Thursday, 29 January 2015

Art class

During class we had to draw the same women as we had a few weeks ago. Firstly we had to draw her 5 times within 4 minutes for each drawing. This picture above shows my results. Then we had to use any form of colouring tools and draw the model  for 40 minutes. (Sadly I lost my paper somewhere in uni so I'm unable to show you the finished product, I asked the caretaker if they did anything to it and I got no information on it).  

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Intro to Pre-viz

Camera part 9: Camera shake.

Camera part 10: Contra zoom

Psycho review (1960)

Psycho Review (1960)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock “Psycho” is a film that shows his true talent and passion of making movies by showing high level of suspense throughout the story. The film has a major plot twist at the mid point of the film that is important as it turns the story in a new direction. The story starts off with Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) stealing $40,000 and running away only to spend the night in a Motel where the story changes and suddenly becomes about Norman (Anthony Perkins) dealing with his mother issues. 
(Figure 1: Psycho Poster)

The film stands tall with it's hidden Freud psychology meanings like Norman's relationship with his mother that's causes him to become insane. Norman's bond with his mother is very strong after his father's death that he couldn't bare to see her with any other man this pushes him to the brink of insanity when she meets someone else, which causes Norman to become jealous. Another point of it's brilliance is the symbolic settings by having the mother house up high and the motel down below where Norman works. This gives off the idea that the mother is the authority while Norman is the obedient child that obeys the commands of his Mother.
(Figure 2: the symbolic settings)  

The iconic murder scenes was done brilliantly as it shows little information which can build tension that makes the audience question everything about the film. The soundtrack helps complement the scene as the screech of the violin makes it sound like a warning for what is to come. The iconic scene is a brilliant way of switching the story from a chase scene to a murder plot. "The death of the heroine is followed by Norman's meticulous mopping-up of the death scene. Hitchcock is insidiously substituting protagonists. Marion is dead, but now (not consciously but in a deeper place) we identify with Norman--not because we could stab someone, but because, if we did, we would be consumed by fear and guilt, as he is." (Roger Ebert's Psycho review).
(Figure 3: Murder scene)

Figure 1: Psycho Poster 

Figure 2: the symbolic settings
Figure 3: Murder scene
Roger Ebert Psycho film review:


Monday, 26 January 2015

Intro to Pre-viz

Camera part 6 completed: Crane-shot completed 

Camera part 7: distance shot completed

Camera part 8: Coverage shot completed 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Life Drawing Class

In life drawing class we had another new male model to draw. 

The first drawing I was a little slow and the more I drew the more I caught up with my natural drawing speed. 

 Second drawing I seemed to have struggled as the angle was different from what I was used to, sadly I didn't get to finish it as just like the first drawing I was a little slow.

Same goes with this one however I will add that I did put in as much detail as I could for the face and body and focused mainly on the shading and where the shadows are. Even though I didn't complete it i still drew in lines where the legs and arm will be so that everyone would be able to tell where they would be if i did completed it. 

The last drawing was a 10 minute drawing so I focused the face as many would say that the face is the hardest to draw and the most people would be more attention to. I wanted to get the skill so that I'm able to draw characters faces more naturally and easily. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Character design class 2

This time in class, Justin told us about character design can reflect on the backstory of the character like why is he/she wearing those clothes etc. We was given a type of stereotype and had to design based on that we have been given. I got clown so I designed a female clown character that looked like an anti-hero. I designed her with a black and white striped top that says she was imprisoned. The scar on her left cheek is in the shape of a star that's normally on a clown so I thought it would add to her as a character and dark backstory. The reason why she is dressed up is that she just wants to have fun and bring happiness and joy to people that never experienced it while getting rid of the world for their sins, with an iconic look that people will know and fear. 

This is my character design of my clown.

We then had to create another character that's based of an object. I got kitchen cabinet, which means that I would need to design a character from that area. I choose a spray bottle that is rarely used and therefore old so I used the trigger button as a mustache and placed eyes on top as a face. I thought that the bottle looked bland so I drew a suit and tie giving him an old fashion style as well as glasses as his vision is not as good as it used to be and for that reason the sight goes away with age.  

Character Design Class

In character design class we had a new teacher called Justin who introduced us to the character design ideas and shapes. Each character is designed with a basic shape depending on his/her characteristics.
Hero characters tends to be more of a square shape.
Villain characters tends to be a triangular structure.
comedic characters tends to be designed in a circular form.
We had to select what character from any form of media (I selected Madara Uchiha from Naruto Shippden) and them in a different structure. For example: If you character is a villain then we had to draw them in a square or circler form.
(Madara Uchiha, Naruto Shippuden)
I've first drawn Madara in a squire shape to become a hero of the story, he is my results of my effort.

I then drawn him in a circular shape, however I think it made him a bit chubby.  
Justin saw my art work and gave me some ideas and tips, this is his drawing that helped me come up with my final drawing.

I finished my drawing of Madara in a circular fashion, here are my results of my effort.

Frame Class: blob

In this lesson we have to animate a blob character, which has the ability to mold into anything. This will provide useful information on how to animate as we can use it for any given example and use those techniques in the later life in the future. 

Here is a video clip I have made of the blob falling into the shot and jumping over a wall.


These are the storyboards that I have done, the scene is at the opening credits in Guardians of the Galaxy. Where Peter Quill (AKA: Star Lord) explores an empty forgotten city and puts on his headphones and dances around while finding the orb.

Intro to pre-viz

Camera part 1: Custom camera rig

At Maya class I managed to successfully create a camera on the Maya software. It was difficult to follow but everything seems to be working fine. I'm quite proud of myself although it does seem that setting up an actual camera is less difficult.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Life Drawing class

This time we had a female model that we had to sketch, here are my results of my effort. I asked the teacher if instead using easels that I could use the donkey so that I could rest my arm and that it would be easier for me to draw. 

The last drawing the teacher suggested that instead of a normal HB pencil maybe I would like to try something with more colour so it would stand out. I selected a green pencil from the box and proceed to sketch the model. Personally I prefer taking my time to draw instead of rushing five minutes for each sketch however that been said I do believe that the quick sketches helped me with processing information on the paper faster.

Drawing class

Well this time at life drawing class we had a new model we had to sketch. Here are my results of my effort.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Rope Review (1948)

Rope Review (1948)

Rope, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is a film that tells the story of two young men who committed the act of murder for the perfect crime and decided to dump the body of their "inferior" friend in a old chest just before the party they are hosting, which contains people who the victim knows and ultimately ended with the criminals found out by their former teacher.

 (Fig 1: Movie poster)

The film uses its camera in a particular style by having it film long scenes and moved around so they can get the right angles. They obviously planned where the camera will go and made sure everyone and thing was in place. The use of this technique can be problematic and difficult to achieve but they succeeded as it doesn't break the illusion on the film. "In an ordinary movie, closer shots indicate more intensity, longer shots are more objective. Camera movement helps establish mood. Close-ups punch home dramatic moments. Cutaways, or “reaction shots,” make it clear who is reacting, and when." (Roger Ebert: 1984) The actors obviously took time to rehearse their lines as it's shot like a play. Notably the background changes from dusk to dark throughout the duration of the film, which creates the illusion.

(fig 2: Brandon (right) and Phillip (left) hiding the body in the old cabinet)

The main characters, Brandon and Phillip, both have different ideals and opinions after the murder of their "inferior" classmate. Brandon is the cocky, slick and arrogant type while Phillip is the reasonable, nervous and concerned type that cares deeply about his friend and the consequences of his actions, which makes him more relatable.
(Figure 3: The set with the cast)

Overall this movie shows a great deal of effort and direction, the characters are entertaining to watch and the story is done brilliantly. Alfred Hitchcock knows how to create suspense in his movies, he knows that the information is one of the key points in creating a film, if you give the audience information on characters or the plot then the audience can connect with the film and then you can focus on building the suspense. He manages to do this by showing us the murder and hiding the body before the party that way the audience can feel the tension when they are near the body.

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Roger Ebert: 1984 available from:

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Script wrighting idea

 Character: Diver (Frogman)

Prop: Hoover

Location: Cosmetic surgery clinic

Idea number 1: Surgery is taking place and there is a problem that the germs or disease increase in size and numbers and in order to save the man the doctor sends over a diver to be shrunken and dived in to the wound where he’ll use the hoover to suck up the disease and then succeed.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Picture sound ideas (so far)

Picture sound ideas (so far):


Picture 1:

Idea 1: Ice cracking

Idea 2:   dripping tune

Idea 3: mystical noise


Picture 2:

Idea 1: scraping bark

Picture 3:

Idea 1: scraping on con concrete

Idea 2: one long deep note playing

Monday, 12 January 2015

Intro to Pre-viz

Camera part 2: Panning shot 
Camera part 3: roll shot 180 
Camera part 3: roll shot 360
Camera part 4: pitch shot

Camera part 5: Dolly Shot

Monday, 5 January 2015

Animation part 1: using rigs

Today in Maya class we learnt how to make the car move. Here is my completed work on the tutorial.