For the second assignment, we are to use Adobe After effects to create a 30s collage animation.
I am thinking of a surreal flight sequence, framed through an airplane window. As you ascend through the sky, you see birds and clouds. Different characters can be seen inhabiting these clouds. Their actions leading to more clouds and birds.
For example the first cloud has a person sitting on it and smoking a pipe. He blows smoke which turn into clouds. Further up, you see children shooting paper planes which turn into birds to decorate the horizon. Next, you see children throwing snow balls at each other, the ones which are missed, turn into more clouds. And finally you see a painter painting the sky green, which resets the animation back to where it started.
This is a basic story board for the short, but is still being revised.
I made a quick visualization of the storyboard in AFX.
I wasn’t happy with this version, it wasn’t very appealing visually and the vertical flight motion didn’t make much sense.
I started thinking of another idea, something along the lines of an infinity zoom, the best example of which is the opening sequence of Limitless (2011).
The new idea was to merge scapes of nature scenes and geometric forms to create surreal visuals and move the camera through them. The camera zooms from one shape to the next, cycling through different worlds. Shown below is the final movie; Some of the assets were downloaded from You-tube and were only available in a limited resolution.