[Project 3 : Explainers] Interviews

February 27, 2018

The Hampers: Ruitao, Hridae, Eugina

 

Search Tool for CCA Animation Majors_Interview Script

 

Hi, my name is XXX. Thank you for taking your time to participate in this interview. We are currently designing a search tool for CCA animation students.

 

Name:

Age:

Gender:

Ethnicity:

Specialization (2D, 3D, storyboard, rigging, etc.):

 

  1. Can you walk me through how you create your animations step by step?

  2. What tools do you use to look for inspirations or reference?

  3. Do you feel struggled with the tool you use to search currently? If you could fix anything about your search tool, how would you improve it?

  4. If this was a possibility, what kind of impact would that make in your working process?

  5. That’s it for my questions. Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about what we’ve discussed?

Interview notes(Ruitao)

Name: Terrell Joseph

Age: 23 years old

Gender: male

Ethnicity: 50% Caucasian, 50% African American

Specialization:storyboard + 2D

Junior student of Animation

 

1.Can you walk me through how you create your animations step by step?

First, come up an idea with a beginning and end. Make sure the middle part has a flow connecting to it. Second, create a character with design tools, sketch whatever. Third, script writing, typing down the events, the major part of the story. And if there is something important in-between, I will just add that in, or take it out if the idea is running off. That helps the story more making sense. Fourth, I print out the work and do some tiny sketch on it, making the order right and knowing the flow of story. Then I use digital approach, such as using Photoshop to edit the missing details and putting video project together with Premiere.

2. How do you create the character?

I create them freely, out of my mind.

3. What tools do you use to look for inspirations or reference?

Usually I gain inspirations from different media, Television shows, movies, systematic video games. I like video game with a story in it.

4. Do you need to find the behavior references during your working process?

Not that much so far. Usually when I design the character, I think of the personality of the character.

5. What search tools do you use now?

I use google image through internet to look for old buildings, clothing inspirations.

6. Do you feel struggled with the tool you use to search currently? If you could fix anything about your search tool, how would you improve it?

I don’t feel there’s much to fix basically. It seems both sides are, they have a system that’s very specific, like Youtube already have movie click, google image has sub bubbles to make my search specific.

7.If this was a possibility, what kind of impact would that make in your working process?

I look for something resemble to my design idea, such as 1800 sort of design, it will give a design 1800 kind of feel, or mainly on the clothing, like I said, I would use. Like 1920 times fabric, or outfit people wore. So far I look for this kind of images for my work most of the time.

8. That’s it for my questions. Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about what we’ve discussed?

People would give you advices on the project, but it would be more a personal stuff, a style production for my work.

 

Name: Serena Harris

Age: 20 years old

Gender: female

Ethnicity: 50% Indian, 50% African American

Specialization:3D + 2D

Junior student of Animation

 

1.Can you walk me through how you create your animations step by step?

If I need to do a project of people walking with a dog,  I go online to find references for a person walking with animals something like that. Usually I try to find a video and slow down it frame by frame and draw all the images down.

2.  What tools do you use to look for inspirations or references now?

I use Youtube because it has most of the videos. Some people use Rhino House, which is a reference library of film, but you need to pay, and it’s expensive.

3. Do you feel struggled with the tool you use to search currently? If you could fix anything about your search tool, how would you improve it?

Well, it works fine for Youtube, it kind of depends on what has been posted on, you know, if we need to find something we have to make the footage, to go find the people to make the stuff we want the videos, that’s how we find a reference. There are more reference videos for the animals in the library, but we have to pay and it’s not affordable and the price is not that reasonable. If there are more high quality videos to choose, that would be great too. If there are filters to help me identify the maker, timeline and slow motion action for the films, and also real time, animals, different kinds of people, that’s really helpful.

4. Do you feel hard to find something when you are using this tool?

It’s difficult when you need to find something really specific. Sometimes, I just make it up, or do something really close. It’s just a basic idea, you just need to a basic motion to see and get started.

5. If this was a possibility, what kind of impact would that make in your working process?

It will save my time, if the search tool is easier to use and affordable to me.

 

Name: Dimitri Zampathas

Age: 20 years old

Gender: male

Ethnicity: 50% Caucasian, 50% Chinese

Specialization:3D + 2D +storyboard

Junior student of Animation

 

1.Can you walk me through how you create your animations step by step?

First I need to figure out the content, the character, scene, feeling of the story, how to express small actions, and 2D animation. Then I need to think about what key pose would be.

2.  What tools do you use to look for inspirations or references now?

Usually I look for references of key poses. I tried to use youtube. Sometimes, I just took references myself because it’s kind of hard to find something what you need and what you want, so you have to act it out yourself. Animation is a lot about acting. The department has tried to push this a little more, and I appreciate that a lot.

 

3. Do you feel struggled with the tool you use to search currently? If you could fix anything about your search tool, how would you improve it?

Youtube is never very helpful. It’s hard to search on Youtube to define what specific references you need. I tried to look for girl play on water, it comes out a really bad footage, and it’s never come to the same composition you need. It ended up someone just falling. And it’s like camera footage is not stable. It would be interesting if it has some kinds of filters, but it’s something hard to analyze. Maybe like the quality of camera, like quality filter that will help me to find some videos that could actually visibly see. I think it would be nice that there would be delicate resources, animation references, just like people constantly uploading solid footage for that. If there’s a community source, like some people acting, or there’s a pay service, I would like to send a request to find some people to act, that will be kind of nice. Or maybe like google images, if you input a keyword,it will show related images or related videos. Youtube kind of suck for that. It never leads to something what I want.

 

4. If this was a possibility, what kind of impact would that make in your working process?

It will make things a lot easier, just like having these things at hands. It’s like having an access of information, everything in your fingertips. But it also has a problem, get people bad habit, like coping the references. My teacher asked us to go to bar to group people to act for our animation because animation is more like acting on it. I really like the idea that actors and animators can collaborate together, like the actors can act and read the script and upload it to the library.  

 

5. That’s it for my questions. Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about what we’ve discussed?

If there’s a better references library, that would be very nice.

 

Name: Sheng Hu

Age: 20 years old

Gender: male

Ethnicity: Chinese

Specialization:2D 

Sophomore student of Animation

 

1.Can you walk me through how you create your animations step by step?

 I come up with a few ideas of poses, and then draw down a key pose, adjust the timing, and add something missing in between, edit it in TV paint, clean up the lines and color it.

 

2.  What tools do you use to look for inspirations or references now?

Usually, I act it out myself. Sometimes, I ask my friends to help me to hold the camera. If the poses are classic poses, I look them up online. Some of the poses are too exaggerate, I could not act them out, so I will find references from Youtube, which provides animators'  portfolio. I can find the one I like. 

 

3. Do you feel struggled with the tool you use to search currently? If you could fix anything about your search tool, how would you improve it?

I have trouble to find the specific reference I want through Youtube. Usually, I input the keyword and animation to search. For example, I put chicken walk and animation to look for the videos. I can not act it out because it's animal not a person. I found that the results were not what I want, the angle, the style, and the timing. I wish I could classify the videos by various motion, groups(such as Disney or Miyazaki Hayao), types of films(science fiction, machinery, life action performance). 

 

4. If this was a possibility, what kind of impact would that make in your working process?

I can save more time to design my animation and make it more interesting. 

 

5. That’s it for my questions. Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about what we’ve discussed?

If the search tool can let different animators exchange their ideas under the video they upload, in the comment section maybe, and give some feedback to each other, that will help us to improve our skills. 

 

 

 

 

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