Thursday, September 30, 2010

post production intern project

Shore Nice to Meet You! from Danica Parry on Vimeo.

Here's what a couple of talented interns and I worked on during our Summer internship at Humble TV. I'm yet to get the original copy, but one of the interns, Danica Parry, has posted it online.

I contributed to the 2D animation (water, clouds, shadows), 3D animation (1st, 4th and last shot of the octopus), visual effects, rotoscoping, compositing and early audio/video edits (and a bit of rendering)

This was fun!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Newton's Cradle

Been really sick this past week, and trying my best to motivate myself to accomplish things.

Monday, September 20, 2010

expression. music. rhythm.

Bhava Raga Tala from Shreyasi Das on Vimeo.

My one quarter film from sophomore year! Finally! Took me 10 weeks to do- I based it off of Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form that makes use of sculpturesque poses. Natyam means dance, and Bharata is derived from the Sanskrit words, bhava, raga and tala which literally means expression, music and rhythm. The film was screened at the High Street Film Festival in Rochester.

I like how it turned out, but it wasn't as challenging as I would have liked it to be. (Hail the two-quarter!)

But here's what Bharatanatyam is actually like, so you can see what exactly I experimented with. I used the poses to match up with a different kind of music not traditionally used for this kind of a dance.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

inspiration tests

Trying to figure out visual styles, etc. etc.

I was pretty much drifting in the air when I sat down to work and plan things out. So I started with doodles and sketches. I have a secret crush on animating credit sequences so I started sketching possible backgrounds for my credit sequence animation (I know, I'm more excited about the credits than the actual film- which kind of got me thinking... but now's not the time to explain that)

So I started with these:

And got inspired to do these...

This is just lambert with occlusion. Initially, when I didn't even have an idea, I thought of this style for simplicity's sake because I had seen one or two student films in this style that weren't super-immaculate with textures and all. But maybe I won't use it.. I just wanted to try it out.

As far as layout, I'm taking inspiration from German Expressionism...

Over summer I had something like this, but now I feel like it doesn't go well with the mood and the personality of my character.

So now I'm going for something more like this:

And now I'm super excited about the film!

Friday, September 3, 2010

a new beginning

The safety instruction monologues by airplane stewardesses are ringing in my head in all languages right now. I'm off for a ride, and I don't know what it's going to be like and it's shamelessly frightening!!

I like, at the end of of a period of time, or seasons in this case, to say that I've accomplished something. So by the end of the summer, I think I can safely say I've got a better grasp at the concept of rigging than I did before. On my second go, I think I made a decent rig for a really rough representation of my character for my next film.

There were a bunch of crazy problems that got me all frustrated and then I figured out solutions to them and felt elated, but then it lead to other problems, which I fixed again, messed up again, yadeyada.. But in the end, I think it turned out to work well. I mean, I was able to animate a really quick walk cycle with it without facing any problems (except for the shape and dimensions of the character which was very distracting and got in the way). And it also helped me learn how a rig that I build works, in comparison to the rigs I am used to working with.

And lookit that mustache test!!

Hopefully, now that I've gone through this, the process will be much smoother when I finally do it on the final character.

Wish me luck!! I have homework already!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


School will start in a few days and I figured I won't get to play around with my tablet as much, since I won't really need it for drawing. Thus...

It's Shiva btw. A very feminine Shiva. He has a million names, and apparently one of them is Aja. Which I love. It means unborn.