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This picture demonstrates hope in the way of the box coming to life and reaching to the sky.


Animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and the illusion of change by means of the rapid display of a sequence of images that minimally differ from each other.

While there were several predecessors, the 17th century invention of the magic lantern provided the first apparatus with which convincing moving images have been created. However, the movement of these images were the result of moving parts rather than a rapid succession of sequential images. The introduction of the  in 1833 marks the start of true animation, although it could only show loops of a limited number of “frames”.

In 1906, Blackton also made the first drawn work of animation on standard film, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces. It features faces that are drawn on a chalkboard and then suddenly move autonomously. Fantasmagorie, by the French director Émile Cohl (also called Émile Courtet), is also noteworthy.

Historically and technically, the first animated film (in other words, the earliest animated film ever made on standard motion-picture film) was Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906) by newspaper cartoonist J. Stuart Blackton, one of the co-founders of the Vitagraph Company.

2D Animation: 

2D animation is the traditional animation method that has existed since the late 1800s. It is one drawing followed by another in a slightly different pose, followed by another in a slightly different pose, on and on for 24 frames a second.

3D Animation:

Sometimes referred to as 3D CGI, 3D animation is a type of animation that uses computer generated images to create animated scenes. Compared to 2Danimation, or traditional animation, 3D has much more depth, and it looks much more realistic. An animated scene starts with one picture, which is referred to a frame.

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With this assignment i used the animation software Adobe After Effects and i also Adobe Illustrator for creating the character and all my backgrounds. i got inspiration from most of the animations that are presented on my mood board and i presented the theme of hope within a ring and when my character purchased the ring he got good luck but at the start of the animation he got bad luck so he hoped for something good to happen that is how i presented hope through the ring.

Using Adobe illustrator really made creating the characters and scenes easy for me to work with as it would transfer straight to after effects with no problems. I tried to use bright colours in my animation because i wanted to present a happy atmosphere. I put a lot of time into the character design and the backgrounds but when they were done the actual animating in after effects didn’t take that long when everything was set up , but this was probably the longest assignment.

Questionnaire Responses: 

  1. What do you think of my animation?

Very suitable.

Fits the story of the animation.

He Finds a Lucky Ring.

2. How do you feel the animation applied to the theme of hope?

Opportunities can be created from negative situations.

Its more centred around the theme of luck that hope.

It gives a interesting vision of hope, that even when you are not lucky there is always hope.

It applied because the character hopes to recover from a skateboarding injury.

It shows him having no hope at the start but found hope from the ring.

3. What Did You Think Of My Animation?

Good: 9.1%

Bad: 0%

Ok: 36.4%

Great: 36.4% 

The movement and animation of the characters need work, as well as their anatomy: 9.1%

It hurts my eyes: 9.1%

4.Do you think the story was clear?

Yes: 81.8% 

No: 18.2%

5. Did The Audio Fit The Animation?

The sound effects fit but their could have been some background music to convey more emotion.


Yeah maybe more audio at the start of the animation.


Title: The name of my project is The Lucky Ring.

Genre: Animation / Short Film

Duration: 90 seconds / 1 minute 30 seconds.

Target Audience: 10 – 20 year old males and females that feel like they are unlucky and that if they hope to one day do something they can. social grade DE -Semi-skilled & unskilled manual occupations, Unemployed and lowest grade occupations & C2 – skilled manual occupations.

Outline: My character starts of enjoying the day on his skateboard ride, until he collides with a rock on the floor resulting in him falling flat on his face and straight into a puddle of mud. He then sees a shop called hope and decides to go and check it out, in hope that he can find good luck. In the shop, Hope he purchases a ring. Then he begins to feel lucky and good things happen for him.

Character Breakdown: My characters name is Luke, he is 20 years old. His gender is male and race is African American. His back story is that he has always had bad luck in his life and he has hoped for something to finally go his way for once.

Visual Elements / Mise en scene: The starting scene is on the street where it is on a bright sunny day. In the shop there was rings and fish in the background and also a character that worked in the shop their uniform was a red shirt and blue trousers.

Audio: The song i used was Axol & The Tech Thieves – Bleed NCS Release. i used a screaming sound effect and a money one. i used the soundtrack because it has a good vibe to it and that is why i used it at the end because that was when my character, Luke was feeling happy.

Rationale: I have chosen this idea because it clearly presents the theme of hope within the character of Luke as he is hoping to recover from his skateboard injury and because he is hoping for something good to happen.

Primary & secondary research: Ive done a questionnaire.

Requirements and resources: I needed the programs, Photoshop, Illustrator & After Effects for this project because i used Illustrator to design my character, Photoshop for my background scenes and After Effects to actually animate them all.

Constraints and Contingency: I am likely to encounter problems with the actual animation stage and the way the character is placed together. I had a problem with the body parts of the whole character and the way he moved at the start and that was because all of  them were connected together so i couldn’t move them separately.

Legal and Ethical Considerations: I considered the legal and Ethical rights when choosing the music i did but i checked it and i was allowed to use it. I shouldn’t have anything else to worry about because i haven’t stolen the character design from anywhere.

Schedule: Once all the character design was complete i had 2 – 3 weeks to animate everything plus time to fix mistakes and all other stuff.

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Stop Motion

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To make my stop motion animation i used a type of plasticine to mould my object and took pictures as i went along, all together it took around 40 pictures to create my 5 second stop motion animation. the films i used in this mood board all have used aspects of stop motion animation so i used them to help get inspiration when making my stop motion. For example in the movie Kubo he creates characters and props out of bits of paper, so in a way i created the shape of a cup.

I made a cup because i was given the letter C to work with for this stop motion task. if anything i could have poured a bottle of water in the cup to make it look more like a cup because i was told that it didn’t really look like a cup at first. I’,m happy with using the plasticine because it is easy to use and shape into loads of different things and i would use it again. if i was to do it again i would change the colour of the cup to ether black or white. This stop motion animation didn’t take long to create when taking pictures but the animation took longer because the pictures were not in order.