The final work uses the combination of music, pacing, sound effects and editing to elicit a strong sense of isolation and eeriness in its viewers. My work for the final stretch involved writing and recording more music for the short, as well as researching, finding and lettering appropriate sound effects and foley to enhance the audio aspects of the film and compliment the atmosphere. A lot of time was also spent re-editing and adjusting the pacing of the short to better compliment the audio and overall pace of the animatic.
The animatic being designed for the medium of animation allows me to run amok with potential ideas for how the film will be directed. This is important in terms of camera shots and the way the camera adjusts to the narrative. Animation also allows me a greater focus on colour theory and translating the cold and eerie stillness of the film. Moving forward as I develop this short further (whether it be in future studios or my own personal work) these elements will become a bigger focus as the film begins to take shape.
This work is one again heavily inspired by japanese horror, in particular the film “Ringu” (1998) With the film's sense of domestic horror invading the home being a key piece of inspiration for the short.
Ringu (1998) film link
Over the course of the semester, the study of horror and the difficulty of achieving the translation of these themes to your audience has been a consistent focus for me. The balance between timing, direction and audio is something I am still learning, but from my research and related works, to my multiple iterations developed this semester (in particular the last 6 weeks in which I singled out every method and concentrated on it for that week) has been helpful in aiding me to experiment and make educated decisions in order to circumvent the issues developing my work.
Monophobia Animatic Youtube link