Tuesday, 26 May 2009


So, its all over. three years of university has gone by in what seems like days. its been a brilliant experience. now i have to go and build upon the things ive learnt and look for employment in the industry. its a very exciting time. heres the finished film.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Animatic 26_08_09

here we are then, the latest installment of my film. only 3 1/4 finished and missing some sound effects but its coming together ok. the animation is never going to be right as each time i watch it i find another problem i could try to refine or polish. and im learning about character acting more by the day. but ive got a few shots i can use on my show reel, so its all good. the unrendered animation in the last section has been refined a little and rendered, but i havnt finished those backgrounds yet so i havnt included them in this animatic. the music has been re-timed to. also premier keeps ofsetting the sound. i'll get it timed out for next version.

Friday, 27 March 2009

my latest animatic, a few slight alterations with the animation and that should be finished. then i have to finish the backgrounds. i will be rendering the final shots with the correct lighting as i finish them. also the music and sound fx need tweeking to fit the new timeings.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

im still alive

Hello anyone whos reading. my blog has been neglected of late due to me putting all of my time into animating, i should have an updated animatic by the end of the week though, with all shots keyed and some inbetweened. but its all going acording to plan so far. cheerio!

Monday, 26 January 2009

Final mock up, again.

ok, ive now finished the dog too, so i thought ide better put him in his position in the mock up. i have also changed the lanturn as its bright red colour was detracting from thr dogs ball and drawing the eye towards it. the ball is an important symbolic link between the monk and the dog yellow is a much more subtle colour and less significant in this film, although it does still corrispond with the traditional chinese colour pallete.
in other news, i talked with a few tutors about bringing back his eyebrows. so i attempted to reattach them, but after skinning them and testing there manoverability, they turned out to be extremely clumbsy and they floated around his fourhead irritatingly. so there still out. i then had a go with some smaller ones and attaching them with a skin wrap modiffier so they moved with the morph targets, and it worked for a while, but then it went wrong, so rather than waste more time faffing, i will be leaving the brows out for good.

Friday, 23 January 2009

final mock up

here is my final look, im more than pleased with the outcome, it turned out to be a fairly easy proscess to give the illusion of the monk being stoodn on a 3D serface, just lined up the matte painting in a camera veiwport in max and added a matte shadow to a plain that the monk was standing on. simple, and very effective, he now looks as though he is in the environment.

Monday, 19 January 2009

This guy!

Oh joy and wondrous rapture! the monk is alive and ready to go. its like having a mountain with a particularly big boned donkey living on it, lifted off ya shoulders. anyway, you may have noticed some changes to the old chap, Ive done away with the comedy eyebrows and given him bright blue eyes. i really think the lack of silly brows opens up his face and brings attention to his eyes, (the windows to soul, don't ya know) thus making subtle emotions more readable. big blue eyes just felt much more appealing with the added bonus of them complimenting the colour of his robe.