Friday, 25 February 2011

Recommended Viewing No.8

Paint ChipsBUCK

Primarily being a 2D animator just now, seeing 3D work come together is fascinating - and when someone has an idea like this that is realised so precisely with some many parts to co-ordinate it's pretty damn impressive.

Sometimes working in advertising is seen as as 'selling out', and to quote someone I don't remember the name of right now : "Behind every good advert is the death of an artist's idea."
I don't agree. Most definately not.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

News From The Third Dimension

Ok, so its looking odd at best and nasty at worse but the first stage of operation Smokey Bob has been animated. Not the final animation but blocked out to timing, a compilation video of all the best and worst parts of the past two weeks in Maya can be found on my blog hereIts taken me 10 days on and off to get this far and in order to stay on track with our insane schedule, I have a week to get the following looking good. Bob's all blocked out but much tweaking is needed and some sort of magic between the munching and the lollipop scene. At least you get a sense of his personality if nothing else! This will be one interesting week!

Stay shiny. 


Saturday, 12 February 2011

CAUTION - Animation in Progress!

So, it's been a while since I've updated here, and as there's a production meeting on Monday - I thought I should show how much has been worked on since our dramatic storyboard changes.

First and foremost - Sarah has been slaving away at our most favourite smoke monster, and he's now into the realm of animated life! She's got some playblasts of the action on her blog Over and Out, so go have a look and you'll see how the 3D character is going to move/look like in comparison to the 2D elements.

Massive progress there, and Jamie Bell from 3rd year has very kindly agreed to do some 3D animation of Bob.

As well as all the 3D business, there's been alot of 2D going on too - Scene 3 is inbetweened, Scene 4 needs clean up, Scene 5 (was Scene 6) is ready for scanning, and so is Scene 7. Scene 8 needs inbetweening, Scene 9 is to be scanned, Scene 11 needs some tweaking and inbetweens, and so does Scene 12.

That's a good chunk of animation going on, and very soon we'll be passing on work to those who've offered to help us, so hopefully things will go even faster.

Speaking of going faster - I've found that all the lipsync I've been doing has been worth the stress, as I can now animate roughly 10 syllables in 10 minutes!

Friday, 4 February 2011

A New Animatic

hello! Sarah again!

For some reason I could only get this to export huge or at poor quality so sadly you'll have to make do with the latter. Hopefully though its enough to show the recent developments to the project which despite making our lives more difficult over the next few months, will be of benefit to the story. 

Character building is the motto of the week. 

Vimeo link here:

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Recommended Viewing No.7

La Marche Des Sans NomJean Constantial, Nicolas Laverdure & Lucas Vigroux (2006)

A very intense compacted, truthful and surreal commentary on war. Coming from a collaboration of students of Supinfocom, the quality of the production is, as usual, astounding. The tiny details are what makes the film really stand out from other socio-political criticisms.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Animatic Madness

Hello, its Sarah here!

This is my first post on this blog and it comes in the middle of a very stressful week. But here we go an updated animatic which is immensely drastically different than before. It will be tight but its shorter:

Pretty version to follow, pre peer review. Comments especially about timing more than welcome.

Sunday, 23 January 2011


So, it's stupid o'clock in the morning, and I'm waiting on that delightful AfterEffects render noise. If everything's worked out okay, then we have new leica reel! If not, there'll be one in a few hours.

Edit: Lecia Reel can be found here on Vimeo.

Today the external examiner's coming around the uni to have a look at everyone's projects and give some feedback. There's lots prepared for that, and hopefully everything will be good.

There's now frames to get cleaned up and inbetweened, so we're getting there.

Also - since I finally got my arse in gear, Sarah Dargie will soon be embellishing the blog with her continuing work for the project - 3 cheers for her!