Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
So this is what i spent my day doing.
Keying out the green bits of 10 shots.
Seriously dull, not in the lest bit theraputic. mind numbing. and after the barks i am not expecting any sort of thanks either.
Selected the brightest parts with the magic wand and delete them, on both layers. once this is done, I could delete the duplicate layer.
And this was the end result.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
The script is all done, just needs to prctice it, and practice with the powerpoint.
Hopefully once Andy has finished listening to everyone's pitches this morning he will have time to help us fix our moodscap/animatic.
Also I need to find Richard and ask him how to put a link to the moodscape at the end of the power point so its runs through smoother because in the practice i had to moved between two programmes and it just look messy.
Monday, 1 December 2008
I hope the sounds I found work, but it's little late on in the game if they dont. And I hadnt spoke to Sound producer once thoughout the whole thing.
Andy suggested that it would be quite nice to actually follow through this project, which has got us all thinking that yes. it would be good, after putting so much into its creation to actuallly make it would be great!
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Saturday, 29 November 2008
On the up side the sound can move ahead quicker, I just wish I had been asked earlier. Nat couldnt help me the last few days as she has been busy doing badckgrounds, again and again.
This project needed to know who was in charge much earlier on.
I havent even spoken to Mike about the foley and he is supposedly the 'Sound Producer'.
Charlotte and I have begun scripting what we are going to say during the pitch presentation we have to give next friday. Though we still aren't quite sure whether or not we need to include the stuff about who would comission the piece etc in what we talk about, as that will all be written in the design bible thing.
The design bible is coming together now, I spent a considerable amount of time put the pages together, finding the right images to go with each bit of text and i am hoping it will all work well together. for the time being we have printed it out in black and white, in case there are any altereations suggested during our practice pitch on monday.
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
So I have done all the backgrounds for the Pitch and dropped Char's Rain over them and it looks great. today we were going to start printing pages for the book and that meant we needed the text that we have written but alas Hol has forgotten to bring it in so today's potential for productivity has come to a grounding hault which is frustrating as i remembered to bring absolutely everything else.
I am looking forward to working on a project by myself next term.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Charlotte has got the guest speaker letters done and Hol has finished the drinks sponsor letters as well so all that is left to do now is for Nat to finish the letters asking for prizes and we can rest easy.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
All that i have left to do is to find the names of the of the course leaders for each univeristy and then the letters can be sent out bu i feel like we are leaving eveything too late for anything to actually fall into place.
We've not heard back anything concrete from anyone yet. none of the sponsorship letters have been sent out yet. i just wish we had the chance to focus on this
Thursday, 6 November 2008
I am in charge of contacting the universities for the student panel and uni stalls, which should be relatively easy as we wrote up a draft letter already.
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
We are having work shops and what not to do with sound and had to create a sounscape the other day that told a story.. it could be anything so long as it was under 3minutes long. To begin with I though I would just chose soemthing simple like someone's process of getting up in the morning, but I then found that quite a few other people had also decided to do this. Witin my time limits I decided it would be possible to show something quite sinister and went with what sounds you would here a bulimic person make whilst they were having a binge. No pleasant but i think it worked well, and it gave me the opportunity to set a tone using music and sound effects to express what was happening.
This task helped me to practice my Audition skills which were a little rusty.
Originally I missed the first briefing which I suppose put me at a disadvantage. And I was frustrated to find that once again, all the groups had been decided on, and ideas had already been passed about, so i had already misssed out on the creative ideas process. Also I was concerned that if I showed an interest in organising the Careers day for the festival that we would lose out on the grades, also that everyone else is adding to their creative portfolio and we would not be.
But I am glad I decided to get involved. I enjoy organising things, though I do feel that some aspects are a bit beyond me, like coming up with a good guest speaker, as my knowledge of theindustry is still fairly sparse in comparison to some of my class mates.
Is a little daunting. The idea that someone from the industry is actually going to sit and listen to us talk about our idea is quite a big thing. Even though its not for real. Even though I had my own ideaI didnt want to go into this project alone as I find with presentations I work much better in a pair or a team, so that we can support one another.
I chose to work with Charlotte and Holly as they had an idea to work from the stating point of 'Tear Drops Blossom' which I originally suggested they watched. It seemed like a sweet idea and something i could really get involved with.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
I found this on 4od and thought it might be worth a look, and it is. The first film is stop motion using unwanted ornaments, discarded in a shed, and it showed the social hiarchy within the characters and life. Whilst being entertaining and following a story, you are also remind that the characters are still porcelain.
I also really loved one called Tear drops blossom, it had a really nice look to it, being made of cut outs and the story was really sweet.
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
I finally got round to watching Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, after wanting to watch it since Seeing the trailer years ago! I love the way he used colour to differentiate between the world of the living and of the dead, and I think it worked well that it was the reverse of how we would traditonally view those two worlds. The land of the dead was a vibrant place full of fun and laughter, as well as horribly dismembered bodies!
I like the style of the animating, it has a sparse quality, done well but not showing off.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Just sat down and watched one of the land before time films, and realised how much I appreciate the art work, the big rolling landscapes. I know 2D work isnt the most popular thing right now but i really enjoying watching it, and hope it doesnt become a lost artform!
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
I like the simplistic style of the piece and I think that the Backgrounds are really beautiful, though not realistic.
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Reading through the feedback from the group project, it was not even mention that I was involved in pre porduction for both the students project and the Library project. It feels as though that was totally ignored. I also did some sound work unlike many others.
I found the group crit on tuesday very frustrating and even upsetting at one point.
It wasn't necessary to ask me to discuss that particular quote in front of everyone, as it put strain on a currently rather fragile friendship, which had already been truly pushed to its limits during this last project.
I don't feel I can thoroughly review my work and talk through my frustrations with things through a blog as they are public and very readily available to my classmates who I would not wish to offend.
Friday, 6 June 2008
If I were a producer again, I would try to arrange a prompt briefing about the project as it really delayed the beginning of the prodcuction, not knowing what w were meant o be doing and I felt as though the post production team were simply left to sit about with nothing to occupy them. Though I did try to encourage them to get involved in pre production for over teams while we waited to hear from MARK.
This year has had a steep learning curve, but I think, and hope I done ok and am looking forward to working ten times harder next year!
I used the foley sound that we recorded on tuesday in the studio of me humming in a manly fashion as well as several different sounds which i downloaded from The Free Sound Project (Which incidently i think is one of the most useful websites i've used in a long while) I was really pleased with how the sounds lined up with action and it quite interesting to see how adding sound to a piece can change it so dramatically.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
I have also just recieved an email from Anna at MARK, with feedback about Ceri's animation asking fro it to have the colours inverted, the end section removed and the rest of it to be made to last the full 15 seconds. How can I ask Ceri to basically start all over again, when he has already worked so hard?
With the Students project all my lip synching is complete and I am just waiting for Richard to arrive and supply a cleaner version of the voice track and then i can render the animation and it will be complete which is exciting!
Gathering all my work together has been quite an experience and taught me that an organised desktop might be a good idea for next year!
Friday, 30 May 2008
How I am suppose to check people are doing their work, and working in line with the brief if i dont even know that they are part of my team, im not sure.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
I had to drop some of the action from the sequence as it is only quite a short section of speech, and the storyboard had quite a lot of action in it.
I have asked them to have a considerable amount done by monday morning so I can email Anna at MARK with the progress, and check that the work is heading inthe direction that she was hoping for.
Fingers Crossed all should go according to plan.
Friday, 23 May 2008
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
For the last few days I've been working on the animatic for the library project, yesterday was spent tirelessly scanning in each invidual frame. and today I've inputed the last few frames, hopefully in time with the music.
I'm excited about starting work on Holly's project, of student lip synching tomorrow, as the group will be storyboarding their ideas.
And I have also had an email from Anna, who is going to be giving my Logo team their briefing, hopefully on thursday, which will allow us to begin our work.
Monday, 12 May 2008
Only to find out today that this section of the story has been scrapped, as it was considered to complicated. I don't mind that it was scrapped, as I am sure this regularly happens in the industry, but I would have appreciated being told, rather than spending time doing pointless research. And what do I do with the work now?
Sunday, 11 May 2008
What are they looking for?
What sounds/music can we use?
Can we include things other than the logo?
Can we use live action?
How long should the animations be?
Can we have a high resolution copy of the logo?
What do they do?
What does MARK stand for?
Colour? Can we introduce it?
How many animations do they need?
What style would they like?
What are they being used for?
Any particular format?
Do they want any other text or information included?
Friday, 9 May 2008
I am finding my role within the preproduction team for the library quite limited and disappointing. I really wanted to have a active role in things such as storyboarding but instead have been given menial tasks and very little work.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
I've been working on the flash animation in my own time for a while but have become frustrated with the way the piece doesnt seem to flow. And where do I go after that thast I have done so far. I have the story to follow but i am unsure whether to include it all
Monday, 14 April 2008
Sunday, 13 April 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
Our animation didnt end as we had planned it to, with the wings dropping off, as i couldnt work out how to separate to wings from the rest of the symbol. but I think if i had address that problem earlier on I could have found a solution.
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Our animation has been done in flash, as it the programme I am most comfortable with, so its a 2D piece with a painterly background that is piece of charlotte's scanned in work. I think the mix of materials is really affective.
The idea was quite simple. To give the individual letters, in their rectangles, wings and have them fly about the screen to eventually end up with the final four in the centre and merging into the logo.
I'm pleased with the work that we have done so far and I m glad that I was reminded how to create moving symbols in flash in time to complete most of the work.
However, originally we wanted it to appear as though these letter birds were flying towards the screen and hit, with their wings falling off at the end and transforming. But I found that ten seconds hasnt been quite long enought o include this after the flying sequence.
Friday, 8 February 2008
I found the lip synching itself quite interesting to do, though frustrating at times and I felt as though I could have used several more mouth pieces to create an accurate look.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
After finishing my chair in Maya, and making my 2D design into 3D, I can say that I struggled, as I am not used to thinking in ters of 3D space when designing chraracters and scenes. I think this may be why I lean towards using Flash.