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,