Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Final Scene Render 'Industrial Park'

So here is the outcome of my Final Piece......althought it does appear 'Painterly and Flat' (which I tried to break down ith the inner glow) I do feel as though there are some achievements in there, although with my frustration, this could have more apprently, but I felt the need to try and place everything I modelled into the view, creating a very 'placed' feel'....
















In hindsight, I should have experimented with more camera angles to highlight my work in a more complimentry approach......but all in all, I do feel more confident with the maya sotware, and in all honesty, was an enjoyment through the stress and mad rush......

Plane.....Model

This was possibly the hardest part to model, as in hindisgt, the scen I wanted to depict, simply wanst going to happen, in modelling terms, with my inexpeiernce I would have run out of time, so realisticly speaking, I d to come to terms, and pull my focus into a msaller scalled version, as a resulty, I used the cliff edge as my basis for this, with all my pervious mdels situated onto it, I wanted it to appear as though the land before it had been 'Broken' away, leaving only a 'Disfigured Park' bordering the remains of a wasteland of smog and fumes...in the wake of it's previous industrial concept

With this in mind, I quickly began to make a plane, and manipulate the divisions and vertices in order to sepereate some the flatness, making a more rough, harsh exterior....with the help oif soft selecetion of course this helped me achieve a less drastic approach.....

And with this and the textures, I layed out my scene as follows.....



Modelling!

Okay, so this would be my first real time at modelling in Maya of my own accord, so this unit in particular was a real eye opener, and it was obvious from the start that people in my class would have the technical advantage of me, so without letting tht get me down I really took this as Unit as more a learning curb, and in all honesty, it was, although with my shortend time limit it's true to say I was quite doubtful about my ability, but aside from that I pushed through I came out with some pleasing results, and I do feel as though I took alot from this.....

Anyway, heres some of the models I worked on in the scenery......

Fences















I stylised these on the well known 'white pickets' of American suburbia, but wanted them to appear distorted, or damaged, but with my time limitation, and along with the texturing, the manipulation of the layout carried the same look of just as well...

Pipes















Using the pipe tool for the first time really helped me cut some time out, so with jus messing around with the sizes, I created a small variation between the group, as well as using the soft selection tool to help distorted and add time to the objects....

Stairs















This was a more simple approach which really just included alot of extruding , though I would have ideally put more edge loops over the model, as well as beveld a few of the edges, along with using soft selection to distort the shape, in hindsight, this probably would have cost more render time, for an object that isn't a particular focul point of the scene itself, as well as the textures achiving simmilar results...

 Roundabout















This was a little more trickier what with getting the mirroring exact, and duplicating in the right area's with connecting it to the base, but it went quite smoothly after a few attempts....

Swing/Chains/Seat















Seeing as this was the main focul point of the scene, I wanted it to appear more resolved than the others, so I started with the chains, using the Torus tool, and cutting the faces and mirroring, along with scalling and duplicating....then with the actualy frame itself, I used a CV Curve tool, applied a circle and extruded the divisions to the right length, but there a proplem with how it ddidnt appear strait, so witht the cut faces tool, I soon fixed the problem, and Mirrored the geometry, which only left the seat to be the last part of the group, and after modelling the simple part, it appeard to be too 'perfect' and unwornd, so  with the soft slection, I simply manipulated the object untill it looked more disfigured....

Pirate's Cove 'Final Render'

Okay, so here's the final render, tooka  bit of time gettin it up what with holidays and the previous project, though I must say it did come in handy texture wise, especially with bump mapping and spec mapping, really helped give me an insight in to texturing.....though I did for some reason get a little bit of transparency on the edeges for some reason, even checked the alpha channels.....

Anywho, I made some changes to the sky with the colour, as well as the inner glow with the layer blending options to match altering the disconnection between the aky and the scene...


Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Textures!

Here's a selection of some of the textures I created in photoshop to create the corresponding objects:

Fence:









Roundabout



















Swing:









Pipes/Chains











Sky Backdrop





Plane











I created all of these textures, prodminatly from source material, of my won and from the web, and just merging different layers, adjusting opacity and belnding etc....but came up with good results all in all....

For some reason, I can't actually seem to find the other textures, such as the swing seat, and the concrete stairs/walls but will upoad as soon as....

Sketch Work....Early Concepts

A bit belated I know, but what if the frnatic rush of work I didnt really get enough time to actially post, so here's a few early concept sketch's prior to the scene....

Sketch 1











In this sketch, I was really trying to define a ground basis to work on, a layout to get the general feel of the area I was working with...

Sketch 2/3










With these sketch's I really beagn to experiment with how I would invite the viewer into the picture, alongside side playing reference to my research, and all together trying to initalise the broken, desolate wasteland feeling....

Sketch 4/5










Although with these final two sketch's I didn't quite finished, I felt like I got the general feeling with these two already, and didnt want to 'over do it' with the visualisation, alongside my prior sketch's I felt I'd reached a satisfactory level of what the scene would genrally consist of, without making it appear to chaotic and random....

Rob Sheridan

So my freind just gave me a shout out to this illustrative artist, so I just checked him out, and there's some really intresting work in there, most of which seems to focus on ironic role reversals that are portrayed in a creepy, grosteque manner, at the same time having a light colour pallet in most, which is quite a weird combination, even uncanny in terms of genrics.....

But anyhow, here's a few of his works I thought were quite cool.....

Headache

Follow Me



Space Girl

Leaving Town

Photography Shoot...Gravesend Blue Circle...


















So...I finally managed to get down and do the shoot, without any weather interuptions....though it's really put my work behind.....but nevertheless, I got some really interesting pictures that gave alot scope of the surrounding enivornments, as well as acheiving the 'isolated, broken down industrial sector'














The shoot itself was quite long winded, and took a while to actually get around the whole area, both the circumference, and above it, but was worth the time taken....here's a variety of the photo's I took....





















All in all, I think it went really well, the results quite satisfying in terms of resource material, although ideally it would have been more effective to actually get inside the compound, it still gave a terrific scope of the area.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

You Make Me Want To Be A Man 'Utada Hikaru'

So i'm quite into my japanese culture, and i was just listening to a few old school songs I had in my itunes, when i remembered this song, and the music video to it, which always struck be as pretty artistic, especially at the moment, with this whole uncanny vibe, following along the rules of the 'Uncanny Valley' and our relationship with object or figures that resemble us, as well as my fascination with machine parts and bio-mechanical art, it just made sense to blog about it, and there's some really good images in this video i'd like to take some research from for future resource material....

Repulsion Roman Polanski 1965














Now from the very beginning moment, whilst the credits were rolling, this film to me automatically struck me as more of an artic film, in comparison to setting out to please the audience, it was obvious that it went in anyway but that direction, conveyed through the close up of an individuals eye , with it’s iris fluttering around, it already caused a great deal of unease to an element of the human body we are all ‘Familiar’ with…even in the first few scene following, there was a lot of focus on the lead roles personal space, and invading it on a constant level, as though watching her through the eyes of another individual, following her through the streets….
















The character herself (Carol) appears as thought a very timid individual, inward and distant from those around her, she shy’s away from physical contact, she appears to be in some sort of, dreamlike state almost, which can be further conveyed through her blank facial expressions, she lacks actual character, which is one of the most interesting parts of the film, in fact, the only times we are allowed a clear insight is through the use of others around, for instance, the saloon where she works, when the discuss the male element, she quietly listens in, as well as her sister, playing the biggest part of her life, almost like a mother, and when the mother element is taken away, things start to turn for the worst....

As well as also giving us an insight as to why she feels the way she does about men, her only account of them through the words of other peoples interactions and experiences, she’s hears nothing but womanizing stories, and in hindsight, her only escape from this is her home, but even so, that has been ‘invaded’ by the male element, for instance, hearing her sister having frequent sex at midnight with her lover (who is married), reaching climax, and then giving her the cold shoulder afterwards…














Within the films context, that being set in the chic 60’s, where there was a lot of ‘Free Love’ roaming around that specific time period, and it seems rather strange that someone like Carol would be so against men, to the point of washing her teeth franticly from a kiss of a male, as well as drastic measures which lead to the downward spiral of her sanity to point where she is driven to murder, which we witness through both metaphorical value, which begins subtle at first, with diffracted reflections, dark, disorienting corridors, immersed in shadows, the frequent brushing of her skin (as thought it‘s crawling) to more serious elements, like the gradually increasing cracks in the wall (symbolic of her mental state) the misplacemtn of objects, the rotting flesh of rabbit, it’s carcass riddled with flies and food (perhaps signifying evil, bad moments as well as time) not to mention her silent attacker (first appearing in mirrors briefly, as though imagined, then taking what appears to be a physical from)who sexually assualt her with the ringing of the midnight bells (In juxtaposition to her sister having sex) to the point where hands start to molest her, protruding from the walls itself (her house almost like a cell, confinement, raping her)
























To further portray this, the infrequent repetitiveness of water dropping, kettles boiling, and the absence of sound itself, such as the silent rape scene, moments within the house itself, that have no background music, really give a different sense of space and time within the fill, sound only really signalling the arrival of men, which generally focuses on a bad element…(anything ranging from bells tolling, the out of synch, high pitched jazz)

Without giving to much away about the films ending, to me, on a personal level, it really didn’t feel as satisfying as the rest of the film, although I did like the way in which it was left open ended, to leave the viewer thinking whether or not there was in fact people in the house, or just her deranged imagination, hallucinating.... but the rest of the film certainly gave a good use of metaphors, a fantastic use of chilling cinematography and sound, and most definitely one want to watch when exploring similar themes within film….especially the uncanny……..and the manipulation of someone’s ‘Home’

Monday, 18 January 2010

Blue Velvet David Lynch '1986'



















Now, I’ve seen this film on a few random occasions prior to this occasion, the first my film studies teacher decided to show to me, and just me, to describe mise-en-scene….never again will I forget the reaction gave her after watching the most horrific scene in the film, her reaction to mine…..laughing…

Nevertheless, this time round it still demands the same, uncomfortable reaction which makes me cringe to the core, with both unease, and pure disgust, at some of the elements in the film, but yet somehow I respect the way it evokes these feelings as this film captures many different genre’s of film breaking the linear generics found within most films, that almost surprise you when it skips between them, from teen love to thriller, then onward to detective, to horror, it almost definitely catches you off guard when it shifts between these elements, the transition appearing somewhat surreal, or abstract….










The film mainly focuses on again, the underlying darker side of the American suburbia, set in the 80’s, (however there are some elements within the film, that suggest otherwise, directing from the 50’s)with the opening scene looking as thought taken straight out of a commercial, the contrast of the area set to high, with prim and proper white picket lawns, kids playing in the street, an elderly man watering his lawn, scored by a relaxing background, then suddenly spiraling downwards as the man seems to have some sort of heart attack, collapsing, the hose twisted as some sort of metaphor, to which the camera pans across into the blades of grass, the sound of the hose drowned out by the cricketing that becomes overwhelming as two stag Beatles fight to the death, immersed in darkness…..again, perhaps a metaphorical prelude of events to come…

Through the main character, (Geoffrey) we are invited to see the downward spiral of suburbia, and how he falls victim to curiosity, meeting characters along the way, some more generic then others, for instance, the love interest found in many films, in the form of a pretty, na├»ve teenager, contrasted against the victimized performer, sexually assaulted day to day, by her mentally deranged boss/lover Frank, a dangerous and clearly psychotic womanizing character (who obviously suffered from some sort of sexual incest, child abuse at a young age, borderline Freudian elements) and the catalyst of the events that take place within the film….In hindsight, the film itself portrays the most darkest side of human nature, and delves into the human psyche significantly, through the events that occur, for instance, the whole scene when Geoffrey hides in the cupboard, till frank comes in, there is this immense sense of unease, and fear that is captured to a tee, another sequence of events that evokes similar emotions in the audience, the moment when frank kisses Geoffrey, smearing his lipstick over his face, feels almost uncomfortably, and really challenges how much an audience can take in….













Alongside the events that take place, that already convey a darkness, there are some really interesting ways in which the director chooses to shoot from angles, that suggest different tones of emotions, for instance, when Geoffrey walks upstairs to Dorothy’s apartment, completely immersed in darkness he flows in out of the natural light, which captures suspense…..









Above all, the surreal elements within the film are what really give the edge to the film, with scenes from the ‘Pussy Heaven’, when the owner stars singing, or rather miming to a song from the 50’s. other points in the film such as the hooker dancing on the car as Frank beats Geoffrey, which is further highlighted to music playing in the background, the ending, with it’s almost dream like state, the contrasted turned to the max it almost certainly carries metaphorical value that draws the film to a close, with the robin, crushing the dead beetle in it’s mouth (love and darkness)….



The Poltergeist Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg '1982'

The Poletrgeist…..
















Always renowned as a classic from the 80’s, I’m ashamed to say, I’ve never actually seen it up till now, but, good things come to those who wait, and this film didn’t fail to deliver, with it’s somewhat chilling beginning sequence, the blurring of an American flag, it’s pixelated montages giving the context, quickly panning out as it stops dead, flipping to a screen of white noise, to which we are invited to explore the surroundings of a suburban household, consisting of a normal sized family, sleeping, as thought we are watching through he eyes of a being observing almost, to which suddenly stopping on a young girl, her fair hair as though a beacon of goodness…manipulating child innocence, a theme that has been used time and time again since, which when done effectively, given the proper circumstances, can turn the sweetest kid into a medium of horror….

From this scene on, the last moments of the prior involving the youngest child walking towards the t.v, having a lone conversation (as though a monologue) with the set, questioning it as strobe lighting begins to flicker across the room, her shadow dancing along the walls as she raises her voice, challenging the set almost with her family observing after hearing this…..to the suburbia we all know only to well, establishing the surroundings and inhabitants, the men watching their football, drinking their beer, as the women clean the households, and the children play out front, in the sun, causing mischief, in the horizon, a storm rolling in hastily, as thought a metaphor, the darker side of suburbia is arriving…..

Things rapidly begin to deteriorate after this, the prelude acting upon the storms entrance, whilst the children attempt to sleep, playing on their imagination, for instance, when the clowns face changes with each flash, as well as the classic shadows from the tree’s….after which, we witness the real threat, when the t.v in the adults bedroom, acts as a portal, it’s inaudible chanting whispering slowly growing louder, differentiating from the fuzz of the white noise, again the child converses with the t.v, turning to her parents, announcing ‘There Here’ here chilling smile cut away as we move into the next scene….where we are given signs of some sort of ‘force’s arrival, for instance, the dog, who begins to look the wall, staring constantly, barking, and then jumping on it’s hind legs, as though playing…..without going into much more detail, the scenes that follow execute spiritual horror to such an extent, that it has definitely caused a ripple effect into other films….










Special effects wise, the film does appear to be slightly dated, but even so, this being the first time watching the piece, it definitely didn’t effect the horror of the events, the lighting in particular casting atmosphere and suspense, for instance, when the spirit descends the staircase, was truly both breathtaking, and frightening, the score itself capturing the eerie essence to a tee….which throughout the film delivered an amazing atmosphere….

The ending of the film was probably the peak of the piece, although it’s true to say, it’s wouldn’t be as effective it the story didn’t take the time to establish the characters into the piece, drawing you into a somewhat false sense of safety, to find that all was not well, when realization kicks in, and everything begins to slot into place, it surely turns into a rollercoaster of suspense, with elements of special effects (such as the children’s room, that becomes a hellish abyss, the dead bodies rising from their graves below the houses, to which we witness it implode shortly afterwards) it surely takes the ‘home’ element, a place of safety and escape, and….completely rapes it with horror….and truly announces this upon the audience, ending on a light-hearted cut of a t.v set being wheeled out of a room…for safety….perhaps a slight dig at conformity (like the moment when we see the town from afar, each house stripped of individuality) who knows, but this is defiantly an instant classic…..














The ending of the film was probably the peak of the piece, although it’s true to say, it’s wouldn’t be as effective it the story didn’t take the time to establish the characters into the piece, drawing you into a somewhat false sense of safety, to find that all was not well, when realization kicks in, and everything begins to slot into place, it surely turns into a rollercoaster of suspense, with elements of special effects (such as the children’s room, that becomes a hellish abyss, the dead bodies rising from their graves below the houses, to which we witness it implode shortly afterwards) it surely takes the ‘home’ element, a place of safety and escape, and….completely rapes it with horror….and truly announces this upon the audience, ending on a light-hearted cut of a t.v set being wheeled out of a room…for safety….perhaps a slight dig at conformity (like the moment when we see the town from afar, each house stripped of individuality) who knows, but this is defiantly an instant classic…..

Friday, 15 January 2010

Re:Work

Okay, so here's the scans and final reworks of my summer/own idea's I've had inbetween projects, that I get really frustrated about, hence starting my own sideline journal work, which allows me to document any idea's, wether they be sketches, writing, pictures etc. and stick them into a book, so I can refer back to at anytime.....in/out of the course.....

So anyway....here's the images....in the order I created them...

'Intoxication'



















Piece.By.Piece

Death In Decadence

Masquerade


Day Old Hate

So here's the lastest one I created, which i wanted to experiment with, combining alot of features into, in particularly introducing a background, it gave alot of depth to the character, disconnecting deom based on a song that means quite alot to me, I used it as inspiration for this piece, as well as using Miss Lauren as the model, everything else seemed to just flow, idea's wise though stylistically, It was quite difficult using a model who you have a close connection to, because you have your own portrayal of them, that you don't want to mis-interpret....