Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Home Stretch

Have been working steadily getting everything done. It is a little like juggling jelly uphill in quicksand though, every time I think I have everything sorted, something else slips and I find myself focussing on a different aspect of the project or exegesis. 

But at this point in time I think that I have finished the project. Correction, I know I have finished it. Everything is being put on discs and is ready for submission. Now I just have to work on the final phases of the exegesis to ensure that everything works well as a study and demonstration of researched knowledge. 

So that's where I am at the moment. Supposed to be re-reading and editing my exegesis. Instead I printed a DVD cover. 

I've also had it suggested by my supervisor that I present the backgrounds in a gallery format printed large so that the pans can be appreciated in terms of scale and detail- so that's happening now. And on Halloween I'll be presenting them at uni and talking to the assessors- nervous much? Yes. Once all has been completed I'll blog again and let you know what I thought of the entire experience- a year of my life coming down to essentially a single grade- madness; but hopefully worth it. 

Progress Shot

Progress Shot

This is starting to look finished....

Back of the DVD case

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Project: Final To Do List

Final To Do List

Revise Backgrounds
Check bugs                           Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Extend pans                           Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Add fade to black                  Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Add 'title cards'                      Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Add details                            Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Replace large files                  Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Animation in each shot           Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Extend Width in long pans      Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Analysis scenes                      Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12

Save jpegs                             Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Save as movs                         Scene: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Burn as DVD/CDRom  
Add DVD Menu
Print Disc
Print Cover
Email backgrounds for printing

Revise Chapter 1
Revise Chapter 2
Ensure connection between project & exegesis is clear
Remove 4th wall section
Add analysis of Bioshock backgrounds (if needed)
Include explanation of the project and format
Write up Chapter 3- forward looking (future study?)
Revise in text referencing
Revise fig list
Revise Reference list
Revise bibliography
Page numbers
'Cold' Edit
Final Edit
Submit colour plates for printing
Change cover
Submit for binding

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Background Complete

The is the latest background I've been working on for the past couple of days. I knew this one was going to be detailed because of its role in the project. This is it without any lighting or effects of any kind- I'll do that in post.

Every object in the room is there for a reason and it helps progress the narrative or reveal character in my project in some way. And yep every object is self contained and ready to be put into Toon Boom. So far on track.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Blogging Hits a Snag

I like to blog, I can freely admit that. So it was with horror that I discovered that I was over my limit for the number of pictures I can have on my blogger account :O Now because I'm kind of in the middle of something- ie: my honours project and an exegesis- I can't be bothered working out how to fix this problem. Therefore I'll just have to provide links to my photos which for the time being I will store on my Tumblr.

I'm now working on the large pans that I had been putting off till the end so you will find the next two here. With these pans I'm really focused on a contrast to the previous shots, these long pans give me the opportunity to show a flattening of the landscape. This is a deliberate aesthetic choice as it exaggerates the conformist same same nature of suburbia.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Another Background

Another Background done in outline draft form with accompanying depth identification showing the layers within the landscape.

Slow and steady, but determined to get it done.

Walking down the street- Modern Day

Walking down the street- Back in the old days

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Meanwhile, Back at My Project.....

Having spent a week fussing with the exegesis, it was time to get back to the project- You remember the project? The thing that all this writing and researching is meant to be all about? Yeaaaah. So I got back into it and Act One is all done for line work.

Below are the basic line guides for some backgrounds. These are guides, the final won't have big stinking outlines all over them.


The Kitchen

Pan of Street- Modern Day

Pan of Street- vision of the past

Voyeur style view of a street

Same street but in the past

I'm also including a colour coding process of depth that will also assist with layer creation in photoshop. Works on the principle that the further away something is in the distance, the lighter the colour: