Friday, 29 January 2010

Maya Live

Following the Maya Live tutorial Steve handed out to us i feel more confident about how im going to composit a 3d character or structure in my scene. Also to deal with the lighting to make the character look as though it is in the same shot which is going to be difficult as Twilight has a dark colour grading of blue and gray hues.

I can only think for my idea to have a jiggly puff pokemon in Twilight. So the bit where Edward kicks up the apple its a jiggly puff, the scene where bella is in gym and a ball hits her.. its a jiggly puff. basically sticking this character in odd places as i want to have a quick cut shot feel. If Bella and Edward are having a kiss, stick a jiggly puff in the scene.. when they're laying on the grass in the medow..

I guess i will just have to go with this as time's a tickin'.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


Due to the snow disrupting the lessons at the beginning of term we have been set back a little.

The different types of media footage i am thinking to use are as follows;
Live music videos
or my Own Footage

Originally i had first thought to use a documentary of tigers, showing their interaction with their environment and me compositing something else in the scene.

Now i'm more drawn to maybe working off the film Twilight and to take small clips off that. Such as the scene in the canteen where Edward kicks up the apple, and they talk of radio active spiders.

I can't think how to be aesthetically pleasing and creative. So i'm thinking to take more of a motion graphics approach in animating what the characters on screen are saying?

or compositing over the apple to be something else?

Really stumped, which isn't good news.

So i plan to get on with the tutorials to gain a basic understanding of Maya Live which will hopefully get me inspired in what is possible.

The Brief

For this project we will be building on your existing animation and compositing skills.

You will be introduced to Maya Matchmove camera techniques, lighting, advanced UV editing and modelling and have opportunities to improve your rigging and animation skills.

To make it all manageable you will first be introduced to project management and tracking software.

You will be working to create a short sequence mixing live action with Maya derived animation or props and buildings.

There are two aims for this project:

First to enable you to plan and execute a project in a productive manner, thus enabling you to make the most of the time constraints on this and all future projects.

Second is to improve your animation and modelling skills and enable you to show those skills off in an engaging and entertaining way.

In order to achieve the above you must choose a short clip from a film and composite in your own animated character, props or buildings. Perhaps you feel that Four Weddings and A Funeral would have been better if there had been more gorillas in it. Or that Titanic would have been better with giant sea monsters. This is your chance to put things right.

The clip you use must, when composited, show at least 30 seconds of your own animation.
I recommend that you do not choose any animated films as you will have to match or better the existing characters in the film. I can guarantee that the animators working on that film would have had a lot more time than you have for this project. So keep your choice to a live action film.


Deadline - Friday 5th March 2010