Final Assignment WIP & Class Exercise Submission Update

Class Exercise Submission Update

I’ve updated my earlier post with the ‘Interior Space’ class assignment

Week 2 – 9 Submissions

Final Assignment WIP

The topics I’ve chosen are:

  1. Landscape
  2. Tinted colours

I’ve started by doing the colour blocking digitally.

For the landscape piece i’m referencing the colours from  a piece by Sargent

Piece 1 Ref
Piece 1 Sketch

For the tinted one I’m trying to stay away from dark tones, and also using a wider range of colours which hopefully works

Piece 2 Ref
Piece 2 Sketch

Week 2 – 9 Submissions

Week 2-4 Trees

Trees 01
Trees 02
Trees 03
Trees 04


Tonal Exercise

Tonal 01
Tonal 02
Tonal Col 01
Tonal 01 Col
Tonal 02 Col


Master Studies

Master Study 01
Master Study 02
Master Study 03
Master Study 04
Master Study 05
Master Study 06


Texture Paintings

Texture 01
Texture 02
Texture 03


Night Scene

Night 01
Night 02


Interior Space

Interior 01
Interior 02
Interior 03
Interior 04

Project 3 – Animatics (Part III)

Link to Part II (Storyboards)

Project 3 – Image Sequence (Storyboards)

A Turtle’s Journey

“A baby turtle born with an abnormally large shell has to reach the water before it’s too late.”


All assets were created in Photoshop and then put together in Premiere Pro.

Pedestal Shot

Elements that needed to be interacted with were created in separate layers and then composited in Premiere Pro. Below is an example of 5 elements which were composited in one shot.

Compositing – 01 BG layer
Compositing – 02 Turtle layer
Compositing – 03 Trail layer
Compositing – 04 Shadow layer
Compositing – 05 FG layer

Example of different frames in a particular shot.

Different frames in a shot

Water was animated by looping two frames.  The ripples in the water had to coincide with the previous frame to make them seem like they are moving. The white reflected lights were re-drawn at roughly the same position as the previous frame to give it slight motion.

‘Water’ frames

Wide shots were used in my film to portray two things:

  • How small the turtle is as compared to its environment.
  • How far/ close the turtle is to its goal.

Wide Shot 02
Wide Shot 03


  • Add a little music, to enhance emotion/ dramatic effect.


My animatics followed my storyboards very closely, in terms of compositions, angles, etc. Hence, storyboards have to be done well so that creating the animatics will be easier.

It will take a lot of timeif you follow the storyboards to create your animatics,  realise that the angle doesn’t seem right, then scrap everything and re-do the entire scene.









Sequel coming soon…










Assignment 04 – Self Portrait

Final Video

I own an electric unicycle and I ride it wherever I go, the only time you will see me without is when it is spoilt, or when it is spoilt.

Javon Goes to Class (ft. Erwin Lian)

Music – ‘My People’ by GRiZMATIK

P.S This is not a promotional ad for electric unicycles.

Riding through different locations is a metaphor for riding around places which I have never been to in Singapore, or just lazy to visit because it’s too tiring to walk there. At the end of the film, I crash into the classroom where the presentation for this assignment is happening :p





Every individual elements had to be separated, for those that I needed to animate at least. All assets for this project were done in photoshop.

Assets from ‘pier scene’

Environment Animation

The animation for the environments were fairly simple, they appear and exit out of the shot with ease-ins and ease-outs to give that bouncy effect. Basically, I animated the scale parameter from 0%-130%-100% when they enter, and then the reverse for when they exit.

Animating the environments


Every body part had to be separated, and then parented together and rigged in after effects.

Assets for character

Character Rigging & Animation

I used a plug-in called DUIK for my character rig. I began by manually placing puppet pins on the character’s joints, and then used the plug-in to link them together and to create the controllers for the respective body parts.

Character Rig

Below is the tutorial on character rigging using DUIK that I referred to, by Matt Wilson.


I was inspired by a previous film I did a few years back. The particular scene I wanted to reference was the scene of a character cycling in a stationary position with backgrounds panning across the shot.

Screenshot from ‘Delivering Happiness’


One problem I faced was definitely the rigging part, although it was fairly simple, I struggled for awhile figuring out how things worked and how to parent puppet pins to bones to controllers to limbs.

Another problem was the spinning wheel of death, the pre-comp for my character was so ‘heavy’ it was impossible to play the animation, and I had to view the animation on my main composition whenever I want to see my character move. If I forget to switch to the main comp, I had to restart AE, which was why I literally saved every 1 minute.

Nonetheless it was a fun project and I have sort of re-familiarised myself with the prowess of AE, and Erwin, I only used AE ONCE BEFORE, and it was self-taught, for that one particular project. So please don’t overestimate me regarding for this assignment 🙂


Project 3 – Image Sequence (Storyboards)

Link to Part 1 :

Story beats for Project 3 – Part 1


A baby turtle born with an abnormally large shell has to reach the water before it’s too late.

Page 00
Page 01
Page 02
Page 03
Page 04
Page 05
Page 06
Page 07
Page 08
Page 09
Page 10
Page 11
  • Did the storyboard/ story turn out as you hoped?


  • What would you do to improve it?

Add more dynamic camera angles and lengthen the duration for intense scenes, for example, when the turtle gets kicked around, and when the wave crashes onto the turtle.

  • What skills do you need to improve?

More ‘clean’ and fluid line work to show a more organic character and sense of movement.

  • What are the most significant things you have learned so far?

If you stare at your small thumb-nail sized panels for hours and hours, you will not be able to visualise the actual composition as a full screen image. Take a break and re-look at your storyboards in full screen, you will have a better judgement on composition

Assignment 3: A Short film about Dreams

A Day Out


‘A Day Out’ is about a character who comes out of his owner’s sketchbook whenever the owner opens it to draw. The character, intrigued by the real world, spends his time out of the sketchbook admiring all that’s around him.

Music: Chopin Nocturne op. 9 no. 2

As my film is about a sketchbook character, I wanted to keep his drawing style loose, as well as a relatively rough animation style to further separate him from the real world. I decided to have my film in black and white as I wanted to accentuate the sketchbook ‘theme’ of the film.

Towards the end of the film, as the owner closes his sketchbook and leaves, the character from the sketchbook vanishes. His desire, or dream, is to some day be able to explore the real world, without being bounded by the sketchbook.

Storyboard Page 01
Storyboard Page 02
Storyboard Page 03
Storyboard Page 04
Storyboard Page 05
Storyboard Page 06
Two-Column Script
Visual Audio Script Pg01
Visual Audio Script Pg02

As I planned my shots according to the music, I had to gauge how long each scene and animation sequence will be.

Music: Chopin Nocturne op. 9 no. 2

Paperman (2012)
Secret (2007)

I was inspired by the 2007 Taiwanese film ‘Secret’. The story revolves around a school girl who travels back and forth between the present and the future by playing on a ‘magical’ piano.  She walks around her campus, admiring the future world and intrigued that no one can see her. This was the basis of the inspiration for my film, to have the character who came out of the sketchbook explore the real world, unseen by others.

Also, the film heavily emphasises on music, mainly the piano, which is why I got inspired to use a classical piano piece.