Plan: My plan is to create a 2D animation focusing on the ages of 6-8 years and it will be about the MRI. As a fan of the series House, I’m kind of aware of what an MRI machine does but I’ll still have to research to see if there are different kinds of MRI’s that I might be able to work with.
Original Program plan:
Programs: For this project I’ll be using After Effects and Premier. Designing will happen in SAI.
Original Construction plan:
Construction: With us having 1 minute of animation to dwell into, I want to separate the animation in three bits. An introduction to the main character and their hopes/fears of the MRI, acknowledgement and hopefully a solution in an upbeat manner to relate more towards the age range and ending it with a good outcome e.g. the main character is looking forward to the MRI.
Hopeful outcome: The assigned age for the audience isn’t that known to me, I know no 6-8 year olds, but my hopes are that the animation will empower the children and inform them in a simple way about the process of having an MRI scan without emphasizing any disease/injury.
The plan was to research more of the MRI possibilities, though later in my set up for the animation the MRI isn’t visible. I’ve created a conversation between two friends about it, rather than having the machine in view. I did this mainly because of the limited amount of time I had in the animation and because I believe that if I had Molly (formerly known as Eight) stand infront of the MRI with a doctor who’s telling her what’s what, the message wouldn’t be as uplifting.
My construction was met. I managed to have an intro that shows the fear of the main character in the first part of the animation. The second part shows that her friend acknowledges her fear and explains through his own experience that there’s nothing to be scared of. The ending was uplifting and received as such by my reviewers.
The outcome was what I had hoped. We only know that Molly hasn’t been feeling so well lately and therefor the doctor had her go to the hospital for an MRI. Throughout the animation there’s no mentioning of a disease or illness and so the animation can reach for a wider audience.
My program plan didn’t work out that well. Designing everything in SAI was great, but I wasn’t able to drop the white background, so when you place the designs in After Effects, everyone’s on a white, squared background. This is why I had to do my final design in Photoshop, a program where this issue wasn’t present.
I also encountered an issue with the transfer of my project from After effects to Premier, warnings kept popping up when wanting to transfer it. And so I had to create a dynamic link which now made it a bit more difficult to meet one of the final submissions “4 high res. JPG files of the animation”.
The program After Effects also didn’t run in ‘realtime’ which made it very difficult for me to time the sounds with the movement and in the final product you might notice a slight delay in the actions of the characters as they aren’t always synced up with the narration.
Conclusion: The final design and story of my animation are overall pleasing. I’ve learned somewhat about After Effects, though I would like to learn more about the program in the future. Working with an age as target audience really had me think twice (or thrice) about the designs and way of wording things and so I found that really engaging. The issues with After Effects, SAI or transfering to Premier are next to nothing when I look at the final product as I feel that I have met all my set goals.