3RD year: Hard cover version

The hard book cover version  finally arrived, however it came after the deadline and the degree show case had already started. In this version  the print of the pages are not streaky compared to the backup submitted version, the paper is thicker and of better quality. The downside is that the Bar code of the company is at the back covering part of the image.






3rd year part 57: Semi evaluation

Majority of the evaluation had been submitted into the Dropbox.

The pdf of the project book broke up the layout, since it was created and intended to be viewed two pages at a time. The backup printed out version is in the correct layout. Unfortunately, the print out version came out streaky and my own name isn’t even visible on the cover yet its visible in the pdf. Realized in the table of contents not all the headings had been included. After looking at the project book again not all the images were aligned up, “the glitch” page while viewing it on the computer the background looked consistent black however it came out patchy on the Print out. Due to time constraints had to settle for the project book to be wire bound on the day of the deadline, instead of it being hardcover bound; upon research from printing company’s online it takes  on average 1 week  to process then 1 week to deliver.

In the animation the vignette was not consistent and appear to glitch. There were several points of the animation where things looked pixilated. There was so many issues with the project but not enough time to fix all.

Unfortunately   the second half of the animation lacked Varity of Foley and music choices, for more impact I could have included more music or Foley sounds for instance when the: sword was pulled out, a separate piece of music when Snabirtle drown to death. Unfortunately, due to time constraints I had left it to concentrate on the written work.

 In conclusion in the future or if I where to do it again I would: render in a higher resolution, explain the reasoning behind certain things in the project book, work more on the story.  I had forgot to include screenshots and explain the record of making in the white room, I could have talked more about the research and how it was relevant in more depth.

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3RD year part 55: Final animation

Link 1:

Backup link:

Backup link2:
Compared to the draft render In the previous post I had:
~Re rendered  the entire cliff scene into separate layers, to be able to blur and soften the unsightly hard edge of the water. They still look off putting.
~From feedback, decided to delete the scene where its Snabirtles point of view being thrown off the cliff.
~ In the first scene where the Masked man and girl is in the car, placed grass   outside the window so they didn’t look like their floating in the air. As well as hint to where the Masked man had died.
~I had put the entire animation through After effects, placed a few blurs and animated a vignette on most of the scenes. Within After effects the vignettes looked sooth however when I rendered it out it became jagged edges.
~Re rendered the circus scene to make it brighter.
~In the judge scene I had placed a grey background in so the characters wouldn’t be lost to the black background.
~After receiving feedback when the camera moves and track backwards outside of the inside of the circus for it to only cut back to the “Other” “mother” and “girl”. At  0:17 -0:21 of the animation, revered that clip so instead of moving back out the from the inside of the circus, it goes in to the circus.
~At 0:56 – 0:59 repositioned the camera where the Masked man presented the girl the Snabritle, so it wouldn’t clip the Masked man’s fingers like it did before.
~ at 3:19 I had tried to alter the saturations, add in blurs to make it look less unsightly
~Re lighted and Re rendered some of the game room scenes to make it brighter.
~In the zen garden scene when the Masked man was trying to wake the girl up, tried to make him into a ghost. It ended up looking messy.
~Inside the circus, tried to reposition the girls hand so she wouldn’t clip her dress when the Other touched her. Tried this several times and it still clips her dress.
~The scene where the water flooded in from 1:50 trimmed the clip so the water didn’t clip the camera this time.
~Reordered some of the scenes so they would make more sense
~when the Girl as a woman was scattering the ashes, made the particles smaller and gave more movement to her hands because they were very stiff before.
~Due to the feedback from the last post that the hands where stiff, went in and tried to reposition some of the hands. Unfortunately, couldn’t go through all the scenes due to time constraints.
~In the circus scene, I trimmed the mothers’ hair since in the render draft it made the hair look like a glitch.

At  3:50  I had animated the ribbon on the hat, due to before it was stiff In the air.

19 not connecting to handel issue
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Since before, the scene where the masked man was opening a cupboard was so dark, I had not realised the hand wasn’t even on the handle before. I had to push up the background render and add in a shadow behind the Masked man in After effects to fix it. I had tried re-positioning the arm to accommodate the handle beforehand however that caused issues with the Ncloth.

Unfortunately, I had to leaves some of the Ncloth glitches in the animation due to time constraints. Had Re-position limbs more and more away from the body to try to solve some of the issues as well as Re -caching it, in some cases it worked but in others the issue still occurred. In many of the scenes there was still hard edges from the walls.

In the drop box submission version, the animation has the university listed in the credits, it has been taken out for the internet upload to reduce the risk of being doxed.

Shared the survey in the description box of the YouTube video of the animation, as well as shared it to multiple social media websites to gather answers from people who do didn’t know about the project. To see if I meet the intentions or not.  (The usernames have been blurred out)

For “Deviant art” I had changed the questions slightly and did not send a link to the survey since people are more wary of outside links and more likely to answer if the questions was already there on the website. The benefit of this option was that I was able to ask to follow up questions.  Unfortunately, the danger of this option is people are more likely to read other peoples answers and change their answers fitting to what other people think.

1)what do you think the animation is about?
1b) what do you think the moral or message of the story is?
2)What do you think the relationship between the characters are and  why?
3)what do you think they aesthetically resemble and why?
4)What locations do you think the animation is set at and why?
5)who do you think the target audience is and why?
5B ( what is your age and gender?)
6)Does the audio sound appropriate to the piece/ thoughts on the audio?
7)likes/ dislikes and reason why?
8)Any keywords come to mind? e.g. atmosphere/ key items/vibe /what you thought about it?
9)Improvement suggestions, further comments?

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3RD year part 54: record of making

Draft render:

1/ may / 2015
Showed 15 render version
Animate the hands to make it more expressive.
In the background blur the hard edges to soften the computerised look.
-Have the hands more curved.

3/ may
Cut out  ( the part where the women dissolve ) or Re render it.  At the end you can have the women  throw ashes on  the Masked man to show his dead. To show his dead you can have him grey  to make it clear his dead. Dead people don’t  move.  It doesn’t look like incense, smoke spreads they look like arrows. Why are they starting when his  eyes open.
( snabirtle point of view)  with the water. That doesn’t need to be there cut it out.
( car scene) the girl looks like she’s glowing, the light isn’t affecting the car. You can set it where the an object is not effected by a light.
You can have it end where the they are both fading away.
Relight  then re render, some of the  scenes are quite dark or edit it in  Photoshop
(The glitch of images) that edit looks  intentional unlike some  of the scenes.
( the judge scene) cant see the other with the money.
( when the girl already taken away with water flowing)  he doesn’t seem to bothered.
( when Masked man is on the table)  maybe have him  on in a dead pose.  He doesn’t look like his dead, he looks like he just woke up hungry and raking a garden. How has he not fallen off the table? Didn’t realise the incense in the background.
The hair looks like a bad render.
( the zen garden blood)  didn’t  notice they was in the zen garden  or that was blood, too much going on In the background. Try adding in shots to make it clear.

?/ may /2018
Made a draft with sound and quickly edited out or changing  some sections.Then left if for a while to allow time for the written work.

Relight some of the scenes, the music works well. Some of the scenes are too dark, either light the character or the room.  ( when  they enter the circus)  the zoom in is too fast, don’t zoom in so much but have the same amount of time.
(inside circus) cut the zoom out.
The ending was too quick couldn’t read the sound credit.
That bit can be cut off from the screen.  ( 0:53)His already looking at the direction of the eggs.

As a “promotional material” created a name revel as the trailer for the animation.

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3RD year part 53: record of making

Since the render came out with the Ncloth clipping and going through the chest, decided to render the chest and masked man as a separate layer.
~Test 1 is a Prerender.
In test 2 is the original render that came out too dark with the Ncloth issue visible with it clipping the Chest even through it was made as a collider.
~In test 3 re rendered, brightened the chest and placed it as a top layer. The chest went  over the hands thought if I just edit it first half the hands on top layer however the reveal looked unnatural.
Went back into Maya and tried to have the right arm down to have it rendered as a separate layer however that looked odd.
~In test 4 placed the masked man render above the chest layer, it looked out of place with the fingers of the right hand in front of the chest and it does not look like his holding the chest.
~ In test 5 resulted into using TVpaint to erase the hand.
~ In test 6 placed the masked man hand less layer on top, chest then the masked man with a hand at the bottom layer.  Found this made the animation look more natural compared to the other tests.

~Test 1 was the actual render, it looked off putting with no shadows since the masked man is a distance away form the curtain.
~In test 2 rendered the curtain and masked man separated then edited it darker to see what it looks like as well as added in a shadow in after effects.  The lines looked too harsh, so in test 3 I blurred the edges of the shadow.
~In test 4 placed an image of the inside of the circus, it looked off putting and too long.

In conclusion going to only include one camera angle from the 0:27 second mark.

Did a few exponents checking out the effects in After effects. Ended up layering effects on top of each other.
~Test 8 looked interesting with the outlines but then I realized I would need to do that with all the shots.
~In Test 23 started puppet warping the hair in one layer, it looked too obvious so I placed a scaterize effect to make the hair look less harsh when its fading away. Added in some twists and turns to make the disappearing look more interesting compared to straight dust.

In conclusion: going to avoid any drastic stylistic effects, and focus only on the effects that have the girl disappear.

In test 1 was supposed to be the suicide scene however after a few attempts the girl as women just seem to glide off the cliff instead of a jump. Due to time constraints decided to add effects on After effects. When I turned on the xgen to animate it, it glitched upwards and I couldn’t activate the sculpt layer. Due to time constraints tried to make do with After effects.  It was suggested that I cut this scene however it would not make sense if this scene was cut, since I needed a scene that has the Masked man react and become depressed. In test 7 the waters edge looked to harsh, it was too bright in colour. Tried placing a sky and lowering the saturation. It looked less off putting then before.


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3RD year part 52: record of making

9/ April / 2018

error girl ncloth

Still many issues with Ncloth.  Each nCache kept trying to position the hands further and further away from the body.

Had to create new blendshapes for the hair within the actual scenes. Most of the ones previously created didn’t fit the movement of the head or went through the body.

Since I had scaled down snabirtle significantly had to rescale the Xgen hair. There seemed to be a glitch when I moved the camera around the hair, it would either rotate around or create a bold patch.

In conclusion: Worst case scenario Snabirtles xgen hair will be turned off and he only have  the painted texture on show.

Due to the failed attempt of the mother throwing the girl to black hands thought about having it cut straight to when the girl is already in the air. Did a few camera tests with a rough placement of the girl going into the black hands. Lots of twisting of the joints.

For attempt 1 tried attaching the camera to the girl, but then realized the camera angles doesn’t make sense where that view was coming from, with it just looking at the girl’s face.

For attempt 2: tried the point of view of the girl. This camera angle was pointless since you don’t see much on the screen just empty space.

Attempt 3 seemed like too much movement.

Attempt 6: doesn’t seem to have much impact of the girl being thrown however since the masked man hand is covering most of the black hands. That’s less to animate as well as: make the audience wonder what it is. Goes with the idea that the masked man is just a watcher, a non-responsive audience member watching but not doing anything to help the girl.

In conclusion: going to go with camera angle in test 6

After first trying to figure out how to make money rain in After effects by watching tutorials Most of them mentioned you need “ Trapcode”  and didn’t have the same  setting in  my version of After effects, decided to try out Maya.

In Maya when I tried to move the original Money mesh the particles stopped working half the time. When I tried to move the emitter half the time the particles didn’t follow it and stayed where it was or stopped working.

While importing the set-up particles to the “outside circus” scene. Had tried to make the floor a collider however it still went through the floor. Ideally the money would twist and bend while its falling to the ground.

In conclusion:  due to the lack of time just going to leave the money going through the floor and move on to other scenes. If there’s time I’ll animate the money twisting and turning when the other scenes are done.

(Test render)

The money is too dark going to need to add an extra light shining to the money. For test 1 tried having the camera zoom out while you see the mother’s hair grow and see her turn as a monster. For test 2 tried reversing the clip to see what it looks like.
In test 1 the focus becomes more of the mother of how she’s a monster where as in test 2 some of the focus is on the money.

In conclusion: going to need to think about which effect to go for. In the animatic the focus is supposed to be on the money.

I prefer the 2nd test 1 seems weird with the hair growing.


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3RD year part 51: Money Test

Rigged then add attributes to the joints for the green mesh that’s going to represent money, haven’t skin weighted it yet for this first rig test. The joints keep moving slightly away from the mesh however since its paper and not a body, skinweights might not need to be painted. At 0:10 and 0:42 noticed black areas appear because the 2 surfaces are colliding.

In conclusion to solve this I need to either: not animate it going into those positions, skin weight it or make the cuboid thicker.

Tried to animate the short money fanning scene.
After test 1 realized it was too long so shortened it to having it fan twice instead of 3 times.
Test 2 looked off.
Feedback: it might look better when you turn it green.

For test 3 turned the textures on and realized the money was clipping each other or the ones that started behind certain ones ended up in front. Tried to correct all that however the movement still looks unnatural.

The head looked a bit stiff so in test 7 tried to add some movement to the head and have her have a neutral expression to the smile, it ended up being too much.

In test 8 tried to limit the amount of movement in the head but still have a little movement. The animation still looks unnatural, maybe because the hair is not animated, the fingers don’t spread in or out. There might be too much movement for the money with some of the pieces sliding off to different positions.

In conclusion: for now, going to leave it and move on to another scene.


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3RD year part 49: blocked animation

Link 1:

Back up link:

Back up link 2:

Decided to try out Dailymotion video sharing site.  The compression of that site made the video into a lower resolution compared to YouTube or Vimeo.

Comparing the animatic to this 3D blocked out version. Worked on feedback from the animatic and tried to place the masked man on the left of the screen most of the time, as well as added a scene to make it clear the 3 is a family unit. (when they walk towards the circus)

The animatic was 3:47 long while the blocked-out animation ended up 4 min 49 seconds long. Thought I had over estimated the shot length in the animatic, turns out I underestimated most of them. Some of the shots need to be cut out or reworked, the pacing of the animation seems very slow and boring, it takes longer then it should to get to the interesting sections like the water.  Hopefully when I add music or sound in the animation would seem less dry to watch in general.

Only realized after the submission, playing back the video, there’s lot of glitching, scenes being cut off. Need to be careful of this when I’m editing the rendered shots together.

Some of the shots was done by screen capture instead of Playblast. Need to Playblast those scenes to check the real timing since the movement seems a lot slower and jerky then it should be.

For the production deadline submitted a 3D Blocked out animation with a few shots still having the 2D animatic images as place holders and the evaluation document. Better time management is needed wasn’t able to submit a fully animated animation that is ready to render or  the test renders.

In the animatic had the title as “The man with the balloon” while in this blocked version decided on “Snabirtle circus”. Since with the previous title, seems like I was just trying to force the balloon imagery into the animation because of the title. Whereas “Snabirtle circus” would lead people to think straight away sections of this animation is set in a circus. Short two words whereas the original is a whole sentence. The risk with it calling it “Snabirtle circus” because Snabirtle is a made-up word people might not remember what the animation is called. The word circus already has the connotation of danger, wonderment and curiosity which fits the themes of the thesis animation.

Fatal error:
Thankfully the evaluation document was submitted on time however the blocked-out animation ended up being 4 minutes late.  The submission portal claimed to be a maximum of 12.5gb however when I tried to submit the blocked-out animation had a message pop up saying “maximum file size is 512mb” the video by itself exceeded that amount. Tried to zip it up, compressed the video in different ways, it was still too big. Ended up taking time to re-render the video in Premier in a lot lower setting.  The blocked-out animation took a ridiculous amount of time to upload to the submission folder.

Showed someone the blocked-out animation.
 I don’t get it, what the fuck is it about? why is he humping the red thing? That’s disgusting, didn’t like how his touching the girl up or how the water was clipping the camera.  Since it cuts to a different shot couldn’t you just take that frame out? Did you get raped as a kid? this is very confusing. Some of the scenes seem really slow while the others were too fast.

In conclusion:
Need to check what the maximum size each file can be uploaded, to make files as small as possible with the lowest settings possible.
People can tell there’s a rape theme to the animation.
– Better time management
Need to work on the pacing and shot length.
-Either work in making the scenes less confusing so the audience, so they can tell what the storyline is about or purposely make it even more confusing with ridiculous amount of effects on top.
-Since in the feedback someone mentioned “Red thing” and not circus, need to work on texturing it to make it clear it’s a circus tent.