A few months ago I started taking part in Nick Cambell's bi-weekly motion design project. He sets a theme and you animate something in 5 seconds, to build up skills, styles and pieces for your reel. I got a lot of good feedback and help with this one which I feel is really relevant to what I'm doing now picking up simple character design and short form stories again.
I've obviously got a longer timescale to set the new bumpers in which will make things easier in terms of establishing and showing some detail in the models and animation but the key thing I took from the feedback from Nick and others was the composition in the shots are paramount. Inparticular the end shot where the character falls in front of the camera I tightened up and it made the piece so uch more dynamic so I need to bear this in mind when setting up the shots for the CN project.
Aside from the crit on the animation and composition I did get a lot of compliments on the visual style of the piece, which I had just kept as simple as I possibly could while still giving and impression of place which is the inspiration for keeping this project quite scarce in terms of location detail.
When kids use their imagination and are playing games etc. with surroundings they create then the day-to-day objects seem to dissapear or are transformed into something within the world they are imagining so by dropping everything out of the scenes but the bare minimum props and assets (such as a few cardboard clouds to give a sense of scale to the sky) I am trying to recreate the imagination of the audience.