Saturday, 30 August 2008

Done (For Now)

Here it is then. Still need to sort some bits out before I send it to festivals and stuff - the sound at the end is a bit shit, and it all needs to be properly compressed. We managed to get the show all set up the other day too, and it's looking pretty good projected in HD, but the colours have somehow become a bit washed out during the compression process which is a bit annoying. Like I say though, I'll sort it out over the next couple of weeks...

You can watch it bigger if you click through to vimeo, and it sounds much better through headphones.

5 from Retchy on Vimeo.

Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

More Sound

Spent a couple of days this week developing the sound and realising how much I need to work on it. A lot, that's how much. Still, made quite a bit of progress today as I chose to ignore all the annoyances of Logic Pro and just stopped moaning and got on with it.

5 - Rough Mix 2 from Retchy on Vimeo.

I'm going to have to spend the majority of my daylight hours in college working on the rest of the sound, and just do the final bit of animation in the evenings - I should have that finished by sunday...

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Very Rough Edit

I just spent the last couple of days putting this edit together, with some reeeeeaaally rough sound. I'm quite happy with it though, and I think I needed to do it to get away from my room for a bit and to see what does and doesn't work. I'm struggling a bit with the next part after the phone - I think I'm gonna keep the smell bit really brief and to the point, with the sound of a match striking and sparking up. I've started work on the taste section, with cakes and stuff, but I'm not sure about that either.

5 - Very Rough Edit from Retchy on Vimeo.

3 Weeks to go!

Friday, 1 August 2008


Here's another nearly finished shot. I've got a few other bits and pieces too, but haven't uploaded them yet. I'm quite liking this one, but I was a bit worried about how it would fit in with the rest of the film as it's comparatively quite visually rich.

Daisies! from Retchy on Vimeo.

So I put this together to see how the colour flows across the shots I've got so far. It's working, I think, but I'm a bit worried about the phone/cotton wool shot now, as it seems a bit too washed out and pale. I really want to go in and tweak it but I can't afford to spend ages on it at the moment - I've got more important things to worry about.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Cotton Woolage

Here are a couple of clips of what I've been working on this week. Some decent progress, I reckons, despite wednesday being wiped out with stupid after effects problems. All sorted now though...

Cotton Wool from Retchy on Vimeo.

Cotton Wool - Take 2 from Retchy on Vimeo.

The shot's not finished yet, but it's nearly there - just need to sort out the colliding cotton wool movement and tweak the camera move a bit.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

New Transition

Just been re-working the transition that I was unhappy with. I've decided to keep the whole film grounded in the hand drawn ink style, with various other medium working alongside it, as opposed to the distinct differences in style I had originally planned for each section.

Better Transition from Retchy on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008


I've just wasted a week working on stuff that looks shit. Oh well. I'm referring to the bit, in the clip below, with the string, before it transitions into the phone. It just looks too out of place and breaks the continuity, as well as making the whole sequence too long. I think the transition from hand drawn pigeon to scratched film works pretty well, but the string bit is too detailed, complicated and generally shit looking.

Transitions from Retchy on Vimeo.

The annoying thing is that it's not even a particularly important bit of the film - I should be worrying about other stuff. I think I'll keep it hand drawn and similar to the previous transition now, which should take far less time to sort out.

Monday, 30 June 2008

Frank's Finished

We installed it at the bar last sunday and it's already been taken down. Bit of a short run, but it all seemed to go down quite well, with lots of positive feedback from the bar. Unfortunately the cool balsa wood TV frame that David made was too small and the projector too far away for the image to fit in the screen, so we just had to use the pull down projector screen that was already there. Bit of a shame, cos it would've tied it all together nicely, but these things happen...

Here's another bit of animation from the project, all cut out by hand and animated by David - I just did the speech bubbles.

Frank's Cut Out from Retchy on Vimeo.

I won't bore you with all the other bits, as they're kind of only relevant if you're sitting in the bar they were made for. Don't worry, you're not missing anything particularly amazing.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Proposal Re-Write

Here it is again. It's pretty much completely re-written, which I wasn't really expecting to have to do, but it was probably worth it really - it's much more focused and actually states what I want to do properly this time. I think. I think I thought that about the last one though, until my tutors got hold of it.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Mr. Pigeon

I've been putting this together today, just thought I'd post it to prove that I have actually been working. It's not the finished shot yet, but I reckon it's looking ok - just need to sort out the previous scene so I can work on the transition, which will involve trees and something or other happening with the negative spaces in between the wires...

Pigeon Test from Retchy on Vimeo.

Got to re-write bits of my proposal now. Oh happy joy joy.