Been working on my thesis project for my MFA. My project is based around the idea of using shirt, compact, micro-animations to tell stories in the age of quick bite social media, such as Instagram posts. The stories I’ve picked to tell are stories from the Bible. Currently, I’ve been working on finishing the story of the crucifixion. The goal with these was to distill the story down into as few scenes as possible, as concisely as possible, taking into consideration what imagery would be used to capture the purest essence of the story. The Crucifixion, distilled to the most basic story is a story of brutality and sacrifice. It is a beautiful story couched in the language of man’s potential for inhumanity and evil.
Initially I had planned this sequence to be 3D.Personal situations kept me away from easy access my workstation for the better part of the last 3 months, so a change was made. All four of these clips were developed, art directed and animated on an iPad using the Procreate app. Upon completion they were exported in pieces, and recomposed, and further developed in After Effects once I was able to be back at my workstation.
As I got further into the post process, I felt like these needed to be ugly, and dirty, to further help reflect the brutality of the story. This also influenced the sound design. Where possible, I tried to use mechanical hums, clangs and ambient noise, rather than sounds from the natural world to further reflect a coldness inherent to the story. Sound design was also influenced by Tom Wait’s masterful Bone Machine album.
Below are my first attempts at the finished scenes. Following those are the scenes as completed in Procreate, before post processing.
Golgotha – 1
Golgotha – 2
Golgotha – 4
RAW Animation from Procreate