FINAL WEEK!

I used After Effects to composite and edit our final piece. I heard from a few students that Premiere Pro was the better way to do it but with only a week left I decided to stick with what I new rather than lose time on learning a whole new software. Even though Kristina managed…

Week 6

Charity representative animations final look dev touch up render tests

Week 5

Robert, Rebecca and I were animating this week. We had most of our animations done for Monday then we sat down and went through them all and gave each other feedback before submitting them onto Shotgun. The mentors came in again this week for the last time. We saw some familiar faces and some new…

Animating

Tom from Blue Zoo was kind enough to give us his email so we could contact him about any lighting or shading issues we were having. This is the garden scene I textured and lit (temporary sky filler): Our monitors were all a bit off so I will have to use my mac in final…

Meeting the Mentors

Most of the competition mentors came down today and provided feedback on what the teams had done so far. Our animatic was in good standing although we needed to work on the voiceover and time the relevant shots to it. So we re-worked the script and got Robert to record himself so I could place…

Shotgun, Shaders & Shows

So into our second week at BFX we were set up to receive feedback on our work from the competition mentors. This was through Shotgun (which I was quite excited to use because I first heard of it being used by Image Engine on the production of Chappie) which we had to upload our work…

Green Screen and Camera Training

We were taken to the university’s Elliot Road green screen studio where we were taught how to use the Very Cam and Canon D5. Both are very expensive sets of equipment and we got to try them out! The D5 is a handheld DSLR while the Very Cam is a proper looking TV camera (best way…

Presentation

Once we arrived in Bournemouth and were introduced to the staff, campus and facilities, we had to prepare a presentation to re-pitch our winning pitch to the charities, mentors and fellow students. Before coming over we had received feedback on our work from a few of the mentors and the charity Re-Cycle, mostly some character…

The Competition and Application

BFX is the annual Bournemouth Visual Effects, Animation and Games competition and festival. BFX is a student competition designed to give you direct exposure to cutting edge practices and showcase your skills to some of the best supervisors, producers and artists in the VFX and animation industry. In January, I formed a five man team…

Like Riding a Bike

For the BFX competition, I decided to practice bike riding animations. I used the mannequin rig I had already downloaded from Troung’s website and Méabh’s bicycle model. It’s just a simple cycle on a bike (pun intended) with a small dust particle simulation thrown in. It’s harder than I thought to find decent reference of…

Aster – Animation

The fourth years on my course were working on their degree animation short, Aster. They were looking for animators and I offered to animate a few scenes for them. They gave me the scene where the main robot touches the second robot’s chest plate and gets shocked. This was my initially blocked out scene: First…

High Jump

This was an animation for a 4th year team’s final project. I had to animate three separate rigs doing the exact same animation, a high jump. I was able to animate using one rig then transfer the keyframes onto the other two. Emma gave me a LOT of reference of herself and her friend practicing…