Production skills: Week 3

3D modelling 

This week I continued to improve my 3D modelling skills and pick up some new skills as well. The model we created this week was a old electric generator that was used to create electricity a long time ago.

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The new skills I have learned are the being able to chamfer and learning more about the different ways I can extrude an object, along with different ways I can bevel. I applied these skills to create the 3D model and to round some of the edges of the 3D model, making it look more accurate to the picture. I had a organisational problem whilst creating the 3D model, when note taking, I missed a step that would have taken me to smoothing groups; I was able to solve that problem by asking my fellow students for a help. Next time I shall face towards the teacher when note taking, so I can hear properly and be able to look at the screen whilst note taking.

Scripting

This week we practiced on creating a script for the dossier we are making for the project. This script will be used to record the voice logs in the dossier we are creating; before I began writing I discussed with my team on what characters we were doing, once we knew who we were doing, I did some research into Napoleon’s psychology.

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(This is a mind map on what characters we want in the dossier and their characteristics)

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(Notes on Napoleon’s psychology and the psychology of a power mad man, then a mind map of how Napoleon will act in the voice log)

The skills I learn from this are using the program celtx, I used this to create the script for Napoleon; I can apply these skills to when I need to create script for future projects. I was not able to continue writing the script on the program

Flow charts 

another task we were given this week was to create a flow chart based on a virtual tour of the college; we had to create one by ourselves, then return to our groups and create another flow chart improving it from our previous mistakes.

The skills I learnt from this is how create flow charts, along with using all the correct key icons to show how the flow chart worked. I applied this when given the task to create a virtual tour of the college and I can apply these skills when creating the virtual dossier’s navigation. A problem I had when creating the flow chart was that it was very linear, which I was able to fix when creating another one with the group. Next time I will take in account whether I want the flow chart to be linear or non-linear.

Production diary: Week 2

Research 

This week we created a timeline on the history of devices that can record and play back audio; the timeline started at 1857 and ends at 1930. I did three points on the timeline, there was the phonautograph which was the first device to ever record a sound but could not playback, the next device was phonograph which was the first device to record and playback audio. The last device Gramophone which used a different way to record sound and used a different material for it medium.

I can use this research to apply to the audio logs for the dossier, such as I can use it to create 3D models that look similar to these devices and edit the audio that I record to sound similar again to the devices I have researched.

 

 

Production skills: Week 2

Interactive & graphic design 

On the first day of the week, we were given a task in a team to make a presentation on how our interactive electronic book (ebook) based on the story little red riding hood, would visually look like and how the book would use interaction to engage with the view and how they would navigate through the book.

My team first split into two pairs, one would work on the visual design, the other would work on interaction; me and Steven both chose to work on the interaction and Ben and Jozef worked on the visual. Me and Steven discussed what icons would be easily understandable to a child; once we came up with ideas, I quickly drew some thumbnails, so we could see it visually, I see if our ideas would work. We communicated with the other team members and shown them our ideas, this way we can keep a theme when they are designing the visual look of the pages.

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After deciding what we wanted, I drew a quick layout of where they would be placed on the page, that way when we presented our ideas they would be understood more easily with there design and placement.

Evaluation

The skills I have learned from this are quick thumbnail sketches, which I applied to create the thumbnails for the presentation and to be able to decide whether the ideas were good or not. I can apply these skills to the project by using them to help me design 3D models and other things I might create for the project. One of the technical problem we had was when creating the power point to use for our presentation, we did not have enough to implement the thumbnails and the layout I drew. We were able to solve this issue by passing the thumbnails and the layout through the the class that everyone got a good look at what we were aiming at. What I would have done differently is to next time try give Ben photos more easily by having a cable which would be able to allow me to access my photos on my phone more easily.

3D modelling 

This week we were given a chance to use our skills to make a 3D model that would tie in with the Napoleon timeline but we could only use simple objects, such as cubes, rectangular prism, spheres, etc.

Before I began creating I first noted down some ideas for what I would create, here are my ideas:

-Battery

-Ammo cartridge

-Barrel/explosive barrel

-Tesseract power container

-Crate

-Chest

I decided to go for the Tesseract power container as it sounded more visually appealing than the others; once decided I drew some thumbnail ideas down, creating different designs so I had variety.

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After doing a couple, I chose one and went straight to work on designing it; I first created a normal sphere on 3Ds Max and then began to make a texture. I opened up Photoshop and made a normal canvas; I then made marks on it and placed on the 3D model, this would allow to tell where the front, bottom, back and sides were, this would allow me to texture properly. Once finished I applied the texture straight on the model.

Evaluation

I have learnt one of the techniques to texture a sphere and applied to the 3D model of Tesseract power container, along with how to work to a deadline using planning skills. I can apply the skill to the project by using it to texture any spheres I may use in the future and using the planning skills I have learnt to finish work before deadlines. A problem I faced with texturing the sphere was knowing the placement of the texture, which I solved by marking the key areas of the texture and placing it on the model which I was working on and recalibrate the texture to fit the model. Next time I think I will go for a more simpler object to texture as spheres are very difficult to texture and I could have improved the model by making a extrusion into the sphere where the glass would be so the 3D model wasn’t as dull as it was.

Layouts

We also learned in the same week about layouts, we were given a task to create a three double pages for a magazine as a group, our subject was mobile & social games. I worked on the layouts of each page whilst the others worked on visual layouts and design; me and Jozef discussed what would be best for the layouts and drew thumbnails and wire frames of those layouts to get a better understanding of what we wanted.

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After deciding on what we wanted and showing the other team members our ideas and agreeing on them, we started to digitalise the layouts on InDesign. It was a little difficult first as it was my first time using InDesign but using the previous knowledge I had acquired from programs similar to it I was able to pick it up quiet quickly. Once I finished digitising the layouts, I gave them to my other teammates so they could start applying visual design.

Evaluation

The skills I have learnt from this are layout skills and InDesign skills, which I applied in making and designing layouts for the task we were given. I can apply these skills to the project by designing the layout of the dossier in InDesign and making wire frames to show our ideas visually. A technical problem I had was trying to figure out how to use InDesign and the way I solved was using my previous experience with other programs to make the layouts. There is nothing I want to differently as I think I handled the task pretty well, I created simple but creative layouts, that match the purpose, like the last page it is designed to be like a winner’s podium as they have been classed as the best mobile & social games.

 

Production diary: week 1

Introduction to project

On the first week we were shown a little movie which explained the timeline we would be using to make dossiers for the project. The timeline was that Napoleon discovered the Tesseract, which he used to make his army more powerful and allowed him to live longer and take over most of the world. We were also told that three fractions exist in this timeline, Napoleon and his army, the resistance and the spies.

Next we were given what fractions we would be working on in the project. My team were given the faction Napoleon, which we will base our dossier on.

Research 

We first did research on the historically famous people who were involved in the war, of course we researched napoleon. We researched what their full name is, there date of birth, the events they have been in (historical events like wars), likes, dislikes, relationships, status, goals, education, groups and personality. Once all the information we needed to research collected, each member made a fake social media account on photoshop, using Napoleon as the main subject. Ben did Facebook, Jozef did Twitter, Steven did YouTube and I did Instagram.

I also created mood boards in the same week. As a group we decided what kind of mood board we each would create based on what certain things would look like in the dossier we were making; I created a mood board on what Napoleon’s military clothing looked like and what it may evolve into. This included what their clothing looked like, the symbols they had, the colours and how each ranking’s clothing looked like; I also showed an example of how it would look like when modified by tesseract power.

Production skills: Week 1

3D modelling 

For the first week, the skills I have learned are more advanced texturing skills and animation of textures for 3D models in 3Ds Max. I applied these skills to create a tesseract that resonates when the animation is played, I did this by making the texture illuminate; I can apply these skills to more 3D models that are powered by tesseract power or containers of tesseract power and I will also be able to animate other 3D models if I wish. When creating the tesseract’s textures for the insides of it, I made them a bit too dark, which caused them to be very hard to see when inside the tesseract. I solved this by making textures brighter in Photoshop; what I would do differently is when making the texture, I should make a little less intense so it would look more cloudy when more planes with these textures are put inside the 3D model tesseract.