Summary: Term 2 (3rd October – 16th December 2016)

In the second term of the bachelor degree programme of our Animation Design, we are required to write down four reviews of any work of art, such as films, games, or books that are related to animation. And for that case, I chose two films and two books to be reviewed. The films are both an animated film; The Secret Life of Pets and Storks, while the rest two books named Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters and The Animator’s Survival Kit: Expanded Edition.

The Secret Life of Pets is an animated film made by Illumination Entertainment in 2016, the same studio that created The Minions. The film tells a story about a stray dog adopted by a woman and then living happily in her apartment but turned upside-down when the owner brought another adopted dog that annoys him. He then planned to get rid of the new dog but accidentally leading them both to a path full of danger and away from their owner. The reason I watched this film mainly because its trailer that’s very intriguing and the fact that I’m a pet lover. And I’m reviewing it is because the film itself is very entertaining, funny, and voiced by well-known actors; despite its unoriginal plot and implicit dark humour.

The Warner Brothers Pictures’ animated movie Storks, is a 2016 animated film that brings up the legend of storks carrying babies to the silver screen. The film features a stork named Junior, who’s the top employee of a company that was delivering babies but now a package delivery company, named Cornerstone.com. Junior is on his way for promotion when he and Tulip; the only human on the company, accidentally activates a prohibited Baby Making Machine, resulting, of course, a baby. Junior and Tulip then embark on a wild journey to commit the first-ever baby delivery in years. By far, this animated film is the funniest animated film I ever watch for this year. Its various comedic scene has been able to send their viewer into a burst of laughter, although there is some scene when they’re trying too hard on creating a comedy that resulting into a cringe-worth scene. But that’s not the only reason why the film worth reviewing, the film also has heart-warming scenes and adorable characters that made you go, “Awww…”.

The Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters book, as the titled stated, is a step-by-step guide on how to paint a character digitally in the Adobe Photoshop software. It begins with a chapter of on how to getting started, how to establish and create your character, then some tips ended with samples of artworks and their breakdowns. The book was made by an independent publisher named 3DTotal Publishing and was written by various digital artists, published in 2015. I reviewed this book because it has helped me a lot in developing my digital drawing skills. The book’s clear and concise steps are easy to follow and understand. It also contains pictures that help the reader to understand further more. I managed to complete a school assignment that requires me to draw digitally with a satisfying result.

The last book I reviewed is The Animator’s Survival Kit: Expanded Edition, a guidebook that teaches their reader on how to animate cartoon drawings properly by its principles. The book was authored by the person that’s well-known for designing and directing the animation for the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit; Richard Williams. The reason I reviewed this book is because this book has been a guide for me in drawing and animating for the past two-and-the-half years of studying animation. The book covered every aspect of animation, from the basic principles of objects and characters animation to understanding expression, behaviour, and movement of a certain character based on its anatomy and action.  And the author managed to explain it in a very detailed way, making it easy to understand even for people who’s new to animation. Even though I classified myself as a person who hates reading a thick book (It’s a large book filled with 382 pages, and not to mention; heavy) its usefulness managed to overcome my trouble in reading it.

In a nutshell, I reviewed these films and books because they are very important in this part of my life as a student. The films inspired me in creating new concepts, stories, and expanding my knowledge on how to create a good comedy on animated films. Not to mention, developing appealing characters. And the books helped me a lot in developing my technical skills as an animator and an illustrator.

After the reviews that I’ve made, I came up to a conclusion that by reviewing a work of art, it is easier to be inspired rather than just experiencing it without noting anything.

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