After I exposed my new idea about Isla Múcura in Clare’s session, I left with the bones of my story built and ready to go. Even though my story is based on a true one, some information of Luis’ story was lacking it had gaps that I had to fill with imagination until the story had sense.
Boy lives in an island
He falls in love with a girl
Can’t write or read -> Can’t write her a love letter
Friend helps him
Friend and girl fall in love and leave the island together
Boy realises the importance of reading and writing and learns.
Luis is a shy and illiterate boy who lives in Isla Múcura (Island in the Colombian Caribbean)
One day he sees Maria and falls in love with her.
Luis tries to write her a letter but he can’t.
Juan, his friend, helps him to write down Luis’ feelings, signed anonymous.
Juan delivers the letter under a rock on Maria’s door and he leaves.
Maria sees him leaving and thinks that Juan is her admirer, not Luis.
Maria replies back to Juan.
Juan reads Maria’s reply and falls in love with her as well.
Maria and Juan start exchanging letters in secret.
Meanwhile Luis checks his own rock everyday expecting a response or a sign from Maria.
One day Luis sees Juan and Maria together.
Luis is sad and tries to go talk to Maria to tell her he loves her.
Maria and Juan leave the island together.
Luis never gets to talk to Maria.
Luis is devastated.
Luis realises the importance of knowing how to read and write.
During my Christmas Holidays I had the opportunity to travel to Colombia to relax and disconnect after the ENO Project.
My initial idea for the Grad Film it wasn’t very clear, something wasn’t convincing myself about it so I was doubting a lot. What I was sure about is that I have to enjoy my work and the Grad Film and do something that inspires me and that was not it.
In Colombia I spent few days in a beautiful paradisiac island, disconnected from the world. It was there where the inspiration for my new idea came to me. I was amazed by the sounds that surrounded me: the sea, the wind, the birds, the trees… I had to do something related to that place.
It was then when the guide in the hotel I was staying offered to show me Isla Múcura around. Múcura was the island next to ours and also where Luis (the guide) was born. While we were walking through the island he told me this:
“I once fell in love with a girl, here. I didn’t know how to read or write so a friend of mine helped me to write a letter for her so I could show my love for her. But in the end she fell in love with my friend instead of me and they left the island together. At that moment I realised how important was to know how to read and write.”
I saw it very clearly, I had to make a story about Luis’s experience. So I tried to take pictures of everything I could in the island just in case this was going to turn into my Grad Film.
I want to share some of them so you can see where the inspiration comes from. So happy I could meet Luis and know that amazing place.
Three floors of artwork, styles and techniques. It was an authentic visual fest. Not just the space was inspiring but also every stand had its special touch. The whole place itself had a unique vibe.
The really cool thing was that the artists were there showing their work and you could talk to them and ask about their work and process, which we did and found super inspiring.
This past month has been crazy and full of work but even at this times when you feel all the pressure, it’s good to take a deep breath, go to the outside and fill yourself with inspiration. Totally worth it!
I have this feeling that it’s time for me to explore and get to know what is the industry offering. Search for animation studios that I would see myself working for in a near future. I can’t wait to start working and be part of the animation industry and I also hope that it happens before graduating from the MA.
This is a list I’ve made of studios that I would like to work for:
The showreel it’s the main tool we need to get into the industry. It’s what animation companies and studios will use to decide if they want us on their team. It’s a bit scary because you have to show all your talent in one minute video.
I did my best to put all my animation work together to have my first showreel. Wanna watch it?
As you could see in my animatic, the first scene we can see the character speaking on stage. While doing many lip sync exercises I ended having my own chart of mouth positions which I use in all my animations. I try to concentrate all sounds in just 8 shapes. I draw them for you to share and hope you can find it useful.
After listening the story I was given from the Children’s Society, I started to produce HOPE, my 1 minute film. I worked on the Animatic in which I wanted to be very clear about the message I want to give. For that, I kept the drawings very simple but understandable.
We are about to finish our first year in Character Animation! Can you believe it?? Well… it’s true.
We are making a project along with the Chindren’s Society. They gave each one of us a different audio, real stories about real people from the Society. Most of them touch sensitive topics about their issues or the things they’ve been through which is devastating but also motivate us to help them in our way.
I feel lucky to have one of the most positive stories in my class. A story that is about all those people who help this children everyday with their support and how useful it is to them. The main message is that thanks to all this supportive people, children can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and that’s why I called my shortfilm: HOPE