Dane: Project 1 Proposal
Project 1: Dane Thomforde
My stop motion animation project will be executed through the use of a dry erase board and dry erase markers. The story revolves around a character, who isn’t really anyone in particular, going through his daily routine. What makes this interesting though, is that the animator helps this character through his daily routine by altering the world around him. This could be thought of as what I would sometimes like life to be like, being maleable and bending completely to my will. By creating situations that seem to be normal drawn images, then changing them through the use of an actual hand forcing these drawn lines around this gives a different feeling to animation that I have not seen much before, and want to try.
Creating this strange feeling is going to be an interesting experiment, I have not tried anything like this before, but hopefully I will be able to find resources which will help me translate these ideas into actual footage. The tricks I plan on using could be described in this manner, for example, if the character is walking down the street and it begins to rain, the animator could make an appearance, just his hands, and move the clouds to stop the rain. This works by making a line and putting my hand on top of it or near it, creating the illusion of actually moving the line with my hands.
The plot revolves around a singular character, and his actions and routine on one specific day. He gets up, goes to work, goes out with friends, and goes back to bed. I want it to appear as a normal routine, but it will not look normal at all, I want it to look supernatural. Technically, all the drawing will be done with a dry erase marker, and there will be no props except my hands which will make appearances at various points. One technical aspect that I will be paying great attention to will be the lighting. I do not want to see light reflecting off the board, I want it to appear as though there isn’t even a board, just lines in space. I have encountered some great examples of the kind of work I will be creating, and along with this post I will attach some links.