fredag den 26. februar 2010

Light and render: Time Lapse, week 1.

So this is the first week of a three week project, which will end out in a 5-10 seconds 3D timelapse.
Oliver came back to teach us during this project. He tought us about all kinds of indirect lighting and raytacing, and even though I already knew alot about this, it was nice to get it refreshed.
In this first week of the project we were supposed to make a render of an interior scene with sun light and different materials in mentalRay. We were allowed to take use of preproduced 3D models, but I chose to model all the stuff myself.

So this is what I got. The cityscape in the background is (c) Mirrors Edge, EA.
I chose to go futuristic.

fredag den 12. februar 2010

Film Jam - "The Outsider"

Here you see the result of this week.

The Outsider - Film Jam from Magnus elvstrøm Myrälf on Vimeo.

This week we were visited by 6  amazing directors, Tod Polson, Amy Winfrey, Pritt Tender, Max Hattler, Alexei Alexeev and Jamie Caliri. We had to choose which director to work with and I chose Tod Polson.
I worked together with both first years and second year, animators and CG artists. Tod came up with the idea of showing the life of a claustrophobic guy. And from there we had to come up with the storybeats and make a film in 5 days.
We had four animators and four CGA's on the project, but two of the animators didn't know the programs we used for animating. So after we finished the storyboard, their main focus was to supervise us and make shure that everything got done.
I was in the design team, so I helped developing the style. I thought that the projects main inspiration should come from something between old UPA stuff, and Samurai Jack (which has aaaawesome designs). After the storyboard was finished I started making layouts for some of the scenes.
Once the layouts were done and handed over to the animators, I began making colourschemes and thumbnails for the different scenes.

 (above: the colourschemes I did)
Together with Ole I developed a graphic chart showing how the colours should work throughout the different storybeats. The purpose of the chart was that it should guides us making settings that would fit together and make the story mor interesting and exciting where it had to be. Example: We had to make sure that the scene with the atomic explosion had more contrast than the scene with the school bus.
And then the painting work began.
The last day I spend compositing the last scene in After Effects.
In the end it all came together. Everyone did a fantastic job on this film, and I think we worked great together.

 (above:some of the backgrounds I painted)
Tod's help was so good, we couldn't have done it without him. Everytime the man opens his mouth, ideas just come streaming out.

mandag den 8. februar 2010

It's been some time sinece I last blogged. But in the meantime I've had a week of layout with Uri Kranot and a week with storyboard, with Tod Polson as the teacher.
It has been great and I think I leaned a bit more about the art of storytelling.






this is a layout I did. The assignment was to make a layout of a mastershot in the Bonnie and Clyde scenario (not the actual film).

 
"From a layout for a Batman episode". We got a part of a storyboard from a real batman tv-episode handed out, from which we had to make a layout. This is missing all the cameramovements and characters I drew on it though.










And this is a popsicle animatic Dennis and I made over a day.
reeealy sketchy.




And I also made this in layout class.

 
And then a little raw storyboard for a story called "The Hound".
 
And finaly, a little sketch that didn't turn into a storyboard.