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.

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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 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.