4/9/2020

“Restoration” is an animation regarding climate change.  Recently, I have felt entirely helpless in the state of our planet.  Biodiversity is threatened by a mass extinction and our practices are unsustainable.  The first people to be affected by climate change are people living in close relations to nature and their ecosystems.  This includes the Indigenous people of the Americas withstanding persistent droughts and fires, and Australian aboriginal people who faced bush fires, earlier this year, threatening the island's unique marsupial dominated land.

People, animals, and vegetation are threatened by humanity's over-consumption of Earth's resources.

 

Now, humanity is facing a global pandemic from the COVID-19 outbreak.  This recent development altered my view of the work as well.  With the outbreak, air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have lowered.  People are confined to their homes during the Stay-At-Home orders.

 

We currently live in a time of global threats, and something positive should be made.  My animation is about a world post climate change.  The planet is recovering and the abundant carbon in the air is now personified and roams the world giving energy and growth new life.  Humanity lives in bubble towers fully sustainable for their living needs.  These bubble towers are how people protect the planet now.  They have removed themselves from nature to allow Earth to balance itself.  Yet, this isolation from nature is not for everyone.

The animation follows a little girl who has grown up in these bubbles with her family.  She dreams of reconnecting with nature and joining the carbon creatures.  No one in her family has ever set foot on Earth’s soil.  She dreams of rejoining nature and the Earth, and she decides that is what she will do.

4/1/2020

What is the world right now.  Quarantine 2020? YEP!

3/11/2020

Look how long it has been!  I am working, working, and still working!  I am spending a lot of time animating and readjusting my storyboard and animatic to create a more concise story.  The length of animation I originally planned to make was a little bit too ambitious for the quality I want to produce, so I have truncated the story slightly.

Everything is fine though!  I am constantly discovering new things in TVPaint I can play around with for animating and fellow stuff.  Of approximately 1180 frames (2.5 minutes at 8 frames per second) I have completed or near completed 650 frames.  This project needs to be completed by April 7th for show drop off.  I am now officially in crunch time, but I know I can complete it!  The good news is the first 650 frames were the most time consuming/labor intensive portion of animating and coloring I needed to complete.  Should be much faster and easier from here on out.

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Update:  The storyboard is currently being drafted out again. 

The storyboard process is really important to the fundamentals of narrative and storytelling.  Basic framing, and visual ease really helps to catch the eye of the viewers and keep them engaged.  Typically, the first storyboard draft is only a draft, and will RARELY make it to the animatic stage.  

Today I have been working on new iterations of the storyboard.  The first draft was excellent at providing a basic plot layout to the story.  These new drafts help introduce more character and context to the piece.  Always make drafts.  Many, many drafts!

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Time to share the concept and idea behind this work.​

Currently "Untitled" project is an animation regarding climate change.  Recently, I have felt entirely helpless in the state of our planet.  It is hurting and our practices are unsustainable.  The first people to be affected by climate change are people living in close relations to nature and their ecosystems.  This includes the Indigenous people of the Americas withstanding persistent droughts and fires.  Australian aboriginal people currently face bush fires threatening the island's unique marsupial dominated land.

People, animals, and vegetation are threatened by humanity's over-consumption of Earth's resources.

Something positive should be made.  My animation is about a world post climate change.  The planet is recovering and the abundant carbon in the air now roams the world giving energy and growth to the life in nature.  Humanity lives in bubble towers fully sustainable for their living needs.  These bubble towers are how people protect the planet now.  They do not mess with nature, and allow Earth to balance itself.

A little girl who has grown up in these bubbles with her family dreams of reconnecting with nature and joining the carbon creatures.  She has never set foot on the Earth's soil.  Neither has her parents or her grandmother, who all live together in their little bubble apartment home.

She dreams of rejoining nature and the Earth, and she decides that is what she will do.

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University of Arizona study

1/14/2020: Storyboard
1/09/2020: Concept Idea

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