Monthly Archives: November 2013

Perception is Over!

At the beginning of this project i felt we were working extremely well as a team. When we were developing the story we all contributed and had good laugh developing or characters personalities and their actions throughout the film. Although I felt we overlooked this project due to the other project being worked on at the same time. Due to this I feel we could have managed our time more evenly and worked slightly better as a team. However I have to admit I was quite happily surprised with our final outcome, it had that grainy look we were going for and the song i feel worked brilliantly with the narrative. Also the quick cutting in between the characters was a very effective technique in my opinion, the sharpness made for a visually captivating piece of film. Ryan is pretty much King of editing he pulled it right out of the bag, even with my rusty acting!



Final outcomes of HEX

Here our my finished concept pieces for the hex world. I really enjoyed working on this world and Im start to really notice a level of improvement in my painting skills! Im not getting as much muddy outcomes and it has became more relaxing to do.

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Hexagonal world

This week we have been asked to produce establishing shots for our newly assigned world projects. I was lucky enough to be gifted the opportunity to work on in my opinion one of the coolest concepts that our year has came up with. It a world originally based on a 50p coin! The hexagonal shape has been altered since then, its now a tube shaped world that has translucent protective shell around it. the tube has segments that are all separate environments, water, desert, forest etc. This makes it an ideal home or resting place for an unlimited amount of different creatures.

Me, Blaine, James and Jessica were in a group this time.  Ive really enjoyed working with this team, in particular Ive been chatting loads with James. He is extremely good at digital painting so ive been trying to learn as much as possible from him! Ive picked up some very helpful techniques and Ive grown in confidence and ability (slighlty)

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I feel pretty damn ass proud of myself for the bottom left painting, even though it is a loose study I think with a bit of cleaning up and using a higher resolution I could have a pretty decent piece. I produced this in roughly about 40 minutes, which is alot quicker than usual! I found a new technique from another Feng Zhu video (chaos to control) He spoke about students only beginning to have a ‘proper’ understanding of perspective, colour, composition, framing, value, the rule of thirds and other things, this can restrict our brains in the designing process and produce things that we are unhappy with, which is quite demoralizing. This process is well worth a look at if your interested in this sort of thing!

Your welcome!

Jelly Conclusion

So I have been working on the jelly world project for two weeks now. During this time I had the challenge of thinking in more detail about composition, framing and colour aswell as other elements of creating dynamic images. I spent alot of time looking at the work of Feng Zhu, mainly watching his tutorials trying to improve my digital painting skills. Although i have noticed improvement in my work I feel there is still plenty of room for improvement! Theres plenty more of heartbreak awaiting me in the coming weeks!


more jellyworld thumbnails

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When researching cinematography I looked at some films such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The Godfather and American beauty. Each of these films all feature iconic images and beautiful cinematography. I also looked at the work of Roger Deakins I came across him on the special features of How To Train Your Dragon and also looked at his work on ‘O Brother, Where art Thou?’. He always has a big influence on every film he works on.

Chris Doyle

Roger Deakins

For colour I was again looking at Feng Zhu and his tutorial about working with colour. I also looked at the work of famous painters such as Turner, Rembrandt and Monet. Heres the link to Feng Zhu’s Colour tutorial.