Monday, 5 May 2008

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the film!!

Unfortunately it will not be done and the project has been put down, but thanks everyone who did their best and contributed and tried to make it happen!

all the best,

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Monday meeting with Mike 11 o'clock

hey ya!

We gat a meeting with Mike in college now on Monday 11 o'clock so I will wee u all there!

peace n luv,

Friday, 25 April 2008

My progress so far....Josie

First thing I need to say: Thanks Wan for the new Rigged model of Sophie!! ^_^

I've been animating Scene 3 (where our two characters gets swallowed up by the Shadow Creature) and I'm almost there - just need to tweak some details of the character's movements (especially with Sophie as I've done most of the animating on Bobo so far) and I think I've made this scene too fast so I need to slow it down a bit! Here's the clips to show my progress (both the same but viewed in different angles):

Please comment - I will post more clips to show my progress - Josie -___-

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Sophie Rig - YAY (Check your mail)

Ok ladies and gents, the new, new Sophie rig is ready to roll.

I tested it for a while and we need to tweak Bobo ever so slightly.

Dont panic! only 2 small things you need to do:

Step 1: Select Bobo's PURPLE RING...
Step 2: Scale XYZ to 0.8

You'll be able to fit Sophie on to Bobo's shoulders this way.


Wednesday, 23 April 2008



I managed to unzip the file with the music that you have done - I really like version 030, 033 and 027 and 028 cos they are a bit mysterious but still have a sad feel to them, very good, could u record them longer and with better sound? U can borrow good recorders from college, I would like to use one of them for the opening of the film where she is lost in the mist, maybe u can make a scary sound for the shadow character as well- he shouldn't be a piano though- he is dull and dark, but if u can and want to then please play around with it :) It sounds good.

peace n luv,

Josie - scenes that include The Shadow Character

Hi Josie!

can u pass me the scenes from the blockout that includes the Shadow character, scene 3 etc, the maya files and the films in our rendering size 576 etc ( cos i didn't save them all when i cleaned my computer ) cos then i can animate and stick in the shadow character and animate him and the bleeding ink effect and then thats done :)

peace n luv

Week 16 - Updated

Hi Everyone!

As u have noticed they has been and are still lots of faults with Sophie- model and rig. Her arms are not very round so when u start bending and moving them u will notice that they don't really look like real arms as they are to flat, there has been problems with her eyes, vrists, legs etc etc and both Wan and Giles are working on her. DON'T SIT AND WAIT - start animating Bobo for your scenes and hopefully a model who is easier to animate will drop down your mailbox any day :)

Our sound guy Emmet is working on sounds, but as I am getting a bit worried about us not having sounds yet I have also contacted another guy on the soundcourse, James, so lets hope that he and Emmet founds something for us as time is running out!

I have made some test for the shadow character as he should be animated and have the floating ink surrounding him and spreading out from him - in the blockout he is just an image, now I tried to bring him to life in a ruff childish drawn way. I can change the pace in editing. More tests on my personal Blog.

We might get animation help from a 2nd year student, Mike and I talked with a guy last week and he was interested and liked the style and look of the film so far BUT he hasn't contacted me yet so we'll see.

Good luck with all the animation, looking forward to see your tests!

peace n luv,

Monday, 21 April 2008

Rendersettings - save for later!

Hey ya!

On moodle on the page for our course there is a document with the correct settings that we should use for our final film, here is a part of the maya age- download the rest on moodle and save it!

peace n luv

Animation Tutorials that might be helpful :)

Secondary foot control for the character setup kit:

u need to log in and create an account ( for free though) for the other tutorials but they have some on breaking tangents and keys for more realistic looking animation,

run cycle:

Hope the work is goin well! I am looking forward to see the test that u have deon so far on friday! Send them to me on skype or upload them on the blog,

peace n luv

Train Re-textured - is this better??

Hiya, I've finished re-textured the train (I hope) but I'm not too sure if it's better so please comment:


Friday, 18 April 2008


Giles has been a start and changed the girl for the third time now - hollar at me on skype so u can get the new version - i will try and zip the file and mail her to u all. On next friday I ant to see animation tests and what u all have done so far so maybe we should meet up in college then, i will take a look on our timetable and get back to u all here on the blog about it.

peace n luv

Found something strange on the Model

My report for today - Josie

Hiya, here's my report for today:
I've finished texturing the Train model and I recieved the new Sophie model from Asa so I can work on the animating. I made my own personal timetable for Term 3 as well:

I got the two characters together on Maya and I am currently animating Scene 3:

(I will post up a video to show everyone the progress hopefully by later today.) Chat to you guys later! Josie -___-

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Need help for my Portfolio - Josie

Hiya Asa,

For the 3 FOLDERS = Animation, Artist & Technician as our Portfolio assignment - I realised that I don't have anything in my Technician Folder (Particle effects, Lighting, composition etc)

Is there anything that I could do for the group that involves in the Technician Folder?

Thanks, Josie -__-

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Texture Train - Finished (I hope)

Hiya everyone!

I finally finished texturing the train model (sorry it took so long). The first design/image is one of the experimented colours where I used mostly pink and cream combined with the colour gold for details:
This one is just Gold and Cream (with some black for the wheels and such):


Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Texturing Train - Process

Hiya everyone, this is just an experiment and I want to hear all your opinions (since I'm terrible making decisions on my own!!!)

I coloured the main body of the Train in Cream and used the Gold textures from Asa for the window frames. I've coloured the roof and the lower base of the train in dark pink which I hope it will make the train stand out more:

I've used the Gold textures and a normal shiny yellowish/gold colour and not sure which is better on the railings:

Please Comment! - Josie

Sunday, 13 April 2008

The Last Schedule!

Hi Everyone!

Very very important that we stick to this schedule, as you see - there is not much time left so we all need to start animating our scenes NOW so that we have time for changes and tweeking - but most of all rendering and compositing - check Mike's link about animation and tweeking if you haven't been animating for a while it has some tips! We will do lots of parallel work this term- a scene is animated and checked and ticked off- goes straight to rendering and from there to compositing while waiting for the rest of the scenes.

At the next meeting we will discuss who wants to to a bit of compositing ( after effects, maybe shake?) , editing ( final cut pro or premier ), poster for the exhibition etc so that we all can fill our folders. We will all have to render scenes - very important that we all use the SAME render settings, will post them here on the blog.

That's all for now! Let me know if anything is unclear!

peace n luv,

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Deadworld tests

trying to upload but as always it doesn'twant to work..grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


peace n luv

Online Meeting Monday 2 o'clock in skype

Hi everyone!!

Damn this break disappeared fast!! Hope u all had a good one!

THE BLOCKOUT: Has been cut down from 5:40 to 4:02, Wan, Emmet and Josie has it now. Raphael couldn't get online so you will get it on Wednesday in college.

SOUND: Emmet the sound guy has sent some examples of music and is working on more but we should all look for music.


Giles is done with the girl and can give her to us on Wednesday but I am trying to get it via msn or skype before.

Josie – gat the train from Caspar, he will not finish it so Joise will texture it and scale it after the girl. Textures: Cream white train with soft gold details on ex handles and window frames to blend in with the Deadworld and have a fairytale touch.

Asa – is not taking onboard more work right now, I want to focus on the deadworld as I haven’t been able to do it completely with the blockout, the dr rig, the tree trainstation and the hospital etc, I feel that the deadworld is very important so I would like to focus on it now.

Wan – finish Bobo. I will want your assistant and help with composoting, light and stuff, cos u said in term 1 that u liked working with that so are u up for it?

Raphael – can u get the scaled train from Josie and the scaled tree trainstation from me and then could u build the train tracks and texture them? Would be great! No one else gat time to do it ☺ + finish your 2 animated creatures, I can add glow on them in After effects as long as u pass me the finished animation, lets talk about the best way to do it on Wednesday. They will look very nice in the film!

Any questions, thoughts or ideas?

peace n luv

ps fundraising party in the SU Bar now on Thursday for our exhibition!

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Ghost ending

Has some nice sentimental music towards the end of the clip and some interesting sound effects in the beginning when the man is taken away by the dark spirits. Also, the beginning is a good example of live action with animation.

Friday, 4 April 2008


The sound effects and sounds are not mixed and as u notice we miss music and sounds for when the shadow appears, when Sophie takes off with the train etc etc so you are all more then welcome to look for music and effects - our soundguy Emmet is also on the case but we actually only have a few weeks left so we need to get it sorted out extremely soon so we all need to look for sounds and music.

in the beginning there's a recording of Mike. H's son, very cute voice! But I dont feel the tone so I will do a new version and mix and pitch as soon as I have access to recording equipment!


peace n luv

Josie or Raphael?

hey ya!

I gat the train from Caspar now - he has rigged it but has not done the changes that i wanted or textured it- i am editing the blockout and doing the deadworld and rigging the Dr so I don't have time so one of you would have to take this on, so who wants to do some modeling and texturing and finish the train? :)

Hollar back!

peace n luv,

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Tree trainstation

pinkish texture

yellow pinkish n orange texture ( here u see the window textured as well )

red grayish texture

grayish texture

yellowish texture

hey everyone!

this is how the tree trainstation looks at the moment- sorry for shit quality but i dont have photoshop on that computer so i take pics with a broken digital camera - i will shape the entrance and inside of the train more when i have the train and the scales, feedback please so we can wrap it up n tick it of the list!

peace n luv,

Message to Josie

Hi Josie!, i cant work your cameras out, so i think its better u do this who know and understands the way that u have put it up - its this shot i want to change, camera 8 - one second is to fast, start with doubling it to 2 sec and check how that looks + zoom in all the way around and turn her face more so that we see her face expression, just hit me on skype if u have any question and if i dont make any sense, made an example pic above of what i mean

peace n luv

this is your scene - u see how fast it goes?

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Last week of the break!!

Yes, Now I am back from Sweden, couldnt get internet to work on my lap top there BUT finaly maya is working! :) As u all noticed we are Shit far behind so update me please;

Caspar: hows it going with our train? We badly need it NOW.

Wan, hows it going with the texturing and rigging of Bobo?

Raphael, hows the finishing of the 2 creatures going? Have u sorted out your software problems now? Otherwise u badly need to do it first week back so u can work at home, talk to the two persons that i told u about :)

Asa and Josie - shape up and finsih the Block out. Asa is editing and listening to sounds from Emmet and is cutting down scenes etc. Will post the latest one here so keep your eyes open and leave feedback once its up so that we can finish it!

Asa - texture and finish the tree train station, need Caspar train to be able to scale it.

Giles - hows it going with the girl?


As explained at the end of last term we will hold the formative assessments for ANI 304 in the first week back . Assessment will take place in the BA year room and the schedule is as follows.

*Wednesday 9th of APRIL**

11.30 - 12.15pm - The Day that I Died. By then we need the finished Blockout, finished environments and started animation ( that we should have done 5 weeks ago so lets get the characters done so we can get started! ).

Here is the assesment notes;

Hope that u all had a good easter!!
peace n luv,

Friday, 21 March 2008

Asas friday report for this week

Yes, could borrow Jessicas computer yesterday as my college account is fucked and i can not work in college - so finally the hospital room is scaled and finsihed and josie's props are imported and the texture problem solved.

i am waiting for caspars train to be able to scale the tree and for josies changes to be able to finish the blockout - college is closed friday n monday and i dont have maya at home so i will not be able to do any maya work for 4 days.

peace n luv,

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Easter Break Meeting + This week

Can everyone come in on Tuesday the 25th 12 o'clock?

So that u all know what is happening, what we have to get done during the break, everyone gets their files ( cos they are to big to send via mail or usendit ) etc etc.

Files to everyone:

Characters rigged and finished: Sophie, Dr, Bobo, Mother
Hospital environment + Dead world evironment



Our Sound guy Emmet is working on environment sounds for us and gat the blockout.

Asa is working on the deadworld ( and learning after effects to do be able to do so ) and will rig the Dr and make a final edit of the blockout, will post on blog when its done. Finishing work for Jessica's film.

Josie is working on her dissertation, maybe small changes to the blockout but I think I can do them myself as it looks right now.

Wan is finishing the girls blendshapes - pass as quick as possible to giles so he can start rigging - when thats done, finish bobo

Raphael - if u gat internet problems then go to an library, go to college, a internet cafe or a friend

caspar - le train, le train, what is happening with the train?

peace n luv,


Hey Josie!

i just realised that u n i forgat something- what did i say about the dr and the hospital room about 2 weeks ago that would save us a lot of work? remember?

anyway, i said that we could see him standing there n turning his head down but never see him leave the room- only hear a door close and footsteps - remember? but u made it different in the blockout cos u forgot and i forgot as well haha, well well

Can wan help us make a map of his face? Would be nice with some wrinkles, his hair texture looks good from a distance but if u look close u can see its really messed up - but we will not se him close so if think we can get away with it- can u check whats going on with that arm that i marked?

Nice details on the shirt etc, nice! the dr is in the background so we don't have to be super picky with him

PS the hospital room is t big to mail, send it to u peeps on skype or u send it

peace n luv stressed out asa

Monday, 17 March 2008

Dr. model - textured done! (I hope!)

Hiya everyone! - I'm done with the texturing for the Doctor model (I hope anyways - I need feedback!!!!):Is the hair ok? I tried bump-mapping it as well to make it appear more 3D....anyways - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!!

Josie :)

The Hospital room

I have scaled the room now and put it some of the props from Eva and Josie and fixed the other hospital rooms a bit and will pass it to all the animators - IMPORTANT for those of u who will animate in this environment - as I said before, some of the textures work funny- here they are marked as they are supposed to look, when Alex was going to look at this everything ironically worked fine so its something very funny going on. Now u know about it and this is how the textures should look.ok.

peace n luv,


Pass me the hospital images NOW.


Saturday, 15 March 2008

Bens version of Bobo

Wan and I - and Mike- talked to Ben three weeks ago when he showed these sketches and Wan made a good point then that I agreed with- it looks more like a boys toy then a girls toy - and I thought it looked to cartoonish and told Ben that we are not looking for a funny character but a settled one and not to cartoonish - more like my neighbor Totoro - anyway - the small drawings in the corner are the changes he has done in three weeks. I talked to Ben the other day and said that I still find him to cartoonish etc and that the work has to be done faster as we are waiting for him.

I suggest we texture Wan's version of Bobo and rig him so we don't get more delayed as Ben wasn't as fast as he said he would be. Or what do u guys say?

peace n luv

Friday, 14 March 2008

Texturing Doctor

Hiya - I've started texturing the Dr. last night and managed to textured the tie and the blue shirt:

Texturing the white coat is more difficult as I had the same problem before with the toy models (the textures smudges if i highlight the whole body - I may be texturing wrong [technique-wise] so I'll look for a solution to make it easier to texture) - I got so frustrated with it last night! Will work on the weekends to get it right tho.


Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Timetable for Josie over Easter Break

Hiya ! This is my timetable for the holidays:

Almost forgot - Mike H's website he recommended: (I followed exactly what he wrote so I'm not sure if it's right)


This week

Raphael- give me your work from last week

Josie - texture the Dr, changes in the blockout, camera and animation list together with Asa

Wan - blendshapes : the girl

Asa - changes in the blockout + pass a copy to the sound guy, scale and finish environments and pass to all the animators, camera and animation lists together with Josie, The Deadworld compositing - girl blendshapes if i get the time, do a simple rig for the Dr as soon as I get him textured from Josie

Caspar - finish and pass me the train

Wanna pass the girl to Giles asap so he can rig her so I will try my best to do blendshapes as well cos he needs a week to rig her.

peace n luv,

For Fantasy world

I will post the window images later(",)

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Different ways of filming when Bobo and Sophie meet

I have done different versions, in the old one, theres a shot from
behind Bobo's back when Sophie comes towards him and hugs him, but I
don't know if that shot was that good so I experimented a bit - which
one do u guys like the most?
This new shot and a change in another sequence has cut down the film

And here is THE BLOCKOUT:

Will shorten down the sequence where Bobo comes out of the mist a bit.


peace n luv,

Monday, 10 March 2008

IMPORTANT: so that u all know what I want done during the easter

Download and save.

peace n luv,

Block out in progress

Hey ya!

The blockout is taking much more time then we had planned- but it is
very important and we have changed a lot so..and there is still lots of
small changes that has to be done, some shots are to fast, camera
angles needs to be changed etc, so it is still not finished but we are
slowly bur surely getting there! Leave feedback if anything seems odd,
to slow, to fast etc

peace n luv

ps i am trying to upload the f film, doesnt work :)

To Raphael!

Hey Raph!

I miss u're work from last week, please post print screen images or jpgs' here on the blog so that I can see how u are doing plus I need the hospital view images so that I can finish it,



To Caspar!

Hi Caspar!

I spent last week on my dissertation but now I am back with the film and took a last look at the train and here is some feedback, I liked ure idea of adding a door so please do, I would also like u to delete the back windows and add frames around the windows so we can use the nice gold texture on the window frames - good news is that I don't think u have to worry about the carriages crashing into eachother cos u don't see the indise of the train in that curve - take a look at the animatic/blockout n see what u think, but I think its safe :)

peace n luv,

Friday, 7 March 2008

About today

Well well, sometimes life turn on u n shit happens n it did with me last nite so I have some private issues to solve, I am sorry about this everyone but I really cant go to college today, - better to be honest i think, I will e-mail u some playblast.avi's josie and then we will have a meeting next week n if we are lucky the train and the new Bobo might be finished then. Jared e-mailed us and wanted us to come in for an event on Monday so what if we meet up then? 12 o'clock?

have a nice weekend and breath out now cos the dissertation is done n over with!!

Thank u all for this term by the way!!

peace n luv

Thursday, 6 March 2008

3D Block-up UPDATED 2

The updated version of the 3D Block-out. Made the changes



hey everyone!

see u all in college tomorrow 2.30, animation area

I cant really do a good block out for my scene without any blendshapes- how can i show her face expressions going from scared n surprised to happy to recognise bobo?

peace n luv

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Week 9 - Last Week his term!

Hi Everyone!

I guess that we all will be panicking with the dissertation this week BUT we have to meet up on Friday before the break.

We are three weeks behind in the program so the first week on the easter holiday I hope u all have understood will be college work.

On Friday we will go through all that has to be done and then I also want all of u to make your personal timetables for the easter break a and note that EVERY friday during this break everyone will have to report and post an update of their work n report their status here on the blog.

Asas work: Aminata has found faults with the girl model three times now so I received the finished version yesterday and will start working on the blendshapes this coming week so that Giles can rig her. I will check Wan's rig of the mother to make sure it doesn't need any more work or changes on Wednesday when I have access to maya. I will finish scene 1 for the block out that also will work as a look reference of how the film will be done.

Eva and Josie's work: -I want the props from Josie n Eva so that I can finish the hospital room and give it to Ross for lighting this coming week. I also want Josie to do the changes in her blockout scenes as some scenes are going way to fast etc see feedback here on the blog.

Raphael : is back and will find images that can work as the view from the hospital room and work on the white 2D creatures that will be in the film.

Ben : has offered us to sketch and model a new Bobo for us and is well informed about that he has to be finished in about ten days as we have to start animating. He will e-mail me sketches asap.

Wan: help make blendshapes for the girl. I gat the FINAL girl now so let me know when u are on skype and I'll send it to u )

The first week on the easter break we HAVE TO make sure all the characters gets rigged and finished and also that we get Caspar's train and plan all the animation scenes and who will do what during the break as all the animation has to be done during the break and I am very serious about this. So when u animate a scene I don't want u to think that one version of the scene will be enough - we are not animators so I want everyone to do their best and animate their scene in atleast 5-8 different versions so that we gat a lot to choose between. And if u don't read this and pretend that u did not know I will get really angry cos the point with this blog is that everyone reads it and knows the deal.

If anyone will go on holiday I will e-mail u what u have to do during the break, just let me know!

Good luck with all the dissertation work and see u all on friday!

Peace n Luv,

Thursday, 28 February 2008

3D Blockout - Scenes 2 - 4 DONE!!!

Hiya - finally got the 3D Blockout of Scenes 2, 3 and 4 uploaded on the blogg (NOTE: for some reason there are some scenes that jumps and its fine in the other video.. ..)

Well let me know if there are any changes that's needed to be done!

Josie ^_^

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Meeting today with Mike

Hi Everyone!

We will meet up with Mike today at eleven.

The Mother is rigged and finished and Wan will either show a playblast of her on the blog or leave the rig for us in a public folder so that we can see her. I told Wan that he did not have to come as he has been working a lot on Bobo and the mother and is behind with his dissertation.

Giles and Rob found some things that would not work out with the model of the girl when she is rigged so Aminata has to do a couple of more changes before she is finished. Wan and I will both make blendshapes for her.

I will get all the hospital props from Eva and Josie today and will pass the hospital room to Ross for lighting :)

Mike. H gat a digital recorder from me yesterday so that he can start recording what hopefully might be Sophie's voice in the film.

Caspar has some problems with the train, the carriages goes in to eachother in curves so he is working on that and will also texture the train.

We are all very busy with out dissertations now but bear in mind - I wanted us to start animating week 7, it is week 8 now.
If we don't have EVERYTHING finished and start animating week 9 or week 10, first week of the easter break- then we are SCREWED and can say good bye to this film so we all need to help out even if we have a lot now and make sure that character models, block out, environments, camera list is done before we leave college this term.

peace n luv,

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Trapeze Wheee!!!

So yess I've modelled this trapeze for you. it's rather metal textures so a lot of phong going on with adjusted attributes.

I hope it'll help the film to look more hospital like.... Enjoy




Thursday 6th March with Mike Smith

11.30 - 12.15pm - The Day that I Died

Be there everyone!

peace n luv,

Monday, 25 February 2008

Suggestions for Deadworld

........ There's more on my blog

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Colors of the deadworld

Hi ya!

I didn't get any feedback about the color tests I put up so I decided on my own that thats the colors we will use as I can't wait any longer for your opinions. See u all next week and good luck with all the dissertation work!

peace n luv

Friday, 22 February 2008

Height reminder!

Just a reminder of the characters heights...

Mother 1.7m

Doc 1.8m?

Sophie ~1.3m

Bobo (Dead World) 2.1m?

Bobo (Soft Toy) 0.35m