For this brief, as a group, we were assigned a poem of our choice in which we recommended Walt Whitman’s poem Oh Captain My Captain. Our tasked was to animate a visual rendition of Walt Whitman’s poem to interpret the poem using different styles of animation.


O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


Rather than something simple, we try something that was a little bit more intensive. We chose to animate this poem that shows a keen analysis and interpretation about Abraham Lincoln’s death, this poem touches on a political subject that we wanted to illustrate.

We were each given a section of the poem and worked on creating each segment, by making animatics, concept imagery and then finally creating the animation. I had to repeat the same animatic since my idea was a bit too cliche and didn’t have any meaning to the poem, but understanding with further analyses I realized improvement could be made. To interpret the poem, I started animating a bald eagle flying towards a sailing ship (that brings  unwanted news) til the eagle knocks off a wine bottle to have it shattered  (which show a devastated sorrow of the loss of Abraham Lincoln) that the liquid would leak towards the flag and shows blood staining the American flag, which was a metaphoric news that the United State discover that Lincoln is dead.

I decide I was going to have my animations in Photoshop, I wanted to try this because using Photoshop I could edit individual frames of my drawing sequence. In addition to using any Photoshop tool, I want to apply filters, masks, different texture and other colors to play with. I wanted to conveyed more emotion and to make my animation stand out more.For that approach, I started on having my drawing sequence of a bird flying using Photoshop the same as having a smashing bottle as well.