Wednesday, May 27, 2009

UP

Alright guys- Im gonna brag because I can.... Up was fantastic, you should all see it and invite all your friends.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

JOY


Are you as excited as I am for PIXAR to arrive in VANCOUVER! Well, Im pretty gosh-darn-tootin' excited. Where are my guns? I need to fire them in the air!

Thought I would change up the wall post on this blog so we can make the transition to non-job posts.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Quick note

As you've probably noticed, activity here has kind of dropped off. This is because I'm sending more important updates via e-mail now that this is a real job.

CHECK YOUR E-MAILS LIKE TWICE A DAY AND REPLY ALL TO EVERYTHING UNTIL WE GET AN ACTUAL ONLINE HUB GOING.

In other news, I forgot to bring it up again at the meeting tonight, but David, keep researching online Moodle-type places (maybe we can use Moodle?!) for us to secretly gather at from now on and send a link out immediately so we can get the schedule and news up. Something where only we can read and post things. A forum, maybe? :S

Friday, April 24, 2009

It's bus-iness... It's busi-ness TIME

Dear everyone,

Chelsea and I put together a newer rough version of the draft yesterday and submitted it to Ruth Vincent (a professional in the animation field who said she would go over it.) I got a quick reply from her saying that we should ask for as much money to start up as we can, and if the 'max' was 5000, then we're on target, Chelsea!

TASKS?

David- Update this blog with a link to a wiki or a Ning or something we can post everything on. I think we should get more of a file-sharing and community thing going rather than the blog. (Not that the blog's bad, it just won't be as appropriate anymore, in my opinion. Agree? Disagree?)

Sterling- Draw a 'good' picture of Sam. No shading or anything necessary, just proper character sheets that will reflect his final look.

Chelsea- Look into production schedules on the Animation World Network to go over with me?

Carmen- Think of all the production tasks that we'll need to deal with? Think about your scene, maybe? If they decide to keep the different styles cut, then your 3D might already be in the bag, provided with a couple of touch ups if you want.

---IMPORTANT STUFF---

Meetings:

Collaborating with John's group. Since we're both probably going to work at the school, John's group and ours will be able to pool some of our money for shared resources. For example, insurance, software, and a supervisor. We are meeting on Sunday at 4pm to discuss this at his home near 4th. If you're free, please come.

There is a pitch on Monday at the BPCPA office from 1pm to 1:30pm. If you're not busy, make it a point to come; the clients will want to meet you.

Notes:

During the pitch on Monday, I'm going to present our final PSA for Darren's class. They are currently unaware that we have animated it in different styles. If they like it, awesome. If they don't, we'll have to adjust our production schedule, budget, and responsibilities. I'll update this with more info on Monday and will upload the info from this Monday's meeting as soon as I get home to scan them. If I think of anything else, I'll make an edit, and if you have any questions or suggestions or WHATEVS please post them, or phone me, or etc. etc. etc.

TEAMWORK

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SEXY TABLETSSSS

Hey guys, so I decided to check out what the prices were with the new intuos 4s. I'm specifically looking at the medium ones right now (6 x 9) and Futureshop has them listed for $549.99 CND and I'm guessing that's how they'll be priced at most commercial locations.

So, I talked to the guy from Memory Express in Calgary and we can get the medium intuos 4s through special order for $469.99 CND, but the price depends on the economy cause they'll change the price in accordance to CND versus the USD.

Hit me back with what you guys think? Cause we'll have to put in an order as soon as we can so that I can pick them up and bring them back in the next few weeks??

Thursday, April 16, 2009

oh- guys. we need to do that peer evalution

e-mail it to all your relatives

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Are you guys ok?

Final stretch guys, yeah!!!!

Yea...

*collapse*

Happy Joy

HEY GUYS, I GOT A CALL TODAY FROM SARAH FROM THE BPCPA AND WE ARE ONE OF THE finalists SO WE'LL BE GETTING THE 10,000 DOLLARS TO PRODUCE THE SHORT OVER THE summer. THERE'S A MEETING ON monday WHICH I WILL GO TO.

I'm expecting an e-mail from her for more information and will update you as soon as I get it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

princess in action

video

okay guys- Im trying to figure out the alpha channel thing from after effects to photoshop (I did render it out as a photoshop sequence with alpha but it didn't seem to do anything? any help?) but here is the princess without bg and singing sam

IT ALSO INCLUDES MUSIC oh boy. oh boy.

mummiezzz...

2 final versions of BF getting hit. Preference???

offscreen.mov

camera.mov

Friendly Stress Reminder




Hey guys, this is just a reminder that we need FINISHED, COLORED, GORGEOUS scenes by tuesday evening or wednesday morning at latest because we have to composite everything on wednesday afternoon and get our binder ready for submission.
Speaking of which, Chelsea, do you want me to put a storyboard version of our leica reel together and print it off? I finish my panel tomorrow so I can work on the binder at night.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Terrible Compression, Again







Oh god vimeo did something weird and there's a bit of a jump at the end, but there it is!

Friday, April 10, 2009

BG, disney style


alright- here is a better bg test for the enchanted scene- I went the 101 dalmations route.. perhaps it should be more painterly? what do you dudes and dudettes think


and yes I know the mirror and other knight are not in the scene because they will be interacting with the animation, maybe. ahha

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I need the sound clip so I can see if this works together but I timed it according to my x sheet- I hope it works! Hmmm lots to do, lots to do.
video

Saturday, April 4, 2009

PILLOWFITE

So I ran into Sterling today while in Downtown Vancouver. I convinced him that releasing some stress by smacking people with pillows was a good idea. He proceeded to Sears to purchase a pillow. Fight ensued and pictures were taken.

My personal favorites?

These two, where Sterling proudly smacks this guy on the head...



...then he turns around and smacks Sterling back in the face. Priceless.
This was a good way to lighten up.

Let's keep fighting guys! The finish line is so close, the grad panels are coming up, Ruben is ready to chew through us and the prize money is in our grasp. We can do this!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Resemblence?


What? Bob Saget looks like our singing Sam- hrm, if we win this I know who to call for a singing actor.
yep. thats it for this post.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

NEW link to BPCPA flash file


Click here and download the full, final Flash CS3 file from this other website...
http://uploading.com/files/9ZSSWSO2/finalanimatic_BPCPA.fla.html

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

buttsbuttsbuitts



alright guys. this is the final FINAL FNINAL APEARIANCE OF JEWSAM

HE SHOULD LOOK LTIKE THIS AND FINRING EYE LASERS FOREVER. MAKE SURE HE BORES HOLES INTO YOUR CHARATERS! THANKS
xoxoxoox

FLASH FILE


FLASH FILE HERE RIGHT CLICK SAVE AS
http://ecuad.ca/~sblakey/finalanimatic_bpcpa.fla

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Good morning, here is your toilet. Off of the pipe.


I didn't know my landlord could open my door while I napped to let in a plumber that would destroy my bathroom and set up a barricade in front of my room.

I wake up to that in front of my bedroom. It doesn't look like much but it was wet and gross around it and it was toilet water, so I didn't want to get closer..........

WHY NOW.

Anyway. That was just for Steph. Pics or it didn't happen.

Monday, March 30, 2009


WOZAH I forgots to colour in something- can you guess what? okay done and done.

SEXY LEXY

Here's my sample render scene!!



As well, here's draft 1 of the animation scene:

WARNING, HIDEOUS COMPRESSION

http://vimeo.com/3933573

I HATE MUMMIES

Because I'm thinking After Effects puppets for the scene, I went pretty graphic with it; I hope it doesn't scare you guys away. :S
HEY GUYS here is the rendered image of the enchanted scene? any thoughts?

Monster/cloverfield scene




Here's an approximation of what the animation in the scene will look like


ALSO: Since there is no prior colour scheme for Sam, I made his undershirt white, his sweatervest olive green, and dark gray/black shoes. He wears khaki pants. If anyone likes this, I guess you can use this palette for now until we have a general consensus on what we like.

WIP

HERE IS MY WIP.

GOD. SO MUCH TO DO.

http://www.ecuad.ca/~dnguyen/horrorok.png


Still a work und progress. =_=


The girl isn't quite up to snuff, but I like the killer.


ALSO.


Steph, listen to this.


http://www.easy-share.com/1904260847/Bounce_Music_BPCPA.wav


It sounds... a lot like your piano medley except less grand? I dunno. This has been a weird experience.


SIGHHHHH

Sunday, March 29, 2009



JUST A REMINDER EVERYONE THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE A RENDERED IMAGE OF YOUR SCENE FOR TOMORROW, THATS RIGHT, TOMORROW (and if need be you can work on finishing it for tuesday) AND THAT WE HAVE TO MEET MARTIN TOMORROW AS WELL- I DON'T HAVE THE SHEET HE HAS TO SIGN SO STEPH YOU GOTTA COME EARLY, LIKE, 11:30 EARLY.

mmmk?

question: who is taking the last scene? should we have a render of the last scene or just should we each just take the character from our scenes- do a polish drawing of that THEN put it on top of Sterling's theatre BG?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Even cleaner animatic


things fixed etc, just needs colour, will update later with a prettier version

Updated Leica Reel


Working on the song we recorded today/tonight. Most troublesome scene: CLOVERFIELD. There's too much going on in such a short time, agreed? I'm going to see if I can steal a second from the young family, as they have 2.5 seconds on screen. How long do they need for viewers to register the situation?... Will continue to experiment and I believe Chelsea has volunteered to colour it for the submission. THOUGHTS?

Friday March 27th: MEETING


Yo homes.

SO...I believe we were planning to meet at Posh on friday at 11:30, but now that we need to sign up for grad panels should we relocate and have lunch eleswhere at like...10:30? Or should we all just meet at school and go for lunch afterwards, come back and work or...something else?

We just really need to iron out our submission package on friday @.@

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Melody 2: VFS Student Version

Uhhhh, here's another version of the melody that a student at VFS put together.

Is it just me or does it sound... Scottish?...

It seems like whoever does the melody puts their own personality into it. And it shows pretty strongly, hahah

Well, I'll keep squeezing out more melodies from people.

WATCH THIS SPACE

Blargh, this was taking forever to upload. I finished what Sterling started on the updating of the animatic; however, this one is final in only timing which has been updated to reflect the stanzas of the song. TOO MANY WORDS- watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23ja_0JVtuc

I've yet to upload the completed version with transitions and characters. Oh, and the updated song.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Backgrounds - Final look








These aren't the final backgrounds (hopefully) but this is how they will be layed out. They should give you an idea of how to frame your shots. If and when we make the final animation, ideally some of these will be remade for higher resolution and details. However, I like how watercolours work on these backgrounds. Should all of them be made in watercolour or just some? I understand that some of you may want to do your own backgrounds to fit the character of your scene, so post in the comments what your thoughts are.

ALSO: i added in the overlay of the tank from the "Cloverfield" scene just because of how badass it looks lolololo

-Sterling sparkleshark triple-D lagann xtreem


ALSO!

General
Suitable for viewing by persons of all ages. Occasional violence, swearing and coarse language, and the most innocent of sexually suggestive scenes and nudity, are permitted in this category.

In lieu of this, we can show the guns, tanks, etc as long as their use doesn't portray explicit violence. So as long as brendan's pistol or the tank doesn't fire, we should be good.

David's Key Pose test #1

Ok, here's my keypose test.

I had the runs yesterday (and on the B-Line too actually...) so I didn't go to school, and I thought I could go to school today, but my stomach is still gurgling... I'm not risking another pair of pants...

So here will be a link to my stuff.

Also. I just realized Darren will be reading this.

...Oh well.

BLAH. I was gonna talk to the design drawing teacher too to see if he got my email. He hasn't responded to me yet.

Enough of my shit (figuratively and literally!), here is the key pose... Kind of untimed.


http://eciad.ca/~dnguyen/KeyPoseTest.swf

http://eciad.ca/~dnguyen/KeyPoseTest.fla

One of these should work

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spartan Concept art


Sorry it took me so long to put this up ;___;



Monday, March 16, 2009

IT MOVES

video

oh boy first draft! I repeat, first draft

Saturday, March 14, 2009

pose to pose















































Alright- so I did a bunch of pose sketches for the enchanted scene (so top to bottom) and the original sketch of her is at the top (bad scan, I know). Basically she reaches up for a bird, turns around, notices Argyle man in shock, then curiosity, then loving, then goes for a smootch AND WHAM-OH gets in the face (those poses I havn't done yet). So yeah, any feedback- let me know, otherwise there WILL be a completed pose/animation done for monday.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vocal-less Melody Draft 1

HUZZAH

So I have my hands on the first draft of the instrumental track of the melody. This is vocal-less, so it might not sound too much like the melody Steph posted, YET. Since the melody Steph posted was the vocal track, we all assumed.

I hope you guys like it!

Courtesy of TJ Niu and Ian Locke.


Gimme all yo' feedback!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

BOUNCE BOUNCE


So I drew her how I'll probably draw her. Hurr she is. It'll look in a different style though, more similar to the ones I drew of the cheerleader and killer, but this is going to be the basis of how she looks. The Steph/David blend.

Sexy victim inspirations


Lindsay from Total Drama Island and Cleo from Clone High; these were the inspirations behind my interpretation of Sexy Victim:
BALLIN'
also go check dis out if you want to get your draw on 2pm pacific vancouver standard time.
VANCITY DRAWAN GAEMS

Vancouver Here I Come (Again) ???

Sooooo, I've been deliberating, pretty much since the day I arrived back in Scotland, coming back to Vancouver in the summer for a visit! For two or three weeks maybe. Before I went ahead and booked any flights though, I was wondering when exactly everyone would be around in the area. I know we all live fantastic jetsetting lives and I'd hate to turn up and for no one to actually be around in Vancouver... So, I was thinking of coming mid to end of June, after the Annecy festival, or end of July/start of August depending on whether or not Carrie from second year animation is coming over to Edinburgh for exchange at that time.

Also, I was going to take a gamble and not book any official accomodation. Mainly because I'm sure my old flatmates would put me up, but also I thought it would be an interesting experience couch surfing for a few weeks, if people were willing to put me up...

Anyway, if anyone is interested in seeing me (*nervous laugh*) then let me know when you'll be around in the summer and I'll do my best to join you in beautiful Vancouver! :D

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Link to the animatic

Just a link so there's one here, the original animatic for timing purposes and anything else.
NOTE: The dialogue has since been cut, the transition between 300 and Cloverfield has changed, the shot for Cloverfield has been improved, and there is a child with the couple at the theatre.

CONSIDER THIS A DRAFT AND NOT FINAL IN ANY WAY but only for REFERENCE until the new one is done.
/obvious

Monday, March 9, 2009

I am fail.

I KNOW. I'M SORRY GUYS.

As you may or may not know, D
avid doesn't have a key anymore, so that requires at least one person to stay at home. Sucks. And it makes me feel like a burden on eeeeveryone. But at least I am getting my own place VERY soon. (Speaking of which, I kinda wanna ask you for some help regarding moving, Steph... Paid dinners wherever you want, included...)

But it's not like I haven't been doing any
thing. I've been drawing a lot regarding characters that I should be drawing. I've thought about it and since the scenes were divided as Carmen - Action, Chels - Disney (I think?), Sterling - Monster, that left Mummy and Horror up. I thought I'd try out the Horror scene since I personally think Steph would pull off the Mummy scene much better.

I'm currently working on the voluptuous victim right now, but I have a couple of design ideas for our masked murderer. Tell me what you think.

There are two little doodles of him, one of them has a... different... kind of outfit. I gave him an apron and some dish washing gloves. I was kinda thinking like... scorned dishwasher at a restaurant kinda dealeo. The one on the right is just more of a typical, everyday murderer design, using Sterling's doodle as reference. Plain white tee and jeans probably. With hair that is just as practical. Anything to add? Anything to edit?

I am thinking maybe the fun outfit would leave the audience thinking "WTF?" too long, lingering on why he is wearing that. But who knows? Maybe the one on the right DOES get the point across in a more direct way? I dunno. You guys tell me!

MORE COMING SOONS.

OK EDIT EDIT UPDATE.
We agreed on cheerleader right?... right?...

I love everything

I just wanted to let you nerds know that I FOUND A BOX ADDRESSED TO ME IN THE MAIL YESTERDAY AND I BURNED IT UNDER THE SUSPICION OF MANTHRAX.

Oh god Scott Pilgrim oh my god oh god

(It's so shiny and filled with tragedy why has no one in Cornwall read it I need someone to weep at)

Also I am introducing my housepeoples to the various nommies! They have never heard of Pocky and that is ridiculous.

Also I kiss the Dissidia can before I go to sleep at night. No, I really don't, but it's so pretty I can't bring myself to use the potion in case I run into an inpromptu boss battle without a white mage to heal me.

I'm trying to figure out what kind of Cornwallian snacks would be appropriate to send back, but I think the roast squirrel potato chips have run out at the shop (No I'm not lying).

Seriously though I totally had a cryfest the night before that box arrived 'cause I missed everyone. And then I had a total cryfest today. I love you guys!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

videos: uploaded.

video video

YES i figured out how to download these amazing, amazing videos.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Collab drawings+Homework

Our availability! Looks like we are meeting at least once a week, Mondays at 12. NOTE: This upcoming Monday will be a pho meeting, then we can mosey to the library before the screening. I'll book the big study room with the whiteboard for 2pm."THIS IS AN ALPHA. THIS WEEK, LETS DISCUSS COLOUR (his outfit mostly)"
Sam concept sketches/reference sheet from Sterling.
A more dynamic background for the Mummy scene than the direct one we've got right now. We need to make the backgrounds more dynamic!Uh, this is a continuation of the above drawing; so there's the mummy scene at the top, rubble and amphoras and etc. then at the bottom it dissolves into the treetops into the next scene (horror movie.)
Ideas for more dynamic shots for the horror sequence. DYNAMIC DYNAMIC DYNAMIC Below are some thumbnails of the mummy and horror sequences; playing with the camera.
Brendanfraser faces the camera, holding a torch. Can we have a gun in a G-rated ad?... I'm guessing no gun, guys.
Brendanfraser turns to reveal the MUMMY! who was standing there all along just wiggling around or whatever in the darkness. One of those cheapo GASP scares. You know the one.
SUDDENLY, our musical hero, our argyle-clad Sam, slams open the sarcophagus he was hiding in, knocking Brendanfraser out of the scene. Sam then slams his left hand onto the Mummy's face with a PG-rated sticker on it and sings, 'OHHHHHHH!'
(Transition is missin; but it will be a downwards pan from the mummy scene to the horror scene through the rubble then trees as seen in the messy concept drawing above.) Masked murderer Jason (no relation) looks over his shoulder at the camera, revving his chainsaw.
As Jason turns around, Sexy Victim is revealed to be cornered at the trunk of a tree! Leaves start to fall from above Jason's head.
Jason RAISES his chainsaw, and then-
BLAMMO! Sam finally frees himself from the trees and lands on Jason's head....and, singing, he slaps an R-rated sticker on Sexy Victim's face before dashing off to the next scene, in the Princess' bedroom!

SHOULD BE YOU

I almost forgot to mention; HOMEWORK is to draw some 'solid' character and background designs. NOT detailed (unless you have the time) but at least something that will definitely evolve into the final product. (You know what I mean by solid. I don't actually mean SOLID solid. I mean, more like a Jell-o consistency. Right now, for the most part, our drawings are like hair gel consistency.) WE HAVE ONLY 6 WEEKS. Please bring drawings to the pho meeting at 12 on Monday! (or at the library afterwards.) WE ARE ALL BARK AND NO BITE unless we get some serious drawings done, people. The passion's there, the talent's there, now let us all put it to for real paper instead of only napkin drawings. <3 FROM STEPH