Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Reflective Statement - Pitch Feedback

I am extremely happy with my feedback and how my pitch went, I'm glad Dr. Klappa and Phil liked my pitch and animatic, 

Dr. Klappa - totally got it, really liked it, Loved the characters, fun, good humor and he would show this to his kids :) 

Phil - on board, funny, will work, made him smile and that it established that the body is full of superheroes 

I need tweak things like:

  • Duplicate Chromosomes before mitosis (it happens in the S phase) 
  • Change ending sound to something the fits the actions of the characters 
  • more comic-book grammar (don't forget to use comic book sounds to help the comic-book style, sounds like pop, bang, and swoosh)
  • character design needs work - cleaner, symmetry, character and animation centric 
  • environments - use background in pitch title instead of the city environment  (focus on character)
these will be done and ill be sure to get help every step to make sure that this is a fantastic looking animation 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Concept Art


captain Ex-Cell-ent colour Scheme

Some ideas of what I want my cells to look like, I'm going to do 3. it's more heroic and fits the concept of all cell 


Font Ideas


@Phil - draft script 2

hi, Phil, I have taken your idea and every worded the script to fit the new idea of the arrogant superhero and the cells around him saying he is not the only one who can do that, hope this is a little bit better and please tell me what you think of it

Concept Ideas

hello ever one I need help on which city concept looks better so please comment.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

thumbnails 19 - 55

im liking thumbnails 34,35 and 37 for environments and for characters i like 41, 48 and 55 


Definitive Influence Map


Saturday, 18 March 2017

@ Phil - script draft

Hello, Phil, I have done my first script draft for my mitosis superhero idea and I need advice on how is at the moment and if it needs improvement, hope it is really good.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Changing target audience and the research

After much thought and consideration I decided that the target audience should be 11 to 16 boys instead of girls for I find that the idea I want to do would appeal to the male demographic more, for my idea is to make a cell into a superhero. So in order for me to go ahead with my idea I need to see what boys of that age like.

I look into shows, animation, games and comic book to help me with my influence, here are my results:

T.V Shows and Online

Big Bang theory
The Flash
Game of Thrones
Hishe (how it should have ended)
Honest Trailers
Nostalgia Critic


Adventure Time
Justice League Action
Family Guy
The Simpsons
South Park
Bobs burgers

Video Games

Assassin Creed
The Batman Arkham trilogy
Dumb ways to die
Watch dogs
Tail tales batman
Super Mario brothers

Comic books

Green Lantern
The Flash

I think looking at comic books more would help me more into my ideas for the art style as well as how my character should act in my animation. I think that a mixture of Superman, Batman and some Marvel comics would help me in the long run, for the most old comics of the superheroes themake them look  heroic and ready for action which I know can help me.

Reflective statement - soundscape

I found that this project was great I loved every minute of it, I am happy with my outcomes however I think that image 2 of my sound could of needed more sound e.g. Maybe more wet or sloggy sounds to help the idea of the images. I loved going outside and different places to record simple sounds and edit them to fit my ideas and concepts. All in all a great project for me.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

My chosen audience and research

I decided for my target audience should be for 11 to 16-year-old girls, for myself I thought this might be easier for I could compare what I used to watch when either their age as well as see what things have changed to what they like now. What I decided to do was a little bit of online research first asking questions like what the best TV drama, the best show and best cartoon for teens, I was getting some idea of what they like however it was not really set in stone it was not enough information. So I turned to Facebook and asked friends and family this question.

"hi guys in my project I'm doing a animation for girl between the ages of 11 to 16 so it would be a great help to know what they like to watch on T.V? so please ask a friend or family member what they are watching if they are this age or what you use to like watching as a teen. thank you"

This is the result:

TV Drama/Shows 
teen wolf
once open a time
big bang theory
 pretty little liars
call the midwife

dumb ways to die

Steven Univers
Star Vs The Forces Of Evil
The Simpsons

I think of once open a time, dumb ways to die, Steven Univers and a 1950 style for my influence in story and art style to help the animation appeal to girls.

My chosen bioscientific scenario and Research

After looking more into the cell cycle and asking advice from a hospice nurse about the subject, I decided to go into the subject of Most cell division results in genetically identical daughter cells AKA mitosis, for I found it exciting learning more about how cells hold our DNA through chromosomes,

The Research

 To understand this subject I did a little bit of digging into the medical textbook, online and talking to a hospice nurse in Margate Kent. When bringing up the cell cycle and the 3 bioscientific scenarios, she said that Mitosis is my best bet.

Inside each cell are chromosomes that hold DNA which determines how you look, the colour of your skin and eyes, it also combined DNA from your mother and father to make yourself.

Cell Division is the process in which the parent cells divides into two or more identical daughters cells, Cell division usually occurs as part of a larger cell cycle. In eukaryotes, there are two distinct types of cell division: a vegetative division, whereby each daughter cell is genetically identical to the parent cell. This is called Mitosis.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Soundscape: Final submission

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3


Soundscape sounds

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3


Original and Post produced SFX and description for image 3


Kettle boiling – turning on the kettle

Over fizzy coke – hovering a purred cup of coke cola and wait for the fizz to stop

Scrapping – scrapping two knives together

Put hand on blinds – using my hand in an upwards and downwards motion against the blinds

Ticking – using my mouth to make the ticking sound

Post produced

Kettle boiling – Distortion and reverb

Over fizzy coke – Amplify and Pitch Shifter

Scrapping – Full Reverb and 2X Flanger

Put hand on blinds – Flanger

Ticking – Distortion and Reverb


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Original and Post produced SFX and description for image 2


Blowing bubbles into fizzy drink - whilst pursing my lips I blow bubbles to create the effect

Egg Squelch - boiling an egg and using knife to press down squishing the egg

Sponge squeezing -squeezing a wet sponge

Dragging -kneeling and crawling on the floor

Raindrops - recording the rain

water filter fish tank - holding the recorder close to the tank

rain on bin bags -  recording the rain

Post Produced

Blowing bubbles in fizzy drink - keep it the same

Egg Squelch - Automatic Phase Correction, Echo, Chorus/flanger, Reverb

Sponge squeezing - Graphic Equaliser (20 bands), Hard Limiter, Stereo Expander, Flanger

Dragging - Reverb, FFT Filter 2X

Raindrops - Amplify, Delay, Reverb, Pitch Shifter

water filter fish tank - Studio Reverb, Echo

Rain on bin bags -  FFT Flitter, Analog Delay

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Original and Post produced SFX and description for image 1

Fridge - it is the buzzing inside the fridge with the recorder being rotated in a circular motion

Bing - is a spring on  a lamp bing pulled

Microwave - holding the recorder a few cm near the microwave

Slicing - using 2 knives and press them together to create the slicing sound

White Noise - generated in adobe audition

Fridge - using Echo, Analog Delay, Graphic Phase Shifter and Flanger in adobe Audition to create effect

Bing - using Graphic Equlizer and Flanger in adobe Audition

Microwave - Pitch Shifter, Phase, Amplify, FFT Flitter and Guitar Suit

Slicing - Echo, Amplify and Flanger

White Noise - generated in adobe audition

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sonic Concept


Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Steven Speilberg 1971 - film review 19 cutting edge

 Figure 1

Stephen Spielberg is known by some members to be a whimsical and creative director.  His films are solely based on pleasing audiences from beginning to end. In 1977 Spielberg would direct and create his first alien film that would be the setup to “ET “; this film would be “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.

The narrative of this film at times can be a bit complicated but when looking back it is quite simple. It is about two different families: a single mother with a small boy who starts to have strange encounters with aliens, eventually losing her son to them and finding herself trying  to find the aliens to get her son back, the other family focuses on a father who after an experience with the aliens begins to have weird visions of a mountain and throughout the film tries to recreate it to try and remember where it is from, whilst at the same time alienating his family.  It is not until both single mother and father come together that they find the mountain that they are looking for and find the aliens resulting in the father leaving to live in outer space. 

What makes this film stand out is Spielberg’s way of directing. In this reviewers eyes the film “makes you realise that it may be the nearest thing he created to an old-fashioned epic and that maybe the vision of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming was a Spielbergisation of John Ford.” (Bradshaw, 2017) What this means is when watching the film, it is taking the viewer on a nostalgic trip of how films used to be, and with every step that it takes, it feels inviting, welcoming and a joy to watch which when audiences look at Spielberg’s films, to some, this is the exact reaction that they get whether from the classic “ET” to the delightful story “Hook”.

Spielberg, as director, proves time and time again that his films are absolutely mind blowing at how they are created and at the end of the day they give a sense of enjoyment to the audience.  For this reviewer, after watching  Close Encounters of the Third Kind, says  “Director Steven Spielberg confirmed his genius for painting a convincing picture of mundane domestic life, subsequently shattered by extraordinary events (notably the terrifying kidnap of a young boy and Dreyfuss's slide into apparent insanity).” (Collins, 2016) What this means is that Spielberg is like an artist cleverly crafting his work taking pure joy in showing the story that he wants to tell and viewers appreciate it.

During this film Spielberg asked John Williams to create the music of the film as well as the sound for the diegetic moments, diegetic sounds complement what is happening in the background and the surroundings. For example, there was a scene of a character in a cafe the diegetic sound would be some members of that cafĂ© talking, as well as plates and glasses clanging together. There is a scene where the diegetic sounds matches what the characters are going through and feeling, this scene is of the father realising what shape he was seeing in different objects and foods shown in figure 2 & 3, what helps this mind-blowing discovery is the background sounds of an old Looney Tunes cartoon serving as the diegetic sounds, where the audiences can only hear some dialogue from the cartoon characters and these great exploding sounds as if to say that the father has just had his mind blown at what he is seeing in front of him at the sudden realization of  the shape that he was looking for, hence this works for audiences to make the connection.

 Figure 2

 Figure 3

Diegetic sounds are not Williams only contribution to the film, he also created the sound effects and music for the UFOs.  He cleverly used only five notes to make the iconic UFO sound effect, for one reviewer sees this as:
“A final word must be said for the soundtrack of Close Encounters. Recorded in Dolby sound, it is far more than simply music and effects. In crowd scenes, it supplies a palpable texture. In scenes of the UFOs flashing across the night sky, the multichannel create added dimensions of space”(Staff, 2016).
 Williams knew what he was doing when creating music for this film; he tried not to make it overly complicated and in doing so created something that was iconic and easy to follow, for these five notes, when played, sound something otherworldly exactly the point that he was trying to make. This was a difficult task to do considering when thinking of space, there is no recorded evidence of sounds and no evidence of aliens. Yet he did a fantastic job in creating otherworldly sound to help with the theme of the film. 

In conclusion, Spielberg has made audiences welcome in his story and ideas of longing for a better life. The film’s score shows how sound can help not only the character through his emotional experience but also how it opens a new perspective on space and aliens through sound. Truly Spielberg has gone out of his way to show what a great a director he is as he continues to make films that are truly inspiring in different ways and continues to capture this sense of whimsy in his work.

  •  Collins, A. (2016) Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Available at: http://www.radiotimes.com/film/rbjkn/URL (Accessed: 26 February 2017).

  • Staff, T. (2016) ‘Close encounters of the Third kind’: THR’s 1977 review. Available at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/close-encounters-third-kind-1977-review-947485 (Accessed: 26 February 2017).

  • Bradshaw, P. (2017) Close encounters of the Third kind review – a must-watch director’s cut. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/26/close-encounters-of-the-third-kind-review-a-must-watch-directors-cut (Accessed: 26 February 2017)

Illustration List:

  • Euderion, E. (2015) 1453x1910px 408.82 KB close encounters of the Third kind #357309. Available at: http://tophdimgs.com/357309-close-encounters-of-the-third-kind.html (Accessed: 1 March 2017). Figure 1 

  • Close encounters of the Third kind (1977) Directed by Steven Spielberg [film]. USA:. Figure 2 and 3