In my first year of animation, one of the first guest speakers that came to do a workshop with us was Mr Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Straight away I fell in love with his work of making maquette’s, especially the ones made for the Hansel and Gretel show.
I was entranced by the level of detail he included in his work and how everything had this dark gloomy atmosphere to it. It really made the story come to life by itself. It was also a pleasure to watch him work. And he brought several small maquette’s as examples.
One of the maquette’s he brought happened to be the Witch from the Hansel and Gretel story and he then took us step by step how she was built and how certain hinges and pins gave her a more organic movement as being a stiff old lady.
He then asked us as a class to then present our own maquette’s from what we had learned and we were then to produce our own short animation for him to evaluate. For mine I chose to do a simple fairy tale, with a slight dark twist at the end. From here I began experimenting with ideas and settled on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, however in this story Red Riding Hood was the
villain rather than the Wolf. For my design I decided to have her looking as cute and innocent as possible, with a rounded face and plump little body while keeping her eyes a ghostly pink to make her appear as though something was slightly off. I then used a vital skill that Mr Hicks-Jenkins taught me by using a tab and a hinge so I could have Red Riding Hoods face drop down to reveal a monster mouth and her coat flip open to reveal her digesting a poor innocent bunny. This I think worked well for the jump scare in the end.
In the end I had Mr Hicks-Jenkins help to complete my short film as I needed assistance changing the wolf’s expression after coming face to face with Monster Red Riding Hood and overall I think it went rather well, as Mr Hicks-Jenkins took a photo of my Monster Red Riding Hood and shared it with his colleagues on social media. I was pleased how well my work was received and if I was to do this again I would perhaps extend the animation to see what happened to the poor wolf.