Tuesday, 9 December 2014

UV layout for louis tiffany's city

I've done the layout to my tree however something doesn't seem right with the colours. Is this correct? any tips or advice is much appreciated.

Monday, 8 December 2014

What 'IF" metroplis, Louis Comfort Building Model

The picture above shows the difference between mine (on the left) and Simon's (on the right) model of a tree. He told me that it's best to start from the top and move down. I took his advice and created the tree all over again and created my second model (shown below) however my second model looks amazing in comparison to my first prototype of my building so I continued and created the finished building and going to continue to create more that will connect them all and some more designs so they wont look the same.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Suspiria Review (1977)

Suspiria review (1977)
(Fig 1: movie poster, Suspiria)
Created in 1977, Dario Argento mainly focus in his background setting designs by using such beautiful, bold and vibrant colours and unusual choice in shapes for the structure of the building. The story and actors seem to take itself too seriously but the visuals makes it questioned could this be a spoof film? The story is about a young girl who attends to a privet school where they teach ballet and throughout her journey she'll unleash the truth behind the school. it has a good idea but follows though in a cartoon fashion. 

(Fig 2: inside the ballet studio)

The settings and background is done gorgeously by having bright bold red smother the building itself and throughout the film bright colourful lights will hit the background or the character’s faces, which is effective as the audience gets to see their emotions or when something mysterious happens. The sound track is the high point of this film by having the iconic sound play very loudly at the beginning before the movie starts and then the film plays it again when trouble is around however the film struggles to find a point where it sounds too quiet for the audience to hear the character's talking or too loud where the iconic song is played. The death scenes that are shown may look obviously fake and therefore can ruin the realistic way the film is portraying.  
(Fig 3: gorgeous settings in Suspiria)


Monday, 1 December 2014

Meg's zoetrope: The final outcome

My zoetrope final outcome.

I had to create a 24 frames of moving images on a long strip of paper on anything I want. I decided to create a character with his mask crumbling apart only to reveal another mask that opens up to reveal the same mask that broke before and it continues on, never to stop. I drew it by hand and then created it on the computer using Photoshop for each of the frames. I had to create a way to make the mask move under the hair and over the body so I separated them with different layers (like a sandwich) then I had to added more layers for each pieces of the mask that falls apart, which was difficult to manage. The character and mask ideas I created back when I was in high school and I named him Bladesta, who wears a gas mask and goggles and has long hair.

Overall I really enjoyed creating it and completing this project and I'm happy how it turned out. I was hoping to complete a project along the lines of this topic at some point of the course and I was hyped to see how they animate across the zoetrope. It was fun and I enjoyed being creative and loved showing my final outcome to other students and teachers as it feels like i've done something correct, impressive and something I had fun with. It was also enjoyable to see all the other student's work presented and I was happy what they produced as well.

Ideas for Louis Tiffany city

More designs and concept art for my assignment 

(Jordan's helping hand drawing examples) 

The Shining (1980) review

The shining review (1980)

Heeeere's the review!!!

The story starts off with Jack gaining a new job to be a caretaker for the Overlook hotel. The manager warns him that hotel might be snowed in with the potential risk of cabin fever, which caused the previous caretaker went insane and murdered his wife and two daughters. After hearing that Jack accepts the job anyway. Back at their home jack's little boy, Danny, has visions of an elevator opening to revealing blood pouring out and was scared by it. Few days later both Jack and his family travel to the hotel, where they explore the facilities and even met the head chief and end up leaving Danny with him while they look around. The head chief understands that Danny has the power called the shining and tells him not to go to room 237. Months passed and family continues to live in the huge hotel and a mysterious ball rolls towards Danny, which caused him to find out room 237 was open. He enters the room while in the meantime Jack's wife, Wendy, hears her son scream and sees him standing in Jack’s work space. She noticed that Danny has a black mark around his neck and believes Jack was responsible for this and runs off to their room, Jack got angry and walks off to a bar, there he meets the ghostly bartender and orders a drink. Wendy runs back to him telling him that Jack saw a lady in room 237 that did strangled him. Jack redeems himself by cautiously entering room 237 alone. There he spotted a young women taking a bath. She slowly pulls back the curtain and gets out where Jack and the naked mysterious women kiss. He takes a glimpse of the reflection from the mirror that reveals that she is an old corpse she laughs madly and slowly chases him as he leaves out the room in a panicked state locking the door. Jack returns to his room where his wife awaits notifying that nothing was there. Few days later Wendy checks on her husband’s working area only to find out that all he types is “All work, No play makes Jack a dull boy” repeatedly. There he appeared behind her and slowly moves forward talking about how much she is thoughtless towards his feelings and how much pain she caused for him. She reacted by knocking him out with a bat and dragging his body to a locked cabernet. Meanwhile the head chief was on holiday but can pick up the signal that Danny is sending with his shining abilities, he rushes on the next plane to help. Jack wakes up with the ghost telling him he has to “correct them” so they broke him free and he hunts for them in the big huge hotel. The head chief appears with a vehicle only to be killed so that the family could escape and left behind only to freeze to death.

The closed off location is where this film does brilliantly as it gives of this feeling that the audience cannot escape from this film. The characters are simple and easy to understand however thanks to Jack Nickolson’s naturally creepy face; it already gives off the “I’m the villain in this movie” even though that the film hasn’t gone to the climax of the scene yet, even with that issue the film brilliantly showing the slow transformation from calm and collective to completely insane. Jack is fun to watch throughout the film, more so when he talks to the bartender. The soundtrack over the scenes was done beautify and obviously this film’s highest point. Even some points of the film can give off a feeling of music with ordinary objects that normally follows in musical films before the characters sing but in this film it is used to give a queasy feeling. An example of this is where the camera slowly reveals Jack throwing a tennis ball around the house that gives off a drum beat that sounds similar to a heartbeat. Another example is Danny riding this tricycle around the hotel rooms, the wheels on the bike on the hard floor can give off the sound of fast pasted drums and goes quite when he drives over the carpet, which can pass off as unnerving danger. 

Overall this film deserves 9.6/10. A fantastic film and worth the title of best horror of all time. The main issue is the strange ghostly stuff happening in the building seems to be real but it would have been more effective if it shows that Jack is truly insane by having anything ghostly in his head, which Interestingly brings up the fact that every time that the ghost appears there is a mirror in the room somewhere. It’s interesting to know little details like this about the structure of the building however the film seems to treat the audience with dignity by allowing them figure it out themselves. The mirror is a key item in this movie without being address as such by using it to spell “Murder” backwards from “Red rum” that Danny draws on the door and to show another side of Jack as they reveal the ghosts to him, where he can interact with them (whenever Jack talks to the ghosts there is always a mirror in the room) and it is also a nice change to have the main female character to not be a an attractive model, it makes the experience more real and therefore effective.  The acting is fun and entertaining to watch and the soundtrack is its strongest point.
“The Overlook, sacrilegiously built on an ancient Indian burial ground (a minor point for Kubrick and stolen by Poltergeist), is haunted by evil spirits. When Jack enters the sprawling ballroom, he is entering into the building's dark heart (possibly even Hell itself): "Your credits fine Mr Torrance." It's unclear whether it is Torrance's growing insanity that invites this or The Overlook itself taking possession of his soul. Grady, the previous caretaker, a man driven to slaughter his family (the source of Danny's disturbing second sight of the blue-dressed sisters) is another of Torrance's visitation states — "You have always been the caretaker," Grady suggests menacingly. The evil may have always been there in Jack, the
Overlook merely awakened it.” -
Ian Nathan (Empire magazine) “Kubrick is after a cool, sunlit vision of hell, born in the bosom of the nuclear family, but his imagery--with its compulsive symmetry and brightness--is too banal to sustain interest, while the incredibly slack narrative line forestalls suspense.”- Dave Kehr (Chicago reader)


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Life drawing art class (4)



After our warm-up of doing quick sketches of our model we had to use colour and draw our model with the surroundings, this was slightly difficult as I decided to use a blue pen for this and scribbled lines to resemble he shadows. Then we had a lot of time just to draw our model in a unique pose with the objects that are there with him.  


Life drawing art class (3)



During life drawing class we had the same model again and we had a warm-up where we had to draw him in a short amount of time that the teacher gradually shortens after each picture. Then after the warm-up we can move around and draw any parts of his body while his was sitting down until the end of the class. I drew his head and body and then decided to draw the feet.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Lighting and rendering

 1: Exterior Lighting - Mid Day completed
Another day in Simon's class where I learnt how to light up my settings for mid-day.


louis Comfort Tiffany building ideas.

Building ideas number 1

1) Branches to support the roof
3) glass leafs
4) a tunnel that leads up to the top
5) the base of the tree
6) Glass window
7) the lift
8) flower for the glass design
9) the design of the wood

Repulsion review. (1965)

Repulsion review.

The story starts off in England where a beautiful women named Carol, who shares the apartment with her older sister and her husband. Carol works as a manicurist at a beauty salon where she spends most of her time daydreaming and stays silent. She ends up meeting a young man called Colin, who begins to obsess over her really quickly, which makes her feels uncomfortable. At that point Carol’s older sister and her husband leave on a trip to Italy, which means that Carol is left alone in the apartment where she now seclude herself from everyone else. She slowly becomes insane, seeing things that are not there and constantly have nightmares. Colin worries about her and barrages though the front door only to make her panic and killing the young man. She improves about what to do with the body so she tosses the corps in the bath filled with water and at that point the landlord also broke in the apartment to take his rent from Carol. Because she is young and beautiful the landlord offers her to keep the money in exchange for the use of her body. She refuses and kills him then hides his body under the sofa. She stays indoors continuously having nightmares and seeing visions until her sister and husband arrives back home from their holiday. They arrive only to see their apartment destroyed and continued to look for Carol but only to find a dead corps in the bath. The older sister panicked at the horrific sight and screamed, which caused everyone in the other apartments to arrive to see the commotion. They all witness everything and tried to call the police until she is found however the older sister found Carol under her bed passed out. The husband picks her up and takes her out of the building.

The film does brilliantly making you feel agitated and uneasy by having scenes dragged out full of suspense. The film does make you ask yourself questions like “Is the scene where she is being used for sexual purpose against her will a dream or reality?” or “Why is all of this happening in the first place?” which can draw you into the film, however it can lead to the bad points of the general movie where nothing is answered and their for the audience might be frustrated but it seems as this film answered your questions but in a subtle way by not directly telling you them. The film is also in black and white which is used effectively as the shadows are darker and it can be difficult to see the visuals and there for it drags the audience’s eyes closer to the screen by forcing you to pay attention. Some scenes are done brilliantly by having the sound quite down and it takes its time by creating suspension and questioning what is happening.  The camera angles have been used effectively though out this movie by having it pan slowly to reveal something or nothing or shown close up of their character’s face, which shows a great deal of their emotions. Lastly the film main settings is in the apartment where we see it goes though changes by having the rooms bigger or smaller, cracks appear of the walls which makes it look like her world is crumbling apart and that the arms appearing out the wall can symbolize the men that are trying to use her for their sexual purpose.

The bad points of the film is hard to analyze. Almost everything in this movie is perfect, however that been said Carol could have been interesting but instead she was dull and dreary at the very beginning. There is a tiny change between what she was like at the beginning and when she was kissed by Colin but it could have been used effectively if she had a different personality. For example: she could have been a happily, talkative, out-going young women but then after Colin’s kiss it could have brought back the nightmares of when she was young, which ultimately unlocks her deep parts of her subconscious memories. That can cause her pain and a complete change in her personality where everyone will notice and send her off to the apartment thinking she is unwell. In the movie she is the same then as she was at the beginning however if it wasn’t for the scenario or the visuals of the story no one would be able to tell what’s going on and completely agree with Colin with his reactions whatever her actions are.

Overall this movie gets a 9.2/10. It’s a fantastic movie, worth watching and leaves you thinking at the end. I question would the film be better if it was in colour and the more I think about it I think the answer should be NO! The black and white makes it feel darker and harder to see than every than any other horror genre movies. It deserves to be recognized as a great a suspenseful film. The story, settings are done really well and the no audio or soundtracks that’s been used throughout the scenes are used effectively. Characters could have been interesting however with all of the great points it feels as though that this issue can be ignored or it’s unnoticeable however they did make Carol look helpless by making her look like an "angel" by having shinny white (blonde) hair with white clothes which can symbolize purity and because it's a loose clothing it can show how weak and helpless she is and it makes the audience want to protect her. It’s actually worth watching and interesting to hear many other’s opinions on this movie.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Influence Maps: What "if" Metropolis.

For my assignment I had Louis Comfort Tiffany so I did research on him and his art style and managed to gain several ideas that I was inspired by as you can see in the Influence map below.

I managed to focus my designs on nature as that is the main theme in his art work and how people can live happily in them.



Monday, 17 November 2014

digital sets: part 2 UV layout & texturing preporations

I've spent my day in Simon's Maya lessons completing Maya tutorial videos and as of now I am half way completed on video 2: Digital Set "UV layout & texturing preparation". As you can see I'm making progress however due to unexpected problems I had to start this part over again. I kept on getting confused and lost however after restarting it I can finally see what I did wrong in the previous one and aim to continue making progress and learn though my mistakes (Bookmarked on duration: 00:25:15).

Thumbnails developed: Louis Comfort Tiffany City

I tried to develop my city thumbnail ideas by shading and colouring then on Photoshop (Jordan Buckner completed the first two in order to explain how to use the software and help me out with my ideas as well as gave me his opinions). I shaded in numbers 3-8 thumbnails. So far I believe that this a good step to show improvements and they might lead me to my finished concept art for Louis Comfort Tiffany.  

Friday, 14 November 2014

Digital sets: part 1 modelling

Tutorial: digital sets completed.  

I've completed the first part of the tutorial on Digital sets. I created the alley and also made an arch and a window. After that part I had to create a Lamp and chest, which I'm pleased that I managed to do this well. Soon I'll start off part two of the tutorial videos. I'm proud of myself that it managed to go well.