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Maya and Film Reviews submission

Blending the Upper Body


Mia Metarial X Shader


Ambient Occlusion


Motion Blur


Mental Ray Part 4: Physical Sun & Sky


Film Review: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) is an American 3D stop motion fantasy action adventure film, directed by Travis Knight. when released the hit a gross of $74 million against a budget of $60 million. The film also won the BAFTA for the Best Animated Feature Film and Best Visual Effects.

The film revolves around Kubo, who wields a magical shamisen, a tradtional Japanese musical instrument which has 3 strings. Kubo's eye was also stolen when he was a baby. Accompanied by his anthropomorphic snow monkey and beetle, he bust defet his mothers corrupted sisters and his power hungry grandfather, Raiden (also known as the moon king)

What’s interesting about animation studio Laika (the studio who made this film, however, is that they dont stick to the stop motion film making traditions.
In such films like Paranorman, Box Trolls and Coraline it’s used cutting-edge technology like 3D printing and CGI to bring its stories to life. In Kubo And The Two Strings, an effervescent action fantasy whi…

Film Review: The Secret of Kells (2009)

The Secret of Kells (2009) is a French/ Belgian/ Irish animated fantasy film. It was directed by Tomm More, who is an Irish film maker, animator and illustrator, and Nora Twomey who is also an Irish film maker and animator. This Irish animation is based around the Book of Kells, a book containing the four gospels of the New Testament.

The story follows Brendan as he lives within the Abbey of the Kells, which is run by his uncle, Abbot Cellach,. As the film continues, Brother Aidan, a master Illuminator arrives at the Abbey with the book of Kells and begins to tell Brendan the many stories that surround the book. As Brendan become more interested with the book he become closer with Brother Aidan and goes outside the walls of the Abbey for ingredients for the book, while the Viking threat is getting closer.

The whole film looks like its been lifted from a book, with its detailed art style and Irish heritage throughout. as well as serving to limitations that keep the picture flat, which …

Film Review: Ethal and Ernest (2016)

Ethel & Ernest (2016) a true story, was originally a graphic novel, and then animated film by the English author and illustrator Raymond Briggs. The story is about the lives of his parents, from their first meeting in 1928 to their deaths in 1971.

Raymond Briggs is an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author, who has achieved great success amount adults and children. The is ultimately known for is story, The Snowman (1978), a picture book without words of a snowman that comes to life and takes the boy who built him on an adventure. The book was then created into a 26 minute TV special in 1982. And was noninated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Briggs is also known for another picture book, Father Christmas (1973) and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday (1975). These were also both adapted into 25 minute animation in 1991.

The story is simply about the lives of the normal couple, from the time they first met in the late 1920's, to their deaths…

Film Review: Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) is an animated film that was written, directed, produced and animated by Nina Paley. An American cartoonist, animator and culture activist. Along with doing Sita Sings the Blues she is also the artist and sometimes writer of the comic strips Nina's Adventures and Fluff. But recently she has manly done work for animations.

Sita Sings the Blues intersperses events from Ramayana, a light hearted but knowledgeable discussion of historical events by a trio of Indian shadow puppets. The film also includes musical numbers and scenes from the artists own life. The ancient and modern plot that are parallel tales, sharing many themes.

Sita, the main character, is given to Prince Rama in marriage after Rama beats the other princely suitors for her hand. Rama is then appointed crown prince, but then falls victim to a plot that sends him into banishment for fourteen years. Sita accompanies her husband, but she is then abducted shortly afterwards.
With the aid of fri…

Film Review: Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away (2001) is a Japanese animated fantasy, which was directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Who is known as a master in story telling and maker of anime feature films. Such as Princess Mononoke (1997), Howl's Moving Castle (2004) and Nausucaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984). Miyazaki based the script on his 10 year old daughter and her friend who would come to visit each summer. 
Spirited Away is one of the most successful Japanese animations in history and is also know to be one of the best animation films of all time.

Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a ten year old girl, who moves to a new neighbourhood. Her and her parents come across a strange empty world, this is actually a spirit world. Her parents are unfortunately turned into pigs, and then Chihiro will then have to undergo taking a job in the spirit bath house in order to try and get them back and free herself.

Through out the film we meet a various amount of characters but one character in particular p…

Binding & Weight Grouping the Mesh


Mental Ray Part 1: Samples & Quality Control


Building a Skeleton


Building a Ribbon Spine




Pipeline Head and body


Film Reviews: Mary and Max (2009)

Mary and Max (2009) is an Australian stop motion, Directed by Adam Elliot, was his first animated feature film. The film is an animated comedy- drama piece with many themes through out. The film is also based on a true story.

The film is first set in 1976, with eight year old Mary Daisy Dinkle who lives in Australia and has a lonely life. Mary has a distant father and an alcoholic mother who give her little support. The only comforts she has in life are her pet rooster, condensed milk and her favourite t.v. show,  The Noblets.
One day she decides to pick a random address and write to it. The randomly picked address she chooses is Max Jerry Horowitz's, who lives in New York, and writes to see if they can be pen pals.

Max is 44 years old, who as issues with forming close bonds with other people due to various mental health and social problems. Even though he get anxiety over Mary's letters, he decides that he will be her pen pal and replys.

Through the duration of the film we wa…

Reflective statement

So how did was the project... honestly.. I could of done so much better than what I did. I feel like I lost interest in the project very quickly. I found it hard to get the motivation I needed. I don't know if this is due to my personal problems or problems with the project overall, might have been both. I know if I had started the right after the pitch, I would of have more than what I had.

I would like to say though that changing/ modelling realistic blend shapes, and make multiples, did take its time, as I did have to try and keep them looking as realistic as possible. I didn't feel that I showed this well. But I also didn't want to show 20 slides of different models that have been edited.

The one thing to take away is that both Phil and Alan are hopefully willing to help me overcome my problems and succeed in future projects.

I would also like to set myself a challenge over the summer break. which would to be to build a character or something, as I feel like I missed o…

Adaptation B crit



So I have created a shader for my model

First I played around with a getting the right shader that I wanted. I had to create the shader first in Photoshop and then load in. Decided to go for this white and grey look.

Then applied it to my model.

Model update! Rigg

So I have created a rig for my model, as I would like it to be in position or be able to pose. I have followed the human skeleton structure to be able to get the most realistic as possible rig for the moment, and have also included a ribbon spine. Still need to add in ik's and controls.

As I have already done the blend shapes, I don't know if I will be able to attach it successfully to the model. So lesson learnt

Switches to come!

Uv and Texture map

As I'm planning to have them be like the marble statures, I got to create a texture for this.  So I've done the uv's ready for that, and checked to see if when using the blend shape editor , that it still works. 

Modeling progress

So I now have a small army of models each that are different from the other. to be able to create more models I also used the Blend shapes option to help me. Not sure if I need to create any more at this point, but I need to start skinning and rigging the model its self.

Here are some renders of the original edited model

More to come!!