Ruby Martinez

Purpose of Design Seminar :
Proof of Concept for Animation Pre-Production on the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

Phase 1 — The work
Character studies
Backgrounds
Concept art (5 to 10)
Soundtrack
Animatic
Book

Phase 2 — Final presentation
A book displaying the storyboards and concept art.
A CD for the soundtrack.
A DVD for the animatic.

Note: This is all for first treatment. Meaning this is complete tamed verison of the story. Where the main focus is the events that occur in the foreground. (Deadline is by the end of October)

The Artistic Rendering of the Story
(This project will bleed into the second semester as originally planned. Prefer it that way so that there is room to read, experiment, fix problems that will arise, and spend time on gallery presentation.)

Note on gallery presentation. I want to display my work in a far more interactive setting than the cold museum. When I say interactive I mean, I want people, the layman and individuals who are not in the business to pick it up read the book in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

“Three” Stories
After spending much time with the Brother Grimm Tales, I notice the number “three” appear with alarming regularity. So the end of the fall semester and the entire spring semester will be three stories. The three stories all have elements of the moon playing some sort of role. All with an animation pre-production treatment of them, which later be set up in a book format.
So Grimm Fairy Tale, The Moon will under the same treatment but this time visually raw, dark, and menacing to reflect the heart of these tales.

16 October 2011

 

Outline of project

Purpose of Seminar : Proof of concept for animation pre-production (Brothers Grimm fairy tales)

Phase 2 — Presentation
book displaying the storyboards and concept art
CD for the soundtrack
DVD for the animatic

Phase 1 — The Final Product
character studies
backgrounds
concept art (5 to 10)
soundtrack
animatic

Note: This is all for first treatment. Meaning this is complete tamed verison of the story. Where the main focus is the events that occur in the foreground. (Deadline is by the end of October)

The artistic rendering of the story
(This project will bleed into the second semester as originally planned. Prefer it that way so that there is room to read, experiment, fix problems
that will arise, and spend time on gallery presentation.)
Note on gallery presentation. I want to display my work in a far more interactive setting than the cold museum. When I say interactive I mean, I want people, the layman and individuals who are not in the business to pick it up read the book in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The number “three” in the Grimm Brothers tales

The number “3″ appears with alarming regularity in the stories. So the end of the fall semester and the entire spring semester will be devoted to “three” stories. All of the “three” stories have elements of the moon playing some sort of role. All will receive an animation pre-production treatment of them, which later be set up in a book format, which will be accompanied by a CD sound track and DVD of the animatic and video (which will document the process.)

So the Grimm Fairy Tale entitled “The Moon” will be under the same treatment but this time visually raw, dark, and menacing to reflect the heart of these tales. (This will start in early November and bleed over to the beginning of the spring semester.) The other portion of the spring semester will cover the last two stories.

Yes this can all be done by then, with a full neat presentation inside my more playful gallery by the end of spring.

12 October 2011

 

A Grimm Moon

I have originally started out this project as more of documentary piece when I would simply animate a Grimm Fairy Tale as accurately to the story as I possibly can. Strangely, the deeper I went into the research of not only the fairy tale but also the Brothers Grimm history, their work, other well-known moon origin stories from around the world, and the possible origins of the folk tales and their relation with the Germanic mythology… I began to change my mind about the idea of merely ‘documenting’ the story. Stories are after all a product of the society in which they came from… that does not hinder their ability to have an affect on people outside if those time periods and society. So with that in mind, I began to think the story in it of itself, it is an oddball of a tale since it is so short yet lacks any sort of moral or Christian lesson in it (which makes it even more unusual since it was written by the Grimm Brothers. By the way, the brothers would often tame the stories when later editions made it on the books shelves so it may appeal to taste of the bourgeois class and children.)

Many of these stories have changed in time by the exchange of storytellers, so I figured I can interpret and change the story too while overall trying to keep its essence (whatever that is). Also, the story is a bit too dull for my taste so I figured to spice it up.

Here is the outline of it. Though it may not have a lesson in it, it has all the making for one. People steal the moon, steal something that is impossible to do in the natural world. So use the piece as a way to speak of greed and control over something uncontrollable… like stealing natural resources without punishment.

The moon rises out of a mill-pond which is then found by the mayor of a town and they use as a lamp for the night. Then it is stolen by 4 travelers: 2 men and 2 women, who place 3 thalers in it places as to say ‘we paid for the lamp’. The moon becomes rough by being cut up to be buries with the thieves but also by the thieves chiseling to moon and selling it in bottles to the villagers for a thaler.

Only when the dead rise from the underworld by annoyance does a female deity from the mill pond does she snatch the moon and slams it into the sky (thus creating stars) and also sending her attendants to grabs the dead and stuffing them into the ground.

Perhaps the 4 travelers are forced to maintain the moon by cleaning it during the ‘new’ moon phase.

21 September 2011

 

I will continue with a scholarly pursuit of the Grimm Fairy Tale: The Moon, but have adjusted a few aspects of this year-long project. Firstly, There will more be not only a larger emphasis on the pagan roots on the folklore of the moon but the also information on the role the Grimm Brothers had in the re-telling of folklore and myth and how their work has affected people to this day. In addition, there will be some information other (a least the most popular) moon myths form around the world. Of course one cannot forget about a few fun facts about the moon also.

I still choose to use the artwork of the late medieval are to the early northern European Renaissance as reference for the visuals aspects of the project and using Romantic Period music and Gregorian chants as the main bulk of the sound track. There will be visual to other artwork like the Iranian manuscripts (some that pre-dated the arrival of Islam), images of the Bodhisattvas (mostly from China and such).

The way to go about this project I believe would be best to divide it up to two small projects. One is the animation of the tale (some artistic license will occur). The other one will be a mix medium of video and animation of the myth origins of the moon that is handled in a lighthearted yet punchy manner.

There is a lot of information about this project I want to show to an audience in a time base format.

11 September 2011

 

I propose to do an adaptation of a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale.

When I see the word ‘artist’ I don’t think of a person who just produces work in the Visual Arts. To me, an artist is more than that; is it a state of being. An artist is an individual who regardless choice of medium uses it to communicate ideas or emotions to an audience, whether it is to one person or to the masses. Artists enter in cycles of creation, destruction, and sharing of their work not because they want to but because they have to. There is a long history of these individuals who choose to create their universe and communicate them to the world; I want to be part of that tradition.

I will use the medium of animation for my thesis. I recognize that the speed of my hand is not on par with speed of animators in the business, and the quality of animation is not on professional level. I do plan to overcome these weaknesses by drawing often to speed my hand and creating many short animations that depict naturalistic movements of people and animals. The Intro to Graphic Design course will help me understand to communicate information quickly and easily to the masses. I draw inspiration from Germanic Expressionists, Dada/Surrealism, and Fantasy art, which reflect in my artwork a lot. From this independent project I will get an in-depth look on the process of animation and also be better able to handle the many different types of jobs that are part of the production process.

Courses such as Animation PreProduction, and AIM Projects has really help me understand the workload involve in the animation process but also in pre production as well. In addition it has taught me the invaluable lesson on how to balance between creating my vision and practicality.

I believe that Senior Design Seminar will help me grow as an artist because it provides a structured environment and needed guidance, thus helping me to increase my understanding of the art form of animation, refine my communication skills, and gain new and deeper understanding of the Media Arts.

project description

The project is an animated adaptation on the little known Brothers Grimm fairy tale about the birth of the moon. I want to do historical research not only on the development of the Germanic fairy tales and visual art. For the actual animation I would like use the following:

Art of the Late Medieval to Early Northern Renaissance for the visual aesthetics for the animation.
The background music likely to be orchestra music for the Romantic Period and also Gregorian Chants for atmosphere.
Quite possibly even a small amount of voice dubbing in German in the animation.

The reason I choose to use these things is to convey the essence of the fairy tale by going back into it dark roots.

The reason for choosing the Brothers Grimm is simply, popularity. Yet there is a lot of misinformation about the original fairy tales partly due to the massive popularity of the Disney’s saccharine animated adaptations. I want to dig deeper into the history of the fairy tales pagan roots and also why the Brothers Grimm purposefully ‘christianized’ them.

My goals are to create an animation of a fairy tale that is entertaining yet also sophisticated for a decently sized audience.

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the Brothers Grimm
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10 May 2011



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