Sunday, 28 February 2010

Maya Stuff

Not much has materialised on my blog for a few days.

Currently, I've been working on my storyboards. I see that other people appear to be doing many storyboard sheets one after the other until they have what they want, but I'm following my original rough storyboard and improving on the drawings so its easier to understand. I have in fact been drawing them out of order, cutting them out and rearranging, adding a few extra boards here and there. I just have a few more boards to do and as soon as their all done and scanned in, I will post them.

But not to fear, I do have something to post. I have done some of the Maya tasks. All that's missing is the three person conversation and the other bouncing ball task.

My goal is to get the animatic done by the end of Monday and the pre vis by the end of Tuesday, leaving Wednesday and Thursday to tie up any loose ends.


  1. Morning Ethan!
    I hope everything is going to plan, and your animatic is coming along...
    Just a reminder of what still needs to be done and blogged -

    Character and set model sheets
    Concept art
    3 person convo
    Fully resolved storyboard for your story
    Fully resolved storyboard for Casino Royale
    Completed animatic
    Final CG Pre-Vis

    Keep busy ! :)

    PS - Can you bring in the library books on Wednesday please...thank you!

  2. As part of your forthcoming Animation project (Unit 5), you will be participating in a series of 2D animation workshops with Meg Bisineer – a sessional lecturer coming to us from the Royal College of Art.

    Meg has asked that you equip yourselves with an ‘animator’s tool kit’. She recommends that you visit and purchase the following items BEFORE your first workshop on Friday 12th March.

    Economy grade 60gsm A4 punched (1000 sheets – pre-punched) - £22.99

    3-Pin Plastic Pegbar - £2.99

    The pre-punched paper and the pegbar are both necessary for the effective registration of your drawings. You will be working on your own individual A4 lightboxes – which the course is providing. Yes, it’s going to cost you some money, but the pre-punched paper and pegbar will save you a great deal of time and prep. See below for further requirements for your animator’s tool kit

    1) Sketchbooks: at least A5 size or bigger.

    2) Pencils: HB & 2B.

    3) Eraser / Sharpeners.

    4) A blue or red colour pencil.

    5) A4 paper - 60 gsm (60-80 sheets)*

    6) A strip of thick cardboard : 15cm x 2 cm*

    7) Masking tape*

    8) Paper knife*

    9) Ruler*

    *Note – these items are necessary if you DON’T order the specified supplies from Chromacolour – as Meg will show you a basic way to create an alternate means of registration.

    In terms of paper cost – share a box with a classmate and split the costs. The weight of the paper is important (60gsm) because it is translucent, thus allowing you to see through it to your previous drawings.

    Also – if you haven’t got your hands on a copy yet, you should get hold of the following

    The Animator's Survival Kit : A manual of methods, principle and formulas for classical, computer, games, stop motion and internet animators: by Richard Williams, published by Faber and Faber.

    The Fundamentals of Animation by Paul Wells, published by AVA Publishing.

    Meg has designed a very thorough curriculum for your 4 workshops - be amazing!

  3. Hello! Hope you've managed to get lots done over the last few everything running to schedule?

  4. Yes I've got lots done. The animatic took twice as long though, so I am slightly behind (only a little)... Ive started the pre vis but I shouldn't think it will Take too long. I'm sure I can find time tomorrow at some point at Uni, if not, in early evenings. I spent a long time getting the animatic to sound right, but I think it was worth it...

    Ill post the story boards tomorrow as well as I haven't yet got text to accompany them.

    I haven't forgotten about the library books...

    see you tomorrow.