Jake's Animation Stuff

Hi, my name is Jake. I'm a 19 year old studying Digital Animation at the University of West London, this little bit of internet is here for showcasing my various works.

What would I do next time?

I really liked working on this project since I wanted to create something small and simple but with a concise story and use of music instrument. It was hard getting everything together but I think it turned out reasonably good. In the future I think I would like to styalise everything a bit more and really try and home down on where my skills are in creating narrative clearly since I don’t think some of it made a lot of sense but it was a worthwhile effort.

Here is the final animation. I think it came out really well, especially with the background ambiance and recorded ukulele songs and chords.

Here’s a quick peak at one of the characters in the animation. I decided to use V-CAM as a virtual camera in my scenes since it meant that I could move around the big backgrounds I had created and use sections of them for different shots. 

Here’s a quick peak at one of the characters in the animation. I decided to use V-CAM as a virtual camera in my scenes since it meant that I could move around the big backgrounds I had created and use sections of them for different shots. 

This was one of the early concepts for the main character and a rocker character which was originally supposed to be in the animation. I decided to go with a similar design to the orange guy on the right since I thought it would be funny to have him balance a ukulele on his head as he walked around as opposed to having a strap.

This was one of the early concepts for the main character and a rocker character which was originally supposed to be in the animation. I decided to go with a similar design to the orange guy on the right since I thought it would be funny to have him balance a ukulele on his head as he walked around as opposed to having a strap.

These are the 6 backgrounds I used in this animation. All were created in Photoshop. I decided to give them a very childlike feel, using simple shapes and a variety of pastel colours.

Here is my quick plan for the shotlist, this includes all the scenes and the numbers placed around each frame means what background I will use. I chose to recycle backgrounds to cut down on time.

Unit 2

I’m just started to piece together a little idea I had from the first part of the unit and the idea is simple and hopefully the drawing style will be simple but I think they will both lend themselves to one another. The story is about a little guy in the forest who just wants to learn the ukulele, only problem is that he has no arms to play the chords. through his journey in the forest he sees others which do have arms and can play a variety of things on instruments such as the guitar or ukulele, this makes him sad and in the end decides to kick his instrument, it suddenly makes noise. He then learns to play a simple song on the ukulele with his feet and this brings him joy.

Here is the final project! It’s been a long journey but I think the final version is worth it. I feel sad we didn’t get to do the final original idea but I don’t think it was possible with the time we had. I think this may have to turn into a future project; to complete the full version of “The Mayan Antikythera.

quick snippet of what’s to come! In this scene James get his climbing rope stuck in some cogs which causes the machine to turn on!

This was the final design for James, the main protagonist in our mixed media animation. I feel the design is simple but stylised enough to make a big contrast with the very serious background visuals.

This was the final design for James, the main protagonist in our mixed media animation. I feel the design is simple but stylised enough to make a big contrast with the very serious background visuals.