I finally finished the sound project!
After feedback I added more levels to the piece. With more background sounds (voice and kitchen) added it became easier to add focal points of sound and suggest the size of the room.
I also added people speaking Dutch for accuracy, more of my dog and raised the overall volume. I needed to create a crowd in the background but still ensure the room and people size was small. By raising the volume of the music it helped shrink the environment to the size reflected in the painting.
having actual Renaissance/Baroque music also really helps date the period. I made sure to include two music pieces as it not only helped establish the crowd and setting but also included even more historical context without being too obvious about it.
For a first attempt at a long sound piece I’m overall impressed by what I made. I think there were lots of ways I could’ve attempted to respond to the painting but I like the way I did.
By creating a story following the people carrying the table around the room, I was able to explore a lot of the wedding sounds in an understandable way. I managed to incorporate moving to different rooms, cheering, the start of a speech, a glass breaking, the dog, casual conversation, kitchen staff, wedding bells, applause and musicians all in two minutes.
Other blog posts about the sound here
I finally finished the poem project. Here is the finished animation-
Youtube version- (watch on 720p)
Vimeo- (crisper quality)
I really enjoyed this project and I feel like I’ve learnt and improved a lot.
It was fun giving voice acting directions and spending more time on sound editing. I ended up with lots of layers for the soundtrack, particularly in the flame scene. I also got permission to use this song-
-as the background music.
I edited it to follow the emotions of the animation and I think it works really well. I chose House of The Rising sun because a cover by The Animals came out the year before the poem was published and would of been very popular in America at the time. I was also really impressed by the piano cover, and there is no copyright on the song.
By using a sketchier pencil style I was able to experiment more and spend less time worrying about the consistency of the lines, like I did with the brush project last year. The grain style also worked well when blending shading and mixing colours.
I like comparing the flats to the final rendered style-
I was told to push the rendering style more and in doing this I spent more time focusing on consistency between frames and where the shadows and light were.
I also enjoyed the historical research involved in the hair, make up, costumes, staging and even the materials the house would be built from and the garden. To add a little for realness I based some of the kitchen on a fifties kitchen as it’s unlikely the average 1960’s house would’ve completely remodelled at the start of the decade.
Overall I’m impressed with my development on this project and I believe it is a good response to the prompt. Although I would maybe change a few things if I were to do it again, I feel personally more confident in this piece than i have in previous projects.
Rest of the Poem Blog posts here
More colour on the poem piece-
I have about 12 seconds mostly done in colour so I’m probably on schedule
I need to fully colour and edit a few lines
Levels change, more front sounds and different crowd levels. I also made more of a “point of view” character for the audience to follow
I’ll probably add a few more sounds and alter the levels for it to be fully finished.
I completed all the animation, cleaned it and started adding colour
I decided to colour the backgrounds first, including the shadows and light. I also changed the rain from black pencil to different opacity levels in colour. I also made it fall straight and added a shade over the back door to explain why there was no rain over the character.
It’s progressing really well. I think I will start on the main flame sequence now as it’s going to take the longest, but overall I think I’m on schedule.
There are a few minor edits to my sound piece that I’ll add in on Monday
I changed a few scenes based on feedback and started to lip sync. I now need to colour, animate the rain and clock, add a few “environment” animations like shadows and smoke and complete the end scene a bit more.
It’s going really well so far
Editing done in 2003-
I’m not sure how the quality is so I might reupload to vimeo
Over the past few weeks I’ve added more finished animation to the piece-
I’m also making sure to use a sketch layer so I don’t have to spend so much time correcting finished animtions
I did another ‘final’ animatic-
In this one I added most of the background sounds (forgot the clock) so I can be prepared for starting the real animation.
I also created a few line tests-
Line tests referenced from Richard William’s book, here, and here
First draft of the Peasant Wedding soundtrack done-
I based my script on the idea of following the two people with the tray through the kitchen, around the hall and back to my kitchen.
I picked the water pouring and meal plating as my main sound and sandwiched it between the rhythm of the kitchen to create a variety of room sizes.
I used recordings of my dog, clips from the BRUSH project and background noises from class as the voices, along with royalty free recordings that I will create a credits list for soon.
I ended up with a lot of tracks and clips-
But I really enjoyed editing them all together and creating my own sound room