Sunday, 20 March 2011


my evaluatotion about the work i have done

adding the animation back into the sean

this post is more about some of the affter effects

i was sceptcal when i was shown the footage i well be working on. all of the shots were only a few secons long eatch.

russell has been helping me a lot to acheave the right effects i couldent make in maya. such as the blur and


post about lighting
the diffrent footage russell gave me consisted of mostly outside shots and one inside.
i am useing a number of diffrent lights to interpreat the footage and take note of were the main lights are coming from

for lighting i mostly used abent and point lighting for the seans.

  • abent light: colour and intensaty
  • point lighting: shadow and shading.
update, i've been told that the footage is now going to be in black and wight. i did spend some time trying to copy the diffrent light colours but that all for not now.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

my shots and maya work

This post should have been up weeks ago.
Russell has been changing the shots he's been giving me a few time but most of them are really the same. I've been given up close shots. the moment is pretty much the same as a normal shot but only have to work hard on lighting and face features when they are need.
Lagie has made a new texture for us to use.

As for the Maya work I've started the animation asked of me but it's not going very well. I'm having difficulty working with Moom this time round. every time I try and move his whole body in time with the trolley, it jumps.

A shot of Maya and Moom. DX

Having difficulty managing time and getting work done at this point.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


now that we have the maya file...

... when we open the file we can see all the

I've added a cube and moved it across the camera

the video shows how the camera flickers around where the footage will be.

pf track

There is an alternative tracking software which Russell and Arran own a copy of. I don't have a copy myself so I will be relying on them to let me use theirs.
The big differences are:

  • trackers are seemingly more accurate.
    when I was useing Matchmover I noticed that the trackers were behind the camera and therefor essentially useless. I didn't have that happen with PF Track.

  • I was able to add test objects to the scene and so get an idea of how it was tracking without needing to exporting it into Maya.

Thursday, 24 February 2011


We are having to use Matchmover to track the videos.

2d tracking

... load sequence/choose file ...

... this window will open. Bring sensitivity and density down and click 'run' ...

... go to 2d tracking and clean assistant ...

... this window will pop up ...

... change the life span to 15 frames then click ok ...

... go to 3d tracking and solve for camera ...

... the screen will turn into a 3d plane. Move the grid so it fits to the piece of ground you're tracking ...

... once you have done this, export this out as a Maya file with '.ma' at the end.

Once you have done this you are left with a Maya file to work on.

green screening

I've been trying my hand with green screening.
Gary was kind enough to be the subject for the footage.

a still taken of Gary running towards the camera.

the background removed in After Effects

video showing the background added in.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011


The storyboards of this project will affect the work outcome of the other. I will take my time once I have given Russell the basic animatic by the end of today. (If I get them done ><) Btw, I have got one of my biggest problems out of the way the other day so I feel much better about doing work at college. ------ Update: I just saw the images Russell and Gary took for location this will help a hell of a lot when it come to drawing what’s going to happen.

Waiting on a decision for music 'til the animatic can be done and we have the final idea of the film.

Monday, 31 January 2011


This blog is being used for my post-production and visual effects project at college. If you haven’t already, please check out my main blog and leave any feedback you want on the subject. It’ll help me later down the road.

In this assignment I will be using different software to add 3d models into real footage.


This is a group project. My team is:
Russell Pointer - again (leading the group)
Arran Dummer - again
Gary something or other- ohh new one :O
and myself. - again. o_o

Footage will begin on the 3rd Feb. I’ve taken over storyboarding and mean to use the storyboards in the other subject this term.

I am expected to get them done by this time tomorrow but still unsure about some of the shots. Really need to sit down with Russell and talk it over with him.

Update: additional members are; Joe Easton (ughh!) and Ladji who is French.