Hello, so things have happened. A new conclusion:
I have decided to move away from animation for this project. This does cause me pain, but it is taking too long and I feel too inexperienced and overwhelmed by it. It is something that I want to do, but I need to gather a basic skill set first. Also, the fact that I do not have a clear picture of what I actually want to produce adds to the stresses.
I am pleased that I did attempt to create some moving image work, and I did have successes, but I just don’t think I will be able to produce something both substantial and that I am happy with.
Also, the nature of how I work clashes with the processes of animation (which I’ve experienced). I work rather spontaneously and quickly. Meanwhile, animation requires planning, structure and takes a long time as there is so much to consider. But this experience has taught me this and I have learnt quite a lot in terms of software and techniques.
So! I made the decision to drop the animation/gif mission, and continued working in my sketchbook, generating new ideas. I went back over the brief, re-reading and interpreting what it is asking, and I realised something. As soon as I realised this I sprang into action. I realised that no where on the brief does it say that the explanation must be accurate/truthful. This combined with the fact that there is no actual evidence of why a person dreams, just theories, has thrown me into a corner of nothing but nonsensical fun.
I started compiling a list on a roll of receipt paper (linking to When Worlds Collide project) because I enjoy the idea of having a really really long list and to start generating explanations, and then I kept playing with this idea in my sketchbook, some photos:
I would like to create either a series of illustrations, or a book/zine