Thursday, 18 December 2008

I think the problem is..

I was not very happy with the way my 3d walk went. I failed to relay my own gait. The main problem is the lenght of the stride. And the way that i carry a bit of weight. This just did not come off. The balance of the figure was too far back on the model. I am going to post the walk playbast and then you will see what i mean.

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On the other hand i was quite happy with the 2d version. For me to get any likeness was quite a result. Ha. I got the arms a bit snappier and the stride right. I also got more of a feeling of weight, and the balance right. You could almost tell it was me; which was cool! With the confidence i am gaining from my life (and general) drawing and the use of a more affirmative line, plus addressing the volume issues, i am sure i can do better next time. The video below is the final attempt at the walk.

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And this one is an earlier attempt.

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Monday, 1 December 2008

The day we talked about Nemo...

It has been a long time coming; but eventually the day of our visual assignment arrived. I teamed up with Adam; a guy from Wolverhampton, (gods own city, and, probably have the best football team in Europe right now). We decided to speak about Finding nemo. We thought that this would be a great choice as it is full of stereotypes and, as we found out had a lot more to offer in the narrative.
Basically we found that the film very skillfully deals with social issues such as alcholism, schizophrenia, short-term memory loss and also berieavment.

The first scene was a very hard hitting; because it deals with the loss of a whole family and the anguish that this may cause. This i feel may be the Director (Andrew Stanton) admitting that we do not live in a perfect world and that he is at the helm of a global company who's films are viewed in war torn countries and by people who are a lot less fortunate.To portray the perpetual American dream is what a lot of Pixar and Disney's work has done in the past; but in the Nemo film the only characters that seems half normal are the stereotypical pelicans (portrayed as old male Aussies) and the dentist; and any normality and western values such as a stable family life are snached away in the first scene.

This film is set half in the ocean with Nemos dad and his journey to find his son and half in an aquarium in a dentists surgery. Here we are introduced to various characters, all of whom have different afflictions. One thing which we failed to do when we delivered our talk was to appologise to the group for ruining the film. As a couple of our group said they did not see the fish and the disability aspect of the film. I think this is a good thing because it shows that Pixar did not let this issue take over the narrative.

What do you want to see and hear more about?