Finishing year blog.

And here we are… Finished. Done. Cheerio.

And now is my time to show what I have learned or even taken from this course over the course (no pun intended) of 2 years.

Lets start with the beginning, coming into next-gen; happy, confident and enthusiastic to get my hands on what scrap of knowledge I could. I have done things from be part of a nationwide competition for 3D modelling, made things that I didn’t think I could do … ever and by this I mean create menus and creating VFX for games; motion graphics and making human faces and the odd body.

 

So yeah.

From the beginning of the year, I have found that my interests have shifted from doing games design to more of a film based environment… yes it’s late but never too late to find something new.

And there are two reason for this. One being that the placement from January to May really opened my eyes in what I can do in regards to moving from one field of creativity to another. Another reason is the intro animation of my portfolio (Link will be somewhere in here) the time it took to complete the whole sequence I pretty much learned both the shortcut keys and the many different effects to thus make my workflow faster. Now I barely even look at the keyboard for shortcuts.

 

 

So over after all that good stuff with the placement, I came back to finish with the synoptic project and that was also an eye opener but seeing that we had our imagined worlds prior to that in 2017, there were some familiarity to what we had to do such as the pre-production, theory, planning, documentation… all that fine exciting stuff.

Then we came to actually make the game and as per usual there were some both major and minor bumps along the way such as team members changing roles from time to time. Changing ideas, throwing away, making new methods etc.

but we grind ed throughout the majority of our problems and came out with a solid start, middle and ending to our game alongside some special stuff which I kinda wanted to include myself. That basically is stating I made the entirety of the finishing screen and personally I love it but there could be some things to improve upon in terms of animation… and that’s another thing I have to cover. Animation.

 

 

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I love Maya and 3D modeling as much as my peers on the course but I can only do animation on a node based system A.k.a “I can only animate on unity”.

I’ts because I understand the majority of the workflow used for Maya animations, I just can’t seem to get around both paint weights and IK handles (Still don’t know what they are) that being said I want to dedicate some time into both animation and programming before I hopefully set sail to university come September.

Snappy boi

I would finally like to write this paragraph as an overall statement to thank the staff of next gen, Three Motion UK ‘Including the dogs’ and my friends who I have spent 3 years with doing this course as without them I wouldn’t be here now doing what I do now. It’s just a question of where I will be in the next 5 years and we will have to find out.

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What its like doing 2D animation in After Effects.

Now that lovely looking chap there is me… still on my placement and was in full swing of recapping my storyboard for my 2D project for an in-house client. And it’s to basically create a full animated ‘How to’ video which to everyone sounds easy.

Honestly, I now know how they do it so well.

It’s not just by simply creating a composition and getting on with it, it takes a little bit of prep before hand. And this is what I am doing in the photo.

Let’s take a closer Look…

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Getting to grips with animation & Motion Graphics.

Since my synoptic pitch I have strongly come to grips with how to use animation and more of the fundamentals such as squash & stretch, composition, anticipation etc.

Wednesday just gone, I was to create a birthday celebration template like that of Facebook’s, but obviously with my own twist.

With my laptop being able to only handle 2d motion graphics, I seemed more comfortable with the task I was given. Firstly I started by setting some placeholders to figure out where the rest of the assets will appear at the end of the animation.

But it’s not just about coming in and starting a piece requested by a client, it’s also following through with the client on a project to make sure their views are being visually shown to their standards. This also links in with Pre-Production and I will touch up on this on another blog relating to the upcoming Synoptic project.

Synoptic pitch… how’d it go?

To answer the question in the title, my reply would be ‘suprisingly well’.

Considering I’m willing to give it a go and have that alongside my placement and other work. I think that if this project were to be chosen by some, I’d have to plan the full development pipeline and roles a week prior to groups being populated.

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Making scenes come together with context…

A week and a half into this placement and I’m starting to get to grips with how industry is run and how a production pipeline comes together with communication and good teamwork.

The team at ThreeMotion Media have been very helpful and welcomed me as if I was part of the team this past week, the atmosphere is professional and at the same time chilled; personally I think this is a good environment to come into when starting industry.

Today I was to create a 3D animation lasting 5-6 Seconds, this scene was to be turned into a gif then placed into a blog…

Honestly found it tricky believe it or not as I could only place so much into the scene without passing everything too quickly. The first camera was going to be following an arrow as it is shot towards the target in front (which is out of focus), then another camera tracking the arrow on a side orthographic view still heading towards the target. and finally the last camera capturing the arrow piercing the target itself.

Doesn’t sound like too much but when you have to capture the concept on 3 cameras to cover the animation evenly… it becomes a bit hard to stick that on a 5 – 6 second Gif. Just starts to look like a compilation on speed.

I have thought about how to get everything in one sequence and yet extend the time but keep the requirements. Yes it sounds weird but maybe it’s because I over-complicate things.

Maybe I could create all three scenes and have their times set to about 10-15 seconds and use advanced speed scrubbing to slowly speed up the video in the least important parts.

Synoptic Update – New Title = Solid Story

Now I usually come across a project and have a somewhat idea of what I’m doing in terms of story, character, environment and timeline…

But this has not been the case.

Because the story would have been harder to take in if the way my two characters had just met the way they did with no meaning or solid moral at the end, so I had to find a creative way to introduce the ‘What If?’ meaning and this is how I did it.

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My idea for my synoptic project ‘What if?’

What if you could do something, say something count back the hours, days even years to change something or do something… you wonder how it would have changed your life for the better or worse, we’re humans it’s in our nature to think ‘what if?’.

That’s the idea if my project and how to present it … well take Pixar’s Paperman for example. A perfect mix of both 3D and classic 2D we all know and love.

It tell a story of a man and a woman, two completely random strangers who have met each other through a mere accident… and because of that they seemed to have emotionally bonded to each other simply through a piece of paper. Here is the short film below if you haven’t already seen it yet…

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