Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Park Scene

I'm working on a scene at the moment that's in a sort of run down park. Ii haven't put all the scenery in yet.

At first a just used one polygon plane and applied the grass to it but i had this problem. 

I tried experimenting with soft/rigid bodies and dynamics but I couldn't do it. 

So i had to delete faces and shape the vertices so it could look like this. It still needs a lot of work but this is the way I think I'll have to do it.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

It's been a while...

I haven't posted anything for a while. I've just been getting used to working 40 hours a week.

I've been working on a new better better version of this...

I'll still be using the same character but i changed him a little bit.

It's all rigged and ready to animate with. I'm just going to do some short animation tests before i start animating the final film.

I want to film to have a post apocalyptic feel to it...but with a spaceship.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Memento Mori

I am currently animating some extra scenes for Memento Mori

I'm planning on entering it into Flip and BAF.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

New Project

I started a new project.
I'm going to do a few lip sync animations using audio i recorded a few years ago.

Here's one of the characters i'll use.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

New Character

Took me a while but I've rigged my character. I rigged it with switchable IKFK arm and Back and neck IK handles.

All that's left to do is facial expressions

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

New character

I made a new character.

Just so i can experiment with different rigs.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Memento Mori

Just putting all the images together into video files now. 
Recorded all my sound effects. I should be posting the final film either later today or tomorrow.

Sunday, 27 May 2012


I rendered all of the scenes. I just put in a spotlight that casts shadows and an ambient light with no shadow so it's not too dark. On some scenes i used two spotlights to light up the door.

I had to re-render the first scene because the light was too bright. But I'm happy with the results.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The Dance

Here's a few screen shots of the start of the dance. Nearly finished animating now.

Next i'll put up lighting and render tests.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Ghost Texture

Decided I'd do a black and white texture instead of just black.

I think it looks better. I think the plain white sometimes looks blurry.

Need to delete a few faces from inside the hairline but other than that I'm happy.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Final Film Update

Started to animate the start of the dance. Not sure about the texture of the lady.

Need to make few more tweaks to it and possibly delete some faces.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Final film Update

Made a few changes to the lighting but that's likely to change again. I changed the the fire to colour as well, the only thing that will be in colour.

Finally started animating. So far I've got about 6 seconds.

Here's a few screen shots.

I'm going to call the final film Memento Mori.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Raven

Decided i won't be using the Raven. I don't think it adds anything to the story.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Raven texture

I textured the raven to look almost like a shadow.

I'm unsure on whether i'll include the raven in the final film. I don't think it will add anything to the film.

Sunday, 22 April 2012


Here's the raven model.

It was modeled by Tim Lozinski and rigged by me.

Friday, 20 April 2012


Modeled the female character.

And rigged it.

The next step is to texture her so she looks ghostly.

Thursday, 19 April 2012


Got my music for the dance.

Thanks to my Dad and Brother for doing it.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Raven

Changed my idea. It's not going to be based on The Raven anymore. I came up with an idea of a man dancing with his dead wife. She'll appear as a ghost and fade away after they've danced. 

Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Raven Update

Rigged most of the characters. The raven is rigged and so is the main character. The female character still isn't modeled. 

I've also finished making the scene. I'm trying to make it look like a play so it will mostly darkness and the action will take place under a spotlight.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Raven

Finally made a little more progress on The Raven. I have found someone to help me modeling. I posted on the Animation Forum West Midlands facebook page asking for anyone to help. Still need one more modeler though.

The Boss

Not posted for a while. I've been working on a film called 'The Boss'. It's for my External Brief module. I'm entering it into the Reed Short film competition.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

External Brief

Decided i didn't like the character i had made for the silent movie animation challenge. I also decided changed my idea of what is going to happen. Theseus and the Minotaur didn't really fit with the music i am using.

Instead i am going to use this character:

It's fully rigged and switchable IK and FK. The first time i have done a rig with both IK and FK controllers. 
Still haven't done the texture though.

The story is going to be a more simple chase scene.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

External Brief

Module two of final semester.

For this module i am entering the silent movie animation challenge.

The challenge is to animate of the word Birmingham or an iconic image of Birmingham to a silent movie track provided.

I chose to use the Bullring Bull and based it on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.

What I have done so far:

The Bull modeled and rigged.

And a man.

Now I am working on scenery. It's going to look a little bit like a maze crossed with an arena. 

Animation Direction

Final semester at university. Module one of two; Animation Direction.

For this module i am doing a short film based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem, The Raven. I need to collaborate with at least three people on this module. So far i have zero people to work with.

So far i have only modeled and rigged the main character.