Animation

As for the animation I am hoping to create, I have realised that I do not have the skills to successfully create what I am hoping to.  I have been speaking to an animator friend from DJCAD in Dundee, who has explained everything that I would need to ask an outside animator to create this piece for me.  I would need a rough storyboard, but nothing too extreme because it is mostly a looping animation with only small changes.  I will also need a character design from all angles with a short description on how they walk and move.  I would also need a stylised idea of the world in which the character is.  As well as the final few frames of the dead end.  So I will have all of this material ready by Wednesday to ask some animators.  As of the 09th February I have located an animator to create the animation from DJCAD named Fraser.  I have sent him the character, a general feel of the location and just exactly what I am looking for in the final piece.  I am confident he will produce a high quality final product.

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Literature Review

Here is the list of books again for the literature review but this time with a short description by each to explain the books a little better.

  • Film Sound: Theory and Practice – Elisabeth Weis and John Belton (1985): A collection of essays about both the theory and practical uses of sound within film, ranging from why to use particular microphones to sound art within cinema.
  • Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen – Michel Chion (1994): The excellent book in which Chion assesses the audiovisual relationship between sound and visuals in modern cinema using new concepts and ideas coined by Chion himself.
  • Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, voice and Sound Effects in Cinema – David Sonnenschien (2001): A more exercise based take on sound design, offering starting points to help beginning sound designers on a particular sound design topic.
  • Audio in Media – Stanley R. Alten (2007): Stanley Alten delivers a range of necessary audio techniques and principles to get people started in todays’ production based media industry.
  • Film Music – Peter Larsen (2007): Larsen dissects many aspects of the film soundtrack, with specific focus on two film case studies; Metropolis and The Graduate.
  • Sound Effects Bible – Ric Viers (2008): A comprehensive guide for recording and editing particular sound effects.
  • Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound – David Lewis Lewdall (2011): A collection of real-life data, based on experience from the author, which embrace the topic of sound for movies.
  • Electronic Music and Musique Concrète – F.C. Judd (2013): A book highlighting the author’s personal journeys and experiences through electronic music throughout the 50s and 60s.

Hopefully this extra knowledge will inform my dissertation more, and contribute towards the success of my honours project.

Concept Development Document

The next port of call after handing in the project proposal document is to start finishing the work of the concept development document.  The concept development document is my own personal analysis of existing works, relating to my project proposal.  It will feature the main milestones of sound design over the years, which have led up to my project now.  I will exhibit my case studies and why I chose them for my project, which aims to exploit the emotions that your sound design can create.  At the time of writing this blog post I am currently looking to discuss the ways to evoke 4 emotions: Happiness, Sadness, Fear and Discomfort.  I feel like these are the 4 emotions that I have been trying to narrow in on subconsciously when watching films for case studies.