Summer 2012 Chronicle of the Yellow Wallpaper

my descent into madness

Month: August, 2012

Before september before september!

The fills took a long time to do, but mostly because of my stupidity. I wish I had just filled them in as I went along but I think impatience took over then. But they are done!

Today I worked on the backgrounds, but I am having a hard time. Drawing in photoshop is difficult for me since everything is looking really cartoonish or just crappy. I want tohave the background be somewhat whimsical and impressionistic but realistic and not distracting. I tried just doing basic desks and chairs and the wallpaper today, but I found myself getting nowhere. Well, except iwth the wallpaper I am mostly tracing wallpaper patterns and copy/pasting them as a print. Then I’m going to make the wallpaper look decayed and antiquated with a rotting yellow color.

I’m most excited about the AfterEffects part which has yet to come. I’m also scared since I’m not proficient by any means in AfterEffects, but I want to be.

Today I’ll put together a rough animation of the piece thus far, using video clips for the things I don’t know how to include such as the bottles and the curtains clips.


Here are some photoshop tutorials for digital paintings that might help me: –> THIS! I need this so bad.


Freehand drawing on photoshop is difficult ofr me unless it looks cartoonish! I am also used to tracing things now…blah. I should just practice more and also be more satisfied with some things that look okay, but not what I want.

School’s starting tomorrow. I need to get this done before Saturday! Coffee shop for hours and hours and hours tomorrow! OH LAWD GIMME STRENTH!

Done with rotoscoping!!!!! (okay, kind of)

Well right now I have gone through an estimated 1700 frames more or less. I am so sleeeepy. I still have two different clips that I haven’t done. One of them I need to find the clip again since somehow it did not get saved to its folder, and the other I had a lot of trouble with. It was the shot of the woman behind the wallpaper, except I video-ed it of my actress behind a sheer curtain which was INCREDIBLY hard to try to rotoscope. I am considering not fully rotoscoping it, but utilizing it in a video format with overlays and other drawn elements. I might try one more time to rotoscope it so it looks more uniform. The clip I can’t find is a relatively easy one, just her lying in bed for a few seconds.

My next step after this is to fill in all of the clips. I really, really, really hope that won’t take too long. I don’t know if it would have been better to do that as I went along or in one big sweeeeep. One of the most important takeaways for this project for me has been realizing the importance of audiobooks in doing tedious tasks. This week I have “read” the first Hitchhiker’s Guide, Bossypants by Tina Fey, A Modest Proposal, part of 1984, and I’m currently trying to listen to the Hobbit again. Right now, gollum is talking so I might just be too scared to sleep tonight which is perfect! Although I think I need to get up early in the morning to see my aunt. Ugh.

My goal was to be done by Thursday. It is Thursday. GAH. I will try to get at least all the fills done by today, and maybe if there is time in the night I will do the wallpaper animation.

I’m most worried about the wallpaper animation because it is a detrimental aspect of my project. If I don’t have a good wallpaper animation, the rest of the story won’t make sense at all and I will have done all of this work for nothing. I might even spend a whole day on it if needed.


  1. Find and finish Bed clip, and maybe attempt the lady behind the wallpaper clip again although that might be able to fix with AE. (This will take maybe about 2 hours at most)
  2. Fill all clips that aren’t filled and fix small things in each clip. (I have absolutely no estimate for this. I am hoping less than 5 hours).
  3. Do wallpaper animation. (I am estimating I need a couple of hours for this, hopefully not more than 4, but these things take a while…)
  4. Draw 28 different backgrounds/floors for every clip in Photoshop. Some can be the same just skewed so this is an overestimate. (This might take 2 days, not sure.)
  5. Draw props in Photoshop. (Bed, Desk, Chair, Some chains, a noose,….this suddenly got too morbid…)
  6. Find textures I want to use.
  7. Put each clip in AE and make ’em look so awesome that this was all worth it.
  8. Put them all together in Final Cut.

I wish I was a southern christian woman sometimes so that I could say “oh lawd, give me strength!” and maybe it would actually work. Aint no rest for the sacrilegious. I’m starting to ramble and say weird things so I should stop typing. I might sleep and just wake up when the mother does tomorrow. NIGHT.

Textures textures textures

So I am so close to being done with rotoscoping. Right now, I’m mostly worrried about the wall animation, which i think I’ll have to figure out how to tween correctly or just do it all in AfterEffects. Here is something I was messing around with in Photoshop. I like utilizing textures and I think I want an old, grainy TV effect on top of it while I have soundbites from TV in the background. It’s appealing to me to make it somewhat more modern while retaining the old meaning and old, decaying look of the whole surrounding.

This is perhaps too late to think about…but…

Part of me is worried that I haven’t treated my character with enough respect. That I have treated the mental illness is an overly efficient manner in which I have simply summed up the story without giving her enough of a character or depth. But how do I do all of that in less than 3 minutes? 

So now I am thinking of adding a voiceover and maybe more audio inserts.

GAH. I keep having slight panics throughout this.

A few clips compiled

Here are about 6 clips that I had been working on but didn’t post up. They obviously aren’t finished but I am planning to fill them in and put them in AfterEffects as soon as the other clips are rotoscoped.

The first one I experimented with in Photoshop and then AfterEffects while putting a Gaussian Blur on the video in the background – I’m not sure if I will use it, but it is an interesting idea to use my video as a palette for coloring in certain aspects that would be difficult to do otherwise.

I’ll write more about this later when I have more time!