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graduation film inspirations.

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Zbigniew Rybczynski,  a Polish filmmaker

his film reminds me of the contemporary China. I’m really inspired by his film.

i got these pictures form twitter. i have sympathy on Chinese people. they are suffering form the government.

the book, Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the. Holocaust, reminds me why there are so many Holocaust.


inspired by wang xiaobo’s story, the distinctive pig.

when I was born, a pig was embodied in my body. later it turns out that the pig was my soul.


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children’s society project. young carers.

rough story boards,

the school girl is a young carer . she needs to take care of her little sister.

one day, when she is attending classes, she  could not focus on her assignment as she was thinking her little sister and the household chores.  she became anxious and the poured coffee made her paper ditty .she was so mad that she fainted and feel form her desk.

in her dream, she felt hopeless and she wanted to get rid of the burden. and after a while, her classmates like her up and try to help her. she felt positive about her life cos there are many young cares around and what more, people are willing to help them rather than regarding them as jerks.

here are the new storyboards.

i made some changes to make my story more interesting. i will experiment new styles.

the camera moves more smoothly and some angles are much more better.

HERE is the final animatic.  password: CSM

i made some changes.

 step 1.
1. i replaced the infant with an old  lady  whit her left leg broken.
2. i should leave some place for audience to imagine . so i changed the ending. trying to show the feel that she is not lonely , she has a lots of people around.
step 2.
so during the following 3 weeks, i tried my best to finish to rough animation
the animation starts form the young carer is writing, and then she suddenly realise that her mother needs help , so the camera zoom in and her mother’s image is shown on her face. and then she drags her mother form the bed, and hugs her, next , she pushes the wheel chair and they vanish in the horizontal line.
i overlapped her mother’s image on her face, trying to suggest that helping her mother has become part of her daily routine, whenever her mother needs help, she is always ready to help. but the problem is it begins too quickly. a good way to entry an animation is gradually and slowing showing something to viewers.  so i took shaun’s advice, and added a shot in the beginning.i hold the camera for a while and then it starts to move. the pace is much better. but still, her mother’s image bump into viewers’ eyes suddenly
later, when i previewed my animation with monologue, i realised the pace is terrible. in order to slow down the pace, i think i should break down the one long  shot into several shots. sometimes compromises  needed to be made.
when she hugs her mother, i gave the young carer a close up . but it is not good enough, Steve said when you give the character a close up, viewers may think that she is going to say something, but my character does not say anything.
so  i gave up this idea and tried another way. and it is the best idea i have ever got.
i drop the shot a close up of the character and pushing the wheelchair , instead , i used this one. the girl is chasing the footstep of other young carers. in this shot.
i got this idea when i was walking under the light. i found he shadow is quite beautiful.
i think the idea got form life is much better than created or imagined ones.
the next shot was also a headache for me. i corrected 4 times.
at first, my idea was like, it starts form a girls is writing, and then, a dummy dropped,  two giant feet bump into the girl. and then, the camera moves form the feet to the upper body , another young carer is shown, and he is carrying an infant. but David form CS said that it is not illegal to care for infant in this country. i realized that i should have had a good communication with them to avoid go astray. actually, when i got this audio, i searched the internet and found some useful resources and my idea is inspired by these i saw. to be a professional designer, good communication with your client is crucial.

so i gave up this idea. i got another one and it turned out a waste of time for me.

i made a terrible mistake that i wasted a lot of time doing a shit. i animated without the monologue playing.
it stars form a bowl of soup, and different images of young carers are casted on the soup. and then, the camera zoom out, a young carer is holding the bowl and walking towards to a bed on which his mother is lying .
it is a bad trial because it does not fit the monologue. this animation moves much faster than the counterpart.  every single short is good but when you put them together, it is a shit.
maybe my precious idea is much better.
in order to get rid of the dummy, i replaced it with a medicine bottle. i asked my room mate to asked it out for me. i think it is much easier to animate with reference. you can feel how your animation will look like, and sometimes, a lot of good ideas are inspired by the first hand experiences.
i also tried to corrected the last shot, but it turned out that my precious idea is much better.
the last shot is a long shot that showing the girl is walking.
i corrected it because i thought i have a better idea.
i made some changes: the girl walks for a few steps and then stops, the camera moves form her feet to her upper body and shows that her mother is smiling to her. next, a over shoulder shot to show something in front if them.
i gave up this idea because the monologue  is too fast. when i broke down the shot , the pace become slow.
in all, animating is a process of trial and error. you never know until you try.
i tried many approaches to color in my animation with tv paint, . it turn out that none of them satidfied me. so i drew the animation on pappers and used color pencils  to color in. here are some finnal result of my animation.
it is a old style animation. i knew it will boiling, so i asked shaun for advices. keep the white and black areas almost the same


some ideas everyday.

  1. one day morning, i wake up and sat to draw something. i did not have any inspirations. i felt bored and closed my eyes. it was a quiet morning, suddenly, i listened to the tic tock of the clock. so i waved my index to left and right, trying to keep the pace with the tic tock sound. and then i rocked my upper body left and right, following the pace of the sound.

i was wandering : did i controlled by the time unconsciously?  if the rhythm of the sound was chaotic, should i move irregularly ?  can i  control the sound? what is time? what is the relationship between time and movement? maybe there are some inserting ways to move and control my limbs.

2. i saw some Chinese ink paintings this evening.

there figures had something in common and maybe i guess they wanted to tell me something. i think they are maybe the same person throughout history. so i will call my new animation : something hasn’t been told.

you know there are lots  land space Chinese paintings. when i played a sequence of the paintings in animation cc, they would be like a electrocardiogram. i did so because i want to concrete the time and space. it seems that the story happened in a blink of a time.

3. today i made noodles with flour. i wanted to mix something else with the flour to create something new. maybe a puppet like this: 

or maybe some wood. while i was mixing flour with wood and  puppet , i should have dressed traditional Chinese cloth with the music “The Hexi Corridor ” on( the background music of the documentary The Hexi Corridor). i should shotted the video and try to play with it by different animation skills.

4. i have a idea that angle and demon are the two sides of the coin. if there is an angle, there is also a demon. luckily , we are human beings. we are not as kind and generous as angle nor as evil as demon.

this is my believe. i do not know if it is scientific truth.

but today, inspired by this, i really know how to show my idea.

the pirate king, big mum, she is a giant baby. she is strong .  she is so addicted to sweeties that she can not control her desire.

the desire for food is a human nature, but she is a giant baby, she can destroy something easily. when she tried to kill a mosquito for you , she may also kill you as well.

generally, babies are regarded as angle, but when the bodies become huge, it is an angle?




IT WAS MY first time to watch opera, it is Partenope.  i was quite inspiring.

the stage design is simple, but definitely effective, i would say clever designing.

the first chapter is just a simple table and a stair. when the actors and actresses moved around, something amazing happened: the shadows and the characters created dramatic EFFECTS,  the exaggerated shadows magnified the actors and actresses facial expressions and gesture.  also,  the light and shadow separate the simple stage into differing parts, it reminded me of the Japanese comic i read (one piece ),as well as some mulpti-screen  animations. when one actor is singing under the light, some other actors and actresses stand still in the shadow, i think this is the difference between films and opera.

on the following chapter, i guess maybe the stuff turned the first setting around and get the new setting, it is a cleaver idea, saving time and money. and then some moving images was projected on the wall, giving us unease feeling. i like the shadows of the characters projected on the windows. it showed me that something was happening beyond the principle character’s eyes.

i was exposed to all kinds of stimulus last night,  these stimulus including lights, shadows, and performance were controlled so that audiences can focus on one stimulus on one time.

i think the use of light for shot changing is a brilliant idea, when one actor took pictures for the heroine, all of the other lights were off and only the camera light was on, focusing us to the heroine.

all in all, it was quite educational to me.

a litte bit about animated documentaries.

the is my topic that i am going to carry out research into in the following month.

as i have know, some documentaries are animated to visualize the audio soundtracks, trying to show views the content in a vivd approach. this is widely used in the historical documentaries and wildlife documentaries. but some documentaries, like the survivors, animating the interview with some abstract moving images, trying to convey some underling emotions of the interviewer. i want to know which way is more effective in terms of conveying the right message.


i watched the Irinka and Sandrinka yesterday, it was quite amazing. 

i like the idea of putting all kinds of videos and pictures in a scene to create a historical feeling. i had a an idea of creating an animation with chinese ink paintings, maybe i can use this way to create.


maybe i should try different way to color the black and white animation.

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tonight i watched this documentary and i was quite inspiring.

when i was watching this black and white documentary, i felt that there were some colorful fragments here and there. i think our eyes have got used to the colorful world, but when we watch the black and white movies, our eyes would try to color the movie unconsciously.

maybe when i color my animation, i can try to draw some colorful fragments randomly  instead of  coloring the skin, the clothes, and the backgrounds with the colors we have get used to.


this is my favorite animated  documentary ever. 

I THINK this animation can be quite helpful for the following project about children .

i will get an audio of  an interview about a child and i will animated it. i have always waiting to try the hand draw and free style animation and this is a good opportunity for me. i will finish the story and the story board, character design during the easter holiday.


how to avoid world wars.

how to avoid world wars and slaughter?

the first step is to free people form the religions, and other ideas and groups, such as the left wings and right wings. the communism and the capitalism, the individualism & collectivism,  ect. we do not need these stupid ideas, there ideas separate us into different super powers and then conflict with each other. so wars and slaughters can not be avoided

when we shake off these stupid ideas and then everyone should think independently.  we are born in differing space and time and that make us different form each other. so which means the energy we get is different. for example some one form the countryside think his ideal way is to work in his own farm and plant his favorite grains and vegetables. if his peers say that he should travel around and it is a trend. he should say: working in my own farm is my ideal way to transport energy and i enjoying doing it.

to  be continued.

a little bit about the universe.



fuck the Communist, fuck the left wing and the right wing, fuck the religions. we do  not need these shit ideas anymore, otherwise, there would be another world war 70 years later.

the curve chart is my theory.

we human being starts from the Big Bang. the zero point of the chart. we are created because we are trucks and we need to transport energy form the core of the universe to somewhere. in another words, we are slaves of the universe. if someone cannot get energy, he or she would stop exiting. (die or unborn) the  more energy we get, the more possibilities we would survive in the universe.

there are so many wars, revolutions and slaughters throughout human history. why? because the energy human beings can get is limited, while the there has always been a problem about allocating the energy between the rich and the needy, the old super power and new super power.

why human beings need decedents? why people feel excited when they have sex and have food? why we feel miserable when we try to suicide or starving? because we are needed to transport energy during the expansion of universe. for example, we need red cells to transport oxygens for us.  if we do not exist, something else would be created and take our jobs.

so since we are slaves of the universe, how should we survival in this cold world? we have love, mercy, dream and wishes to support us. while  the truth is that some people are greedy and they need so many energy. i believe that there are different ways to transport energy ranging from eating, having sex, working, taking exercising to traveling, listening concert and maybe creating art works. some people are greedy and they need a lot of energies because  they want to choose these comfortable ways to transport energies. while the needy have access to limited energy, and what they are doing are quite tedious and uncomfortable. such as mired in poverty, having unhealthy food and suffering form all kinds  of diseases. one day if they cannot bear their life anymore, they would revolute and try to kill those rich and get their energy. i think there should be compromise between the rich and the poor. the westerners have the democratic ways to rule the people, it is a better way to allocate energy than the authority way.




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the antiporno is quite inspiring to me.

the color is so vivid that give me a sense of unease. i really love the colors.

the performance is crazy, the actress shouts a lot and laughs a lot.

if combined with the editing style i saw from the film: Requiem for a Dream, i will make amazing animation. this is the feel i would like to try: cold, calm, colorful, violent and fast editing.