Looking back at this past semester, I defiantly see a lot of improvements. Before this class I had never animated in 3D before, and my knowledge of Maya was very limited. While I am not saying that I have perfected 3D animation, nor have I mastered Maya, but I do think I have improved considerably. One of the biggest struggles I had with animating itself was trying to remember to implement the different rules of animation. Since you only move one part of the model at a time, I had to be careful to try and remember to do everything. However, over time I hope that it will become easier to progress. This was defiantly a good starting experience though, especially working with a rig like Norman, and I bet the skills will help me if I move on to more complex animations.
For production 1, we were asked to make an abstract video based on a poem, song or legend. I looked into the legends of the headless horseman and dulahans for the aesthetics of this piece. Specifically, the otherworldly and creepy spiritual vibe that comes from these legends. Along with this I wanted to add a modern twist to it with a comparison to the typical idea to the headless horseman on a horse, to one with a motorcycle. Unfortunately, due to weather constraints I had to cut a lot of planned shots for the horse and motorcycle, however I compensated by adding to that otherworldly feeling with the forest and reflections.
Once again, I have a project down the line based on japanese culture and media. For the project we are required to research an area within the Tokyo Metropolis and create something using that, based on a popular media form. The area I choose to look into was the Shibuya Station area, specifically around the Hachiko dog statue. Continue reading
A video montage of what my typical Friday night is like. Each segment is 1 second long as per required for the project. If something happens twice, my intent was to show that I did that task for a longer time.
For production 1, we were asked to make a documentary of some kind that was informative, and visually appealing. For my topic, I approached some pet owners with questions that a non pet own might ask, and compiled their answers here. Thus creating an interview based documentary on what its like to own different pets.