Production skills: Week 6

3D modelling

This week we worked more on the tesseract model. The skills I learnt from this are how to add ripples and noise to a plane, how to attach a collective group of objects to one object, how to select individual objects once all of them are attached, how to animate an object to rotate continuously and how to render it all in jpeg images and AVI video.

I applied these skills to further improve my tesseract, so that the planes within the cube look better and to have a video of the tesseract rotating, along with images of each frame of the rotating tesseract. I can apply these skills to the project by animating 3D objects (like the old fashioned speaker device) to put into the dossier, making it more visually pleasing for the viewer.

A creative problem I had was that when rendered, the animated textures don’t look like they are actually animated, this is because the textures were grouped quit close together, so when they alternate they don’t seem to change. How I can solve this is to space out the textures more and maybe improve its placement within the tesseract. What I would have done differently is again spread out the planes and arrange them better, but also I would make the textures more brighter and less clustered with more gaps in the texture, to allow it to meld more with the other planes with the same texture.

Design document for the project

Design document infomation

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Production diary: Week 5

Preparing for the presentation

This week we worked more on the presentation, Ben continued working on putting the assets and improving the power point. As for the rest of team including me, we worked on creating scripts for each of our sections; I had seven slides to write a script for so I started work by writing down what each slide contain, so there was two mood boards, navigation icon ideas, thumbnails and two profiles.

I then began working on the script, here is what I wrote:

Slide 1 (mood board for Napoleon page)

JACK

Here is a mood board I made for the page I am working on which is the Napoleon page. On this mood board it shows the contents of what I want and how I want it to look like, such as the Health document here shows that I want a health document that has scribbled notes and diagrams of the body. This what I created when we had to create drafts for the other teams to create the pages, so we could practice on creating drafts and following them; I chose to use this because it is exactly what I want.

Slide 2 (Mood boards for fashion and power container)

JACK

I also designed another mood board based on the fashion of Napoleon’s military, this shows what clothing Napoleon’s army wore, back when he was in power. This shows the colours they wear, their coat of arms on their clothing and how each rank’s clothing varies to its rank; on the far top left is how I picture what Napoleon’s military clothing looks like in the alternate timeline, we will use when designing military clothing in the future.

Slide 3 (Navigation Icon ideas)

JACK

Theses icons were created when doing one of the task we given when learning about navigation and interaction. We will use what we learned from creating these icons to create an easy navigational dossier.

Slide 4 (thumbnails)

JACK

As we were coming with ideas for the navigation we came up with a quirky to turn the pages on the dossier by using two cartoon faces of napoleon, one calm and one angry to show the two personalities that Napoleon is well know for.

Slide 6 (profile 1)

JACK

This is a newspaper I designed to hold some information on Napoleon whilst looking nice. We will use this to implement information about Napoleon onto the dossier; as the information is a mix of our facts of napoleon and facts from the alternate timeline.

Slide 7 (profile 2)

JACK

This another profile I created which is like the previous profile but with less info and is more focused on his psychology, which I will use when working on his biography of napoleon.

Evaluation of Script 

I believe I did very well, I was able to describe what I wanted for my page and how each item relates on dossier pages. However the last couple of sections are not as descriptive as the first ones, but in the end I only used the script as a remind when talking about each slide which means what i should have done was write notes for each slide so I could easily be able to say everything I wanted for each slide.

Production diary: Week 6

Design document pitch reflection 

This week we did our pitch for our ideas for the project we are working on, this will be a reflection on the presentation and our performances when delivering our pitches.

The presentation was very well done, it’s navigation was designed to be like the navigation we want for our dossier, this allows the viewers to have a much clearer idea of what the navigation will be like. Along with that the presentation has also been improve by removing some unnecessary content, such as mind maps that have shown what we have done instead of what we want to do in the future, however it could be improved even more. We don’t actually need the legal and ethical parts of the slide as we are merely showing we are going to create the dossier; another way the presentation can be improved is by adding one of the assets I forgot to give Ben, the asset is a wire-frame of the page that I’am working on, this would help the viewers get a better understanding of what I want for my page.

The performances were very good as well, from feedback from the class we were able to create a very clear picture of what we wanted for our dossier, we were also able to speak clearly to the audience and be loud enough for them to hear us. The improvements we could make is that instead of one of our team members (Ben) talking all the way through the team section of the presentation, we all speak at different parts of that section, that way no is bored by the single voice continuously talking.

Here is a link to the presentation: Prodection Desgin Powerpoint (after Feedback)

Production skills: Week 5

InDesign 

This week we were given more tutorials on the software InDesign, we were also given the task to create a mock up dossier from the drafts we were given from the other teams. We were taught how to implement videos properly into the software and slideshows that would responded to buttons for flicking through the slide. I applied these skills to create a dossier from the drafts we got from the other teams for their dossier; I can apply these skills to the project by using them to implement videos for the dossier, along with slideshows of pictures connected to the alternate timeline.

A creative problem I encounter was when I had to create the buttons for the slide show, however their was no shapes that were shaped as an arrow and I didn’t have time to look for one. To solve this I made a  outline of a square from the shapes tool, then tilt it on it’s side, I then cut the shape inhalf which created to different shapes that looked like arrows which I used as the slide show buttons. One thing I would change is the way I did the arrows, it was a good idea but I was in a rush and wasn’t able to make them look as nice as I wanted them to, but overall I believe I did pretty well in creating the dossier.

3D modelling

This week we were given a challenge to create an object that would have a connection to the alternate timeline we are working on for our dossier. I choose to create a gernade as in that timeline they are still fighting a war and have the technology to create gernades. The skills I learned from creating the 3D model are more bevelling techniques and a better understanding of how to create UVWs when texturing. I applied these skills to create the shell of the gernade and to create a UVW that is grouped better so I have a better understanding of it when texturing it.

Gernade

A creative problem I faced was when I didn’t have enough time to create the Lug (which is the part that flies off when the pin is pulled). To solve this I decided that instead of having a lug, it would use a button which when pressed would start the gernade, this would allow me more to work on the textures as creating a button with a safety pin would be a lot easier. The only thing I would change is the texturing, instead of using a metal texture, I should have used a plane silver colour, then add a shine to it, making it look more metal than just a plane metal texture.

following drafts from other groups 

This week we were given drafts from other teammates which showed the layout and the style they want for their dossier; as a team we were given the task to follow the drafts and create a mock up of their dossier. The skills I learnt from this are being able to follow drafts to create final products and be able to create clear drafts for people to follow to create the final product. I applied these skills to when we were given drafts by the other teams to follow and gave out drafts for the other teams to follow. I can apply these skills to the project by creating drafts for the other teammates to follow when creating pages and I can follow drafts when I need to create something for the project.

A creative problem we had was that the drafts we were given to follow only had what the navigation would be like and some icons, no actually wireframes or mood boards for any of the pages. We solved this by noting down the pages from the navigation, then trying to make wireframes from the little drawings they did within the navigation; we also asked a lot of question about each page and noted what they wanted. What I would do differently is to ask the group if they had any mood boards, that way we made sure we got something.

Creating foley sounds

This week we were given the task to create foley sounds for a 3D model animation of a big old rusty robot’s walking cycle. The skills I learnt are how to do a live foley recording and how to handle recording for foley sounds; I applied these skills to create a live foley recording with my group for the walk cycle for the robot and I applied my recording skills to help other groups to record their live foley record. I can apply these skills to my project by using the them to create and record foley sounds for the dossier’s speaker device.

A creative problem I had was when doing the live foley record, I couldn’t get the right sounds I wanted from the object; to solve this I should practiced creating the sound before recording, that way I am sure to make the correct sound with the object. What I would of done differently is again practice and also remind the other members of the team that we have to bring in objects to create foley sounds with, that way we would have more vary in creating sound.

Editing voice recording of script

This week used more of audacity to edit the voice recordings we did early on; the skills we learnt from this are how to add different tracks to have more sound, how to extend a soundtrack to last longer and more techniques on using equalizer and the leveller. I applied these skills to edit the voice recording to sound like it was coming out of an old speaker, along with having mechanical speaker noises in the background to sound more real. I can apply these skills to the project for when I need to edit more voice logs for the dossier; a creative problem we faced was that we didn’t have time for all of us to record foley sounds for the voice log, the solution was to use the sounds that other be recorded that you wanted, allowing everyone getting what they want from one recording. There is nothing I would really change from this experience.

Production diary: Week 4

Design document presentation preparations

This week we started work on a presentation that would be a summary of all our design documents and our vision on the project we are doing as a group. We first decided the how we wanted the presentation to work, as a group we choose to have the presentation’s style and navigation similar to the dossier we are creating. This way the presentation can easily show how we want the dossier’s navigation would work and the style of dossier will look like.

After that we collected all the assets we had that linked with the progression and design process of the dossier, this would include wireframes, thumbnails, mood boards and profiles. Once we collected our own assets we gave them to the team member who had to power point (Ben), who implemented them into the power point.

 

 

Production diary: Week 3

Planning

This week we began planning on the content of each page of the dossier and decided on who will do what section in our group and how many pages we all should do. For our first sections we will have a introduction and Home page which everyone will work on and the other sections are:

Section 1- “Napoleon, the big man himself” will be done by me Jack Hilder

Section 2- “The Grande Amree” will be done by Josef Pruchniewicz

Section 3- “The Arsenal, the weapons of war” will be done by Ben Bebell

Section 4- “The Science” will be done by Steven Prince

We decided that each of us would do a double page for the page we were assigned to and began to individually think of what the contents of our page will contain, then discuss if they are appropriate to what we were doing and what we wanted from the contents. I decided for my page to have basic information about him like date of birth and age; a biography about napoleon and how he came to be; a health document to show his medical conditions, etc. A voice log introducing the new recruits to his army and a plan section which would describe what Napoleon’s plan to take over the world.

Presentation

This week, as a group we had to make a presentation answering the questions that we were given, along with what each of our roles are in this project.

Here the questions we were given:

  • Who is the client?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What is the purpose of the project?
  • What is the key information that the team needs to know?
  • What is the teams vision for this project?

Here are the answers for each of these questions:

-Our client is Punka studios, a video game publisher, situated in Canterbury, led by CEO Adam Modely and Vic president Jay. They frequently upload video entertainment to the social media platform, YouTube.

-The audience of the game is aimed at individual aged 12 plus who are fans of the following genres: FPS (First Person Shooter), adventure, survival. The dossier which is promotional material will have the same audience listed above as individuals who are interested in the game or who want to find out more information about the game will view the dossier.

-The purpose of the project is to create an interactive dossier for “Age of Napoleon” as promotional material to establish some law and backstory to the game but mainly to generate interest and hype for the game’s potential customers.

-The key information that the team needs to know are:

  • The construction of the alternate timeline
  • Knowing the boundaries of the graphic content
  • Knowing when & where what should be placed for established deadline
  • Who will be assigned to what sections
  • Research into modern history

-To create a professional interactive dossier to give relevant and accurate information and to generate interest amongst potential consumers to increase sails in the final game.

Production skills: Week 4

Sound 

This week we had to record the voice logs for the scripts we wrote last week, we used a shotgun microphone to record it as we only needed to pick up the sound of my voice. The script I wrote was based on the alternate timeline’s Napoleon welcoming new recruits to his military, I chose myself to voice Napoleon.

The skills I learned were how to use a mic and how to setup the recording correctly, I applied this skills to record the script by placing myself in the correct position in front of the mic and setting the input level of the recording to -6 when they are reading the script. I applied these skills to record other peoples voice recordings and applied it to record my own voice log; I can apply these skills to future projects as I can use them if I need to do any recordings for voice. I did not have any problems when recording and there is nothing I would do differently, this is because afterwards from the recording, I checked out my recording and it sounded clear and fine; I also checked out the recordings of the people I recorded doing their voice logs which were great as well.

3D modelling 

This week we continued working on the electric generator we made last week.

The skills from 3D modelling I have learnt this week is how to bend an object, such as a box; I also learnt more about reshaping models using vertex and I learned how to us imprint to cut holes in objects. I applied these skills to create the rectangle that bends around the electric generator, I reshape the model to have support on the structure and I made holes in the rectangle using imprint. I can apply these skills to the project by using them to create 3D models that have these skills needed to create them for the dossier, like creating the sound device.

3D model generator bend tool

A creative problem I had was when noting down the steps for bending an object, I got a little confused about the process of making it bend in the right direction; this was solved by me testing every out come of the options on bend, at the end of testing everything until i solved it, I got a better understanding of the bend tool and how to use it. There is nothing I would like to change from this, as I believe I have done very well with the electronic generator, I was able to get the object to bend properly and was able to make the imprints the right size and evenly split.

InDesign 

This week we were taught on how to setup InDesign and how to use it once the correct setting were placed.

The skills have learnt are how to import images and videos into InDesign, how create master pages and normal pages and finally how to create buttons and use them to link pages together. I applied them to create a little ebook to display what I have learnt from that lesson; I can apply these skills to project by making the dossier on InDesign or using InDesign to make digital copies of the layout I want for the page I’m working on.

I had some difficulties in creating and handling the master pages correctly which I was able to over come by asking a friend how to use it probably. What I would do differently next time is to add a video so it shows that I understand how to import video.