The term has come to an end and, honestly, it had a lot of things packed for me. This term was by far the busiest of them all. I had to finish my animation, paint backgrounds and go through the tediousness of the editing phase. It wasn’t pleasant all the time, but it was definitely something I really needed. The experience I’ve gained throughout this term outweighs the total experience this year. It’s been fun and I really hope that I’ll have these kinds of challenges ahead of me, to keep me learning and creating.
A few words about the term. This was the time when we all had to put finishing touches on our thesis films. Mine was pretty much done, well the animation part at least, but I still had to paint the backgrounds which was difficult. Painting something I’ve never properly done before can be hard, but I’ve managed to get out of my comfort zone and finish them on time. This helped understand that getting out my comfort zone could be beneficial and fun at the same time. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from Edward Hopps and his paintings, and I thought his portrayal of nature was very innovative and creative.
I feel like this term has also helped me revise/develop/learn my after effects and premiere pro skills. Revise and develop something I already knew, like slicing the timeline, duplicating elements, transition effects; learn more about masking, colour correction and motion tracking. However, there were things that this term really helped me realise the most and one of them is: I’ve really gotten better with storytelling.
This was something I would never say about myself: I’m good at storytelling. Because I’m not, I still have a lot to learn and even though my narrative skills have grown, they’re still at an amateur level. This term helped me realise how much fun it is to make the audience feel what you want them to feel with your story. I’ve gotten a lot of help from my tutors on that matter and I’m really thankful for it.
This term was an amazing experience, I really hope I can go back and take it again, so I would make my film a lot better than it turned out to be.