Emelia and I were happy with our animated storyboards because to us, it all made sense and we felt as though the flow was fairly decent for a film within the genre of a thriller. However, we began to wonder whether or not our animated storyboard and, ultimately, plot for our opening made sense to other. Because of these queries, we decided that it would be best to show our animated video to family and friends and note their viewpoints and opinions.
Firstly, we asked for opinions surrounding the pace of our 2 minute opening. From asking, we received varying answers. However, on the whole most people agreed that what we had was a believable pace for a thriller film. When we asked why they thought this, the majority of replies said that it was because “it helped to give a creepy or foreboding atmosphere” (Sally, 16). In complete comparison to this, some people said that the pace gave an almost “safe” atmosphere. Although at first rather baffled by the huge contrast between the two opinions, Emelia and I were not too worried as both of these opinions could work to our advantage. For example, the “creepy or foreboding atmosphere” could work to our advantage as it would help our film opening of it within our desired genre, thriller. On the other hand, the “safe” atmosphere could work to our advantage as the setting and location of our opening is meant to give off this feeling at first in lead up to the shock and twist at the end.
We then asked our family and friends whether or not they understood the plot of our film because we felt as though it only made sense to us as we know the background of each frame. The majority of people said that they understood what was going on throughout the scene and understood the movement and actions of the character completely. However, others mentioned that they were confused whether there was one or two young girls. When asking them why they thought this, it was clear to Emelia and I that the source of the confusion was due to the fact that the two of us have varying drawing technique and did not draw the young girl exactly the same as each other. This is something that we would consider changing if we were to re draw these storyboards, however as a whole we are happy with this feedback as we were extremely worried as to people would be able to tell what had been drawn because of the fact that neither of us are the most amazing of artists.
Overall, Emelia and I are happy with the feedback that we have received from our friends and family. We are now excited to use the animation when filming as we believe that it will be extremely useful in the chaos of it all!