London Skyline – Moving image and photography rotation

Our brief at the beginning of this project was to produce a short animation with the title of: Time. My group decided that we should focus our animation on the effect that time has on a cityscape. This idea originally came to me after thinking about a book I had when I was much younger called ‘A street though time’ which illustrated the change that took place over one area of land over 12,000 years, showing the transformation from an untouched landscape to the man made metropolis. Obviously only having a very short amount of time to complete this project we realised that we should limit ourselves to a smaller time frame in order to complete the animation to a good standard. With this is mind we decided to focus on the change of the London skyline over the past 400 years, documenting from the Tudors, the Great Fire and Industrial revolution to the blitz and modern day skyline. Looking back at Danny Boyle’s representation of London’s changes in the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony really helped pulling this piece together, as I feel that Boyle managed to create an entertaining and educational show whilst also respecting historical fact. Looking at a range of artists and animators also really helped with the medium that we worked in, as each different section was created in a different way from the previous one to portray the radical change in the skyline. Because of this we ended up working with different materials ranging from collage and drawings to Photoshop and talcum powder. Although this was very tricky and has resulted in our animation being very loosely pieced together I felt that this was really beneficial to our group as we learnt about how diverse the medium of animation can be. One animation that I found particularly inspiring during this project was Futuristic Film Noir – Renaissance, this is what largely inspired our night scenes. It was particularly useful in helping us realising that we could create really impressive night time skylines very simply by applying bold white lines onto black paper, which is the method that we chose for the Great Fire of London section. Despite no one in the group having made an animation before I think we have done a good job considering the time restraints also and I enjoyed creating something in a completely new media.

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