Initially, we started by brainstorming ideas and collecting some visual imagery to help us decide what we wanted our idea to be based around. We started by looking into moods and how weather can have an impact; S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) was something we came across while research, it is depression that occurs during the winter months due to the lack of sunlight. It would be interesting to create an animation that perhaps could either look at the symptoms of SAD or the causes. We also researched into various different rituals, religions and beliefs associated with the weather as well as Greek Mythology. For thousands of years civilization has been fascinated with meteorology. There are records of societies that made human sacrifices to the sun, performed in-depth rituals to bring rain, personified the seasons as deities to be worshiped, refused to bury those killed by direct lightning strikes in the belief that they must have deeply angered the gods.
As a group, we decided that we wanted to focus on how the weather can have an affect on your mood. Whilst researching, I across S.A.D. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs and goes in a seasonal pattern. It is sometimes known as "winter depression" as the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter. On the BBC website, I came across a video explaining what doctors advise if you are suffering from SAD and the symptoms related to it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/item/3adf3f15-db9e-41a3-9d77-6e97cd44c056
Our idea is based around how for the majority of people, their mood can be dependent on the weather. The animation will have a game like aesthetic, it will be almost as if the audience will be following someone playing a simple video game. It will involve a dot as the main character who will be traveling across different weather environments such as rain, sunshine and snow. As the dot goes between theses different conditions, we will then distort and make changes to the dot accordingly (with the changes reflecting its current mood).
After having received feedback on our ideas and our test animation, we have made several changes to our storyboard. We have also decided on what sound we will be adding. Throughout the animation, we will have a news reporter in a monotone voice highlighting the symptoms of S.A.D. The 3 symptoms we are focusing on are: feeling lethargic, feeling sleepy/tired and craving carbohydrates. Our fist and last frame will be a BBC Newsweather reporter who will then shrink into a circle and appear as the sun then into the corner of the screen.
At the moment we are trying to complete some graphic illustrations for the final animation.
In terms of visual imagery, we are interested in combining both graphic and organic-like aesthetics. For instance, using graphics, paint stop motion, vintage BBC clips.
We have thought about using a flat, very monotone voiceover for our piece which will mimic the words said on the screen - this emphasises the sarcastic / humourus vibe we want for this piece.
- Influenced by a classic weather man and their robotic actions, we looked at some retro BBC weather forecasts and thought they looked very visually interesting - we experimented with this and found that the weather man could work well as a GIF (in corner of frame) where his mouth movements purposely dont match the voiceover