In this module we are to demonstrate how animation can be used for educational and informational purposes by creating a short film where this could be beneficial. I have chosen to create a film regarding the issue of rough sleeping in the UK. The number of recorded rough sleepers in the UK has risen by 134% since 2010 with many cases going unrecorded. I really wanted to create an animation for a local charity. A friend of mine volunteers at the People’s Kitchen in Newcastle Upon Tyne and I want to raise awareness for the incredible work they do there.
I began collecting key information about the People’s Kitchen and what I was going to cover in the video. I also thoroughly researched homelessness and rough sleeping statistics in the UK, using sources such as Shelter and the Department for Communities and Local Government releases.
To highlight the horrible situation faced by rough sleepers, I decided to to a side scrolling street view with cold and dark colours. I created some assets of rough sleepers using photographs as reference to use here. I felt these images were really impactful and really capture the despair and loneliness of sleeping rough.
I added to this by creating streetlamps with a cold blue glow rather than the usual warm orange/yellow lights. I added in doorways, alleyways and a bus stop as these are common areas for people to sleep rough.
I added to the cold colour theme by creating streetlamps with a cold blue glow rather than the usual warm orange/yellow lights. I added in doorways, alleyways and a bus stop as these are common areas for people to sleep rough. I started adding more blue tones and kept the building windows blue as well as I didn’t want there to be any sign of warmth to highlight the cold conditions faced by rough sleepers. I then added in the rough sleeper assets I created earlier.
The People’s Kitchen is located at the Alison Centre on Bath Lane in Newcastle upon Tyne. To depict this accurately, I used photographs and traced over the top with the pen tool keeping the line work very thin. Using a variety of rectangle shapes, I started adding in the paint detail, windows and door. For the colours, I used the eyedropper tool and took samples from the photographs.
I added other buildings into the background as I intend to have this scene be side scrolling and made the image longer than required in order to achieve this. I made the sky a dark, cool blue to contrast with the warm lights in the Kitchen’s windows.
I have other locations and assets to create for this video. Stay tuned for updates!