“Animation subject research”

Alongside researching the most suitable type of animation to be used in my project, I’ve been looking into what story or subject could I cover. I’ve gone through topics such as food (buying in the market, travelling home, cooking, eating…), fabrics (my favourite are the beautiful african textiles found in the Petticoat Market’s Wentworth Street, but I also looked into the idea of silk creation—from warm to the finished product), and local people’s stories.

Food stop motion would be interesting, but I've already done a project with food.
Food stop motion would be interesting, but I’ve already done a project with food.
I'd love to do a motion picture about fabrics, but the stories of the fabrics merchants in Petticoat Lane Market didn't struck the chord in me enough to choose one of them as my subject.
I’d love to do a motion picture about fabrics, but the stories of the fabrics merchants in Petticoat Lane Market didn’t struck the chord in me enough to choose one of them as my subject.

As my idea was developing, I decided to focus on Brick Lane. Covering the history, immigration, religion, riots, street art, food, and any other important or interesting aspects of this street. I wanted to use stop motion using collage/paper cutouts, objects, and maybe even drawings—and narrate the story myself.

I’ve also played with the idea of walking through the street photographing it in stop motion…

However, while researching Brick Lane in one of the books (Spitalfields Life by The Gentle Author), I came across an event that really took my interest. It was the Battle of Cable Street—an anti-fascist riot that happened in 1936, signifying the power of the local people against racism and inequality. I found it very powerful, and once I saw the original footage online, I knew that this was my subject.

The fascist party’s leader Oswald Mosley—the tall man with moustache.
Police trying to suppress the rioters.
The rioters barricaded the streets to stop the fascists from passing through.
The rioters barricaded the streets to stop the fascists from passing through.
Many arrests were made.
Many arrests were made.

Thinking of different ideas to meet the brief, I still thought that I will make it work using stop motion. During the tutorial with Rachel I realised that the power of such event can’t really be expressed using collage or beads, and I finally decided to use the original footage from Youtube, and edit it into something short, organised, and hopefully artistic (if time allows me…).

My hands-on work will be covered in another post.


“More GIFs”

The following GIFs are the continuation of my experimentation with this media. The first one of these was created in Photoshop like the rest of them, but this time I’ve used quite a different procedure.


“Animation style research”

Over the last week I did a large amount of research on animation. There were a few pieces that I really liked, all of it stop motion animation in fact. This first piece is most memorable for me, mainly because instead of photographing objects, the main focus are “real people”. It’s extremely long too—that must have been a lot of work!


Next video that was really interesting beautifully animated creation of a pizza. I particularly like the end part, where pizza is being delivered throughout he streets:


The following video is another great example of an object stop motion. It’s well-shot, funny, and generally well produced:


This one is also shot with a real person, and I think it’s really well done…


I liked the imagination and skill in this one:



Lastly, here is a “behind the scenes” of a stop motion music video which was very interesting:


I am still working out the style of animation that i will do. The main issue is time, as I now only have about nine days to finish it. I am also working out the subject that I will cover, it will be covered in another post.


“HotHouse Talk—Sara Carneholm & Rachel Gannon”

This was another talk that I really enjoyed. Starting with Sara, who gave us a bit of her background in her usual funny-witty way, then moving on to her transition from being a student to being a professional designer, and finally, going through her most significant projects undertaken while being a part of a graphic design duo company “Happily Ever After”. My favourite comment of hers was “enthusiasm will get you far”, and I also liked the fact that she prefers “hands-on” to working in Photoshop (so do I), and her advice that when working with a client, we should try and find a way to guide them and show them what they need, rather than just follow their orders…


“HotHouse Talk—Design Bridge”

Last Tuesday we were lucky enough to join the “Empathy & Enterprise” studio and listen to the talk by two members of Design Bridge Graphics. They’re a graphic design company focused on branding, creating different media (3D, video, packaging, graphics, etc.). Their talk was very helpful, mainly the practical advise they gave us regarding our portfolios, CVs, interviews, placements, and finally, actual work as graphic designers.


“Screen printing workshop”

Going through my images and getting into the mood for catching up with my blog, I bumped into a folder full of photos from this great workshop. This was my second screen printing intro (one a year…), which I did back in December while completing my “Editions” project.

Damian took us through a (rather long, but amusing) “health & safety” talk, and demonstrated in great length and with plenty of enthusiasm the process of screen printing. Some of it was familiar, as I already went though it once a year ago with another technician. However, the process is pretty complicated, and so brushing up was necessary.