Friday, 27 February 2009

Crouching concept, hidden fear.

*sniffs air* hmm ... drama. DRAMA! Okay so yesterday saw the dawning of the 'pitch' to Chew TV. I'll admit i didn't think i'd have a good enough idea thought up in a week. But inspiration hit me. No, literally it did, in the form of a tree branch as i walk by on yonder path in semi-darkness. Well ... not really, but you get the idea of how hard it hit me.

Set in a dark and eerie forest, one camera shot will be used , which will delve deeper into the forest while simultaneously the colour of the sky will change from a peacock blue to a deep navy blue. The camera will ease itself to a stop so that we can see a small clearing with a small boulder off centre. This boulder will then release a puff of blue smoke/fire/particles, illuminating the clearing in an ethereal white-blue. The camera will resume its zoom, and head for the fire where the logo will be revealed either as the last particles combine to form the logo, or centre particles will form the logo and remaining particles will just fly past. As of now i'm still unsure of how to create this, but i'm pretty sure it will all be pulled together in after effects.

Hmm, these images haven't been scanned that well cause of some printer to computer connection problem apparently, even though it did manage to scan these ... *curses something about technology* So that was basically my pitch, nothing really to be that worried about in hind-sight, apart from most people having proper presentations to avert the eyes from small A4 sketchbooks *ahem* and since it was quite a dark and eerie ident, i was given feedback that it could be used well with a film screening as that was also a horror/dark orientated film. All in all i was relatively happy with how the pitch went, also providing some experience as at some point in my career i will indefinitely need to pitch my ideas whatever they may be ...

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Maya Interior Assignment

The day the maya brief came, and i'm absolutely positive, stress was ensued the second the first syllable was announced. Well, that's slightly exaggerated, maybe after 'model an interior in maya' was announced you could feel the levels of trauma increase, well they did in me, for i didn't think i'd remember a thing of our maya classes and all the various tools for modelling, drawing curves, rendering, textures, colours, bump mapping, lighting .... i'll admit it seemed like one huge blur when that brief was first given. *Pause to asses the situation* So we must start where everyone must, at the very beginning, grounding the idea; the few sketches that would somehow present themselves in the form of a fully rendered 3-D room (something i knew from day one that i'd have to be proud of, seeing as it would be a miracle if i could succesfully build a wall - let alone a room) It just had to be done one step at a time, even if they were small and tiny steps, they'd finally lead to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Step 1: Concept. Preliminary work, i.e. the sketches of what the room was to be, and the few contents it was to have.
Step 2: The plight of Maya. Okay so there's not much of a predicament once you start, but still it was enough to drive me insane *hopes there's no side effects* Starting off in Maya on a mission, i thought it just best to have a mess around get a good feel for the tools and their advantages and disadvantages, pushing them to the limits (also not amiss of the odd crash of Maya and occasional temper as a result)
Step 3: Construction. Taking time to look at the situation of building a room, or simply deciding where to start, i figure it's best to do it how it's done in real life, minus the foundations. (I don't think it needs to be that in-depth) First down goes the plane for the floor, and then the task of building walls, window sills, skirting boards and architrave.
Step 4: Interior designing? ... what course is this. This step involves, if you get it wrong or model something in the wrong order, some odd tantrums, upset and cursing over 'The Crash!' Which thankfully only happened to me twice and was saved before messing with the lamp base, and sofa settings. Modelling all the objects though, i admit, was pretty simple, once you got your head around the various tools available to you, and ways in which to get the best results from them, and especially enjoyed modelling the glass and the cushions for the sofa.
Step 5: That looks real! As soon as you've finished modelling your object, you now get to choose the colour, pattern and the design in the way you want it to look. I couldn't help but think at this point maya was just a more in depth version of the Sims 2 on the build mode, but slightly more annoying when you forgot how to bring up the texture editor. I did enjoy this, as i could see that slowly my room, was all coming together to finally look like a room.
Oh and there are quite a few side/sub steps called procrastination in there somewhere, but it's just best to leave those be.

Final Render of the Glass - At some point i will go back and fix the pixelation at the base, now figuring out how it's done

Looking back in hindsight, this assignment wasn't much to cause anxiety over, and once i got stuck in with maya, i thoroughly enjoyed every minute of creating this room. And looking at the final renders, even though there is something not quite right with the shadows, reflected the hard work that i put into making this room. I will certainly consider modelling as a possible career outlook after this project but first i will need to model more. Now onto bigger and bolder creations ...

Early Render Shot of the interior

Wireframe Shot of the interior

Polygon layout of the interior