Animatic – Noah’s Ark

The story of Noah’s Ark with a twist.

Noah decides to build a boat out of nowhere. Not understanding the source of his inspiration, the villagers tease him about him. Despite feeling discouraged, he continues on until completion. He falls asleep on the boat, only to wake up in the middle of a flood. One would think that he’d be relieved, but he goes on to show how unprepared for the flood he actually was.

The story is supposed to be a quick entertainment bite, hence the duration of the film. I wanted to make it straight to the point, because I feel based on my past projects, I tend to be very draggy.


Initially I wanted to just do a basic rendition of Noah’s ark. Halfway into Assignment 3, I felt that the story could be given a little twist – I mean, everyone knows the original story of Noah’s ark, so it’ll be a little tough to make my animatic stand out from the rest if my storyline itself is already unappealing. Hence, the twist.

Some of the sound effects were placed such that it started before the visuals appeared, this is just to set the scene. The drawings were purposely made ’not very clean’, simply for style. I also chose to use fade as a transition from frame to frame/to black, because of the change of scene and to show the passing of time.

I converted the panels from my previous assignment into frames with proper sizing (1920 x 1080), and drew additional scenes, cuts, expressions and backgrounds in order to piece the different shots together. This was done with digital painting with Alena’s wacom (<3).

From there, I brought everything over from illustrator to after effects and did the animation there. I included sound effects to enhance the storytelling, since there was no dialogue at all.


I feel that by adding music, it might better portray the tone of the animatic. Also, some of the sound effects sounded a little too cheesy to me, the animatic might come out a little better if more realistic sound effects were used.


Story Beats – The Flood

A story in 8 beats.

The Flood.


From the beginning, I thought of using a bible story and giving it a little twist. This is because there are many bible stories are pretty well known (eg. David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Jonah and the Whale, Adam and Eve, etc.) and I wanted to choose one and tweak some parts of the story to make it a little more straightforward and humorous. The element of familiarity, mixed with a different adaptation will make the comic more attractive for others to want to read it.

I chose the story of Noah and the Ark, as it is well known to be one that promotes perseverance and determination to attain your set goals. I tweaked the story such that it doesn’t end on a high note, and make Noah seem a little more human, so the reader is able to relate to his carelessness.

rough story outline, before and after breaking it down into 8 beats

Initially, I was a little confused at the project requirements and order, thus I was drawing out the frames that were meant to be in the comic.

I’m not the best at drawing, so it took me some time over the Chinese New Year holiday to create draft after draft and draw out the beats :,)
It was at this point when Alena clarified things with me *BLESS U ALENA*

For the final 8-beat piece, I tried experimenting with different framing angles to make the story more vibrant as a whole. I also made use of the technique of drawing darker lines for subjects in the foreground, and lighter lines for those in the background (thanks Don!). I also used a lot of visual cues to accentuate what each frame is trying to depict.

For example, I drew out the laughter in a bold font, to make the teasing by the villagers more impactful. In the 4th frame, I drew a sweat drop on the side of Noah’s head to show his fatigue and accentuate the hard work that he has put in to building the boat. Also, I drew a frame around the boat, to show how accomplished he felt after the completion of the boat.

The use of punctuations also helps to tell the emotion of Noah at that current state. In the 6th frame, the punctuations ?!?! was used to show his confusion and shock to wake up to see nothing but the horizon. In the final frame, the punctuations !!! was used to show a different kind of shock – more anger and frustration in that emotion as compared to the 6th frame.

All in all, this 8-beat assignment taught me how to tell a story with as little words as possible (in frame, that is), and make full use of angles, framing size, subjects in frame, and other additional elements in order to fully depict the story to my readers, including all the different emotions that I want to convey from each frame.


Visual storytelling Assignment 1


 Research (fear in general types. Specific phobia)

Fear of Clowns (Coulrophobia)

Fear of Zombies (Kinemortophobia)

Fear of Blood (Hemophobia)

I chose the Fear of zombies because out of the 3, it has the most room for creativity, because of its fictitious nature.

The idea of zombies originally came from Haitian folklore, where a zombie is an animated corpse raised by magical means, such as witchcraft. Modern depictions of the reanimation of the dead do not necessarily involve magic but often invoke science fictional methods such as carriersradiation, mental diseases, vectorsviruses, scientific accidents, etc.

This fear sprouts not only from the actual zombies and the fear of the unknown, but also from being unprepared and unready to handle them. This leads to people becoming overly anxious and always alert in the event of the apocalypse. I have decided to make these digital images focus on the fear stemming from being unprepared for the zombie apocalypse.



The first image will hint of a zombie’s existence, using abnormal footsteps on the beach, whereas in the background, you’ll notice some high-rise buildings and architecture that hints at a fully functioning civilisation that is unaware of the danger right under their noses. The use of semiotics to show the existence of zombies is more interesting and thought-provoking. Zombie-track to show zombies, tracks walking towards civilization, shows how a person with Kinemortophobia feels, when the world is unprepared for something like this.



The second image shows a post-apocalyptic world, assumingly quite some time after the first image. The photo has been edited to look more eerie and mysterious. I’ve also added some fog and moss to boost the image. Without featuring an actual zombie, it better portrays a sense of fear (not knowing where they are hiding). A sign saying “Undead Inside” on the right shows how the threat is real.


What, why, who, where, when, how

Who: Overly anxious people/people who are hypercritical of the world and what’s around them

What: Afraid of zombies

When: Became more common after the popularization of zombies in pop culture

Why: Too immersed in the fictitious world, cannot separate what is real and what’s not

How: Constant dreams or hallucinations of zombies, believe that a zombie apocalypse will soon come and be the downfall of mankind. Overly prepared for the case of an apocalypse; stocked up with supplies, weapons, and have evacuation plans. Always alert and suspicious of things happening around them.



Image association & juxtaposition

Zombies – Undead, flesh-eating creatures

Fear – Dark, being afraid, hiding, unable to overcome

Apocalypse – the destruction of mankind, unable to fight back, unprepared to overcome, downfall of civilization, many deaths


Cultural inference/Taboos

The Walking Dead, iZombie, Zombieland, Night of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, World War Z