This first semester in creative elements has been very interesting for me. Having the chance to work alongside new and old classmates has been a learning experience. Though challenging at the start I’ve come to learn that many members from the class have very different styles of working. I found the idea process for the build a world project very insightful. At first I found that writing so many ideas down was absurd but over the course of the week as a team we managed to narrow down and build upon base ideas to create unique concepts. After my initial thoughts, I decided to change my mindset and be more open to the methods used to bring an animation concept together. I had a taste of what it would be like to work in a team when creating an animatic last year, but I was truly tested with a larger group and a week deadline. Though very challenging I think as a group we coordinated very well and produced a successful animatic.
Another area of creative elements that I really enjoyed was the photography side to the project. Going out around Belfast to take photos was a good way to connect with other classmates while getting work done. I found myself using photography as an excuse to get out and explore. This especially was a refreshing take on work and has made me more aware of how the position of the camera can affect the shot. I hope to study further into photography as I feel it is an important concept that must be taken into consideration when filming a scene.
I enjoyed the structure of the course, having week deadlines was a good way to keep the gas going with the workload and stop people from burning out.