Monthly Archives: October 2014

Rendered and Edited 15 Second

The Video

The feed back was a bit hard to take the morning after an allnighter animating but it was very helpful and true. In our final film we had missed out on the style and punchie animation that the animatic had. I think with the pressure of the deadline the team were working so hard to get the animation finished and rendered that we had failed to notice what was missing. I felt that because of the amount of time I spent on the rig I had let the group down even though I did try my best to get it done as quickly as possible, I also felt for them having to animate with the rig it was a dificult rig to use. It was pointed out to us that the overall look of the film could have been improved greatly with less work, the film didnt have to be entirely 3D we could have used flash to create an anime style background the good jumped in the air like in the animatic that would have saved alot of effort. The character run cycle could have been better aswell if we had of made it look like the character was running on his tip toes. The split at the end could have been improved as well because in the end it was hard to read what was happening. Anyway overall I am really happy with the teams effort in this project and Im sure if we go back and make the changes needed to the animation we will have a real nice piece of work in our hands. I look forward to remodeling the characters and sorting that rig out properly!



Animating through the night

Was a tough night before the hand in we animated through night pushing to make the dead line. It was a good team effort!

It was a miracle that we got through the night! To be honest the only reason I got through it was this awesome playlist. The best of Hans Zimmer, may it be there for you when you need it most!

Referencing and plagiarism

In preparation for the written pieces with have to do this year I decided to do abit of research into understanding plagiarism and how to reference sources properly. Its been a while since I have had to do any proper essay writing so and update on essay structure would come in useful also.

Anyway the book Conann suggested was already taken from the library so I decided to use this one.


The book was quite small, only took about 2-3 hours to read and I’m a slow reader so I would recommend it if you need a quick guide to better your understanding, plus it is kinda boring reading about plagiarism and referencing this book has a few illustrations that sorta make it slightly more interesting. Here’s the notes I took from it.

Part one->

Referencing and writing->

  • Find out what referencing style your tutors want- in my case that is Harvard style.
  • Writing with confidence- know writing conventions in the academic area you are studying and understand them.
  • Plagiarism- understand how to draw on other peoples ideas and words, then it should not be an issue.

UK ‘academic’ style->

Not expected to:

  • Write out facts, describe events or just summarize lectures (unless your specifically asked to)

Are expected to:

  • Consider a question or topic from several angles.
  • Discuss and evaluate.
  • Show evidence for statements made for facts or when mentioning the approach of a particular writer or describing the findings of a study.

Referencing is giving the reader a link between what you write and the evidence on what your writing is based on. The source.

Why reference?

The reader can->

  • Go and find the source themselves
  • Understand the nature of the source
  • Form their own view about the use you make of it
  • Proves you’ve read the source material and makes it easier for them to access the quality of your work quality.

Don’t just list sources at the end ‘Point’ the reader to where they can find the source. Reference throughout the text. ‘Citation’ tells the reader 2 things.

  • The idea or info comes from somewhere else.
  • Where to look for more info on the source.

Use either:

  • A number – example┬╣ or [1]
  • The author and date (Holmes, 2014)

Reference section

List all sources with full details

  • In order of appearance in the text.
  • Alphabetical order (Surnames)

What the reader needs->

  • Who wrote it?
  • When it was published
  • What the title of the article is
  • What journal it was published in
  • Where exactly it can be found


If it is an online source, note the IP address and when it was accessed.

Research process

If you have to choose a topic->

  • Pick an idea that you are interested in
  • Is it viable? Read abit. Talk to your tutor about it. Think about it.
  • Ask a specific research question and then sub questions.

If you are set a question->

  • Make notes in your own words.
  • Record and reference everything that you look at.
  • Search for specific reading- articles, reports, case studies etc.
  • Plan the essay/ dissertation.

Transform sources into ideas. Readers want to see the roots of your ideas and the value you added by thinking about them.

That just the notes that I have taken from the book, hopefully it will come in useful.

Sushi rig that works…… sorta

Apologies about the quality of the video, it was a long night! It just takes you through how to use the rig. I am really disappointed about the standard of the rig, it was about my fourth attempt at the rig and I know if I had time to do even one more time it would have been vastly improved. It was my first ever time using joints for my own rig because last year I mainly used blendshapes and clusters to rig the critter creature. So I suppose that now I do have a better understanding of how the joints work and also FK and IK chains. Then next time I’ll be alot more confident and quicker when rigging a model with joints. Throughout the process I kept running into problems one way or another initially the problems were just through the getting used to the tools, although when I was painting weights I didn’t realize that the problem with me trying to get the best weighting was more to do with the typology of the I had created. The next time I model the sushi character again I will be sure to add more edge loops and better facial typology for a smooth working model. Another problem I encounter was when I had all the blendshapes, weights, joints and constraints finished when I was trying to use them together the model wouldnt deform correctly, I sat for at least two hours tearing my hair out thinking I had made a mistake when making setting up the one of the aspects of the rig system, but after all that stressing it turn out a two second talk with Alec was the key. It turned out that I need to have the deformer hierarchy was arranged correctly! The rig still had a problem with the eyelids in the end so I had to create a constraint to control the rotate of the eye lids on the Y-axis to make them face the correct way! The fact it took me so long to get the rig working it left no time to rig the other models, so I used the scale constraint that Alec showed us to enable me to shrink the existing rig and model down and just change the color of the headband. Overall from the rigging/modelling process I learnt an awful lot of new things through pain and heart ache. I have also realized that there is no such thing as the finished perfect rig or model, there will always be room for improvement!

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Ryans Playblasts of the set

Ryan made the videos above to aid the animating process, he used cylinders to map out the characters locations on set. Framed and timed to the animatic. Will make blocking the animation alot easier.

Sushi modelling

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Charlie actually made her own sushi!

Tyrone modeled the set. Below are a couple of screen shots through my modelling process the final one is the beginning of the rigging. (Eye Constraints)

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Ghost train 2nd deadline

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Some paintings I done for the animatic so it reads better.


The final hand in animatic and shot breakdown.

Trojan Animation

While doing a bit of research for mudbox I found this great little short, the article gives a great insight into the workflow of the people involved and has some nice animation tests and some breakdowns.


Warrior character design.

I think the character design is brilliant, especially the horse.

Personal work

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Tardis tattoo design i worked up for a friend.

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A few portraits and character designs, Ive been trying to do quicker portraits and have more freedom by using markers. 10 pound says you can guess who the top one is meant to be.


Ghost Train Animatic

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Our first animatic went down alright, feedback was good on the idea. The only problem was that the train didnt read correctly so that needs redone. We also got a new deadline, Conann wants us to redo the animatic sorting out any problems then record a voice going through shot by shot what exactly is needed in each shot. This all needs to be compiled into one video and uploaded to Vimeo for him to send to the folks in London.

Tyrone posted a nice video on facebook. Its a video he found on youtube by the animation mentor. Bobby Beck is a co-founder and he gives helpful tips and explains why acting is important for animators.