Sunday, 30 December 2007

Asa working on the hospital room

I want to add some of the girls drawings and photos of her from different occasions on the wall, some drawings and color pencils and cards from friends from her birthday or maybe just "thinking about u, get better cards" and a children's book etc on her table. Haven't started the heart rate monitor as I couldn't find a good image bit now I have one. I want to add a plastic box on wheels by her desk as well with some toys in but will need help to model toys - something for Eva or Jessica maybe if anyone of u have time? The room is not finished, the girls bed needs wheels under it and the heart rate monitor and the drip stand etc is not done yet but I will finish that this week. I have started the trainstation as well, will post images soon.

I also changed her bed as my boyfriend made a good point and said that the room could be her own room at home with a drip stand and a heart rate monitor - we have to show that she is in a hospital. Should the guestbed be the same or? I also added some alarm and nurse buttons behing the bed as they have that I Swedish hospitals and some others as well. Have to do what we can to show that it is a HOSPITAL. I haven't started texturing yet, will do that when I come home and will ask Ross to do the light as he said he would help us with light.

Peace n Luv,


Saturday, 29 December 2007

Heart-beat monitors & update of my progress

Hiya everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday!

Here are some examples of machines that monitors the Heart-beats (not sure what's the proper name!) I found on the Internet:

This is one screen-shot of the Sophie model that I am still working on (There's more screen-shots on my personal blog):

This is just Sophie when she's bald (I'll work on the hair later as we have talked not to have real hair but have fixed modelled hair instead)- Still need to finished the rigging!!!

Enjoy the rest of the holiday!!

Josie ^_^

Friday, 28 December 2007

Hey from Asa in Thailand!

Guess if its fuckin hard to sit and work with Maya when u are in paradise n its really hot and u just want to sleep n swim?
Anyway, i am having a good time and dont want to come back to UK at all. Hope u all are having a good break as well!!
I have started modeling both the hospital room and the trainstation - the hospital room is straight forward but i miss concept n research of how the heart machine should look - and is anyone interested in making the animated heartbeats for the screen of the machine in After Effects? I am trying to find good pictures of that heart beat machine now in an nternet cafe but cant find any, did u have any when u reserached i Josie? Please put them up then so i can model, thanks!

Looking forward to see everyones work in progress so I hope u start posting some stuff here soon :)

The trainstation is a bit of a pain in the ass so i am not sure if i will have it completly finished but my aime is to have it done and texture when I come back

peace n luv and happy new year!!

Monday, 10 December 2007

winter break

For the Winter Break I will be helping to do some concept for the environments, and maybe to start placing characters in a scene, to get a feel of the film. I am in process of creating my personal schedule for the Christmas Break. Have a look at my blog for more details. Any requests let me know.


Saturday, 1 December 2007

Updated Christmas timetable

Hiya everyone!!

Here's the latest timetable for everyone:

Asa has already explained some details for the animatic scenes for everyone in the group blog so if you're confused double check it!!

Enjoy the holidays!


Thursday, 29 November 2007

Changes in the Animatic

Hey again!

I am trying to finish of as much as possible as I am leaving tomorrow and will be gone until the 10 th of January.

Here are the changes in the animatic that I have come up with so far:

Scene 1 - Asa's scene - fedback everyone, am I being clear enough with this scene? Does she seem lost and do u understand that she recognizes Bobo and that he is an friend? I will make a 3d blockout out of it so we can show the camera pan n get more exact timing.

Scene 2 and 3 - Josies scenes - we should make a 3d blockout of this as well. We need more tension when the shadow appears and start hunting them - maybe a close up of their scared faces while running as in action film- a short cut- and the girl should look more peaceful and satisfied and smile when she dies but instead o redoing it I think we should go for an block out n just put drawings on the maya file as Jess n almost everyone else has done to show face-expressions. The farewell between the mother and the girl is very important and has to be clearer- the mother is looking sad but is not crying, she lloks tired and u can see that all this has taken her down for a long long time - they look at eachother while givin eachother bobo and the girl smiles so the mother gives a small smile back - she has accepted that Sophie is dying and lets her go. We dont want to be overly sad here- we are trying to ay that sometimes maybe death is not a bad thing, understand what I mean? We have to ask if Raphael or Patrick can do the blockout of your scene as u has to get started on modeling the girl. Help me with that as I might not see them before I go.

Scene 4 - we need a new end. Like we discussed before leaving Bobo by the trainstation doesnt make any sense when he is her best friend - this is also what other students said about our animatic, why is he left there?
* first shot is in a bit weird angle I realized when I checked it again- we cant really see her face expression as its shot from an angle from above i want it lover and closer so that she is close to us the audience and we see her face clearly in the screen n bobo coming up behind her knocking on her shoulder- they turn and see the train.
* No stop and farewell between Bobo and the girl- no stretch. I have 2 characters that i put on the train platform - one of them get on the train with Bobo and the girl, they should sit like in Spirited away maybe so we dont have to draw so many other passangers or? Close shot of Bobo n Sophie sitting together looking happy about being on the train, Sophie head leaning on Bobos side, instead of bobo waving by - the character that didnt get on the train takes bobos part n run after the train waves good bye and they take of as before.

If anyone of u is confused n wonder what the hell I am talking about then please let me know and I make sketches for u so that it might be easier to understand - now I have to write an essay :)

Peace n luv,

Bobo Model sheet to Wan

This is how Bobo looks as a toy i didn't draw the seem all the way on the side but that is something we do with texturing once he is modeled anyway. When Bobo comes a live in the Deadworld- he is one n a half head taller then Sophie - did u see the size reference pic I posted some weeks ago? Otherwise the size difference is pretty much as I did it when they are hugging in scene one in the animatic. So Bobo looks the same in the Dead world but is bigger and the shapes softer n rounder- are u okej with that? I didnt felel like drawing him again when it is so easy just to make him bigger and a tiny bit rounder - u can post images of him when u are getting there n i can give u fedback

Peace n luv,

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

More to do during X-mas for everyone

Hey everyone!

Add this Josie to your X-mas schedule:

Jessica S. - model the Dr

Caspar - model the train

Asa - develop shadow character, build hospital room and trainstation and update script - give cd to Emmet n Christina for music and soundeffects.

Wan - model mother and bobo + research stretch out and train smoke ( u don't have to wait for bobo, u gat the moms modelsheet last week n if u lost it then its on aminatas blog ) + changes in the animatic together with Patrick ( devide changed between u )

Raphael - More research and sketches of creatures of the dead world + research animation, running cycles etc + thumbnails ( i will show u what it is if u aren't sure)

Patrick - I think it was brilliant when u n wan did scene 4 together so u guys can divide the new changes e between u ( u and wan ) fix them during x-mas.

Josie - model the girl n research how to do her hair. New x-mas schedule on the blog. + Changes in scene 2 and 3 in the animatic.

Is everyone ok with that? Let me know asap. As u all noticed today our group is producing less work then the smaller groups so I suggest we do all this during the X-mas so that we catch up for next term :)

DONT GET CONFUSED - this is added work, it will be ADDED to Josie's schedule that will be up in the coming days so you are still doing the other things that u said that u would do as well.

Show progress and developing work on this Blog during the x-mas please so that I know what everyone is doing and we all stay in touch in case someone needs help n get stuck.

I will post the changes in the animtic here later on tonite- need to write essays now..

Have a really nice one everyone and thank u so much for this term!!!

Peace n luv,

Dead world characters - Height relationship

Tuesday, 27 November 2007


I am missing your finalized creatures of the dead-world and thumbnail sketches - presentation is tomorrow and I really wanted to see them before that,

peace n luv

X-mas timetable & Coloured Hopsital Room


Here's the group's Christmas Holiday timetable for everyone!

The coloured hospital room:

We're close to finishing TERM 1!!!


Monday, 26 November 2007

Todays Meeting and the last Meeting

We went through the animatic and started working on all the changes that has to be done, some changes we had already decided on last time we looked at the animatic so I dont know how the gat repeated, please take notes at meetings and I will do my best to sum things up here on the Blog as well so that we dont have to repeat misstakes as we have so little time :)

Nive work by the way! Nice that u put that light in Wan!


Asas scene - speed thing up and show stronger character animation, right now u dont understand that she first doesnt recognise Bobo and that she is happy and reliefed to see him. Show more of their strong relation. Dont zoom out in the last hug scene, cut straight to Josies sideview.

Josie - Zoom in on the girl from side view as she is turning her head over her shoulder as she noticed that frightening and threatining sound from behind. More tension in this scene so bobo should grab er must faster as they have to hurry and are in danger, show more clearly as in your storyboard scenes how he seriuosly ask her to quickly jump up on his shoulder, Longer scene of them running and add more tension there as well. We need more hsadow concept but there is no time for it now so we will have to develop that during X-mas - I can do that. I think we need a shoot of the shadow growing in distance coming closer as well just before Sophie jumps up on Bobo;s shoulders.

Wan - The first shot where they meet again in the mist is missing, let me know if u loose the drawing or dont rember how I want it and I'll e-mail u a new one ) Shoot 3 - not so fast and not so far. Bobo and Sophies farwell needs more time, the part where turns around and stops him inside the station and look him in the eye needs 2 close ups of them lookin in eachothers eays to establish that they are syaing good bye and he cant follow. Also the way she turns around and sop him by putting her hand towards his belly/chest as a stop sign to say here but no longer. Bobo should slowly run after the train as it leaves as he has to be outside the trainstation when he waves good bye to her. End seqense missing where Bobo waves to Sophie satnding on the back of the train disapering into the light.

Thanks for nice work with the animatic my troopers!

Raphael is going to work hard on getting the watch man finalised for the Dead world cos that has been delayed a bit now, Raphael is also making concept for the films thumbnails and will borrow watercolors from me.

Peace n Luv,

Got the hosptial room finalised - just need to colour it!! (got one dead world coloured!!)


I've got part of the animatic done already, you can have a look on my journal blog (took me a while to upload it and I can't be asked to upload it again on the group's blogg!)

I've got it hospital room finalised and made the room more spacious :

I'll colour it later today - also I've painted one of my sketches of the dead world enivironment :


Sunday, 25 November 2007

Shelby the clock modelsheets

Watchman Model sheets

Moth (fantasy world Character)

Moth is a mute, with wings instead of arms. He is neither good or bad but is merley a lost soul who wonders through out the fantasy world.

Leaf-Kid: Various Colours

ClockMan Model Sheets

Yeh guys, here are Modelsheets for the Clockman character. Let me know which colours you prefer or some other textures you'd like to see him wearing.

Scene 2 of Animatic


I've got Scene 2 done and for some reason I can't send it via email....

Josie :)

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Rendering from After Effects!

Just so that we all do the same thing:

widescreen (16:9)
720x576 pixels
1.422 pixel aspect ratio
and Sorensen 3 compressor.

peace n Luv,

Friday, 23 November 2007

To Josie for the animtic

Hey, very ruff but just for the animatic - I'll make and nicer one during the X-mas.
Something in the hospital room that shows that she has been there for a long time :)
I gat three different piano tunes from Christina yestrday that I just need to change to mp3's n then U'll have them in your mail boxes. They are very good. But I think I want somethin more ambient for the begining - Rapahel is doing more research and my sound guy will help out an pass over sounds as well.

have a nice weekend everyone!

Peace and lots of Luv!


I really like all the bobo's, personal favourites are C and F. I;ve been working a lot on what was asked for me about the dead world. I've basically been using images with blots and various oddness in a similar style to josie's pictures and trying to see what looks better in maya and what looks better in a compositing program. I think when it all comes down to it we will have a much better idea as to what needs to be done as I'm not really going to stop doing these but if I was to say now I think most of it can be done in maya on differant layers and then taken in after effects or whatever and then manipulated even more. Even with all the oddness of the wierd lights in the sky or overgrown greenery that asa wants can be modelled easier and lit better within maya. As far as mixed media goes I think any live action filming of something even more experimental is very possible as the compositing program we will use will be able to mix them all together. So to sum up, I think using maya to basically all of the film will work, as long as we approach the task of the dead world with a bit more creativity and willing to let things evolve more than you would usually be within maya.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Bobo's from Nnamdi

I like I a lot but his face looks to much as a copy of Winnie Puh I notice now, A is a to much Spirited Away copy but maybe change the face a bit on I so we have our own style?



Todays Meeting Peeps!

Attending Asa, Wan and Josie and Raphael ( came half an hour late and missed most of the animatic talk )

We discussed the animtic scenes that we gat so far and all the changes that everyone has to do. We decided that we all should use my new cut out drawings and they are ease to change in After Effects without effecting work already done- Aminata showed how to do it, click image and reload file in After Effects.

I need everyones work on sunday so that I can cut it all together in Premier - edit and cut together your own work so that i don't have to kill myself on sunday nite and easily can put the parts together.

We discussed the Bobo design as I am not satisfied with the one we have, we discussed how his legs should look and his entire design as it will affect the animation and raphael wants to start researching this during the X-mas break to plan his animation for next term. Raphael can't log into the college computers and has no internet at home so he gat problems checking his mail etc.

Wan had some really nice color research that he will put together samples of and show on the Group Blog. Josie is almost done with the hospital room and asked Mike H about colors.

Christina handed me music that I will e-mail everyone together with the pdf files tonite ( u gat stuff in your mail boxes already :)

Wan decided to model the Mother during the X-mas break and gat the modelsheet from Aminata.

Jessica decided to model the Dr and gat the modelsheet from me.

We meet again on Monday to go through the final animatic and go through our presentation that we have on Wednesday.

Those of u who are not showing up or contacting me and telling me why and dont do their work can start looking for other film projects to work on.

peace n luv,

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Nicer Animatic Cut Outs from Asa

Hey ya!

I didn't get fedback from anyone else then Josie about my cut outs for the animatics, I thought they were really ugly as I was really stressed when I did them - so I have done new ones but offcourse I don't expect u to use them for the stuff u show me tomorrow! But if u wanna change to these later on its really easy in after effects- u can keep all the animation and just change the images :)

Let me know if u want them and I'll e-mail u the pdf's - can't upload pdf files here

See u all tomorrow!
peace n luv,

Hospital room - finalised

Here's the final sketch of the hospital room (I know its not finished - Im just posting it to let everyone see if its alright) - I'll finish it later with colours:


Model sheet for the horse doll & sketches


I drew these model sheets of the horse doll yesterday - just forgotten to post them up! Let me know if they're ok, plus do you want me to colour them Asa?

I sketched some draft versions of what I imagine of the dead world today while I was at work when it wasn't too busy!! (20th Nov) :

Sketch 1:
Sketch 2:

I may colour one of them so it might make it easier to understand what I'm trying to show!

Good night - Josie :)

Mother Concept Work

A few colour chart moods of the mother as she is sad dark colours
that ittle thing in her hand is the toy ( bobo)
tell me if okay