I decided to restart my project from last year which is based on a Syrian refugee's personal experience of fleeing his country which is at war, to survive and live at peace.
My objective for this animation is to raise awareness to audiences of the tragic circumstances which are occurring in Syria, I want to create an animation which coincides with an audio track of 'Diaa' explaining his story in his way. I think by having his story explained in his own words will effectively make this animation more of a personal piece and will allow more insight into Diaa's experience.
Since Diaa's story involves a lot of events and his audio takes up a 40 minute recording, I decided it would be a better idea to condense the recording and create the first episode of a 5 part Youtube series of his story.
Here is a timeline of events which occur in his story, I would like create a short animation based on the events which are circled. I feel this would make a good first episode to the series by ending it on a cliffhanger which would make the audience want to watch the next episode.
This is when Diaa's dad finally locates him in prison and he was told by the army officers that he was free to go.
I want the style to be sketchy, simplistic and captivating. In order for me to achieve this I must experiment with colours and shapes to create and develop a mixed media styled animation. I feel this type of style would be best suited for my animation to fit in with theme of storytelling, I believe by incorporating hand drawn textures and brush stokes with simplistic outlines within my animation , would create a compelling, illustrated storybook style.
Style And Environment:
I want to begin with scanning in my illustrations on photoshop and experiment with style/texture/colours and shapes and which will help me develop the style I want.
I want the flow of my animation to run smoothly, so I have begun thinking about how one scene would transition into another. As noted above on my influence maps, the idea of paint/ink dripping and used as a transition might look effective. Using texture and effects could help me create a nice pace to the animation. Once I have made some illustrations/drawings, I will then begin to experiment with this in after effects.