Monday, 29 October 2012

Behance Portfolio Crit at 2022NQ

A good couple of hours ago, I went to a portfolio review at 2022NQ, created by Behance.
2022NQ is a "creative space" in the Northern Quarter of Manchester.
It was situated in a basement, kind of tricky to find at first, but I got some help and found it eventually:

[Above: Entrance into 2022NQ. Kinda tricky to find, it looks like it's in a garage bit.]

[Above: Not the best quality, but it shows the beginning of the Behance Presentation.]

Behance is an online website you can put your portfolio work on. It's great for keeping track of any stats and feedback. It was whilst I was on there I came across the portfolio review event by chance:

Once I was inside 2022NQ, I found two of my classmates, Katherine and Amber. It was nice to know I wasn't attending this event on my own. I sat with them just as the evening presentation was about to begin.

Networking with Chris Gaffey:
After the presentation was over, we were left to network with Industry Professionals.
I was introduced to Chris Gaffey, a Director. We sat and spoke briefly about our backgrounds before I showed him my work. It was great, I found we have a good few things we have in common. I was worried I'd be meeting intimidating creatives, but it was very laid back and relaxed. Everyone had a great time as far as I could tell.

This is some of the work Chris has done collaboratively or otherwise below:

Gamestation Advert - Promoting Sonic Game

Bradford and Bingly Advert - Buy to Let

If you want to check out more of his work, here's the link:

These are the videos I showed Chris from my portfolio below:

[clip of self initiated video]

He thinks I can go further using the fabrics, use them to help convey what type of characters I've created. E.g. the mother could be made of soft materials, where as the strangers could be made of hard materials.
He then recommended a few books to be that can help me convey a story better.

Johnny 'Nipper' Cusick - Manchester Fighter from Catherine Egan on Vimeo.

He thought this was the most intriguing project I've worked on. That it has the "greatest potential", but it majorly needs 're-vamping'. The idea behind this was that it was meant to look documental. After viewing the video, Chris said it was a bit long in parts, it didn't make sense because I didn't go into details as to why Johnny was treated so badly in the profession. And I could look to more visual references from his era, the 1930's, actually engulf him in this world, not place him on a blank canvas per say. And I should show his dedication into the job. His perspective.
Chris asked me to promise him to work on this again and said to come back to him again in 3 months with a different piece on Johnny.

I agree with what he has said. There was so much that I wanted to do with this project. I wanted to animate Johnny at one point, but I couldn't be to adventerous as we had so many weeks to produce something for our deadlines. So I reluctantly con-sized my piece.
It'll be nice to crack on this again, I have a feeling there's more information I can find about him.

Man turns into a Tree from Catherine Egan on Vimeo.

He thought it was great that my tutor gave me this project whilst I was working on another at the time, because of it being a live brief and it was keeping me on my toes.
He thinks the beggining few frames could be improved, like starting the transformation sequence from something else, glasses.
Unfortunately, I had to end my review there, as there were other people waiting patiently for him to view their work.
Overall, I received some really great advice from him, he was fantastic and very enthusiastic when looking at my work [despite some of its flaws] and giving out advice. A pleasure to talk to. :)

More Networking:
Later on in the evening, I met Matt Pealing from networking. He's a Web and Graphic designer.
We got talking about what we do [Profession/Study] and had a good natter about what type of Pop Culture we're interested in. He's a very nice guy, we exchanged Twitter details and I got a business card from him. Hopefully, we'll meet again in the future.

What I got from the end of the night, a free Behance sticker and a business card from Matt:

[I stuck it on my banister, haha :D]

The night was brilliant. Although I was nervous to begin with, I really enjoyed it.
I had a portfolio review last year with a college graduate from my course, so I sort of knew what this event would of been like. It was good not to have that familarity with me this time though. It got me thinking of how to present myself as well as my work and how to communicate with others [I hope] in a professional manner.
I received some brilliant feedback from Chris Gaffey. I followed up on what he said about referring to a book, 'Directing the Story' by Francis Glebas. I've ordered it already, now I just have to wait for it.
I had a good natter with two freelancers, one of which I'm now in contact with on Twitter.
It was a great night, what more could I ask for?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Stranger Project takes a different turn...

My proposed project idea has gone in another direction now.
As I wrote in previous posts, the idea was to give the viewer a choice from watching a clip, by clicking on clip a or clip b. In this case, the scenario would of featured a child approached by a stranger (bearing in mind, this would be in an animation, not live footage or anything.)
Anyway, after trying to explain my idea to another tutor of mine, he said it sounded too complicated and that I should try to simplify it. Just make a lovely piece for my portfolio, as it was a brief that I have 'free will' over, rather than adapting to what a client would want.

So in the end, I've made a storyboard about a toddler me getting lost in a shop/supermarket.
Before getting lost, the toddler's peception of the world is as norm as the next person.
After getting lost, strangers shopping appear darker, towering over her, having talon-like hands and so forth.
So the toddler makes a run for it from the strangers, only to eventually bump back into her mum again, and the world is rosy once more.

[The clip above shows some animation tests I've made for a scene in my storyboard. I was debating if I should animate every frame or follow the animation style from the HISHE films - How such-a-movie Should Have Ended - Youtube. I love this style, but it was a very lengthy process for a few seconds. My story I think will at least be two minutes, more or less. Still, I love reflecting from these tests.]

I've been having difficulty managing this project though because of other briefs I've had to attend to.
I just wish I had the time to work on them individually, rather than two at once. I also was given a small side project whilst working on this project. I've worked on more briefs at once in the past, but I find it hard to enjoy multitasking to a degree like that sometimes. Thankfully, I can spend more time on this project after next week's deadline/review. The real deadline for this isn't official until near the end of November time-ish.

[This clip was the side project I worked on. Lasts only a couple of seconds, but I animated most of the frames in it and although I found time consuming, I enjoyed it.
This man wanted to be turned into a tree through animation. This is a sort of Ident for an interview Stockport College Film Students and The Manchester Museum have collaborated on.]

 Anyway, because of the multitasking, I'm having a hard time getting on with the project and I was slightly under the weather last week. I think I had a cold, nothing major, head just felt like it was slightly inflating in the morning.
Maybe I just need to get myself into gear and really push myself.