This animation tells the story of the few remaining vegetables in a fridge, who wait in fear of the human who plucks them from the shelf, never to be seen again. That is, until one plucky carrot sees the devastation wreaked outside of the fridge and fights back!
It is a 2 minute animation that I produced, designed, modelled, rigged, animated, you name it from concept to final piece in my second year of University at UCLan.
This animation was commissioned in my second year of university by Preston City Council to improve peoples' awareness of what services the council provides, stating how much of their council tax budget is spent on each service. Not all services were included, only a main handful due to time limitations on the brief.
It was awarded second place and is now featured on the Preston City Council website.
Robert Beard - Director, Lead Animator
Michael Ward - Animator
Tom Brain - Sound
This is the animatic to my final year animation at the University of Central Lancashire. I am working in a pair with my friend Mathew French and we are the only final year group the course has ever had. I am producing the 3D work and Mat is producing the 2D animation. The synopsis follows.
"An old has-been mime works his daily routine boring his audience with his old moves and his failing body. A new rookie mime turns up with his fresh face and starts stealing the old timer’s audience with his dazzling performance. This angers the old mime so much that he starts to sabotage the rookie mime’s act. The rookie, enraged by this unprovoked attack, retaliates and the two argue and fight in a miming style with great finesse and skill, using invisible items and superb miming to try and get one up over the other. This battle escalates so much that the audience think it’s all an act. The two draw a large crowd and soon realise after their conflict that they work better as a team than they ever did apart. The Rookie has given the Old Timer a new lease of life, whilst he helps the Rookie with his green moves."
The idea was to have the left side (Oldie's) in 2D and the right (Rookie's) in 3D. This was to be an underlying theme that runs throughout the film further showing the differences between the two characters.
All of the images were created by Mat and I put them together to form the animatic. We both worked on the sounds which is not yet the final edit.
When a young rookie mime strolls up and starts to steal the old timer's audience, an epic battle begins.
The on-lookers watch in awe as the two mimes fight with their miming skills, believing that it's all part of their act. Eventually the two mimes realise that they're being cheered and accept that they're better as a team than they ever were apart.
All CGI assets and characters were created, modeled and animated by myself (Robert Beard) and all 2D animation and textures were created by Mathew French.