Background Project

Films with big landscape CGI footage use a technique, which projects an flat 2D image onto a plane and layer in order the back ground to the foreground. We apply this technique in our background project for 2D and 3D.

The image I created was made in a way where i could play around within both 2D and 3D projection. For 2D I had to use Toomboom to separate each layer, distancing away from the camera, which would create this effect, then I animated onto a new layer in Toomboom to animate the flags. Once I was happy with this, I started to play around with the camera to give me the best result I could have.

For the 3D, it was the same process to separate the layers by using planes with high amount of subdivisions but for the layers to work I had to go into the hypershades to connect a projector node with transparency. This process was for me. However, the rendered shots was completely out of place, where  the settings and setup was done the right way. To overcome this problem, I opened up a new scene in Maya and import the scene and weirdly it worked!

Here the shots I did.

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The Sea Group Project

Finally some group work!
In the group and roles are….
Matteo Veglia – Producer
Ben Wardle – Director
Rhys Harvey – Production Designer
Amy Jenkins – Visual Development Artist
and yours truly, Me – Technical Director
As Technical Director I will be posting the progress of the project and my own progress within the project. If you wish to view other area’s of the project then click on the one of their names, this will take you to the person blog 🙂
Anyways where were we….
We’ve been given a audio sound clip of a true story about a rescuer saving some fisherman’s. It’s our job to create a short animation film based from the audio sound clip given to us. From our crazy brainstorming sessions, we had a load of ideas from three joined-beard fisherman to this crazy battle with the sea. We decided to create a pirate battle against the fisherman but with a twist and a pinch of being sarcastic.
This is the first animatic, which was created by Ben Wardle
From the feedback we got from our animatic, I felt that we were being serious and funny in two different approaches, which didn’t work. As a group, we decided to go back to the drawing board and look at what approach did we wanted to take this film down. During that session we came across a short film by some students at The Animation Workshop, called The Backwater Gospel.
The Backwater Gospel is a great short film that captured our imagination from the style to the rigid lines of the characters. It had everything we wanted to be dark. This was our inspiration. If you haven’t seen this amazing short film, you can by clicking here.
We change our animatic from our feedback and inspiration into a new animatic, yet again this was put together by Ben.

A bit of animation on Blackboard

Me and Paris did some work for a friend of mine, on her music video. We came up with some thumbnails, as you can see below.

 
 
Using a blackboard, white chalk, and a Cannon 550D camera. Here are some of the rough results.
 
 “What a life you lead.”
 
 Pants down.
 
 Rejected.
 
If you wish to see some of Paris work, click here.