Jon & Ashley

24 thoughts on “Jon & Ashley

  1. Daniel Vincent

    I really enjoyed the short. It had a good use of music in the sound editing, and who doesn’t like Benedict Cumberbatch? I’m not sure if going away from the puppet idea was the best course of action, because I thought we let up for debate. The quasi-puppet format was cool, but I’m curious to see what the same models, but experimenting more (like making the cut-outs different colors) could’ve been like. For what it is though, it’s still a intricate retelling of the classic poem, and I enjoyed it.

  2. Garrett Lindgren

    First and foremost I really appreciated your presentation. Its interesting to see where you both pull your inspiration from and its even better that you included the exact examples of the particular scenes in that grabbed your attention which allowed you to take that style and spin something new off of it. It is also smart to have used hinged cutouts for the animation process to cut down on animation time. One thing I might suggest is the position of the superimposed video overlay is that it seems to cut off some of the text on the PowerPoint presentation as well as some of the images. It is also somewhat hard to hear what you say over the audio of your example clips. You both seemed in good spirits which made me think you both worked well together on this project. Its interesting that you had to shy away from using puppets for the animation as they were considered not to be real ‘animation.’ I agree with what you said about taking an inanimate object and bringing life to it as animation but your work-around of stop motion seems to fit nicely. I also really appreciate the work that went into character design, you even made it so that the two characters resembled each other from lineage which is clever.

    The animation itself seemed slightly jerky so I would recommend potentially utilizing the Oxberry stand to keep the cutouts steady. It would also help if you shot three frames for every movement of the cutouts which served to help me in my project to keep the animation a bit smoother. I did like how you played with the background during the fight scene; it added a sense of intensity which fit nicely. You were also very successful with the audio. The music fit perfectly with the amazing voice over you acquired.

    1. Jon Booker

      Garrett I agree about shaky animation. We did not know how to get access to the Oxberry stand. If I got a chance to work on it again I would definitely use it. All in all I’m proud of how it looks though.

  3. Jeremy Thurlby

    I thought overall it was a nice film, good uses of stop motion and paper cut outs. The tying in of the poem to the action onscreen worked well.

  4. Joshua Price

    I see you guys had a deep influence from the female Indian animator who dealt with silhouettes to tell a story. I thought you guys did a good job especially given the jobs you had to do, specifically have the same type of animation but also making it your own. It was definitely something to aspire.

  5. Alejandra Vargas

    I love the character designs! Very creepy-like and sharp, just as the example you showed with the deathly hallows. You captured the style very well. I also appreciate the use of the oxberry instead of after effects. It shows a lot of dedication.

  6. Kenneth Christensen

    I really enjoyed this piece, it was very well done and I can see that there was a lot of time and research placed on this. The character designs are great and give the audience the creeps. I think the motions are very good. They story is presented very well and I really enjoyed it. The presentation that you give and how you tell us what you did gives us a better sense of what it took to create this piece which makes this film piece very interesting.

  7. Tara Lowry

    This is so stylistically strong. I love the design and effective execution of all the characters. Also kudos on making your own debate-ably fire hazardous light box, haha. I think putting the paper underneath was a great idea. It really added a sense of texture to make it feel a little more engaging and three dimensional despite working with two dimensional animation. The work sounds like it was split fairly equal, too. Great job, guys!

  8. Trevor Leavell

    Very creepy but awesome design, I really like from drawing from Harry Potter, Hellboy and prince achmed which are very apparent influences on the animation you guys presented

  9. Timothy Rosenberg

    Nice job guys! How much does Benedict charge for voice over these days ? 😀 It reminded me a lot of the artwork from the videogame “Don’t Starve”, has a similar aesthetic definitely. One thing I’d critique is the jumpiness of the animation, but I see you didn’t have access to the oxbury stand which would’ve defintely halped. All in all, good stuff!

  10. Maggie Batson

    I really liked that you talked about the inspirations that you had and I could really see it in the style of the characters. I too am a Harry Potter fan so I particularly enjoy it personally. I enjoy that you used the story behind the animation, it really finishes the piece.

  11. Dennis Hinton

    You guys cuts were dope! I like the creativity it took to design your characters seemed like yall put in a lot of thought. Great work.

  12. Stefan Barnwell

    The characters looked great, I loved the design. I think it was really clever to fit the narration in instead of just having music. I also immediately thought of Prince Achmed as well. Great job.

  13. Casey

    Thank you for including the animation project in the presentation. All of these videos have me wanting to see some of the projects. I liked your breakdown of the pre-production process.

  14. Dionte Bolling

    I appreciate the fact that y’all used paper cutouts for the project, because paper cutout are going out of style. I see the inspiration coming from the Prince Ahmed film we watched and those cutout were good and the design that you guys did for your characters.

    And from the clip shown, I enjoyed it. People can say its not smooth, but we all are students and its a learning process.

  15. Evan Swiech

    For one thing, I love Lewis Carroll, so kudos on that. It’s great that you did research to find out what Carroll said looked the most like the Jabberwocky because the poem does not tell us much, apart from “teeth that bite” and “claws that catch”. I’m intrigued that you chose to shoot it against a brown blanket as a background. At first, I thought it was a green-screened pattern. It took me a while to realize it was a blanket. I think it works in your favor because it calls to mind the dyed backgrounds in Lotte Reiniger’s films.

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