Wednesday, 8 June 2016

@Phil ND: 5/7 Images

ND: 5/7 Images

I have these images that I feel might work for me in ND. I have also listed below what I plan to do for the other images. I was going with the idea of having images that show my progress but also other ideas I had.

@Phil What about colour? Feels like I should either leave them black and white or have something similar to the colours in the Beast design poster? Should I improve on the colours of the Beast? Or should I have a colour theme running through all the images?

Poster 6: Wireframe of Beast
Poster 7: Drawn Silver (Action/Casual) Pose

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

@Alan/Phil Post Hand-In: Silver's Design and Head Model Improvements

Silver's Design and Head Model Improvements

After taking a step back from my project and now knowing I have more time to focus on my characters, I really wanted to improve on them. My major concern with my project was the character Silver. Her overall design wasn't right for the world she belongs to in comparison to the other characters.


http://www.cgmeetup.net/home/tips-tricks-related-facial-modeling-animated-productions/

As I wanted to increase the realism in Silver's model to match the other characters, I found a great set of videos showing a process of modelling characters for animation. So along side the tutorials by Alan, I have started to remodel Silvers head (for fun, too) with having higher realism in mind.


I have thought of a more creative way to express the use of these silver hands and how I can use them to my benefit, rather than a hindrance in terms of animation. So I thought about her having normal hands, but when she enters "battle mode" she activates larger hands that are magically free floating and controlled by vines on her arms. I am working on those designs now.


I also thought about removing her cap, as it was too modern, so I thought about adding a pony tail, or something up top so that it can add to her animation when the time comes. I know I may have set out more work for myself, but I want the end product I see in my head to be reality.

Monday, 18 April 2016

@Phil/Alan WIP Stage 1: Draft Animatic Voice Over // Unedited

Stage: 1 Draft Animatic Voice Over // Unedited

First initial draft of my animatic including the unedited (read straight through) version of my voice over. I have included some shots that I can see coming to life in my animation. It is a very basic draft as I am unsure in what shots would be best in a wide 3D space and how to represent them right now, another brain freeze if I'm honest. @Phil/Alan I guess we could have discussions about what shots/perspectives and transitions could work.

WIP

  • First scene will be lightning/thunder. Voice starts at 14 sec.
  • The lighting on Silver is what I plan to use throughout the scenes.
  • The drawing of The Beast is to represent him moving past the camera revealing the next shot as he passes through. I plan on implicating this effect in the later version(s).
  • Voice Over is unedited and is not 100% final - It cuts off before the whole voice over is read as I am still working with the voice actor on line delivery.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

@Alan Major Project: Animation Style Ideas

Animation Style Ideas

I have found some images that compel to me the most. I have looked at the films you suggested, but I also included references of my own knowledge, such as the film 'John Wick' and the game 'The Wolf Among Us'. The other images are from my gallery of reference material I have gathered over the years on the course.


The noir film stills and the red and blue images are similar to what we discussed. But I am also keen on the second image down from the top right. The green, black and white is very appealing, so I feel like these images are where I want to start.

Only God Forgives
Technoir
John Wick
Blade Runner
The Wolf Among Us
Warlords
Various Concept Art
Photography

EDIT: Added some horror/gothic films.


Crimson peak
Babadook
Mama
Corpse Bride
The Fog
Sinister

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Major Project: The Bear Prince Hair Rivets

The Bear Prince Hair Rivets

His hair rivets are done for now but I will go back over this after hand in as minor refinements.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Major Project: The Beast Hair and Horn Rivets

The Beast Hair and Horn Rivets

The rivets are used on a duplicate mesh so when I animate the Beast his hair follows his body. His neck horns are also now using rivets as they were not follow the head properly.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Major Project: The Beast's Upper and Lower Body Blend Shapes

The Beast's Upper and Lower Body Blend Shapes

Apart from the head/neck which I will speak to Alan about, his blend shapes are complete.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Major Project: The Beast's WIP Upper Blendshapes

The Beast's WIP Upper Body Blend Shapes

Progress so far on the Beast's blend shapes. The arm forward blend shape I think should be pushed further forward, despite the huge deformation to start with. His "huge" biceps literally pass through his side.

Major Project: The Bear's Body Rig Complete

The Bear's Body Rig: Complete

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Thursday, 17 March 2016

YPGTTO: Challenge #6 Violin

YPGTTO: Challenge #6 Violin

After a day of Maya I decided to relax and take part in the speed paint challenges. The Violin district I chose due to the vibrancy of the wood used to make them and the pace that they bring, but also makes me think of objects intertwining and moving like a dance.

Major Project: Legends of Grimm Script Final and Voice Actor

After a collaboration with Phil, we have finalized my script for my animation. I have also found my voice actor to play the voice of the Beast. Andrew Piper from Damn Good Voices.
  
LEGENDS OF GRIMM: FINAL


INT. BLACK SCREEN
Thunder and rain can be heard


INT. MOON LIT FOREST
Lighting/thunder opens up the scene
Camera pans down to distance shot of Silver and Bear in a clearing.


BEAST:
Look at you. How plucky. How sweet. I’m touched. You’ve come all this way to destroy little old me?


Falling trees and ground noises are heard around the woods. Black figure (Beast) walks past the camera.


FADE TO BLACK
CUT TO HEROES
Camera switches to close up shot of Silver, looking anxious, yet aware. The camera focus switches to the Bear Prince.


BEAST:
I’ve been expecting you, of course. After all, my power is much too extraordinary to ignore.  This pitiful kingdom you seek to protect is no place for a being of my magnificence. It offends me. Now watch me raze it to the ground.


Louder foot steps and tree breaking can be heard.

CUT TO FOREST
Distance shot of both Silver and Bear; through the forest. Black figure walks past camera again, scaring birds.


CUT TO BLACK
CUT TO HEROES
Silver and Bear hear the birds. The Bear unsheathes his axe and Silver's hands activate/glow.

BEAST: CONTINUED
That’s right, prepare for combat, make a stand.  Maybe they’ll sing songs in honour of your bravery? Maybe the poets will lionize your folly? Or maybe no one will know what happened here because your bodies will be ash…

 (growling groans)


Camera shot of Silver turning her head as she looks at the Bear Prince. The Bear Prince becomes in focus (closer to the camera) sniffs the air (twice) and growls.

 BEAST:
Magic is a corruption – a disease - and you and your kind are the cankers in the apple. I will purge this realm of filth.


LIGHTNING STRIKE/ THUNDER
Echo of the Beast's laughter/roar/noises? fill the woods as a camera rises over Silver and The Bear Prince.

BEAST:
Can you feel it yet? The fire? (growl)


CUT TO BLACK
FADE TO ORANGE LIT FOREST
CUT TO BLACK

BEAST:
READY TO BURN?!

CUT TO FOREST SCENE
All in slow motion: The Beast bursts through woods and Silver and the Bear are about to engage.


CUT TO BLACK
TITLE SCREEN

BEAST:
Magic is dead. Long live... the Beast!


CUT TO BLACK
Beast's loud, rumbling foot steps are heard with a roar.

END.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Major Project: Updated Script V1

LEGENDS OF GRIMM: UPDATED 


INT. BLACK SCREEN
Thunder and rain can be heard

INT. MOON LIT FOREST
Lighting/thunder opens up the scene
Camera pans down to distance shot of Silver and Bear in a clearing.



BEAST:
All of you sought... to destroy me...


Falling trees and ground noises are heard around the woods. Black figure (Beast) walks past the camera.

FADE TO BLACK
CUT CUT TO HEROES
Camera switches to close up shot of Silver, looking anxious, yet aware. The camera focus switches to the Bear Prince.


BEAST:
Such power... too great to ignore. My being... far too formidable for such a pitiful realm...


Louder foot steps and tree breaking can be heard.

CUT TO FOREST
Distance shot of both Silver and Bear; through the forest. Black figure walks past camera again, scaring birds.

CUT TO BLACK
CUT TO HEROES
Silver and Bear hear the birds. The Bear unsheathes his axe and Silver's hands activate/glow.


BEAST: CONTINUED
... filled with mindless creatures you so desperately try to... protect... (growling groans)


Camera shot of Silver turning her head as she looks at the Bear Prince. The Bear Prince becomes in focus (closer to the camera) sniffs the air (twice) and growls.



BEAST:
You and all of this 'magical' corruption... ends here. I will purge "your" kind from this world... and all of those who try to stop me!


LIGHTNING STRIKE/ THUNDER
Echo of the Beast's laughter/roar/noises? fill the woods as a camera rises over Silver and The Bear Prince.


BEAST:
Do... Do you feel it? My roaring fire... (growl)

CUT TO BLACK
FADE TO ORANGE LIT FOREST
CUT TO BLACK


BEAST:
READY TO BURN?!

CUT TO FOREST SCENE
All in slow motion: The Beast bursts through woods and Silver and the Bear are about to engage.

CUT TO BLACK
TITLE SCREEN


BEAST:
Fire is catching!

CUT TO BLACK
Beast's loud, rumbling foot steps are heard with a roar.

END.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Major Project: Silver Skinning 02

Silver: Skinning 02

Her body is still a little broken especially with her jacket, however after consulting with Alan tomorrow should remove my problems.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Major Project: Silver Skinning 01

Silver: Body Skinning 01

Corrective blend shapes are needed around the lower back and bum and in the shoulders, but her body is skinned.



Thursday, 10 March 2016

Major Project: The Bear Prince Skinning

The Bear Prince: Skinning
 
Skinning the Bear was much quicker than the Beast, as once I knew what to do with the 'harder' guy it seemed easier the second time around.
 
 
Just minor teaks left then he is ready for rigging and blend shapes. Just Silver left to skin and they will be ready to progress all together.
 

This input was also used on the Beast to help create squash and stretch as well as a fall off on each joint that creates natural arches in the spine. As the images above show.
 


Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Major Project: Beast Skinning

The Beast: Skinning

He is pretty much complete in terms of skinning, just minor adjustments before I move onto Rigging and Blend Shapes.