Thursday, 26 January 2012

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Unit 3: textures

X-ray Teeth

Blood cells- without glow intensity

Blood cells- glow intensity changed

Water droplets

Friday, 20 January 2012

Unit 3 presentation

Unit Presentation

Unit 3: Environment- disk art

here's the disk art for this unit

Unit 3: Environment-Final scene

Not sure are these passes are meant to be the way they shuold turn out as Maya had crashed in the process! :(
final image without matte painting

Beauty pass

finished image

occlusion pass

ZDepth pass

matte paitning with frame


from behind

from the left

from the right

Wire frame and light test
trike wheels UV 
 Building (top) and floors UV maps

Original View
floor carpet texture bump map

wire frame
Final scene

At last here's my finished scene after a number of times it kept crashing and restarting!! -_-

Unit 3: Environmnet- concept art

Here's my latest and finished concept art!!

Unit 3:Environment- main influence map

the latest updated influence map

Unit 3: Environment- lighting, textures, etc

light test

UV grid for the tricycle wheels


wall pattern

tricycle seat bump texture

Blue velvet (1986) Review

Blue Velvet

Unit 3: Environment- Essay Assignment

Essay Assignment

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Unit 3: Environment- The TRICYCLE!! ^_^


 After lost count of hours, I have finally made the tricycle!! d\(^3^)/b It was quite hard to do as the tricyle that I have included in my concept art there weren't any iamges that were similar to this. So I ended up looking at the structures of the tricycle and how similar would this look to the concept version. There weren't any images of the tricycle taken from the front so I ended up using an image of the back of the tricycle and try to draw the measurements and outlines for the front.



the outlines

The tricycle that was based on

Unit 3: Environment- UV maps

fig 1- original layout

fig 2 .Looking behind and through the back mirror

fig 3. left wall

fig 4. right wall

fig 5. uncanny 1?

fig 6.uncanny 2?
I've managed to add some UV mapping into the scenes, I'm very happy with the way it turned out thought the ball and the light will be replaced by something better which these are there just for temporary guide. Whilst making these along with the cameras I've got carried away playing with the camera angles so much that now there's five in one scene. I feel that the fig 2,5 and 6 would create a bit of more uncanny than the rest comparing to my original layout. But these would also depend on the texturing, adding details to figure out which camera would work best. At the moment, I am sculpting the skirting boards as well as starting on the tricycle later.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Shining (1980) Review

film art

The Shining is a psychological film based on the Stephen King’s novel of the same name; the film is directed by Stanley Kubrick, stars Jack Nicholson Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. The film follows around the lives of Jack Torrance’s family as he takes a job as a caretaker at an isolated hotel. His son possesses psychic abilities and is able to see things from the past and future especially the ghosts from the hotel. However during their stay at the hotel, Jack gradually becomes in possession by something supernatural, causing him to go into madness and attempts to murder his wife and son.
The famouse corridor and trike scene
Set in an isolated hotel during the winter storm, the interior design is mostly filled with patterns, corridors and mirrors that helps create the uncanny feel. “Alive with portent and symbolism, every frame of the film brims with Kubrick's genius for implying psychological purpose in setting: the hotel's tight, sinister labyrinth of corridors; its cold, sterile bathrooms; the lavish, illusionary ballroom.” (Nathan, 2008)
Twins, patterns and corridors add in the uncanny atmosphere

To add more of the uncanny effect into the film, it is noticed that at first whilst they travel together in the car to the hotel, Jack appears to be slightly sinister toward his family and by the time they’ve settled in, the relationship between each character appears to be slightly unstable. Having Danny with his “thumb friend” Tony adds to the mystery and suspense of the film especially when coming from a young age the child speaks in a complete different tone to acts as Tony. Though throughout the course of the film, the audience is questioned that are all the characters turned into the madness and this is all made up or reality, “If Danny is a reliable witness, he is witness to specialized visions of his own that may not correspond to what is actually happening in the hotel... That leaves us with a closed-room mystery: In a snowbound hotel, three people descend into versions of madness or psychic terror, and we cannot depend on any of them for an objective view of what happens. It is this elusive open-endedness that makes Kubrick's film so strangely disturbing” (Ebert, 2006). Some even went to say that it was perhaps the hotel that was in control and possessing each of the characters, “The father is gradually possessed by the demonic, desolate hotel.” (Variety, 1980)

List of Illustrations:

Kubrick, S (1980) IMDB- Film art (online):

Kubrick, S (1980) The famouse corridor and trike scene (onilne):

Poselli, A (2008) Twins, patterns and corridors add in the uncanny atmosphere (online):


Nathan, I (2008) EMPIRE ESSAY: The Shining (online):

Ebert, R (1980) The Shining (1980) (online):

Variety staff (1980) The Shining (online):

Suspiria (1977) Review

Film poster
Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento and stars Jessica Harper and Stefania Casini. The film revolves around an American ballet transfer student at a dance academy in Germany, only to find that all is not as it seems in the dance academy as it is controlled by a coven of witches.
The use of red colours at play
The film’s setting is highly stylized, with brightly coloured stained windows and walls of primary colours in particular red, set similar to the styles of a comic strip as well as creating an unrealistic, nightmarish setting. However throughout the course of the film, the colours play an important role leading to Suzy’s discovery of the witches as well as a way to destroy them. The use of camera angles to create a sense of long journeys, repetition or even no way out is often used throughout most of the film. Shooting on bold, very fake-looking sets, he uses bright primary colors and stark lines to create a campy, surreal atmosphere, and his distorted camera angles and crazy lighting turn out to be much more memorable than the carnage.” (Maslin, 1977)

Use of camera angles and colour made this shot looks repetitive.
The film mostly focuses on the mental state of mind as well as the characteristics of being under the spells of a witch like hypnotism, occult traditions and brings things back from the dead. It also focuses on schizophrenia and psychological happenings coming to life. However the use of blood is played a lot as well as showing characters slowly dying until they’re dead in particular nose bleeds, murders and even falling into a room full of barbed wires.  The movie climaxes with a fantastic light show of lysergic apparitions and exploding chandeliers.” (Hoberman, 2009)

The musical score made by The Goblins was well praised for its scores that suits the atmosphere of the film and because of their success, they’ve went onto create musical scores for most of Argento’s films. “The Goblins' carnivalesque, tribal score amplifies the horror like the roar of fire leading to a hellmouth, and saturated, bold color schemes permit an otherworldly tone, like fantasy come to life...” (Projection booth, 2011).

List of Illustrations:
OffRamptToNoWhere (2010) Suspiria (1977) (online): - (accessed on 30/12/2011)

Land of Whimsy  (2009) Suspiria BD (final) impressions: The use of red colours at play (online): - (accessed on 30/12/2011)

Summer, D (2006) Use of camera angles and colour made this shot looks repetitive. (accessed on 30/12/2011)


Maslin, J (1977) The movie climaxes with a fantastic light show of lysergic apparitions and exploding chandeliers. (Online): Tomatoes – (accessed on 29/12/2011)

Hoberman, J (2009) Suspiria Shock: Two Runs in Two Weeks (online): - (accessed on 29/12/2011)

Projection Booth (2011) Viewing Log #10 (online): -  (accessed on 30/12/2011)