Sunday, 31 May 2009

Production Schedule

Production Schedule obtained from Simon's Blog.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Current Progress

Well, would you like the good news or the bad news first.

The good news is that Simon and I have completed inking and colouring in the 2nd year frames. We have also done a lot of the 2D artwork for the film, such as Simon's great FatBack Bits in Gravy can (with Snubbs the pig supplied by Lewis) and extra little bits of simple animation in Flash, using Tweens.

The bad news is that Al and James have not completed the inking and colouring on their scenes. This is a great disappointment as now we have to rush covering their scenes. Simon again showed James how to do the inking, and James has promised us that he will get it done for Monday. He did at least start it today.

In other news, we have to get two images in two different sizes handed in for the 5th June and for the 12th June, 6 final film renders, 20 plus images of pr-production and production artwork and any other personal work you might want to show at the degree show. This as well as completing the film.

New Animations and Stuff

Here are a couple of little things that I have done of the last few days whilst completing the inking and colouring of Lewis and Neil's Audience Frames. That is completed by the way. This here is something Simon wanted for the part of the film where R.A.M selects someone from the audience. Apparently Simon can move it and loop it in aftereffects. I tried it in Maya, it didn't work. Above by the way is a picture of a n inside of a mouth got from

The crew felt that a 2D banana was better than a 3D banana, so I animated this.

Here is the bacteria and the fly animations for the film, tghey are both very simple.

This is the animation of when the tooth hits the light.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Tutorial up

I created a tutorial for inking in Flash if anyone needs it. I tried to list everything from how to do it, and solving potential problems.

Test of the audience

Here is a test of the audience in their seats. The lighting of the background needs to be fixed and some of the characters are in the wrong colours.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Production Schedule

Production Schedule obtained from Simon's Blog.

Monday, 25 May 2009

What work I have been up to.

This weekend I've kept myself busy. As well as continuing to ink in the scenes in Flash, all that is left is the audience scenes and James and Al's scenes. They need to be done by next week, I also re-edited my showreel for widescreen and work on these two images for the degree show website.

One is the concept art picture, took me absolutely ages trying to get it to look right.
The other is a final composition images. I slightly blurred out Mort and the background.

Finally, since we decided that the old intro was just to eye catching, I worked on a quick new version of the logo, going from black and white into colour.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Prof Intro Coloured In

The Prof Intro is finally coloured in. Inking the frames was a great idea. It hurt my hand but it took a fraction of the time to colour. Personally, I'm not entirely happy with this scene, but I had to do it in a rush and we are running out of time.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Production Schedule

Production Schedule obtained from Simon's Blog.

Current progress

This is just a post to tell you about the current progress.

After a heated discussion I helped Al finish his animation on time. All inking and colouring must be completed by the end of next week. Also all still artwork must be completed soon.

Lewis and Neil have completed their audience animations for inking. Simon had tried a wide variety of different lighting tests and we found that one TV, the footage straight works best. We are going to try blurring out the background.

We noticed that behind the set it is a bit bare, so we are going to model a tree and a curtain. It's a studio in a swamp so in my mind they would have built it around a big tree.

Sam did an awesome intro and credits sequence with camera pans and effects. Unfortunately, it's too awesome, it looks snazzier than the film. The credits are fine though and I still like the pan in through the letter. Simon had the idea of having the logo in Black and white on a fuzzy TV and as you go through the letter it closes up on the TV and goes to colour.

Maybe we could work something out.

That's it for now.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Production Schedule

Production Schedule obtained from Simon's Blog.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Simon Compositing Test

Simon has done some compositing test with the characters on the background in aftereffects. I like the idea of fading out the background a bit more like this shot from Metal Gear Solid 4.

I was also thinking maybe we should put some effects on it to make it look older, like it being shown on a crappy sixties colour television.

Good job Simon!

Friday, 15 May 2009


Yesterday after a heated discussion between Al and Dan Dalli, I had to help Al with the animation. Al did have the body drawn and inbetweened he just didn't have the head. So I decided that on another piece of paper to draw the keyframes for every head turn, hair movement and lip-sync. I then gave it to Al to fill in the inbetweens. We got one and a half scenes done by the time I left at six o'clock. I left Al to it.

New Animations

New Animations.

A banana

I tweaked the RAM in a panic sequence so that he takes more steps.

This is an compositing test with Susie over the background. It needs lighting and such, and I missed some white when colouring in Susie.
For some stupid reason Blogger won't let me upload the videos.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Promo Boards

Here are some promo boards I photshoped up for the D&Ad Showcase.

Prof's Intro

Hi, this is the Prof's Intro scene. James was supposed to do this but I had to take it over for time. Because of this lack of time as well I couldn't film any reference or line-test it before putting it into Flash. So I'm not entirely happy with it. Some of the lip-syncing doesn't work as well, but for an animation where the character essentially doesn't move their body it works quite well. I can't believe I managed to do 15 seconds in an weekend. Now to colour it.

Current Progress

Hi Guys,

This is just to say what has got to be done. We are entering the fourth week of this term and time is catching up to us. We have got to get some images ready for the D&AD showcase for the 22nd May and the animation brochure for Sam. We also have to set up a website as well. Oh and we have to start looking at film festivals.

All animation must be done by Thursday, that means James and Al.


Let's finish this thing!

Friday, 8 May 2009

Maya Animations

I finally put R.A.M in the environment. Thanks Mo for figuring out the Toon Line problem.

I also animated some of the objects as well.

Thursday, 7 May 2009


New Flash scene coloured.


This is just an update to say what is going on.

Firstly, Simon, Harry, Elisha are working hard inking up the frames. Well done inking crew, keep at it.

Al has progressed with his animation. He has till Monday 11Th May to finish it.

James is struggling so I have taken the Banana speech scene off of him. James also has to get it done for next week.

Well off to animating. Bye!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Here are some shots of the flash colouring in progress. Hurts your back after a while.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Shots of the background

Here are some shots of the background. I've used the reference models I've built before to make sure everything is to scale and that the animation will fit. Some things, like the Dentist chair, had to be rescaled. Other things like the shelf had to be moved. I think the studio might need a roof of some sort. I've set up the cameras also.


I've done a scene in colour in Flash. It was hard because when the files from illustrator where copied into Flash, they came through as different sizes so they all had to be re-sized and placed individually. Also, because of the pen lines, the lines change thickness. Hopefully, this will give it a Ed, Edd n Eddy feel.