Here are some of my ideas:
I'm not sure wether to do a show adult and ironic like family guy, Futerarma etc or do a children's TV genre and make it cute and innocent, like in the night garden or PawPatrol.
I want my main character to be a dog. I haven't fully decided on my genre.
Ive decided I really like my character 'Blue'. I chose to base him on a Blue Great Dane so he could have pointy ears and a long nose, like the adult dogs of Disney. Because he's inspired by Disney characters I have decided to do a children's TV title sequence.
I have taken a picture of my drawing and Copied it with the paint brush onto photoshop so that I can had a PSD of my character. I also got a picture of a great dane and looked at their body attributes. I then with the lasso tool, selected the parts of Blue which I wanted to make into vectors, to be able to animate him on After Effects. I have saved him as a PNG file.
After talking to my tutor about my character, I learnt that I need to re-draw my character on Adobe Illustrator because then when I go to scale him or animate him in After Effects he won't be as pixelated. He also said I don't have to vector him and that I could use the puppet tool and gave me a quick tutorial on this.
I am happy with my main character, I think he looks friendly which is what I wanted for Childrens TV. I also learnt about creative commons and that I wouldn't have to make all my other characters on such a small time scale. However, Ive looked for backgrounds of barns that match this style and I didn't like any that were available so I've decided to make my own backgrounds.
I am happy with my barn background and the wooden wall I have made. The next thing to do is download vectors of different animals from creative commons, and then I will begin to animate my sequence.
I like how the characters are introduced firstly as normal animals and then are introduced as their job. I think this animation is very catchy, up beat and has a lot of bright colours. This kind of style makes it perfect for my target audience. When I create my story board I would like my animals to jump across the screen.
From my story board I started to create on after effects things which I could do. Here are some screen grabs of my frames and how I came about doing them. I wanted a sunrise in my beginning and a cockerel chirping to set the scene of early morning farm.
I then followed my story board as closely as I could. I found it hard to animate with puppet tool all my individual animals, and because non of them had vectors I decided to set stopwatches for positions and move them in and out the screen that way. I then instead of moving the animals decided to add a camera in as a zoom effect.
I then wanted to introduce Blue walking out of the farm. I came across a problem because I had imported my image as a JPEG so couldn't access the original PSD layers to be able to submerge Blue out of the layers. I went back and corrected my work so that blue came from within the barn.