Discover and Define
Title: The Lonely Mousebot
Characters: Mousebot, Baby boomer
Setting: The hallway to Mousebot’s house, and the Street.
Mousebot: (thinking) Today’s such a lovely day to go for a walk, the sun is bright and shining, the birds are chirping, and i really need to get out more *whilst getting out of his apartment*
Mousebot: *walks down street 1*
Mousebot: (thinking) This type of day should be shared with others but unfortunately i’m all alone
Mousebot: (thinking) No one even remembered it was my birthday today.
Narration: After having this great day ruined by such a depressing thought, Mousebot turned back around and decided to spend the rest of the day in his house alone. Just like always. (2)
Mousebot: *Enters his home once more, but this time when he opens the door his old friend baby boomer is in his house*
Mousebot: Jeez! God, boomer you scared the crap out of me. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING IN MY HOUSE!
Baby boomer: I was dropping by my moms house and decided to swing by, like hell i’d miss my main mans birthday.
Narrator: Once sad, now filled with joy. Mousebot is ecstatic to see his best friend since it’s been so long. Ever since they graduated from college both have lived their lives on very differing paths.
How did you Discover and Define your story?
Honestly when it came to this story, i just picked out surprise party because i assumed it was going to be the easiest to do. Originally i was going to animate Mousebots house and the grocery store as the main scenes, because he was going to go to the supermarket to buy ice cream and junk food to eat by himself in the dark while crying since once again he had nothing to do for his birthday. The ending remained the same though baby boomer comes through and blesses Mousebot with a great day. The story only changed due to me losing my original characters and scenes and having to restart from zero. Originally mousebot was just a robot that resembled the reddit icon, and was going to be referred to as “bot”, and Baby boomer was a small man baby. The face and attitude of a grown man, but the size and physicality of a baby, he even wore a diaper.
Did you have any challenges in designing your vector drawings in Adobe Illustrator?
Overall, not at all. The set of drawings above took me no little than 35min in total. Considering I only used shapes from the tool selection, it was quite easy. The only hardship comes from the loss of all my data as i previously stated. It delayed my work entirely because i lose the drive to even try in class anymore, but eventually i got my shit together and started working on it once more. At a minimal level of course, but working on it nonetheless.
How was the process of animating your character within Adobe Flash? The process was difficult at first, but thanks to the assistance I received from Ms.Ward, once I got used to using flash, it was a breeze.
What was the main tool you use to create your animation? The main tool I used when creating my animation was the rounded ellipse tool. I used only the ellipse tool when creating baby boomer for all of his body, arms, legs, eyes, nose, and ears. I also used that tool to create Mousebot when it came to his eyes nose and ears, but everything else with Mousebot was the rounded rectangle tool.
What did you learn when it came to using a timeline that made your animations come to life? I learned that you can use the timeline kind of like a time stamp. Using the library and integrating different keyframes there, you can implement them as you wish in the animation. Thus making the process way more organized.
How do you feel about your final product of the animation? I feel like the final product is amazing considering how fast I did it. Though of course some of the speech bubbles are too small, some go by too fast for the reader to read it, and other small little errors, but again based on the time used i think its great.