Idea #4

Sakina came up with our fourth idea. During our first talk we spoke about having Kyoto Gardens as one of our locations. From this Sakina came up with the idea of having CG origami creatures. These creatures would be easy enough to model and we could definitely set up some very realistic paper shaders to be applied to the models. This is also inline with our plan to keep it very simple but effective.

Each  piece of origami has a different meaning depending on what creature it is.

Crane – Happiness, Good luck and peace
Fish – Freedom, courage
Dragon – power, wisdom success
Llama – Responsibility and Hard work
Cat – Independence, balance
Turtle – protection

I like the idea of having a crane. Firstly I think it’s the most iconic of the origami creatures and would be instantly recognisable. Secondly the emotions that it has associated with it would coincide nicely with the calm, peaceful environment of Kyoto Gardens.

Here is a small concept I drew onto a photocopy from a 3D Artist magazine. On the left you can see the final image of that scene. this is a good example of photo-realism of a Japanese garden.


Although this is a stop motion video it is good reference if we wanted to show our origami creature folding itself up or down.

Here is a reference of origami done in CG, by the looks of the render it is done in C4D. I have an OK understanding of C4D so I will be doing some R&D tests to see if I can recreate the same effect.




Here is a rough story board for my idea. I have a couple of establishing shots at the beginning, so the audience can get a sense of the environment. We wanted to include some slow motion and waterfalls look really interesting in slow motion as they flow down the rocks. Next are just some shots that only show a small part of the bird. I think having a sense of mystery would later help sell the feeling of awe and beauty we are trying to achieve.



On Monday we all went to our chosen location of Kyoto Gardens, to go and see where we we would place all of our shots, here are just some of the images of different shots that we liked. We brought the Black Magic camera along with us but it died almost instantly, so we knew for the next day we would have to bring a different camera.

This is the updated rough story board I put together from our first shoot, I’ve given this to Sakina and she’s is going to creating a more detailed one as she is better at drawing than myself. This is based off of the shots we decided on monday.


On Tuesday we went on a test shoot. My friend Isaac agreed to come help us shoot as he has a lot of experience with camera work, plus he loaned us his camera which was a massive help because our Black Magic died on us. We planned for it to be a test shoot but we did capture some really nice footage which we might use in the final piece. Below is quick slap comp of the shots we planned out in our storyboard.


We had tonnes of great footage so I also put together a few other quick animatics so i could experiment with a few different ideas. I really like the last version, it reminds me of a nature documentary and I think that could be a really interesting concept to play with.



Idea #3

As a group we liked the idea of having a something that is time warped. Either a time lapse or slow motion would look really effective with our CG. We thought we could incorporate slow motion into our insect idea, with some water droplets. But for this idea we said a time lapse of something decaying, like a statue or building.

I have put together a mood board of different ideas to do with decaying and a possible location of parliament square as we know there are many iconic statues situated in the area.


With this idea I would hope to use some particle and fracture simulations to create the decaying effect and would give me an opportunity to continue practicing Houdini.

Idea #2

Our second idea came from looking at macro photography. We like the idea of having the camera really close up to the main object. We then could have a really shallow depth of field with only the main object in focus. This would give a really nice sense of scale as well as having a nice aesthetic look. We really like the colour and and shallow depth of field of these images below. It would be good to do some research into macro photography for this project.

We thought insects would be easier to model and texture than an animal that had feathers or hair. After seeing the video of previous students work, the forest scene with the mechanical bird, we thought it would be even easier and more effective to have some kid of robotic insects. This way all our models could be hard edged and when rigging we wouldn’t have to have any deforming geometry.

Henry found these images by an artist that creates insects out of old watch parts. We all really loved this idea and it was inkeeping with the mechanical aspect of our idea. A lot of these insects are depicted with a light bulb as a part of their body. We thought this would be really nice to include in our models. If we shot at night time or in the dark having a light bulb on the model would give a really great effect as it moves around the environment. Here is the mood board where you can see the mechanical insects. I’ve also included some halogen lights aswell, I really like the warm orange glow that they give off.


Below is a clip from David Attenborough’s ‘Insect Worlds’ it gives a really good example of live action footage of macro photography of insects and there environment.

Here is also another example of live action macro photography of insects.


Here are some extracts from the Cinefex magazine about the film ‘Ant Man’. The full article talks about the range of techniques used by Double Negative and various other studios to achieve the micro effect when filming ‘Ant Man’. In the article is some good information about what sort of cameras they had been using along with the lenses. Also all the effects they were then able to apply to the footage. I have just chosen these two pages as the whole article is about ten pages long.

Idea #1

Our first idea revolved around the idea of London at night time. We all agreed that London at night time is really beautiful with all of the bright lights in central London. We also agreed that this is even more true at Christmas time when London is lit up with all of the Christmas lights.

We were discussing the idea of having Santa’s sleigh crash land into an iconic part of London. I like this idea because it is relevant to the time of year for this project and it would be instantly recognisable being in central London. I also liked the idea because it would be possible to include some particle and fluid FX work with snow and the crash landing. FX work is something I would like to try and incorporate into all of our ideas because it is the field I am most interested in, although I would need to make sure it is done subtly and doesn’t over power the rest of the piece.

When we first thought about the idea of London at night time, the first thing that sprang to my mind was the CG piece by students from Hertfordshire, “Bertie the Elephant”. This, I thought was a brilliant piece, it really captures the the beauty of London, with really nice lighting and shallow depth of field.


I have put together some images in a mood board to give a better idea of the concept and mood. These images come from various different places. The movies “Elf” and “The Santa Clause 1-3” have some good reference for Santa’s sleigh in CG. And the other images are either still from “Bertie the Elephant” or images of iconic areas of London at night time. If we decide to pursue this idea further, I would like to move around London at night taking photos of various locations so we could have a better idea of where we would want to shoot.