Into the Woods | Communication Design and Fortune Theatre Collaboration
We’re working on doing silhouette animations for the Fortune Theatre. Their doing a play called Into The Woods. I’m in the illustration team for this project. We animate each individual frame that then gets laser cut. When you’re animating for example the bird flapping, You’ll be drawing 12 different frames for about 1 second of animation, but it’s very rewarding. We do most of our drawings in photoshop, then we move it over to illustrator and then from there we can take it to the laser cutter, to cut out all of our pieces. It’s a lot shaper, it’s a lot better looking, it’s got a nice aesthetic and from there we take it to the multiplane. I’m part of the animation team, we are using the multiplane camera which is a camera that is suspended above planes of glass and you can create different layers, to create different depth and to create stop motion animations. I love using the multiplane camera, the old traditional Disney animations were made on a multiplane, creates a very hand animated feel to an animation which I love. and gives us lots of experience, you learn something new everyday. I’m in charge of the after effects, so once scenes come off the multiplane I either finish them off in After Effects or we do more difficult scenes, so they look a lot smoother. we’re using a 3D camera within After Effects so it makes the 2D layers look a lot more natural. Into the Woods is like a musical mash up. Basically tells a story about parenting and about the consequence of actions and good and evil. The students have been working at clarifying what the world of the animation can be and that then will speak to the look of the stage design, the costume design, the lighting design and all the other elements that I over see, that come together to create the play. Last year we made an approach to the Polytechnic to work with them and it was a successful one. One that we learnt a lot from. so I looked for an opportunity to continue that relationship and Into the Woods, in terms of realising animation and having it interact with live action seemed to be a great way of giving a good challenge to the students. I am excited to see the show, see how it fits together within a bigger production and how the actors interact with everything, is going to be pretty exciting.