Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Personal Work - Butterfly Tree

Here I have designed a simplistic butterfly tree in Maya. My Mum is helping run a residential weekend for families and needed a design for the ongoing theme.

The quote underneath says "There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings."

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Reflective Statement - Fantastic Voyage

I was daunted by the size of this project and the scientific aspect I would need to understand for it to be successful. However once I had the idea of seeing the human cell as a marble on a marble run I was more able to grasp the cell cycle process. I focused initially was on creating the marble run stage and because I felt comfortable with idea I probably spent too long on it. Strengths of this phase were that:

  • The scenes were colourful
  • Fun
  • Varied in their style and direction of travel
  • I learnt new skills in using a deformer
If I was to do the project again I would:

  • Make sure that the marble could be seen more clearly through the tunnel
  • Add suitable sounds to the marble run
  • Shorten the time of this phase
I most enjoyed creating the marble because:
  • I could experiment with colours
  • I was managing a perfect shape
  • It looked like a marble and it looked like a cell
  • The frame containing the mass of marbles is colourful fun, inviting and pleasing to the eye
I probably wouldn't alter the marble in any way. 

As I moved into the cell cycle phases I tried to retain the child like, toy like theme and I looked for inspiration in children toys. The DNA was not easy to create in this respect but by adding a fork and suggesting that it was like spaghetti I felt it was something the viewer would relate to. Using the curve tool in Maya I made, then duplicated and then rotated the shapes. The main difficulty was trying to make the entire cycle plastic looking. 

The chromosomes were difficult to animate but I was inspired by the idea that they were trapeze artists. Using the squash and stretch method I was able to present there act. 

I do recognize that there were a lot of different styles in my animation and therefor the film did not always flow seamlessly. If I were to do the project again Id keep the art style more consistent and less varied.

I had originally thought about using a jack in the box to sign post my animation but instead used a spring and an arrow. I do feel that this was my most effective movement because its shape and sound flowed well. 

As has happened previously I become so engrossed and obsessed with the creation and animation that I loose site of the importance and help that sound design can provide. I was pleased that I was able to synchronize the sound and identify an effective voice over. 

On reflection the target audience than I had originally planned. Although I have had feedback from current GCSE students who have enjoyed the animation. 

I cannot deny that I have worked every waking hour on this project. When I compare my initial attempts at the beginning of the year I can see the extent of my improvement and I am proud. I know that I still have a long way to go but will benefit from being able to find my way easily around the Software Process and I look forward to Year 2! 

Animation Showreel - Final

Animation Showreel from Jennifer Ball on Vimeo.

Links to my animations:

Life Drawing - Scribd Document

Life Drawing by Jennifer Ball on Scribd

Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Script @Phil

I wonder what toys you enjoyed playing with most when you were younger?  What were the most popular ones?  What were the most colourful ones?  What were the most entertaining ones?  

I wanted to help you understand the human cell cycle by using some of the most memorable and iconic toys to help me explain.  They are toys that have stood the test of time and that while they are not played with in the same way today, they still have something to teach us.

Imagine the complete human cell as a marble which has travelled inside the body, twisting and turning, inverting and reverting on the way to its final destination. (Marble lands in pile).

DNA can be likened to a tiny mass of spaghetti which grows into a ball like structure. This part of the interphase is known as the Growth Phase.

The ball like structure expands, reproducing itself two times.  This part of the interphase is known as the S Phase.

Now you see the expandable ball that you might have played with, at its peak.  The DNA is the structure and it begins to prepare for Mitosis and cell 

DuRing the first stage of Mitosis, Prophase, the chromosomes become visible and condense to become shorter and thicker.  I was reminded of the plastic, sticky people or bugs that you threw against the wall and then watched walk down.  

Initially they are randomly floating around but somehow become more synchronised when they move into Metaphase.  In this phase they seem to perform a routine and move like  trapeze artists, teetering before standing on each other's shoulders!

The spindle fibres act like the tightrope and hold them securely at each sister chromative. 

The Anaphase takes place when the fibres perform a ' tug of war' and separate the chromatids. 

The spindle fibres pull the chromatids to the edge before they disappear and a small mass of spaghetti remains.

Cytokinesis occurs when two identical cells are formed and a new human cell cycle commences.

Storyboard for The Cell Cycle Animation (camera movements etc are yet to be included)

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Intro to Substance Materials

Final Render

My Cell Cycle Pre - Vis (so far)

I have done the marble run part to my Pre - Vis. I intend on having marble sound effects throughout the marble run, especially when the cell lands on the other cells. Still unsure on the tunnel textures, but its mainly to get a rough idea of movement.
Cell Cycle Pre - vis from Jennifer Ball on Vimeo.
I hope to achieve a more squishy movement for my tunnels, rather than have them completely static. So like this: GLITTER from Buda on Vimeo.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Label Idea @Phil

Hi Phil, was thinking of having my labels as signs on springs that pop up.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Testing Textures - Tunnel

I want to create almost like a plastic slide texture. However it needs to be transparent enough to see the cell complete its marble run.

Pong E Texture

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Animatic so far @Phil

Fantastic Voyage - Animatic so far from Jennifer Ball on Vimeo.

Hi Phil, here is my animatic so far but i'm a bit stuck as to how I can represent mitosis? I am trying to use your idea of some form of kinetic movement, but I cant seem to make it work for me.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Life Drawing - Lesson 19

Black Ink - 20 mins

Pencil - 5 minute poses

Black Charcoal - 10 minute poses