The Cycle Final Cut Animation

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Recording the Poem

Different angles to take this from:

a young mans voice

an older man(sir Ian Mckellan):

young boy—teenager—older man

My voice to Aisling’s voice and vice versa:

Finally though we decided to blend our voices together into the one microphone instead of editing them together, so blending from a man’s voice to a female’s voice:

Background Experimentation

So we wanted to keep our environment simplistic like Conann instructed the animation to be (we actually do listen the odd time), but we still thought about different ways to make the environment more artisticaly accurate to “The Backwater Gospel”/”Boarderlands” style. These are a few styles we tried:




When using the mirror’s the sun in the sky that we used created a flare off the side of the mirror which we thought looked beautiful and so so this became a happy accident, however, using the mirror did create some issues with the characters showing up when they weren’t supposed to, although there is ways to fix this issue we decided in the end to just duplicate the environment we already had to give it more depth.


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This style is abit divorced from what wee originally set out for but in using a sphere around the environment and reversing a image onto this , a fairly beautiful, in my own opinion scene appeared, but this was just experimentation with using the uv texture editor, we were not going to stick with this.

Image Planes:


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We Particularly liked the idea of using mountains for depth like it was used in backwater so we looked at using multiple image planes along with the sun in the sky to create depth of field in our project environment.

We did however run into a few rendering issues that we have yet to work out the kinks with with the rendering settings as some of the image plane does tend to disappear for some reason:

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What it’s supposed to look like                               What happens!!




The Sun’s Position in the Sky



Thanks to Conann’s advice we decided to get smarter about showing how time passes rather than showing day and night passing so quick that it would give you a headache.

To be fair looking at the night and day passing that we did now does look a tad ridiculous, so I’ve  researched how the sun works in orbiting the world. At certain times of the year the sun is higher in the sky than others.

This could be a good way to show seasonal change which would give the birds body long enough to decay to the extent that we want it to.



Eye Movements

When doing the animation for the eyes I wanted to make darting movements as fast as possible to seem realistic. I recorded myself in the mirror and noticed that my blinking wasn’t very rhythmic, so I did not make them blink every ten to twenty frames:

rocks eyes