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 January 25, 2021

By  Annabelle

Animation type:

Stop motion

The idea behind my animation:

My animation type will be stop motion and throughout the video I will be using different foods and transforming them into life-like things by making them act just like people. I will use sound to portray the food’s emotions and will play out a whole story as if the foods are live things.

Chosen sub-channel:

Vault Real - Why? Reality TV can be funny, dramatic, happy, sad, and messy. The quirky feeling of my animation demonstrates the similar characteristics that reality TV has. I will portray this through including food being silly around each other and annoying each other. The food’s characteristics will be conveyed using sound and the feeling of the video will be conveyed through my choice of music.

Equipment I will need:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Video editor software
  • Objects used in the animation

Food I’m using:

  • Toast
  • Peanut butter
  • Banana

Story

Peanut butter creates a trail and climbs over the toast. Peanut butter goes home and back into the jar. Another toast comes along, and the banana sits on the toast. It then mushes out all over the toast. To end, text spells out ‘Vault Real’ and the blue text comes in and matches up with the text underneath. The dark blue background comes in and we are left with ‘Vault Real’ written in blue writing on a purple-navy dark background.

Cut into sections:

First Section: Peanut butter on toast – 3 seconds

Second Section: Peanut butter goes home – 2 seconds

Third Section: Banana on toast – 3 seconds

Fourth Section: Text spells out ‘Vault Real’ - 3 seconds

Fifth Section: Videos of toast popping up and jar being opened are added – 7 Seconds

Next Step: Assembling into full Video – 16 seconds

Last Step: Adding in text, background, sound and music – concludes as a 24 second video

Filming

When choosing where to film, I had to think about how the lighting would look, and the story. I decided to film it in my kitchen since it fit the food theme best. I set up a tripod and camera and made sure it was focused on the main object, in this case, the toast. I set the white balance by using a piece of white paper. This helps the camera understand what white should look like which supposedly fixes the image’s colour tone.

I began taking images while using a spoon to move the peanut butter along the work surface. I will say that this was proving to be a very messy challenge as peanut butter tends to want to go in its own direction, as I’ve recently learnt. On the first day of filming, I encountered a problem with the white balance. When looking at the images on the computer, they looked yellow and grainy. When trying to work out why this was, I came to three ideas. The first one was that the camera was moving slightly as I was pushing the button to take pictures. The second reason is the shutter speed was too slow and the last reason was that the lighting wasn’t good which also contributes to grainy look.

When filming for the third time, I made sure to use a two second timer on the camera to stop any slight camera movement. I fixed the shutter speed and made it quicker, focused the camera properly and put the camera on auto white balance. The images ended up coming out near to perfect after making all these changes. I used the same settings each time I filmed for a reliable outcome.

Filming with the peanut butter

The peanut butter was hard to work with because it’s sticky and gloopy. I used a spoon to move it along between each shot, however, quite often the peanut butter would go its own way and I would have to fix it with a paper towel. The main challenge was making sure that the peanut butter moved the same amount each time. Because of this, I was careful when directing it with the spoon.

White balance editing

When looking at the images side by side in the editor (HitFilm Express), they were fairly even in colour tone but there were noticeable differences image to image. I added a white balance effect to every image and started changing the tone of colour in all of them to make the white balance in each image look identical.

At first it was a slow process as I didn’t fully understand how each colour tone worked. However, after playing with the three sliders for a while I learnt that each one represented a different colour channel. One added a red tone, one added a green tone, and one added a blue tone which helps decrease the amount of yellow in the image. Soon enough, I was able to look at an image and know exactly what colours I needed to change in the image. I went through every image and checked that the tone of each image was the same as the previous one. This makes them look the same so that when all the images are put together to form stop motion, the colour temperature didn’t constantly fluctuate in the stop motion.

Creating the animations

To turn the images into a smooth animation, I made the duration of each image 0.03 seconds long and selected ‘delete gap’ between each one. Once this is done, when watching back through it, it should look like a motion video instead of still images. I did this for each section of my video and exported them separately, so they were easier to work with while editing.

Editing the whole video

Since my chosen sub-channel was Vault Real, I knew I would need to place it in the video somewhere. So, I took a plain image of the work surface thought it would be better to drag it out and have the letters come in one by one to form the words. Since the actual logo is aqua blue, I decided to have the blue text come up over the grey text as it would be an exceptionally clean entrance.

When choosing the music, I wanted it to match the fun feel of my video, so I went for something acoustic sounding and chirpy. I also made the text gradually appearing match the music well by keeping it on beat.

I wanted to take one of the foods used in the video, in this case, the banana, and have it pop up next to the logo at the end. I thought it would be good to do this since it would add another interesting factor to my video. To create the animation of the banana coming in and jumping before leaving again, I firstly grabbed a picture of a banana without a background. I moved it to the far side of the frame where it would start its journey. I then cut it, so the image covered two frames, and moved the next part along the frame. I continuously did this until the banana had reached halfway through its motion. I then took all the images and placed them next to each other but the other way around, so it became reverse. This shows the banana leaving the frame the way it entered. Doing animations in reverse speeds things up and makes the animation look more consistent.

I wanted the beginning of the video to include all the foods being placed. I took the toast, peanut butter and banana and took some quick and simple videos of each food being placed. This section of the video is to set the scene and gives a reason as to why the foods are interacting. They aren’t just there in the video.

Adding sound

The key idea with my video is that the peanut butter and banana are annoying the toast, so I wanted to choose sounds to replicate that. How about, the peanut butter and banana are cheeky children, and the slices of toast are frustrated grown men? I searched up on Audio Hero, where I got the sounds from, sounds of giggling children. I got lots of variety to choose from and chose my favourite sounds that I knew would fit best. I also searched up for frustrated man sounds and got a few options which I selected and downloaded for my video. I placed them in the video according to where they suited best. This added so much character to the food and made the video so much more interesting.

Overview of the project

Once I had completed all of this, my video was done. The thing I enjoyed most about this project was the sense of experimentation and working with things I had never done before. There was a lot that I attempted that needed to be changed and it was in general a huge learning experience.

Final video:

Final video with intro:

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