Before any of my major projects from college start coming through I tended to just jump head first into anything without any idea of how I should lay things out before hand.
And considering I have a number of good projects, I find that some of them I got lucky on because I didn’t take the time to plan prior to development. Yesterday ‘Thursday 22nd’ I had an idea for the main menu and to also include the 3D artist on our team. So I then approached 3D & Project lead to present the Idea to them In relation to this, I was to get the concept piece from the 3D artist world which shown the temple Outside facing towards the camera. I thought to myself ‘I can use this environment as a menu’. Both Project & 3D lead gave me ways I can include this later on and also had Ideas of their own which I have jotted down. This would also include me and the 3D artist ‘Amy’ to collaborate in the creation of the menu.
This would mean going back on practices I used on the Don’t wake up game menu…
The environment being 3D and to either include specific objects as UI navigation or to instead Insert the buttons as 2D GUI in turn slightly adding Depth of field to the background so there is depth within the game scene.
This was the reason I mostly added the main menu flowchart in the first place.
The asset list has been updated for me to finish my individual production schedule and also to further add more to my contribution form.
This is a rare blog for me to write, and that’s because if you’re used to reading my blogs. It has been packed with subjects relating to my many years on game design at college.
Anyway, it’s about time I recap on how far I’ve come in since the first day on Level 2 Games design to the Next Gen games design course. The year is 2015 (definitely not a dramatic trailer intro), I come into college with an open mind and expecting to have a mind-set to someday create something cool.
I have many memories of coming to class and enjoying the roar of enthusiasm! Literally sometimes which was good but didn’t help with concentration to be honest and I’m sure that’s why the course asset requirements were a pair of headphones besides sound engineering.
Firstly, I would like to start this blog by saying
‘This is not easy to explain, yet again what is…’
Here is some back story, since I’m tech lead A.k.a programming and all the complicated stuff. I’m required to research game flows and how to implement that into the project.
That also means finding a way to make sure that the player feels comfortable playing the game hence keeping all of the main building blocks of gameplay in mind, take Mario for example. When Nintendo make Mario, doesn’t matter how late the player is in joining the franchise they’re always eased into the game with a series of tutorial levels that just seem to be either subtle reminders or testing the waters lets say.
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.
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.
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.
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.