Thursday, 30 September 2010

It Moves and Everything.

Leap Year
Scene 4. Shot 10. Part 1. Take 1. :)
3D Maya particle birds to follow next week. 
Vimeo link:

Production Charts Can Be Colourful Too

Monday, 27 September 2010

Minions, Accessories and Peer Reviews

First a welcome to Lynsey Schaschke and Susan Ball from third year who have agreed to work on A Sweet Disposition. Many thanks in advance. 

Today was the peer review for both A Sweet Disposition and Mouse-tache. All feedback welcome and a detailed analysis will follow. Needless to say A Sweet Disposition needs a few more storyboard panels while Mouse-tache is being virtually rewritten for the better. Until those updates have some props for Leap Year which kept me occupied today though by the colour scheme it seems I'm entering my blue period. Wishbone and Ada's Parasol below...

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Animatics Ahoy!

There's more sound been added to A Sweet Disposition animatic before Monday's ridiculously early peer review. 

Animatic :

Also the storyboards for Leap Year have been redrawn, scanned and formatted for the production bible! Yay. A revised animatic can be found at the link below. Also Jenny Gauci has kindly been working on some background designs/ colour/ concepts for it so can't wait to see what she's been up to!

Animatic :

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

A Sweet Animatic!

Eleanor storyboard for  A sweet disposition was redone and today we eidted a new animatic with a fantastic running time of 2min 07 seconds. 

This makes me incredibly happy. 

A link to the animatic can be found here :

Leap Year New Animatic

I've updated the Leap Year animatic, very quickly with a new shot layout at the start. It will be revised for as you read I'm updating the storyboard with Ciaran's characters for the production bible. Its fun but alas as Ciaran is a more talented drawer of characters than I, I fear I may be butchering them. As it's been a dull couple of posts I've attached some of the production bible pages with the new character logs on them to refresh memories and enthusiasm!

New Animatic :

More Mice and Basic Birds.

I redrew the city centre for mouse-tasche. Its still not very exciting but watch this space, colour will follow as soon as time allows! Also I have my own page on their blog, link is here but I wont be uploading anything there that wont already be posted on this one . 

Also below is a particularly dull screenshot of a moving bird particle for the Leap Year mediterranean morning shot. Its very basic geometry which will be keyframed and converted into a host of bird particles to add movement and depth to the shot. Its a simple model which will only be seen from a distance but after a ropey few hours relearning maya controls I can say its fun. Its early days but look out for madness later. 

Monday, 20 September 2010

Layout of The Pier

Today has been frustrating layout day. The first one is a pretty rubbish one for Ashley's Mouse-tasche . I'm not proud of it but am loath to fix it tonight because there will be a script cut down soon, and with luck 1/3 [or more] of the 97 scene changes will be obliterated. To my mind a high angle perspective crowd shot can go. 

The second layout is a sketchy one for Ciaran for the bridge/ Ada jumping in the water scene for Leap Year which he'll kindly animate for me at some point. Exciting! It's great to have a project to work on which has no specific deadline!

Revised and Roughed

New Mouse-tache Layouts. I'm not a fan. 

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Production Bible Round Two

Despite not using Leap Year as final project, I am aiming to work to roughly the same deadlines despite not having the same brief. As there is a peer review on the 27th/28th I'm using this date as a production bible deadline. It will be pretty rough but will at least work as a coherent document of the mad project. And so it has begun. Beware as a consequence many dull updates will follow..

Rooftop Morning Shot Take One

Background first part of the early morning Spring shot over the rooftops of the city on Leap Year. Testing colour, atmosphere and composition. Evolution from Storyboard panel, ink drawings and initial colour.


Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Updated Train Shot 2.0

Ciaran Murphy kindly helped me edit my After Effects file for the train station shot for Leap Year and gave me some mini tutorials on how to make things better. Many thanks! Updated file can be found at the following link:

Monday, 13 September 2010

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

All's Well

Another sunset / night colour test for another background of a well in Ashley's Mouse-tache. I'm not terribly happy with it and feel the well needs to be re-designed and the composition changed but its all a work in progress! 

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Tuesday Morning Nudity

All of these were quick drawings done between 5-12 mins

Monday, 6 September 2010

Graceful Stories at Bedtime

Below is the first installment of the second short films for Naomi Leckie. This one is called bedtime stories. The original film from which this sequence was taken was a psychological horror film called Persona [I think]. In the scene the woman is talking to herself, applying moisturizer and going to bed. To give it a totally different feel separated from the film, I sampled a Laura Marling song called "Dreaming" [You tube link here]. 

The video was harder to edit colour-wise than the previous one due to the strong blue colour and the position and movement of the figure on the tiles. The first draft can be found here and there are some stills below:

Also, the original video Paper Cup has been modified and is now titled Grace. A more recent version can be found here but both videos need to be tinkered with:

Also some photographs of the original files and stills from the film...