hayao. Everyone in animation industries known Ghibli Studio. Especially their characters are unique and very precise details. I really think that I can do some character design similarly like Ghibli. Below is one of my favorite Ghibli film; this is my inspiration for this project.

Image result for ghibli characters

I use digitize sketches for this project; I believe that it is what I’m comfortable digitize sketches rather that drawing traditional. However, I have put some of my traditional sketches that I have done in the past project.


Background and Colours scheme




Above is a potential background environment for this project. I have created this background using Abode Flash however, I can not decide whether this background will be good and suitable for the character. As weeks go by I have decided that I will make the background that is really simple and I have chosen dark colour background this include dark blue and grey. I think it is really appropriate for this project to use dark colours also I wanted to focus more on the main character. However, I didn’t use bright colours for the character I don’t think it goes well on this project. I wanted to create a simple dark colour.

As you can see above I use Abode Colour Scheme. The background environment that I have created is plain dark blue with grey during the pre-production of my project. I can’t decide whether if I will use the bright background for my environment and use dark colour scheme for my characters. However, I don’t like the results of having a bright scheme colour environment with dark scheme character it doesn’t go well.


I only choose a dark colour for this project. I didn’t use bright colour it took me awhile to choose a colour for this project. But in the end I decided to for simple dark blue also my previous project last year I put to much colour and when I render my project it took me how many hours to render. For this project I wanted to be more simple, however, there an impact on my target audience.


Background Music





Above is the music that I have used for this project using Audacity software I have used this music as my reference music for this project. For me, music is the hard part for me because I need to timing and momentum of the animation. However, for this project is really simple I did not complicate this project I just created similarly with a lullaby music since my target audience will be young children.





In this project, I will be using Adobe Flash. I think I’m confident and quite familiar with this software. I have been using this software last year with my previous animation works. However, I think there still need to improve my skills because of my knowledge is very limited there still more to learn about in Flash this includes the coding which is my weakness but I have not use coding for this project may be in the future I need to learn how the coding work. I want to explore more about 2D software in the future especially the coding area which is my weakness.


I use Photoshop for texturing and colours. Above I have used different colours that I think is suitable for this project. It took me awhile to decide which colour I should use. But as weeks goes by I decide to use cold colour rather than warm colour. Also, I based my character on my background environment that I will be using for this project.

There are so many Photoshop brushes that you can choose from. This gives a special effect to your photo or the layout that you are working on. You will see how brushes could bring your design to the next level when you get to choose the right one and apply it to my design.





Above as you can see I have used Audacity edit some background music for this project. I did not claim that the music that I have used is not mine. However, but using Audacity effects to edit music that I will be using for this project.

Final Project



This is my project is all about a young girl dreaming of little bright light illuminating around and attempts to catch jellyfish them with her giant net given by her friends, Penguin. Despite, failing in her attempt to catch them, she still persists. I look at the animated films from my childhood with a new appreciation and now I fully understand the extent of the work that went into each scene. I love all the little details in the animation that give the characters a connection to the audience especially my aim for this animation will be young children. While I did my story-boarding of my ideas. I wanted to make a story that can captive the audience and could tell heartwarming stories. During the pre-production for this project, it really so hard to think for ideas that can appeal to the target audience also as you can see on my research I’m really debating whether if I’ll make 2D or 3D animation for this project. By the help and guidance of my tutors I manager to create a 2D animation for this project. Like what I have said during my research my previous project last year is 2D animation. Since I’m familiar with 2D animation why not to make another 2D animation. For my next project I’ll do 3D animation; why I’m choosing 3D animation I believe that I can do 3D short animation even though I’m not familiar

However, I have to think new ideas for this project and I want to push to myself and created a heartwarming animation. I really like creating a short animation, especially it has a story behind also it has an appeal to the target audience. I have to watch different short animation just to create a new a unique project for this year. We all know the Ghibli Studio they created a unique and heartwarming story-line that every young child and young adult really like watching Ghibli animation. Since my nationality is Filipino this also has big the impact for me to create a unique animation that I can incorporate into this project.

A bit of a historical background of Japanese and Philippines this was taken for my dissertation research. During the early 1990’s the term anime is about the style of animation that originated in Japan thus the word anime is born. In the last twenty years, the popularity skyrocketed in mainstream media not only in the Philippines but in the whole world, especially in the west. Show’s like Dragon Ball or even One Piece has a huge following, a Japanese Studio called Study Ghibli is one of the pioneers to bring Japanese animation overseas which gained popularity and made its mark thru society and now the whole world not only in Japan knows the word anime. The Philippines is renowned which makes me proud as a Filipino as one of the top choices of Western countries to outsource their work with its cheaper labor and abundant creative talent. However, given the different forms of animation, Filipino animators are inclined in 2D animation, a more economical and less intensive kind, rather than the more advanced techniques.

Due to my time management for this project. Overall I think I did well and I’m really happy with the outcome of this project. However, if I have more time I will do the animatic since it is acquired in the brief to create an animatic. I believe that I have done most the assessment criteria for this project. In my opinion, I think I can do better if I have time. Upon reviewing my animation I found some mistake this includes the shadowing, texturing and colour. I didn’t pay attention to this area.

Below, is my first idea, however, I did not manage to finish on time I have lack of time management. If I have time to finish this project I will continue this in the future. I have some concern regathering on this project. My first concern will be the rendering this will be the hardest part for me since I do not have a good laptop to animatic. I have tried to animatic this project however, my laptop always crashing that’s why I decided to change and make a new project. I did make a storyboard as you can see below. This story is about mother nature we as human begin are destroying our own environment. However,