Monday, 21 January 2013

Final Major Project: Work In Progress

Was working on Son/ Student model for Hook, Line & Stinker last night. Its getting there but its not the small things that are taking time. I threw in some lights, just physical sun and skye and two area lights to see if there were any issues with the model. Then I made notes in photoshop.







Infinitus Artificum:

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Sunday, 20 January 2013


I have been having a think about ho we could do the lighting for Hook, Line & Stinker.

The Cinematography of “Shutter Island”
Cinematographer: Robert Richardson
Nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography 

The Cinematography of “Titanic”
Cinematographer” Russell Carpenter
Won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Cinematography

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Animation Production: End of Week 16

Infinitus Artificium (IA) is going well and I am really pleased with even through we have a steep hill to climb. We had a great mocap session on Sunday. I booked it with Jens Meisner for Sunday January 13th 2013 10:30am - 17:00pm. Unfortunately Grace injured herself last week and was unable to perform but fortunately out choreographer Katie was more than up to the job as she composed the piece. I also arranged to meet with our composer Nikki on Thursday 17th to discuss some issues about the musicians falling out. By the time we met she had found replacements and arranged a rehearsal  meeting with the musicians on next week. Brilliant so not we are back on track.  Below is a short video Stu Witten made of our mocap process.

Hook Line & Stinker (HLS) we have scheduled regular Monday morning as a core team and Wednesday mornings with George for any troubleshooting. Meetings are great but getting people to attend is another issue. I have not seen several member of the teams for over a week along with some of the 2nd year students. I understand they have other work to but I cannot afford that luxury because I need to be the driving force behind the project if i stop working I can see things coming to a halt.

Josh Bainbridge was nice enough to send me a link to some brilliant lighting tutorials by Francesco Giroldini that will come is very useful for HLS. When I have some spear time I will have to go over them as I want to be a little more involved with the lighting and compositing.

I am still working on the production schedule. Its weekly and covers the entire 32 weeks. Now that the project is in steroscopic 3D (something which I mentioned early in first term but was shunned) I will have to add stereoscopic tests and schedule time/ location to analyse stereo movie. i have already done this but I can't really book anything until I know the availability of the team post- dissertation hand in.

Character Model
Character Model By Omari McCarthy

Boat Concept Artwork by Phoebe Herring

Hook, Line & Stinker 32 Week Production Schedule

Thursday, 10 January 2013

3rd Year/ 2nd Term 2013

Happy New Year, Merry Christmas and all that stuff.

So week 15 comes to a close and I have not posted in a while so I thought I would update you...

I was kind of disappointed to walk into the studio on Monday (7th Jan) morning and only find a few students in. I assumed it would be full. I think a lot of people have put 100% of their time into the dissertation. It sounds a little crude but my main focus will be animation production work on our Final major Projects. Not just because im involved in more than one but long story short... thats whats going to get me a job. Nuff said.

Orbit Strange:
We have a solid act one (opening 30 seconds), act two is coming along. Tom is currently working on the animatic and

Hook, Line & Stinker:
I have a lot of little changes to make to the Son model. Admittedly is should have been finished over the Christmas break but most of my time was put into dissertation. We had a great feedback session with Georg on Wednesday and asa result there have been changes to a lot of things as well as the story. Its annoying for these things to come so late in the production process but having read several book on producing and production design these changes are not uncommon and even necessary if the end result is going to be good. I have Ryan Jones confirmed to do sound design but I am chasing up several people who run the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival in June to get in touch the bands they are very busy so I will chase them up again on monday. I am slo trying to find voice actors for the Fisherman someone with a strong cornish accent, for not I have left this Freddy, Seb & Luke but next week I will get on it myself. We have enough production challenges to solve as it is without them worrying about voice actors.

Infinitus Artificium:
Mocap session was arranged for this Saturday 12th  and Sunday 14th. Unfortunately Grace, our female dancer, has an injury and will not be able to perform in the mocap session. Luckily our choreographer katie is stepping in to dance with Kassam, our male dancer.  I am in the midel of arranging a meeting the Composer, Nikki Swan, and the rest of the musicians so we can all hear the music. I had them play a live snippet for me last term the music sounds beautiful and got me really excited about the project again. I am chasing up Michal Toporcer, Adam Wint, Sean Bone and Alex Barnes about using the geometry to drive a particle simulation.  On monday myself and Amber Hyde will be shooting practical assets of charcoal and to help with the composite. I figure we may as well build a library of assets sooner than later. if we need to record more then we can. Amber is also helping out with the edit as well as

Problems anticipated this term...
No one can commit 100% to any of the projects until after January 25th.
Out dissertation deadline is aslo  which is January 25th.
Our 50% project hand in is January 25th.
We have too many projects and not enough students to stretch across.
So yeah. First week back of 2013. No pressure... None at all. ;)