Semester 1

Dear Diary (a.k.a Khaya and Wessie ūüôā )

The main thing I realised this semester, or actually, just this week, is, that while we are studying, we can do what we want. Once we start working we won’t be doing what we want to do anymore, we’ll be doing what the client wants from us. This made me realise how much fun I could and should actually have. I learnt that sometimes you should just stop and do something else instead of struggling ad infinitum because then your brain just gets frizzled and you waste your time, then you get frustrated. I also realised for the first time (although I thought I had this already) that I should not ever feel bad about myself because of criticism. You should distance yourself from your work and be able to judge it and really figure out if it is good or bad (or really bad). I also realised if something doesn’t feel “right” it probably isn’t right and you usually know this you just don’t always WANT to know this.

On a technical level, I have learnt about AE. I say about because I’m sure I don’t even nearly know half of the programme, but I really like learning it and it’s really really satisfying if I get something right. I have learnt about the different basic tools, how to open something from illustrator or Photoshop in After Effects, how to save everything in a folder to always be able to open it without getting a terrible multi coloured rainbow man, how to work with the camera (I still need to perfect this skill… a lot) in After effects, and a lot of other small things like that. I have also learnt that you have to (and I really like this) try and think differently and continuously look for new inspiration, even if it’s not for now, it can be for later. OH, and this one is important, the computer and the internet does NOT always have the answer. Sometimes you just have to figure it out yourself.

Other stuff: Draw stuff bigger to compensate,pin puppet tool, different shortcuts for After Effects, when you really struggle and there’s no one to help- look for a tutorial.

When writing a story, you shouldn’t just be looking at the story from a distance, you should be part of the story, you should get into the character’s shoes and walk around in it. Think like your character and talk like your character and and and…

I have read a lot of valuable things in the Animator’s Survival Kit. He really writes well and it’s not at all a boring book, with boring I mean his writing style. And yes, it does contain a lot of pictures but I mean I have actually read a big part of the written stuff and it’s funny, witty and he has lots of cool quotes which I will mention when I pick up the book again.

I will edit this but first I have some backgrounds to go create and animate…


NEW STORY -finally fixed.

The new story made by using lots of new, more “bread-ish” information


Bread gets put into a toaster. It falls and falls and falls through the air and then it falls into the ocean. A pipe sucks up the bread and the pipe says in big letters “MAILLARD PROCESS”. It goes in the pipe. Inside it is still just a slice of bread, no face or arms or legs. He lies on a kind of factory machine and just gets moved along with the machine. First he is lightly buttered. Then he gets flipped over. Burned with a bunsen burner type of flame and then moved along on the production table to the hospital. After he goes through the Maillard process, he first has to visit the bread hospital where the now toasted bread is wrapped ¬†in bandages because of third degree burns. The bandages get removed and he now has a face and arms. He takes some spare parts (of the toaster) and puts them where his legs should be. He gets sprayed with “KEEPING CRUMBS” to ensure he doesn’t lose some crumbs along the way. When he starts to walk he looks up and is suddenly wearing a graduation cap and he has three scrolls in his hand and he reads a sign saying Congratulations, you have¬†received¬†your third degree, BA¬†Burning.¬†He leaves and throws his cap and scrolls in the air and walks along the road until he reaches a split in the road.


He has to choose between “Sandwitch road” with a picture of a witchy sandwich or “Butter-up”. He chooses to be “Buttered up” by the “Butter-up” route. The road starts of fine, he walks past little towns consisting of spreads. Like the first one he passes is MARMITE TOWN and he just walks on. He then passes peanut butter town, and here there are a lot of little peanuts wanting to greet him and take him there. He just shake his head and points to the buttery horizon. He keeps on walking up and up and up and then he slips and slides for a while on a extremely buttered road, until he falls down a cliff, face down into Nutella (Murphy’s law). He struggles to get up and gets pulled out by tribal buns. They stare at him and laughs at his shape. They tell him about their tribe and draw tribal pictures on a cave wall (just a very big hollowed out bread) after they picked little bottles of jam from a the ground (like potatoes). They make him dance around the fire (actually just a big bottle of jam) with them.¬†A bun kisses him as part of the dances and leaves a small bite mark which is gone the next day when he wakes up in a cave. He wonders were all the buns have gone and starts looking for them inside the cave.


There are tribal bun drawings, so he knows they where really there. A big mould monster comes out of the dark and frightens him. Then the monster just laughs and walks away into another tunnel and points at Bun Island, in the distance. The buns wave goodbye from a distance. He starts  walking into the dark part and only his eyes are now visible. He accidentally falls down a hole in the ground and keeps on falling and shoots through the toaster and quickly gets gobbled up by either a dog or a person that just quickly butters it and eats it.

New elements to improve character and story


Toaster parts.

  • To use for the landscape in story
  • To make a pogo stick for toast to move around on
  • To make any kind of portable device for the toast to move around on- jetpack type thing, fins for in the ocean, things he picks up to use as arms and legs….(*help here please)
  • For other character?


Maillard reaction

  • gives him his new name.
  • Will be a place/machine/shop/”beauty parlour” more like barbershop type place. Just after he enters the “toast realm” as a slice of stale bread, he goes to this place and immediately becomes optimally toasted. He is now toast and now he can enjoy this foreign land. It’s kind of like customs for toast. He also doesn’t have a face or arms before he’s done with this process. When he comes out, his name is now Maillard and ready for adventure


Unrealistic and realistic other uses of toast

  • These help make the story more interesting. For example: the toast can soak up something. He can be a little burnt in the one corner and write something or draw something. He can use himself as a boat on the ocean. He can think back to days when he was used as a doorstop. or to fix a hole in a wall so that water won’t come through. As a painters’ pallet- a bigger slice of bread could use him. Bread is used to remove dust, so he can be the official cleaner, eventhough he possibly loses crumbs (don’t know how I feel about that yet). Getting married with a bun and having a crouton baby.
  • He could fly through the air as if on a magic carpet or as if he is a magic carpet.

Should the other characters rather be other types of bread? Or the same kind of bread but different?

I was thinking to rather make it other bread. Just a few buns – all of them look exactly the same, but still he falls in love with one. This one just has some eyelashes.