cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (6)

I tried to modify the animation of “I,Malvolio” for the Interim show.I have add a frame in the animation,because most people said they like this frame.This frame will wrap dancer to present his moral status,control,broke through,control.Jake has recored another good quality video,but unfortunately he lost the document.So this is the final video.


It also come to a conclusion about this experiment.Because I just want to tried a new way to display animation,it is not necessary to spend more time on it.Review this experiment,it is my first time to use a different way to present animation.This is a good opportunity for me to entry digital world.Although the result is not perfect,such as animation still need to improve.Besides,I’m not satisfied about the visual effect,because I want to project the animation in front of dancer,look like 3D,float in the air.This animation is a little bit deform on dancer’s body,I think if I make a deformation animation and project on his body would be better.Next time I will try another experiment to do this.

At the same time,I was helping shiye to make animation of her work,and do some post-processing work.

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cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (4)

Because lack of time,we delete later parts of this performance,change to a simple animation which prefer visual effect than story.Because the animation of letter is monotonous.So I want to use some geometric figure to enrich animation.Appearance and variation of geometric figure will base on the music melody.In the second part,dancer will lay down,project his image on the wall that imply his inner emotion.His image will dance to express his anger and fear.In the end,dancer will stand up and overlap with his image which mean he clam down and back to real world.

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Similar as before,I use Photoshop to draw key frames,then use AE to make animation.

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This is anticipated effect :

At the same time,Jake went to green screen studio to record some material of Lin’s dance.

We will try to project a formal one later.

cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (3)

After test how projective animation work,I began to make animation via After Effect.

Animation of letter:



First I used Photoshop to draw those key frames of animation,some animation is frame by frame.

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Then I used AE to make animation.Because I want to make a frame by frame animation effect,so I need to key every frame.Thus,workload is quite heavy.

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After finished the animation,Jake used projector project on the performance.

The result is nice,close to our expectation.But at the beginning of this test,animation projected on the background created deformation.This lead to projective animation did not match dancer’s action.We try to fixed it,at first I suggested to make a distorted animation base on the angle between wall and ground.But we found it will be difficult to make animation which also slowed the progress.In the end,we decided to use mapping software adjust the shape of animation.

At the same time,because of we don’t have time to finish this performance if we make all the animation.So we decide to change the storyboard of later parts,make it simple.

cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (2)

After confirm the storyboard of “I,Malvolio” ,we design to how to achieve it.At first,we intend to make real interaction between dancer and animation.But we don’t know how to achieve interaction and interactive software.So we use a stupid way to make it that is a fake interaction.We decided to record the dancer dance first,then I will use computer make animation base on this video.After complete the animation,we will use projector project the animation on dancer’s body when he is dancing. So it will look like they are interactive if dancer won’t make mistake.Although this is a fake interaction,but the final effect is same.

So,Jake was record Lin dance first.

Then I use After Effect to make a simple test in order to figure out the practicability of our plan.

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Our ideal result is like this:

Therefore, Jake used the projector projected on Lin when he is dancing.Because i use software to make animation in a 2D condition,so Jake need to use 3D mapping software iSadora to adjust animation’s shape in order to fix the deformation problem.To make sure the real world animation look same as the computer one.So firstly we just try to used projector project the video above on the table which against the wall,this is a simulation of real performance.See what happen when a 2D animation project on two sides,figure the rectangle will change to which shape.If the rectangle deformation cannot use iSadora restore,we need to make a deformation animation first base on the real world.

After our test,we found the rectangle is not too deformation.So we can make a normal 2D animation first,and use iSadora adjust the shape when it is projecting.

cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (1)

I haven’t update my blog for a long time,it’s not appropriate,I need to self-criticism.I have to admit it’s hard for me to keep doing this,writing on notebook is more easy for me,but I need to change.Now I’m will begin to review what have I done before and update.

During these days,I have an opportunity to cooperative with my friend Jake Huang who is studying in Wimbledon College of Arts’ MA Digital Theatre.He intend to make an  experiment work,it need to combine with dance performance and animation.Thus,our cooperative work is begin.He came with an idea,use projector to project animation on dancer’s body,combine 2D animation with live performance.

This form is inspire by a work.

Then we intend to use this form to make a experiment. Because we thought it is quite amusing that when 2D appear on our real life.For me,it is more a new presentation of animation.This time animation not only display on flat screen,but also present on a 3D  world.Sine my MA course,I intend to use animation as a entry point,try to find new art form to present animation,at least for me is completely new.Besides,I love 2D animation,so I would love to use this traditional art form combine with technology.

Therefore,we need to confirm storyboard.Because this is Jake’s assignment,so the decision of content is in his hands.He want to create a performance base on Shakespeare’s “Twelve Nights”.

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In “Twelve Nights”,Malvolio is Olivia’s pompous steward.Several characters conspire to make  Malvolio believe that Olivia has fallen for him.  They convince Malvolio that Olivia is secretly in love with him by planting a love letter, written by Maria in Olivia’s hand. It asks Malvolio to wear yellow stockings cross-gartered, to be rude to the rest of the servants, and to smile constantly in the presence of Olivia. Malvolio finds the letter and reacts in surprised delight. He starts acting out the contents of the letter to show Olivia his positive response. Olivia is shocked by the changes in Malvolio and leaves him to the contrivances of his tormentors. Pretending that Malvolio is insane, they lock him up in a dark chamber. Feste visits him to mock his insanity, both disguised as a priest and as himself.

Thus Jake want to express the inner world of Malvolio,from surprise, delight, entanglement, to anger of be fooled,lost,and restore calm.We design to use animation to present Malvolio’s emotion.Besides,Jake intend to use a new way to perform this old theatre.He invited his friend Siwei Lin who also is MA Fine art student of WCA,as dancer and choreography,design a hip-hop style dance to act Malvolio. Use a contemporary way to display an old drama.

Hence,I began to design the storyboard with Jake and Shiye. After discussion,we confirm that use a letter as clues,because the hold story is because the fake letter.So we intend to use letter to lead Malvolio’s change of emotion.

First,Malvolio is sitting in a dark space with a small window which implied his inner world.The background is humble metaphor his status,a pompous steward.And there also hanging a pair of socks which is Malvolio’s characteristic –yellow stocks.

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Second,letter is appeared.It will dance seductively around Malvolio that display he received Olivia’s love letter. Malvolio will hesitate first,because  their status is different.Then he was surprise and delight,and began to accept.

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However,this letter is a hoax,so the letter began show its true colors.The letter show its diabolical face and explode that implied the exposed of lies,which also feared him.

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Then he begin to anger,crack imply his emotion outburst.

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In the end,he will restore clam and normal,and back to his real world.

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