New Narratives

New Narratives Image:

We decided to elaborate on the keywords “linear narrative”, “organisation” and “animatics”. At first we pondered on the idea of progression, such as a series of sketches getting more and more refined as we go along

some brainstorming showing our progression from keywords into concepts
some brainstorming showing our progression from keywords into concepts

Our second concept was an elaboration of progression which was evolution. We considered ideas of dinosaurs evolving into birds or the life cycle of a butterfly or a frog, and eventually narrowed it down to two ideas: the evolution of man and the life cycle of a chicken.

early concept art of the life cycle of a chicken for our project
early concept art of the life cycle of a chicken for our project
early concept art of the evolution of the animation student
early concept art of the evolution of the animation student

Here we see the young animation student slowly but surely progressing from a carefree, innocent caterpillar into a sleepless, murderous butterfly plagued by fatigue from the many hours of dedication to his homework.

A very minimalist and cute life cycle of a chicken that very clearly shows the linear progression of time
A very minimalist and cute life cycle of a chicken that very clearly shows the linear progression of time

Another idea we had was the Animator’s Toolkit

final toolkit idea
final toolkit idea

The chicken idea was meant to be minimalist and portrayed the idea of linear narrative clearly and simply. The aptly named Evolution of the Animation Student was a parody of the famous Evolution of Man image of the ape through various stepping stones in time becoming a modern human.

After some refinement the finished concepts for the chicken and the evolution of the animation student looked like this:

Here we see the young animation student slowly but surely progressing from a carefree, innocent caterpillar into a sleepless, murderous butterfly plagued by fatigue from the many hours of dedication to his homework.

This became the chosen image for New Narratives.

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