Monday, January 18, 2010

Animatic Test

Key points of Daniel Reisberg's "Cognition":

Objects are recognized not only by the features and qualities that we traditionally define them with, but by our organized perception. For example, three dots arranged in a certain way can still suggest the shape of a triangle, when we know that the essential features of a triangle are three lines and three angles.

Attended Channel vs the Unattended Channel - Our focus can be narrowed to the point where some stimuli are ignored despite being presented in close proximity to where our attention is held.

Change Blindness - The inability to detect changes in scenes they are looking at directly. Perhaps this is why in some cases, inconsistency between shots is acceptable simply because the audience does not notice.

Visual perception has been compared to a searchlight beam that can 'shine' anywhere in the visual field.

Early Selection vs Late Selection - Early selection describes the hypothesis that the attended input is identified as privileged from the start, so that the unattended input receives little analysis (and so is never perceived). Late selection suggests that all inputs receive relatively complete analysis, but it is only the attended input that reaches consciousness, and in turn, remembered.

I recently picked up the book "Picture This: How Pictures Work" by Molly Bang. It describes how certain configurations of shapes evoke different emotions from a viewer, and how our eyes tend to travel within an image based on those configurations. It will be extremely helpful as I plan out the final compositions for each shot of my animation.

This article here describes how artists who worked on the 3D adaptation of "Astro Boy" needed to compromise with certain design elements during the transition from 2D to 3D. For example, the character Astro Boy had been drawn with  his hair maintaining the same profile regardless to the angle at which he was viewed (similar to Mickey Mouse's ears). The solution was to switch between different hair shapes depending on which would look best for the composition of the shot.