Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Bookstore observations...

Was sat in Waterstones with a peppermint tea and one of the new ginger syrup Christmas muffins (yum) and got the sketchbook out to do a bit of observational drawing. The old man reading with the magnifying glass fell asleep for quite a while until the store got more busy - I probably would too in a cosy corner surrounded by books! :p


"Do you know the muffin man?"

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Observational Drawing - George Square, Glasgow

Whilst trying to avoid the flock of pigeons that were taking over the square, managed to do a few observational drawings of people sitting on the benches in the Square:


Saturday, 23 August 2014

MAV London trip

Some of us from the MSc Animation course went down to London for a few days to take the Degree Show on the road.

We visited The Mill, Escape Studios, Jellyfish Pictures and MPC - Moving Picture Company. It was great to see and hear from these studios the work they do, what they look for in potential employees and general advice about the VFX and animation industry.
I visited The Mill and MPC last year with the Undergraduate course, showcasing our films in the screening room at MPC. However this years visit I got to see a bit more of the MPC building as we were in a different screening room. We received a lengthy presentation about the company and the industry, followed by a Q and A - felt truly inspired and motivated once it was over!

We also had some spare time to explore London, visiting some well-known landmarks and soaking up the London buzz :)

The 'Tug of Biscuit' team





Possibly the best bowl of Pasta I've ever had - at 'Vapiano' on Wardour Street



Friday, 15 August 2014

Masters Degree Show

The opening night of Degree Shows are always exciting, the work is finished and we can all finally relax! One of my favourite things about Degree Shows though is watching an audience react to watching your film on the big screen :D






*Somehow in the excitement of the evening, we all managed to forget to take a class photo... D'oh!

Masters Semester 3 - 'Tug of Biscuit'

Semester 3 on the MSc Animation and Visualisation course was concentrated around the production and completion of the short film 'Tug of Biscuit'. I directed the film and had 3 other members on the team: Kirti Goenka, Georgios Baritakis, and Sheng Li. Here is the finished film:


Tug Of Biscuit from Lilly Durrant on Vimeo.

The film is also viewable here on Youtube.

This Semester I worked on blendshapes, layout, animation, and editing, whilst directing the film.
A full detailed account of the making of this film can be viewed on my Master's blog here: 'Lilly Durrant - MSc Animation & Visualisation'.

Watercolour silhouette studies of dogs

Dog blendshapes sketches

Final Dog Blendshapes

Human character expressions

Bird expressions and blendshapes sketches

Final Bird Blendshapes

Animation begins...

Layout

Production Schedules and Animation Shot Lists

Animating the dog in Shot 3 (more breakdowns of the shots I animated can be found on my Master's blog):
video

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Dragons In Dundee

As part of the 'Screen in the Square' (during the Commonwealth Games), local filmmakers and animators were invited to submit films to be shown in Dundee City Centre. Our Master's class film 'Concerning Dragons' made it into the lineup! The screen wasn't quite as big as we were expecting but was great to see it up there nonetheless :)


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Observational Drawing in Paris

Went on a short trip to Paris this week! Managed to fit in some observational drawing amongst all the sightseeing and gallery viewings.

Place des Vosges was a great place for observational drawing, it was filled with people enjoying the sun and having picnics:



Then I spotted some mischievous small birds who were picking up bits of food left behind from picnics and lunches. I took some video footage of them for reference for the bird character in 'Tug of Biscuit' as the personalities seemed to suit:
video

When I got home I had a look at the bird footage and decided to do a quick animation test. I really liked the way they hop around from A to B when they aren't flying - their version of a walk cycle - and I think this could work well for our bird character. Here is a rough test I speed-animated on my iPad with the 'Animation Creator' app:
video

I also found a Digital Tutors tutorial which shows how to animate a hop-step for a bird, which should be useful:
http://www.digitaltutors.com/tutorial/889-Maya-Animation-Reference-Library-Birds#play-22446