Stop-motion charater making with Qing Zhang

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I was help the Qing Zhang who is the student doing MA in art school. This semester, I ‘ve got a opptunity to help her make her stop-motion animation for her MA work. It was a very good experience for me because seens I’ve try doing some stop-motion on Bilingual Animation WORKSHOPS, I would like to do it more, because I found it was very interesting which could helps me get more information about charater movment or camera set. I was help her doing some charater making, and take some shorts for her animation. I also join some discussion about the ending of the story with her, I think it was good not only just could see somebody’s work, but also could be a chance for me to open my mind and gives me some inspires from help other people. Hope I can have more opportunity like this in the future.

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ARD 312 Professional Practice – Money Doctors Project

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There is another collaborative work I’ve done for ARD 312 Professional Practice which is Money Doctors Project.

As a team member in this work, I was responsible for doing storyboard, background design and the animation part in the film.

Specific Skills: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe After Effects CS4

STORYBOARD FOR ANIMATION PART

 BACKGROUND DESIGN

I was design two kinds of backgrounds for our client. Because this work was made for the Glyndwr University Students Funding & Welfare Support film project as part of GTV programmes. So, I design to use some elements from Glyndwr University logo style. The inspiration from the Glyndwr University marketing.

For BACKGROUND 1 I’ve used the glyndwr university logo and make two colourful lines on the top and bottom.

For BACKGROUND 2 I’ve used the glyndwr university logo and make some colourful lines on the upper right corner and the lower left corner.

BLACKBOARD

Use Photoshop I try to give the blackboard some special material to make it feel like real.

For doing the animation part I’ve responsible for making the panel 3; panel 4,5,7,9; panel 16.

Panel 3

panel 4,5,7,9

panel 16

There are all the files about this proiect below:


 

There is the GTV RELEASE FORM – CONTRIBUTORS below:

To see the character design and more information about Money Doctors Project please check another team member Belle ZHAO blog link below:

http://bellezhao.blogspot.com/2011/03/professional-practice-glyndwr-tv-money.html

ARD 312 Professional Practice – Looking for Owain Glyndwr

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For ARD 312 Professional Practice I was done a team work with tow students from Wei Luo, Wei Yi (student from English, Broadcasting and Journalism ) . This team work was about make a documentary film for introduce the history about the famous Owain Glyndwr and his life invested with mystery.

This documentary film was made for GTV which will shows after summer holiday.

As a team member in this work, I was responsible for doing the editing, give soundtracks title and credit, also make some animation in the film.

Specific Skills: Adobe Premiere CS4, Adobe Photoshop CS3

Looking for Owain Glyndwr

Synopsis

Who is Owain Glyndwr? A heroic figure in Wales? A character in literature? A mystery in history? Why the former NEWI chose to re-name after him?

The short documentary film Looking for Owain Glyndwr aims to seek answers to these questions by taking you to an colourful and exciting tour in Glyndwr University and Owain Glyndwr Mount[2] where he was titled ‘Prince of Wales’ near Llangollen.

Little is known about the man described in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I as “not in the roll of common men.”[3] Let’s learn a little more from Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, Dr. Deniz Baker, Senior Lecturer in English, and Dr Kathryn Ellis, Senior Lecturer in History in Glyndwr University. Glyndwr is seen everywhere within the university, we are going to explore the inspiration and values that Owain brought to this growing new university via talking to staff in Marketing Department. Besides, students designed and launched their own beer brand 1412 which was inspired by Owain’s mysterious disappearance. In Looking for Owain Glyndwr you are going to see what they knew about him and how they related to him.

[1] Reference to Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard (1996)
[2] http://www.corwen.info/about/index.php?page=place&pageID=3

[3] http://www.castlewales.com/glyndwr.html

Programme Description

Short Description

A documentary brings you to an exciting trip exploring the mysterious stories of Owain Glyndwr.

Medium description

A documentary brings you to an exciting trip exploring the mysterious stories of Owain Glyndwr. You will be guided from different angles.

Long Description

A documentary film brings you an exciting trip exploring the mysterious stories of Owain Glyndwr, a national hero in Wales. You will be guided by our camera and presenters, leading you together to learn some interesting stories of the figure from different angle.

The documentary is directed from three aspects. Dr Kathryn Ellis, a Senior Lecturer in History, will tell you some history truth about Owain Glyndwr, including his rebelling experience. In this section, audience will have a trip in Glyndyfrwy and Sycharth. Glyndyfrwy was the place where Owain Glyndwr declares himself as the Prince of Wales, while Sycharth was his hometown. We will insert some photos of the Owain Glyndwr Mount, shots of the map, and scenery from the Sycharth. We hope audience can enjoy the film and also well understand it.

Looking for Owain Glyndwr also wants to tell you the story about Glyndwr University, we will try to find the answer for students why the university rename after this hero. Andrew Parry, the Head of Corporate Communications and Executive Advisor to Vice-Chancellor, thinks Owain Glyndwr is a hero, a leader and a scholar. He and Professor Michael Scott (Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University), and Dr. Kathryn all mention a panel letter, which Owain Glyndwr wrote to the King of France hoping he can set up two universities for him. Glyndwr University named after him because people around the university want to integrate Glyndwr’s Spirit into the campus. Everyone knows the importance of the university, we hope Glyndwr will have a great future. When the economy develops, more students will come here from the whole world. It not only provides an academic environment for local people, but also gives more opportunities to the development of local.

With this documentary film, Looking for Owain Glyndwr hopes to find answer for the audience about this figure. We hope it can tell people some knowledge of the hero, and also introduce Glyndwr University for audience.

GTV

Looking for Owain Glyndwr

Documentary Film

By

Wei Luo & Yi Wei

 

Record Dates

2011/04/18

Synopsis

Who is Owain Glyndwr? A heroic figure in Wales? A character in literature? A mystery in history? Why the former NEWI chose to re-name after him?

The short documentary film Looking for Owain Glyndwr aims to seek answers to these questions by taking you to an colourful and exciting tour in Glyndwr University and Owain Glyndwr Mount[1] where he was titled ‘Prince of Wales’ near Llangollen.

Little is known about the man described in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I as “not in the roll of common men.”[2] Let’s learn some historical truth from Dr Kathryn Ellis, Senior Lecturer in History in Glyndwr University. She will show us some materials and describe Owain Glyndwr’s home, Sycharth, for us.

Glyndwr is seen everywhere within the university, we are going to explore the inspiration and values that Owain brought to this growing new university via talking to Professor Michael Scott, the Vice-Chancelor and Chief Executive of the university, and Andrew Parry, the Head of Corporate Communications and Executive Advisor to Vice-Chancellor. Both of them will tell us why the university change its name after this hero, and how the spirit has been integrated into the students’ life. Nevertheless, Professor Scott will also describe the future prospective for the Glyndwr University. The whole documentary will be ended in his voice reading the poets in Shakepeare’s Henry IV.

People

Presenters: Andrew Parry/ Kathryn Ellis/ Professor Michael Scott

Directors/ Production Designers/ Script Writers: Wei Luo/ Yi Wei

Camera: Wei Luo (Vera)/ Yi Wei (Silvia)

Editors: Fei Hou/ Sisi Han

Animation: Sisi Han/ Zhen Zhao

Soundtrack: Sisi Han

Producers: Wei Luo and Yi Wei

Location

Glyndwr University/ Owain Glyndwr Mount

 

 Timescale

Week Process
28th February 11 l  Prep work (planning, researching), liaising with people we need (interviewees, team members)
07th March 11 l  Production
14th March 11 l  Signed the Risk Assessment with Sally
21st March11 l  Production
28th March 11 l  Interviewed Dr. Kathryn Ellis
04th April 11 l  Filming in Glyndyfrdw
11th Apr 11 l  Interviewed Andrewl  Filming in Owain Glyndwr Mount
18th Aril 11 l  Interviewed Professor Scottl  Filming and took photos around the campusl  Editing
25th April 11 l  Editing
2nd May 11 l  Editingl  First Edition
9th May 11 l  Final Editionl  Hand-in

Storyline

Looking for Owain Glyndwr

Looking for Owain Glyndwr is a documentary film which gets its inspiration from Al Pasino’s Looking for Richard III.

The film starts with voice-over present by a group of girls, they are asked who is Owain Glyndwr. Different answers are offered. Some think Glyndwr is a name of the university, or it is a name of Walsh hero. But some say they know nothing about this figure. Then the question ‘Who is Owain Glyndwr’ slowly appears on the screen, our story starts.

At first, Andrew Parry, the Head of Corporate Communications and Executive Advisor to Vice-Chancellor, tell us Owain Glyndwr was the most important figure in Wales, and he also was a leader and a great scholar. As followed, a running train comes to the station bring the trip to the first destination, Glyndwyfrdw. After this shot, Dr. Kathryn Elllis’s interview is inserted. As a Senior Lecture majoring in History, Dr. Kathryn tells us Owain Glyndwr is remembered as a national hero in South Wale. She will introduce two places closely linking with Glyndwr. One is Glyndwyfrdw, where Owain Glyndwr declared himself as ‘Princess of Wales’; the other one is Sycharth, which has been recorded as Glyndwr’s hometown. On the half way of present, some materials including photos take from Owain Glyndwr Mount and Sycharth are going to show the appearance of the places for audience. However, at the end of the first interview of Kathryn, she says that Owain Glyndwr was last seen by the public in 1415, so lost of mysterious about this hero has been left for us.

Our trip of exploring will be continued. In the next part of the film, we will try to link this hero and his spirit with the university and students. Being draw back by the train, we will lead the camera back to the Glyndwr University’s campus. When we walk around the campus, we find the buildings have given this university a modern appearance. It is developing and becomes more beautiful. Then interviews of Andrew, Professor Michael Scott (Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive) and Kathryn chronically appear. They all mention that Owain Glyndwr wrote a panel letter to the King of France wanted to establish two universities in Wales. He knew the nature and important of having a university, that is why we name our university after his name. At the final section of the film, Professor Scott describes us the future development of the University for us, and believe we will have a future.

At the end of this documentary, we finish the film with Shakespeare’s description of Owain Glyndwr in Henry IV, the sentence of poet will be read by Professor Scott, who also specializes in Shakespear.

There is the GTV RELEASE FORM – Student Production Team Members below:

To see more information about Looking for Owain Glyndwr please check another team member Belle ZHAO blog link below:

http://bellezhao.blogspot.com/2011/04/personal-pa-opening-looking-for-owain.html

ARD 312 Professional Practice - Summer working experience

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Last summer I had a very good experience for working on “NNTV”  which is abbreviated from “Nanning Television “.

There are some useful links:

(NNTV is a local TV Station in China, so it shows Chinese, hope they can get an English website in the future, if you can’t understand, sorry about that)

http://www.nntv.com.cn/index.shtml

http://www.nntv.com.cn/nntv/intro.html

NNTV is a local TV Station which is very popular in Nannng, Guangxi, China. From 23rd June 2010 to 26th July 2010, I was work for the Animation studio in NNTV. During the time, I was take part in doing those works below:

1、Public information film for World Population Day 2010

Showed on 6 July 2010

2、About  make the floor plan for NNTV 400 Sqm Studio

3、Assist to make the LED screen background animation for the special program  Observe a sixty anniversary for the Civil Air Defense.

For making the public information film World Population Day 2010, I was responsible for doing the pre-production like information research, brainstorm and storyboard design, post-production for give the soundtrack and title.

Specific Skills: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe After Effects CS4, Final Cut Pro

Pre-production information research:

CountdownProfilesA-I

CountdownReportAndProfilesWorld Population Day 资料

CountdownReportAndProfiles

wpd2010_poster1_en

wpd2010_poster1_blank

wpd2010_poster2_en

wpd2010_poster2_blank

STORYBOARD DESIGN

Finish film for World Population Day 2010

I would like to post those floor plan for NNTV 400 Sqm Studio and LED screen background animations, but unfortunately they not alow me to put those materials on the internet probably there is some thing about the rights. Sorry about that.

Anyway, I had a great time when I work of this animation studio. This working experience is very important for me and it’s relay gives me some ideas about the TV industry, I mean the real experience to work with those nice designers and stuffs, not just read form the books or magazines. To work with them, I saw the daily life for  animators and how to survive in the design industry. All of the stuffs I work with were very kind people, they help me a lot when I done those works, such as taught me how to use the software After Effect and gave me some ideas for the storyboard design. To saw their excellent professional skills and fantastic ideas, I feel that I still have a lot of things to learn and improve my study. Hope I can get more opportunity in the future.

There is my working certification below:

(NNTV is a local TV Station in China, so it shows Chinese, if you can’t understand, I will try to translate by some special organization in the future, sorry about that )

There are some pictures show about the studio area:

When I worked on studio, this gay helps me a lot!!!!! In Chinese we call him “shi fu” which means teacher in English.

So, big thanks to you!

The decoration scheme for International cultural institute of education salon

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Here are some works I’ve done with my friends, Belle, Smiley and Jasmine.

These works had been done in 2008 which for decorated our school in China.
What we need to do was try to find a way to decorate a large glass door, make sure that people can not look though this door.

This work was given by our assistant dean. She told us this salon need been decorated in Chinese traditional style. So, we were considering four different options.

1. Use Chinese ancient coins with red lines made an Chinese traditional  dermatoglyphic pattern.

2. Use Chinese traditional paper cuts, make a large 
pattern which can be paste on the door.

3. Use the bambooscreen.

4. Drawing some louts pattern by hands, because louts in Chinese means “peace,save and accordance”.

After discussed with our assistant dean, finally we chosen the Fourth plan.

All of the work drawing by hands, for the drawing complete and preserves time permanent, we used
Propylene Painting Colours.There are some photos which shows the process during this work.