Can you sit still? part 1: Brief summary + research part 1

In this post it’s going to include: summary brief of brief, How MRI’s work or what they are, general animations aimed at 6-8 year old, animations and videos aimed at 6-8 year olds but are specifically about MRI scans and lastly a short conclusion to what to May or might not be included In the final piece.

Summary of Brief
The brief of the project outlines:
2D animation
Duration: 1 minute long
audience: 6-8 year old
purpose of animation: allow 6-8 year old to understand why sit still is good and help them to not fear the process.

Frame rate: at 24fps
format: mp4 H264 file format at size: 1280 X 720

What is an MRI?
As defined by google definition “Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI gives different information about structures in the body than can be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan.”

MRI Animation
This animation does not seem to be aimed at children. It’s an animation that shows you how a MRI scan works, therefore looking at this animation is relevant because it displays how the process works with an MRI scanning machine, information that can be used in the final piece. Grey scale neutral colours. No voice over narration. Animated moving diagrams, words appearing at the bottom describing the process. Little dry and boring.

Ingham Institute MRI-Linac Animation
Mixture of animation and footage. Voice over narration. Zooms into parts. Information of previous models that handle the issue. Colours to main sections. Some logo at the end.
It was relevant looking at this because, parts of it is animation and it’s about MRI.

Research -animation
Began this section of research by first looking at the brief examples then continued on the search in various video sharing platforms and search engines.

The secret of kells
Directed by Tomm Moore in 2009 and in Ireland. It’s an example of a feature film.
Colourful, blocked colours it’s relevant to look at this because it’s very colourful and bright, what appeals to 6- 8 year olds.
Kells

Pocoyo
Pocoyo Is an example of a television series, directed by Guillermo garciacars in spin, in 2005 via the “ zinkia entertainment” company.
Looking at this animation is relevant because it’s aimed at children.
After watching bits of the animation noticed it has: bright colours, the characters look front ways, the illusion that the characters are interacting with the audience, most of the items or characters displayed in one of colour or very small amount of shades. They are very basic words. Large theatrical gestures, movement and facial expressions. Voice over narration.

In conclusion after watching the animation, going to include some of those aspects in the finial animation to appeal to children.

hey duggee
created by grant orchard in 2015 in the uk via the “studioAKA”
Simple shapes for the item and characters, bold strong bright colours. The voices that come from the character sound like children. Simple dialogue. Even through when the characters talk to each other in some of the scenes the characters are facing front ways “to the audience”. When doing their actions/ talking as well as facing front ways at the end. Even in side perspective you can see the whole facial features. Some exaggerated movements. Changing bright coloured backgrounds.
It was relevant looking at this because the animation is aimed at children however the age audience it’s aimed at is younger then target audience outlined in brief.

“MRI for kids”
MRI for kids” is an example of a student work by Rachel Man in UK in 2014
Animation includes: characters facing audience at times, hand gestures, simple shapes, bright colours and voice over narration. Detailed information of what happens, what you should do beforehand the MRI scan e.g. no metal objects and why. Includes visual representation of what’s been said, sounds and images of what might have been expected during the MRI scan.

It was relevant looking at this because its animation about MRI scan.

Ger ald mboing-boing
Ger ald mboing-boing is an example of an award winning short film, directed by Robert Cannon in the United States. Via the “UPA” company.
Looking at this video is relevant because it’s aimed at children. It has old misty washed out colours. Theatrical, exaggerated movements, voice over narration, arms seem to have no joints or bones and cartoony sounds unrealistic sounds for example when falling.

Blip
Blip is an example of a short film. It was directed by Ben Harper and Sean Mullen Ireland.
Animation includes: No connecting limbs to body, slightly dull bright colours with textures making it seem like Plasticine. Pastel backgrounds, exaggerated movements and no speech.
It was relevant looking at this because it’s an animation and it’s aimed at children.

The Bullwinkle Show
The Bullwinkle Show is an example of a Tv series that ran between 1961-1964 and was directed by Des McAnuff In the Usa.
The animation includes: Voice over animation, simple outlines, bold one shaded colours for most of the objects and characters. Murky colours probably due to age, animal protagonist. Large gestures, convenient exposition appearing at the right time.

It was relevant looking at this because its animation and it’s aimed at children, which is part of the brief requirements.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTzuO24i-YA
http://www.tv.com/shows/the-bullwinkle-show/cast/

Yogi the bear
The series ran between 1961-1988 it’s an example of a tv series.
It was directed by Joseph Barhera and William Hanna.
Looking at this was relevant because it’s aimed at children.
The animation included: blurry slightly murk colours probably due to age, slightly faded bold one shades of colour, for example no shading. Exaggerated movement, lots of speech and detail probably to make it clear to the children audience.

It was relevant looking at this because it’s a 2D animation which is part of the brief as well as fit the 6-8 year old age category, which is part of the brief, therefore looking at it was relevant.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0255768/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

Inside Out
Directed by Pete Doctor, Ronnie Del Carmen in 2015 in the Usa by the Pixar Company.
The animation includes: bright colourful colours, emotions personified to a character that’s more relate-able to children.
It was relevant looking at this because a search engine of what’s appropriate to 6-8 year olds, which is part of the brief.
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The Brave Little Toaster
In 1987 it was directed by Jerry Rees in Usa.
Looking at this animation was relevant because it’s an animation aimed at children.
The animation includes: In-animate objects giving character and personified. The characters have giant eyes. Corny singing most of the characters are one or two shades for each part and murky colours.
Heres a clip snippet to the film

After searching up the animations as shown above that are aimed at children. Started to search up animations that specifically already talk about MRI scans aimed at children, to see how to approach the topic in the final piece.

UCSF Radiology: Getting Children Ready for an MRI
Looking at this animation was relevant because it’s an animation that is aimed at children, informing them of MRI scans. It has an annoying child voice to the character, the character is of a child that says they have MRI scans making the audience able to empathize and possibly take in the information more. Labels, photo displaying of what the machines look like. Video footage of examples of people and what it looks like for someone to go in the MRI scan. Voice over narration. Labels and arrows pointing to the items. The character looking front ways (to the audience) animated parts in bold bright colours with one shade each section. Give examples to the audience what it could be like or to pretend to be so they will stay still. Example of the sound the MRI scan makes and what to do before the MRI scan and it included Analogy to spaceships.

MRI_scan
This is an example of a pre-exiting student work by “Natasha Owen” and unnamed other person.
Its mixture of 2D animation and 3D animation. The mouth moved unnaturally. One arm of the penguin is down while the other is up. The mascot of the voice of the narration is an Anthropomorphized penguin. There’s speech bubbles with words that have been spoken appear in the screen.
It was relevant looking at this because it has some 2D animation and it’s about MRI scan as well as seeing how people tackle the topic of MRI scan.

After watching this animation, concluded that I’m going to try and avoid animating something like this and for the final piece to have more movements to the characters because in this animation everything looked oddly unnatural. Another conclusion after looking at this animation: might cut out mouth movements completely and have it hidden by for instance a surgical mask.

Couldn’t find much animations aimed at children that’s discuss about MRI scans. So looked up videos that aimed at children and about MRI scans. So can use the same principle for the final piece but just in a different format.

Video to help kids prepare for an MRI scan
looking at this video was relevant because its bout an MRI scan that’s aimed at children. It used a fluffy inanimate toy as the body for the voice over narration. It tells of what happens before and during the MRI scan for instance what the child audience should do or to expect. Desensitization so they won’t be afraid or move around when it’s time for their MRI scan. Footage of what the machine looks like. This video also makes analogy to spaceships.

Preparing Your Child for an MRI
Looking at this video was relevant because its aimed at children and about the MRI scan process both before and during, for what to expect and what you should do and why. Job role of each person that going to interact with the child. It has a voice over narration, every so often footage of the person talking. Words appear on screen every so often. Analogy to big doughnut and yet again to spaceships. Includes sound of MRI scanning machine. Examples of what the child can do to help stay still and pass time in the MRI scan e.g. pretend in space, daydream or listen to music.

Jack’s MRI adventure
looking at this video is relevant because it’s aimed at children and are about MRI scans.
Voice over narration. Cheesy singing and Kidde music. It details what to expect before and during the MRI scan. It tells the audience what they can and can’t do and the reason behind it. It has footage of the child who was experiencing it talk probably so the child audience can empathizes more and relate more to the video so they understand more to what is to be expected to the MRI scan when it’s their time. At the beginning and end of the video it had a personified basic bear character.

Conclusion
In conclusion after doing research so far, for the final piece going to include:
*Voice over narration- because most of the animations/videos aimed at that age range includes it as well as to make sure the child audience understands a bit more compared to if it’s just visual.
*Sign language or speech bubbles with words spoken- because the child audience could be deaf or take in more the information with it both. Another reason is because in some of the animations speech bubbles of what have been said appears on screen.
*Bright colours- because that what most of the animations aimed at that age range showcase.
* Possibly have no mouth movements- it’s quicker to animate that way, however by doing this the child audience might get confused to what to where to place the voice on what character.
*Sound and image depicting the MRI scan- because that is what’s included in most of the videos about the MRI scan, as well as desensitize the child audience so they won’t be afraid of it when it comes time for their scan.
*Have either an Anthropomorphized or personified character- because that’s what appears most in animations for that age group or what appeared in the MRI videos aimed at children. Possibly to retain more of the child’s attention and memory- going to research this further.
* Have the mascot/ narrator’s body face the audience- because that’s what has appeared in most of the animations or videos aimed at that age range, as well as to retain the audience attention.
To include analogies or examples of what the child could imagine in the MRI scan, because that what included in most of the MRI videos as well as a way for the child to calm down and pass the time so they would sit still.

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