My second and final project was an animation film, the story of a rat that got resurrected from a scientist after being hit by a car. He then must rescue his creator who was kidnapped by his less superior hamster. One of my favorite scenes is the taxi scene, where he dosen't pay the cab and deals with the consequences. Animating is really time consuming, and it takes a lot of patience. With strategy, animating can be a bit easier. I did my best to make sure everything was as fluid as possible. I used adobe animate to do all the animating, backgrounds were made on Gimp, and editing the sound effects and music is done by iMovie. I made an animatic first, to show how I wanted the scene to move. These are the planning stages. I then go back and add in between frames and coloring. This was one of my favorite projects to do, and I love how cartoony everything came out to be.
I was also given the opportunity to lend a hand in the Northwood Puppet Show. I enjoyed working on the play as it told a wonderful story and it told a message for all those who went to go and see it. I worked on the Father Lion and the Rhino. I enjoyed making the father lion, as he is the most wise animal in the play in my opinion. It was quite a big responsibility, but we were able to challenge ourselves.
Father Lion was made using folded cardboard. We then make the face with newspaper and finally paper mached it with cornstarch water and paper. To my surprise, the cornstarch helped make the lion more stronger and durable. The hair is made with cut paper hot glued to the head. For the Rhino, it was already built before, but was very destroyed, so I had to modify it to make it look like a rhino again. We simply placed cardboard inside the head to maintain it's shape, and then added newspaper to to even out the face more. Everytime I look at the those puppets, I always feel the sense of accomplishment.
I was also in the Northwood Puppet Show! I wore the Rhino head and walked around on stage, I also appear in the opening scene with the Ibis and and Baby Lion, holding the puppets behind the mountains, I hold on the continents during the Pangea scene. I read the introduction to the freedom fighters, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, and I also read Gandhi's info. Working on the Puppet Show was one of my memorable moments from 2016. Everyone in the play was so nice, Ms. Burwell was a wonderful director, and I feel like I learned a lot from Donovan and Tele. They are both wonderful artists.