Time & Movement
Artists depict weather in painting
Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565)
The Forest in Winter at Sunset by Théodore Rousseau (1846–47)
Winter Landscape by Wassily Kandinsky (1911)
The Magpie by Claude Monet (1868-69)
Research in to animation styles that we liked. We were already quite set on the idea of using animals to predict weather. We were trying to find an animation style that we liked that did not look too childish as often animal animation is targeted towards children. We talked about how colour is important, and how a reduced colour palette, especially little primary colours, would be best to use to create an animation that is still playful but not overly childish.
"When horses and cattle stretch out their necks and sniff the air, it will rain." "Wolves always howl more before a storm." “If there is a halo round the sun or moon, then we can all expect rain quite soon.” “When the bees crowd out of their hive, the weather makes it good to be alive. When the bees crowd into their hive again, it is a sign of thunder and of rain.” “When the goose flies high fair weather. If the goose files low, foul weather.” “If the Cock goes crowing to bed; He’ll certainly rise with a watery head.” “When kitty washes behind her ears, we’ll soon be tasting heavens tears.” “When the stars being to huddle, the earth will soon become a puddle.” "When sheep gather in a huddle, tomorrow will be a puddle." "When the cows lay down, the farmer will frown."
The above two quotes are our chosen animals to animate. We thought that they work really well because the rhyme is really cute and will visually work well when animated. We talked about how the farmer could say the quote about the sheep, then it would pan to the sheep turning in to a puddle, and before that the sheep could say the quote about the cows, and then it would link back nicely to show the farmer frowning.
Animation and visual tests
BBC wether forecast digression
-Blur Building, diller scofidio + renfro. An atmospheric installation that creates clouds through man-mad and natural forces.
-Olafur Eliasson.The Weather Project, 2003 (weather installation that recreates the sun and sky)
-Cloud, Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett (interactive sculpture made from light bulbs)
-Rain Room, MoMA PS1, New York City (installation where a constant stream of rain falls but pauses when a body is present)
Research in to animal folklore
Research in to BBC Weather's 'White Lie' in 1987, where Michael Fish confidently told people not to worry about a storm that was to hit the UK, brought our group in to thinking about previous ways people would predict the weather. We started to focus particularly on animals and how people have studied their behaviours in relation to weather patterns. Some people still think that this is a more reliable source of weather prediction- especially farmers who have been using these methods for years. We started to research in to weather lore, which is ' the body of informal folklore related to the prediction of the weather,' and found many sayings that are used to predict weather such as 'When sheep gather in a huddle, tomorrow will be a huddle.'
The Smirnoff Smarienberg commercial by Michel Gondry shows how you can include a complex storyline in a very short amount of time. Our group started to think of how we want our animation to look- do we want to include a few storylines within the 20 second clip or reduce it down to one. We discussed how we could show a series of animals predicting the weather all over the u.k. However, we decided that this would take a very long time to do and we would not be able to achieve the quality of animation within the time restraints. We then decided to focus on two main storylines- sheep and cows predicting the weather. We will wait for feedback in the mid-week crit before we continue further with this. Our next step is to create our storyboard.