Storyline & Plot

At our last meeting we discussed themes and Robert mentioned Mermaids and we all liked that idea. I took to Pinterest for some visual aids for creating some stories for our advert’s plot. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/Phoebe_Long_/yomega3/ Some of my story ideas: We follow a little dumbo octopus (baby shark, baby mermaid, something that eats fish) around a…

BFX Awards Ceremony, Festival & Careers Fair

The BFX competition is a part of the annual BFX Festival, which hosts talks from industry professionals, a recruitment fair and an awards ceremony for the competitors. I arrived a day earlier than the rest of my team so I could sit in on the talk from Dan Zelcs, a character rigger and animator from…

First Client Meeting

So we met with Tori Hayhurst, the business development manager from Paradox and she gave us the run down on all of their products, especially the Yomega3. We got to sample each of the flavours (vanilla, mango and raspberry) and I loved the mango one – I will definitely be making a purchase in the…

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…

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…