Thursday, January 29, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
My capstone project is a collaborative animation that I will be making with Casey Pyke. The animation will feature a robot dog character who discovers and chases three flying robotic triops through an abandoned, futuristic city. The chase will end when the dog character runs into the triops’ protector- a giant, hovering trilobite- and must then himself flee. The animation will run from three to four minutes long and will utilize both 3-D and 2-D techniques. So far it is projected to have ten scenes and 52 shots. It will feature three character models: the robot dog “Murder”, the tiny robot triops, and the large robot trilobite. The city itself will also be emphasized as a vast urban wasteland in which the ownerless robots roam wild.
Casey and I will split the work fairly evenly between animation and set building. Casey will do most of the animating, dynamics, and particle effects while I will produce most of the sets, lighting, and 2-D painting work. Murder is already modeled, textured, and rigged which will allow us both to start working right away. We also already have a triop model, a trilobite model, a complete animatic of the entire piece, story boards, and other concept work. We want the piece to have original music, and we want to recruit a composer to write us a cinematic score. Casey and I are also both musicians, so we will probably be doing a lot of score work as well.
This piece will be shown in the Meese Auditorium on May 28. We will also submit it to several film festivals, and no doubt we will become rich and famous.
- How to make dramatic, convincing lighting in Maya
- Effective compositing techniques for 2-D and 3-D
- How to make dramatic, efficient sets
- How to make certain sound effects