This were the last assignment at the Noroff Insitute.
Here are this semesters observational drawings.
This were the last assignment at the Noroff Insitute.
Diamond Awards is basically just a show by Noroff displaying student projects and giving out some rewards.
And I think it's going to be really enjoyable:)
I'm very happy with the end result :D
We were very stressed at the end but we managed to finish in time :)
I think I performed my best during the most of the project. I had quite a bit on my mind during the project since I moved out from my parents at the same time, but I think I did a good job with combining school time with free time.
Of course there were a couple of times where I just wanted to give up the whole movie, but then I pulled myself together and worked as hard as I could. And I don’t think my short moments of frustration have affected the production negatively.
My first responsibilities, after we had made the treatment together, were to make the animatic. I think the animatic looks pretty good, and I think the group are happy with how it looks.
The next thing I had to do were to make props and scene-assets like ticket machines and other stuff you would find in a subway station. I also made the posters in the movie.
On this task I worked very well because this is what I like the most to work with, hard surface modeling.
Then I had to create generic people, at first I planned to create a lot of different people, and I started by modeling a female, but when she were almost done I changed my mind and decided to only make one man and just change colors on his clothes, and I think this makes it a lot easier to keep the audience’s attention at the main character.
Then I rigged him with CAT and I think this to went very well.
After the modeling I had to animate the scene were the main character gets run over and gets very angry. I started to work with the crowd system in 3DS max, but struggled a lot to make it work, and when I in the end got it to look pretty ok I decided to drop it and just animate the crowd to walk on different paths. So I wasted a lot of time here and then I had little time to animate the main character, but after a lot of late nights I think it started to look pretty good, but in the end Øyvind made some changes to my animation to make it look better. And I had Ole Kristian help me with the special effects.
The next responsibility I had were to make a DVD-cover.
I think I performed very well at this point, and that the cover looks very good.
I also put in a little extra effort and made a DVD-label and an autorun icon.
Then I made the credits which is really simple so there isn’t too much to say about it.
I also did some voice acting with Øyvind, and I recorded some of the sounds.
I think I have worked pretty well in the group, and that I have communicated very good with the other members, so everyone knew what the others were doing.
I worked very hard on this project and there were a lot of late nights and early mornings, so it will be nice to get it done and go out and celebrate a well accomplished goal.
My routines isn’t very special, I just worked from I wake up until I got to bed, of course I took a few breaks to go outside and get fresh air.
I struggle to remember any times that I were unhappy with the project, but I know that I were very upset when my computer at home just crashed when I tried to work with our heavy scenes. So I had to spend 8000NOK to get new parts and rebuild my computer. So when it were done I loved to work again, everything went very smooth.
Another time I can say that I was unhappy with the project have to be when I struggled with a bug in the CAT system. Every time I tried to open up the motion panel max closed, and after a lot of searching I foun a work around. I had to do the CAT motion in 3DS max 32bit instead of 64 bit.
The times I were most happily producing has to be in the beginning, just because I were exited to make a movie. I were also very happy when I could make the DVD-cover and DVD-label, since I had been working with 3DS Max for a long time it was a relief to do something completely else.
The next time I’m going to make an animation film I would like to have the same attitude as this time, which just were to go for it, and do my best do make something I can be proud of. But I would like to be a better animator and texture artist before I start working on a new film.
I have learned that communication is very important and that it is necessary to have deadlines and follow them, and have personal goals. It’s important to keep your sence of humor, also when thing seems to go the wrong way.
My group consisted of Øyvind Bjerke Høyland, Ole Kristian Busk, Ole Petter Skovseth and me. we called our self N-Gon Studios. And I think overall the group worked well together.
In the beginning of the project Ole Petter and I were in England at Animex so we didn’t do a lot of work there, except thinking out stories. But while we were down there Ole Kristian made a very nice ident, so when we came home from UK we all agreed to use that ident.
We quikly decided to use an application called DropBox and make a collaborate folder there. This allowed us to share all the files very easily, and in the end of the project we ended up buying more space in DropBox since it got full. But it is a very nice program.
The first thing we had to get done were to come up with a story, and write a treatment for it. I think this part of the planning stage worked very well in our group. We all sat together and came up with a lot of ideas.
After just a day or two we had a rough idea of what the story would be like.
So Ole Petter wrote the first treatment, and we all read it and came up with alternativs.
We also took a couple hours to make a time estimate.
When the treatment were more or less done we knew what kind of scenes, props and characters we would need.
Øyvind and Ole Kristian drew some concepts and we were moving forward in a good pace.
During the concept stage of the production we also made some pretty big changes to our treatment, after talking to a film teacher who knows much more about storytelling than we do, and I think the whole group agrees when I say that the changes made the film better.
When we had agreed about what kind of style we wanted and had a few concept drawings ready we started modeling while Øyvind drew the storyboard.
Then after the storyboard where finished I made a little animatic out of it.
Before I went back to the group and continued modeling.
Ole Kristian made the main scene and the fat miner plus some props,
Øyvind made the main character,
Ole Petter made the thin miner, the train and some props.
I made the generic people, and some props, like the posters and ticket machine.
This far into the project we still worked well together and communicated very well, we had goals and deadlines for a lot of stuff so we didn’t fall behind schedual.
When the most important modeling were done we just needed to rig the characters so we could start animating.
Ole Kristian rigged the fat miner and the main character, Ole petter rigged the thin miner and I rigged the generic people, and the train doors.
When it came to animating we simply used the animatic and treatment to delegate different scenes to different people, and I think this worked very well for us.
So everyone has animated parts of the film, instead of having one person animate the main character through the movie and another person to animate the generic people and so on.
In the last few weeks when we had entered the postproduction phase, and we had started rendring and comping, we could feel the pressure and there were a lot of late nights. We rendered on all available computers and we even had to lower the settings to get it done.
Ole Kristian did the comping, Ole Petter did most of the editing, Øyvind and I recorded the sounds, I did also edit the movie, and I made the credits.
I also made the DVD cover, DVD-label and a autorun Icon, just to make everything look a bit more professional.
So after all this time and pressure we’re all still friends and there has been little discussions. So I think we have worked well together and everyone has contributed very well, and worked hard for the group. I think the differences in our group made the group work so well. Instead of being a group were everyone just wanted to animate or model, there was one that wanted to do drawings and one that wanted to do another task and so on.
I am very happy with the group and the result.
Long time since my last post now, but that's because we've been extremly busy with getting everything ready for the deadline tomorow.
In the last few days we've been putting everything together. And while one person is working in premiere another person are working in after effects or audition.
And I've also took the time to create a cover for our DVD and print out a dvd-label. So just some tweaking remaining now and then we can burn everything out to our dvd and go home