May 31, 2017


I created this type of mist effect using turbulence displace in After Effects.

This effect is more swirling compared to the last, and I created it using the Fractal Noise settings in After Effects.

May 30, 2017


For the first task of my internship at Butch Auntie I looked at creating stars in Maya, which I firstly created by using the space brush presets and creating stars over my scene at different depths. This is just a test to see if I could create the feeling of moving upwards through the stars and if this method would work well.

May 11, 2017




Adaptation B: Reflective Statement
Overall I think this project went well, even though it has aspects that could have gone different and better. I have learnt a lot in terms of softwares like Maya and Mudbox, and I feel my knowledge on techniques inside Maya has expanded. Although I started in Maya early on in the project, I should have carried on and not put off my Cgi model until later, which I realised I could have made a more detailed and fully rigged model if I had not left it until later. I realised that I should balance my work better and ask for feedback more often so that I can take my work in the best direction and that tutors and I know what is going on in my project. Overall I am happy with my outcome, although I would have liked to have done a little more in terms of rigging and animating.
I learnt that I need to work on my blogging and updating my work online, so that it is more clear what I am doing, what I am working on and when, so that I can get feedback earlier. Also I've learnt that I need to be more professional in terms of writing on my posts and describing what I am doing, not just posting images, so that anybody who sees my posts will get what it is about.

May 10, 2017

Pipeline 1: Facial Rigging Part 3

Part 10: Adding Extra Face Movement

Part 12: Brow Movement

Part 11: Adding a Blink

Part 13: Cleaning Up the Scene

May 09, 2017

ADAPTATION B: Clay Render Setup

Non Textured Turnarounds

Clay sculpt and CGI sculpt comparison
Textured Turnaround

Clay Material shader settings
I set these render settings up to look like a clay model, using this tutorial at :

TEXTUREDFINALRENDER from Becky Stapley on Vimeo.

May 07, 2017

Pipeline 1: Facial Rigging Part 1

Part 1: Creating a Head Skeleton & Binding

Part 2: Creating Head Controls & An Eye Look Rig

Part 3: Creating a Flexible Mouth Rig 1-3

May 06, 2017

Film Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

Figure 1: Film Poster
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) is a stop motion animation film from Laika studios, from the director Travis Knight. It is about a young boy Kubo, who has supernatural gifts, summons spirits from his past and goes on the run with a monkey and a beetle.
This film is very well made and beautiful, everything is incredibly detailed and the story is unique. I t is very colourful and quiet, it is peaceful but also very dark and touches on some more serious issues. Kubos’ aunts and the giant skeleton are villains and make for very extreme villains in a children’s film. The witches look like they are from a Japanese horror, and many other parts of this film are very dark in nature.
Figure 2: Film Still
“Bless Laika, really, for continuing to make films this singular, which reject any known formulae of children's animation and dive creatively each time into an uncharted cosmos. (Robe, 2016)”
As described by Robey, this is a children’s animation which does not comply with the normal rules for a popular children’s film. It is full of magic and creativity and is so different to other films in it’s genre.
"Laika Studios' independence is rare in feature-length animation today -- rather than topping a franchise, they seek emphasis on character, background, and the sharp wounding edge of a story.”(Busack, 2016)

Pipeline 1: Rigging

Part 1: Feet & Legs
Part 2: IK / FK Spine

Part 3: Arms & Fingers

Part 4: Colours & Restrictions

May 03, 2017

Pipeline 1: Skinning

Part 1: Building a Ribbon Spine

Part 2: Building a Skeleton
Part 3: Binding & Weight Grouping the Mesh

Part 4: Blending the Upper Body

Part 5: Blending the Lower Body

Part 6: Adding Pose Space Deformers (Corrective Blend Shapes) Upper Body

Part 7: Adding Pose Space Deformers (Corrective Blend Shapes) Lower Body

May 01, 2017

Film Review: Ethel & Ernest

Ethel and Ernest (2016), directed by Roger Mainwood, is a 2D animation, a romance story following the lives of two people and how they come to meet each other and live their lives with each other. The story is retold by their son, who first wrote this story about his parent’s lives in a book.
Although very stylised 2D animation, the film brings hints of reality to it, for example in the beginning the film starts with real life footage of an old man in his kitchen, then changes into animation. The film also has themes like war, and explores the reality of war on their household and the effect it has on the places and the people they know. It touches on some darker themes like war and death, poverty and illness. 

“Many of the events depicted here are familiar from old documentaries and Ealing movies. There are scenes of street parties, VE bombs, Churchill speeches and wartime refugees. Ethel & Ernest buy their first TV and their first car. What stops the film from sinking into mawkish nostalgia is the humour and level of detail.”(MacNab, 2016)
As described by MacNab, most of the films content is brief flashes of the past, and is overwhelmed with nostalgia, however never really focusing on one definitive story from their past.
It is a very emotional and contemplative film, which is enhanced by its documentary quality, as well as the style of it. It is very peaceful and quiet, but never boring. The film looks like the book is it adapted from, because of it’s illustrative style and the rich browns and greens from the book.

ADAPTATION B: Updated Model