Saturday, 22 May 2010


so all is handed in now and the summer begins.
as far as this term has gone one word comes to mind "busy".
from the very start there has been a lot to think about, with the rave live musion animation, which then didnt go through.
so after musion dropped out i was given more freedom to put in a background and give the piece a more aesthetic feel.
rave live took a lot of preparation and pretty much soaked up my last two weeks, but it was worth it for the experience.

as far as my animation goes i am pleased with the final outcome, the animating looks pretty decent to me and the scenery adds a nice situation. i had wanted to add footprints smoke trails and drag marks in after effects i tried doing this but i would have had to go back and render the character and shadows separately which was not an option with the amount of tasks that i needed to complete.
once the sound was added it gave the piece a different dimension and as such weighs out the special effects that i wanted to add.

the showreel that i have produced i believe is a great showcase of my work and abilities and the interactive dvd i believe couldnt have looked any better, clean and simple is what i was aiming for and i believe that i achieved this through the case the showreel and the interactive dvd.

as a whole this term has pushed me further and i believe that i have learnt more about myself and my abilities along the way and cant wait to come back next year.

dvd case

i made myself a showreel case, drew up a template in photoshop, the design is such that it needs no glue or fixings as it holds itself together.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

ravel live

so rave live was yesterday and it was fun.
it was a cool experience and gave us an opportunity to display and exhibit our work.
it is a nice close to the year and this current course.

deserted wit sound

thar be sound in them thar hills.

sound done although the box dragging is a little tin like but im pretty happy.
once again i sat in front of my laptop recording my vocals for the dude and his grunts.
i wanted to include a sound for the logo but i couldn't settle on a sound so left it clean.

deserted from andrew on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

interactive showreel

i have spent all day working alongside tom, kofi and keith in ping pong as we all tried to figure out DVD studio pro. by 4 o'clock i had a working dvd that looked great but when i clicked to build and burn to disk it started but then failed, presently all of the video files went missing and could not be re-linked so as alex had left the building by this time i decided it was time to play football and re try the next day.

DVD studio pro sucks

rave live

i have been working alongside ben to get the animation side of things sorted for rave live iv been helping to get people motivated to print their work out and put it onto foam board ready for presenting at the exhibition.
i have also been helping in collecting peoples personal showreels for display at ravelive, this has been tricky as the majority of people have not done a showreel and some of the minority that do have them have iDVD (interactive ones) without a seperate 2 min reel. this means that for a class of 50 students we have around 13 showreels to exhibit at the show....

....disappointing much?

deserted but no sound

here is the current new look for the musion sample, seeing as musion bailed on rave live i thought it would be better to go back and add in the background and ground plane which were not allowed when in use by musion.

Untitled from andrew on Vimeo.

Saturday, 8 May 2010


so after the lighting gnomes came back to me asking for textures. at present they asked for 2 props to be textured using a photoshop paint style with the brush sets provided.

so after many versions and going back and forth re-doing the textures here are the current final props.

showreel progression

so i have been continuing to work on my showreel and this is the current piece.
i have also created a background slate for my interactive dvd showreel

showreel 2010 from andrew on Vimeo.


so here are the results of the lighting, i think they work pretty well and so did sarah (gnomes director) all i changed was the exposure on the daylight rig and then it was approved.

gnomes and lighting

so as my submission for rave live was in i was approached by the gnomes group to help with their lighting. i have taken this opportunity to further my own skills and knowledge in lighting. a day light rig, afternoon and a dramatic spotlight is required so all in all 3 builds to provide, just enough work for me to be getting on with.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


so here is the submission for the deadline, the animation is nearly there but is at a presentable standard.


so had a chat with the rave live team about deadlines and had some mixed results, i was wondering how deffinate the deadline is as there is a lot more work that could be done to improve my work.
so the answer was that the deadline was a guidance for QC and that there was an option for updated submissions .

Saturday, 1 May 2010


so after a couple of renders and some meets with the the client we decided that this was the one

then a day later i recieved a phone call from the phil, the client, saying that the original graphics person had come out with all his work after three weeks of no contact and that they would be using his work over mine. a bit of a bummer but i will get over it.


so whilst animating i have also been approached by a broadcasting student in search of an ident.
it is a simple brief but there is very little time as their graphics person has been unobtainable.
so the brief has been very very open all i have to work with is the two words bold and enigmatic.


so im currently animating the sequence but have had to cut the time line down, the initial storyboard when acted out came to around 1 minute this much animation with only a couple of weeks left will end in disaster. so the animation has been cut down to around 30 seconds this is much more achievable in the remaining time frame.