3rd year part 36: 3D assets

29/ 11 / 2017
2 hand
Tried working the Hand again.
Feedback: you need to model from a real hand not a skeleton

1 Toffee apple

At first looked at an apple bottom and would imagine it’s just a stick through it. After looking at reference images of toffee apples realized its flat due to the apple being rested like that with the caramel  dripping down.

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Base modeled a toffee apple, most of the design will be in the texture hence the simplicity of the model. As well as it will only be shown a few seconds from a distance In the animation. Decided to model toffee apples as trees because thought why have real trees when the mother already going to have hair as a  shape of a cat, as well as  to further  link   the theme of the circus, Since toffee apples are widely associated as circus food.

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Modelling a popcorn plant is relevant to the project because popcorn is widely associated as circus food.


3rd year part 35: Shot list and schedule

After realizing my blunder of the original submitted shot list and schedule. Decided to redo them.

Ideally there would be no Tv paint section, decided to include that section as a backup if more experiments with the smoke simulations in Maya or after effects fail. Some of the things that’s had been placed in the after effects sections like the sky can easily be done in Maya as a rotating sky globe or placed in premier. If its placed in premiere it would be faster to swap out the background for something else.

If the experiments with smoke and water are successful in Maya or after effects that would just leave one issue.  The scene where the girl turns into dust that half way through turns into a bird then back to dust. Experiments need to be done either in Maya or after effects to avoid the need for a drawn frame by frame animated section in TV paint.

In conclusion: more experiments need to be done to be able to avoid the need for Tv paint.

3rd year part 34: Animatic


After running the animatic through had realized made a giant mistake of misspelling the word balloon in the title. Spelling it with “Ballon”  This can not happen in the actual animation.

Had realized for my submission, the thing I had submitted was not a shot list but just an excel list keeping track of how long each shot is, the camera row to be filled yes or no if the camera has been animated each section.  Also had just realized several spelling errors after running it through  the program “grammerly”.

In conclusion: if I were to create an actual shot list I would need to write a description of what’s happening in each shot, camera movement, and camera angle. From the animatic, from the shot where the girl as a woman commits suicide off the cliff and the masked man hugging the girl, seems like its missing a scene.

30/ November  / 2017

Animatic feedback:
Keep the masked man on the left, since his on the left most of the time anyway.
Home is the left and away on the right.
To have a scene of the masked man more of a father figure and seen in the family unit, for example In the circus scene the masked man can sit where the” other” is sitting.
On the outside of the circus for the boobs to go behind the belly, since the esophagus doesn’t work well as an opening.

At first had the idea that the masked man is wearing a wedding ring, gives the child a gift, kisses the  wife and leaves, however it was suggested it would work better the masked man and the  mother is already separated.

5/Dec /2017
Showed animatic to a group of people.
-They questioned who the person in heels is.
-To have the track in of the circus tent before everything that’s happened in the tent.
-To show a pattern of the box opening of her looking happy then sad then happy briefly. To show that’s not what she wants. (the shot where the masked man is opening box up but dead) that people can’t see his hand all the way there and people are looking at the girls face. The girl could look shocked at him dead.
-(The shot where the girl’s eye close up inside circus) doesn’t make sense because the “other” looks like his 10 ft. away.
-(game room) you could have   the egg hatching before the close up of the masked man’s face and establishing shot.
-Are the balloons going to stay red?
-(For the girl disappearing scene and halve way through turns into a bird) you can have a replacement animation where you have a rough model of the bird, the scene is going to be so quick people won’t notice it’s not physically morphing.

How many characters do you have for your animation?
After they asked that question realized there’s 9 “characters “if including the masked man as a boy to be modelled rigged and textured. 8 without the masked man as a boy.  The models required: Masked man, girl, girl as women, mother, other, snake turtle baby, snake turtle adult, black hands.

There’s 6 – 7 environments planned: inside car, inside circus, outside circus, game room (zen garden within game room), white room, cliff.
At the moment, the inside of the circus and cliff environment model is suffering the most.

In conclusion: need to reorder some of the scenes, going to have to prioritise all the characters done before adding any more detail to the environments.

3rd year part 33 : Issues

8/ November/ 2017

After blocking out the dress for the girl character, decided to   try out Ncloth again.  The collider body kept disappearing, so tried to delete all the history.  The software crashed.  Opened up an old save before the Ncloth experiment, still had same issue.  So, re import the items in a new scene. Same issue, made sure the body wasn’t keyed to disappear. Tried again to delete history, the program didn’t crash again but the body still disappeared.

Feedback: Try importing   it into 3dsmax then re import it again.

Tried the suggestion, it worked

Disclaimer: Music audio swiped from the youtube library

Upon reopening the file when trying to move the dress, it would turn into different things. Thought this was interesting and would like to recreate this in the actual animation but not when I’m trying to model something.

In conclusion: going to have to find out what is the cause of this happening, to prevent it happening in the modelling stage however possibly implement it in the animation phase.

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Decided to experiment with the shapes. Screenshot-ted the video footage of the glitches happening and overlapped them, as idea generation of what can be incorporated into the animation.

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As a second attempt, added overlapping pinks, blues and green squares In the background.

After creating these experiments, just realized I don’t need to incorporate any of this, since people thought the animation is already confusing as it is. This may or may not be part of a side project separate from the main thesis film.  In the process of trying to make the animation less confusing not add more layers that would make the meaning of the animation even less clear.



3RD year part 32: 3D record of making

In this blog is record of making of 3D models.

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Modeled the “Other character”
Feedback: remember to define the joints so you can deform probably.

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For the ending of the animation to work, gave the masked man some questionable heels where the idea is you only see the close up of it in the dream sequence and at the end of the animation. To make people question is this a man in heels or a woman with man clothes.  Linking from feedback from the pitch for the masked man can be the bystander and “Everyone”.

 Feedback: what are you doing to the poor Masked man? you should define the shoes so it doesn’t look like it’s part of him.

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Did a little snake bit, can only see it close up and unintentionally made an L symbol. In conclusion: going back to the spiked heel as well as sort out that crease.

1 toy car

Base modeled the toy car. It looked too: plain, boring and modern, so looked at reference images of Victorian cars and toys.

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Added a little detail because thought what’s the point of animating or displaying a basic toy car, it still looks basic. Above the wheels tried to make it snake exec giving the node to the snake turtle
In conclusion: after the storyboard phase, depending on how much screen time or interaction the character has with the toy car would determine if it has more detail or not. For now, going to base model all the characters and environments for now.

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Based modeled the mother.

Tried to model the breasts of the mother. It looked like a tumor. The right image is the 3rd attempt at modelling the breasts. Need to sort that crease out.

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Roughed out the dress for the mother.
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3rd year part 31: The mothers hair and face

In this post are couple of designs for the mother’s hair as well as initial 3D record of making of her face.

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Initial hair doodles of the shape of the hair for the mother. All of them look to  over the top and need to scale it back, otherwise people would think she’s the main character.

1/ November/ 2017
Design sketches for the mothers “face” and hair.

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After showing someone the top 4 sketches on the left and the 1st bottom one on the left, they mentioned they preferred the diagonal fringe. The bottom hairstyle looked a bit empty so tried raising the triangle one down to see if it looked better. Still looked off so combined the back of the hair with the triangle that has a cat at the back and the fringe that is going diagonally. The only issue with this is that it has 2 different partings. At the back of the hair tried to make it look like a cat with the back of its head showing, but pretending to be a bird with a white spot on its back and a gold chain on its ear with a black pendant dangling.
The gold to symbolize she likes a fool’s gold trying to lure people into her trap, the bird looking front paired with the gold chain to show she’s only with people or use people for their money like how she uses her daughter as a tool to make more profits.
Decided to colour the dangling pendant black, to symbolize: fear, doom, and authority she has on the girl.

The chin looks on the pointy side, while modelling going to need to wound it off a bit.

Tried modelling the mouth, it came out hideous. Going to move on to the actual hair.
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Did a draft texture to see how much it stretches Modeled the cat as a place holder to see where I would need to model the planes of hair to.

7/ 11/ 2017
Version 8
 Feedback:  you need to work on your topology of the lips, have the hair more away from the face so   it can cast a shadow. The cat looks more like a bird, and very pinched. You may want to expand that bit   and add an extra edge loop.

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Decided to redo the lips, but this time model it closed to make it easier to figure out the shape of it.  Maybe it’s the creases, it still looks off putting.
Feedback:   it looks a lot better from the first version but   you still need to work at it.

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The lines for the hair appeared thicker than I thought, in the finial texture going to make it smaller. Even from a distance, the lips are off putting. If after a couple more attempts at modelling the lips fail, 2D lips on top of the 3d model it is. Then again, the girl character has lips, if mothers lips fail going to need to design different type of lips for the girl character.


3rd year part 30: hair research

In this post, looked at hair as aesthetic research and inspiration for mainly what the mother’s hair can look like, therefore making this research relevant to the project.

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At first looked at Victorian inspired or recreated hairstyles since most of the characters clothing is already in a Victorian setting, it made sense to research this. There seems to be a lot of detail mainly happening at the back of the hair with lots of it being wrapped around.

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After seeing this photo of the hair wrapped around with jewellery in a Harrods magazine realized why have plain hair for the character, the character can have their hair shaped as things. Might consider having the mother character having jewellery or gems wedged in the hair.

After seeing the Harrods image, decided to look at more general hair design, some were apparently inspired by animals.
That made me rethink how the masked man and the girl character are inspired by birds. Cats chase birds.

In conclusion: for the mother character going to try and make the hair in a shape of a cat to show that she tries to prey on the girl character by selling her to prostitution.


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3rd year part 29 : Tests

In this post is mainly experiments.

3/ November / 2017

Decided to  test on something simple, with the idea if it doesn’t work then can think up a different alternative quickly, instead of  going straight to the real clothing and wasting time trying to fix it.

Test 1
At first experimented with  Ncloth by having a ball as a colider with a simple plane.
It just slipped off.
Thought maybe it slipped off because it’s a ball.

Test 2
Since thought maybe it slipped of because it’s a ball, tried a   cube as a colider.
Same issue.  Realized there was  different fabric properties. Played around with that.  Didn’t help the issue it just made the fabric slip off at different speeds.

Test 3:
Tried extruding bits on the cube to  stop the fabric falling off. Holes In the plane that’s acting as a fabric for where the extrusion comes through. The fabric  not only slipped off but it collided with the item.

Since modeled the hat and some of the details, decided to experimented with NCloth again  with the ribbon and hat.

Hat  Test 1
Simply combined   the  feather plane and ribbon. The feather plane just fell off.

Test 2 hat ribbon:
Bridge feather plane that’s handing of the hat to the  one going around the hat.  It moves too high plus the second time round  it plays In the time slider it collides with the hat.

Test 3 hat:
Made a whole in the ribbon, extruded parts of the hat to see if it stopped the ribbon moving so much.
This caused another issue, the ribbon just comes straight off the  extruded section and collide completely with the hat.

The part that is hanging off the hat seem to be doing  well, you don’t need the  ribbon wrap around the hat, that section can be textured. Then suggested the ( The feather plane that’s hanging of the  hat) to be wrapped around the extrusion of the hat.

Decided to sort out some more possible solutions by   asking people  on a forum in reddit.
Feedback:1 reddit answer hat

In conclusion: going to try out that suggestions from the feedback, if it fails,  going to just rig  the  feather plane and manually animate it.

3rd Year part 28 : Pitch and feedback

Showed version 2 draft storyboard and  a pitch to a group of people.

Why is there an egg and balloon? Cut out the egg and balloon
Why is there balloons?
The masked man doesn’t need to be a father figure. Might be more powerful without it and his a bystander/ like the audience.
Strip it back.
How long is the animation?
Lots of symbolism, some of it might get confusing
The balloons rising is powerful symbolism, just not touching the egg.
The audience might not make the connection the women Is the girl.
Why is the women shattering the masked man’s ashes
Not keen on the banana phone and car crash. He can still be calling authorities and nothing happening.

Is the blue silhouette part of the design?
Mentioned no that’s just to help me to draw.
They commented that, that’s good because the blue clashes, since people have had just black silhouettes as characters before.

In conclusion: after receiving the feedback going to strip back what happens in the animation and focus it all into the child prostitution theme, make it clearer the women is the girl, cut scenes like the balloons touching the egg.  Also rethink who is the masked man to the girl and what are the visual metaphors to make the intended meaning clearer.

3rd Year part 27: character design

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Played around with the dress silhouette of “the girl that is a woman” none of that scandalous ankle showing.

Feedback: (they circled the 5th one  going left to right on the bottom) and mentioned they prefer that one.

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Some clothing designs for the masked man. The first one looks like a dress. Remembered birds peaks are pointy, tried out a shape of a peak on the bottom of the coat.   Went with the blue theme to not only contrast from the background and other characters, but due to research in symbolism. Through symbolism it states, dark blue symbolizes:  knowledge, seriousness, integrity and power.  At first designed the feet as if they are chicken feet, the node to the side idea about the masked man bird as well as how the masked man already has a bird face and the girl having eye makeup to somewhat resemble a shape of a bird’s eyes.

The second design is looking more masculine: in conclusion going to go with the second design.

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Included a hint of yellow to the dress since from research, dull yellow symbolizes sickness, decay, caution, and jealousy.
At first, drew the dress for the “girl as a woman” white however people keep thinking it was a wedding dress. Decided to add a hint of red to make it look like it was originally white but the amount of times she had been raped, the blood has forever stained her dresses and her purity is forever gone. A colour between the white dress as a girl and her prostitute mother.
added small amounts of blue to hint towards the blue colour scheme of the masked man from her childhood. Wanted to portray the “girl as a woman” having more moral high ground then her mother, so no scandalous ankles or exposed breasts. At the back added the same white feathers but tainted like the rest of her. She’s wearing a corset this time to show she’s an adult. This time drew the gemstone pointing down whereas a child it was pointing up, to show as an adult she is too far gone and all hope is lost for her.
Initially drew her sleeves flaring out then realized then would have to Ncloth, where simulations can tend to fail, or rig the sleeves. Decided to design a more skin-tight sleeve as a plan B if issues come up with the first sleeves.

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At first, drew the full legs taking into account it would easier to rig without the dress. First drew her with striped stockings since from research there were many Victorian prostitutes wearing them as well as the sleeves being higher up. The first version looked to top heavy and lacked a Victorian feel with it revealing too much.
Drew the dress section to see what it looked like. Decided to bring the view of the legs down to the knees, a lot more planned compared to the first idea of just the scandalous ankle showing, the whole calf is showing. Gave the mother a chunkier silhouette to show her body has been through childbirth and has aged compared to the “girl as a woman”. Made her breasts more open and used a red tone to show she tries to get the attention of male clients. Another reason I decided to use a dark red, from research to symbolize: danger for the girl, power, fading seduction, rage, anger, and malice.

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Height chart for the characters (the blue silhouettes are not part of the design).
At first, wanted the masked man to be double the size of even the mother and “other character” , however realized that would skew the height proportions of the girl compared to the mother and the masked man.


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