Overview: Unfortunately I don’t have reviews from my peers for this project as I did not finish the project on time so I did not have the evaluation template to get reviews. However, I did complete the project during my free time, so I completed my own part of the evaluation.
Story: I came up with the story of my animation while reading through the project brief, as I noticed the PG rating we had to stay within, this gave me the idea to create an animation suited for younger children. The story was about two young bears, one of which is the superhero and the other is a villain; the villain tricks the superhero into thinking they are stuck in a tree when they are not. I decided to go with the idea of morals behind a story, as my main idea was to aim my animation to young children. The moral behind my story was not to tell lies, as it leads to bad consequences. Which I think I managed to follow through with well as my peers who watched my finished animation, when it was done, said that they could tell what the moral was and that it was clear.
Narrative: I personally think the narrative in my animation could be a lot better, maybe with text on the screen or more voice overs. As the story didn’t really make sense to start with and became unclear in some areas. If there were more voice overs, possibly describing what was happening or the characters more than the animation would have made more sense.
Characters: Going back to the idea of having an animation aimed at younger children I researched different cartoon characters and animals, as I know children like animals. I chose to go with two bears as teddy bears are loved amongst children, which meant my animation would be suitable and entertaining for children. For both characters I thought they looked very good and would appeal to my audience. However, I think I should have used two different animals that didn’t look at all similar so that they were completely different, and went with the idea of them being a superhero and villain (different personalities and looks). But my peers told me that they liked my characters and how they were similar, which I was very pleased with because I put a lot of time and effort into creating my characters and giving them the right look.
Visuals: I think my visuals in the entire animation could have been a lot better, as in a lot of areas the character or background looked out of place, or the scenes skipped little areas. The areas where the scene skipped meant that my animation didn’t flow as well as I hoped it would.
Sound: I wasn’t overly happy with the sound in my animation as I thought it was a little dull and boring, especially for a younger audience. However, I did have sounds of flying for the superhero and voice overs for the characters talking which I think made my animation a lot more interesting.
Production: The production of my animation went well and the process of using Photoshop and Illustrator went well as I was able to find an image from the internet and trace over them, then remove the photo and add detail. This helped me to create a better character in the style I wanted. Overall, I think the process of creating my animation went to plan, considering I had never used some of the software we were using.
Post Production: When it came to piecing my animation together on After Effects, I found this part slightly difficult as I had never used the software before and had no idea how to use it. However, after I was shown by my tutor how to use the basic effect I was able to create my animation.
Audience: The audience we had to create our animations for was aimed at the ages between seven to fifteen, but we had to make sure our animation was of a PG rating. I think my animation is suitable for the audience, as the story, characters and visuals all fit in well with the age range, as well as sticking to the PG rating.
Overall Rating: I am pleased with my final animation as I think it went well for my first ever 2D animation. However, there are a lot of changes I would have made to it to make it a lot better. Such as more use of sound, like music to run all through the animation. Or by making it flow better to create an easier to watch production. Although, as I have only used the software a little I am proud of the skills I managed to gain.