Monday, 28 October 2013

Environments - Re-Visited

The feedback from our pitch made us rethink our choice of environment. We initially went with an outdoor setting in the forest to symbolize the "church" and Religion, being natural and pure. However, we were lead onto a more obvious choice as to set our scene.. In an actual Church.

This made sense for a number of reasons, to show the Religious element there isn't really a better way than to use the house of God, and the eaves of the church can be visually quite amazing, as the view from above looking down on the seats and the altar can be portrayed very well.

Before I start painting concepts, I put together this influence map ti help me visualize the style of a 15th Century style church with the huge stained glass windows and high ceilings.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Character Research - Vikings


The vikings were around from the late 8th century to the 12th. They were native to the Scandinavian area, Denmark, Norway and Finland until 865 A.D. when they invaded a small island off of the north of England. They are always distinguished by their trademark longship which was also used to trade cargo in exchange for iron which they used to make weapons

Vikings are usually mis-represented in most popular culture, they are usually shown as mean, barbaric and "scruffy". Whereas recent evidence has shown them to be more of a humble race, the kept themselves groomed and made sure that farmer, traders, women and children were never harmed, being their own or belonging to the enemy. 



Although "Vikings" the TV series shows the Vikings in the view of the "popular opinion", they still have elements of how they are truly, for example they didn't wear horned helmets, and usually went into battle sometimes with as little as leather armour a shield and a sword. The horned helmets only came into existence in the early 19th century when people brought back the idea of Viking armour.

(Vikings, TV Series)

Thor, is the most recent (and probably most famous Norse God of this time) 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Script - Final Draft

As our first script was generic and only showed the stages, I revised it and went back adding the sound stages as well.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Monday, 14 October 2013

Influence Maps - Mechanics and BIrds

Mechanically we want to make the bird look reminiscent of Leonardo Da Vinci's Ornithopter. I looked at different cogs and mechanisms, the smaller versions, like the ones in watches were a good insight into how they would work in small scale, as the bird isn't going to be huge.   

When looking at birds, I mostly looked at the wings, and this is the most prominent part of the creature, it is the part they display in terms of mating and intimidation. The poses are very graceful and generally have a menacing nature.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Maya - Character Modelling (Blocking Stage)

Blocking out the character.
This Tutorial took me quite a while, however I managed to pull through and get it done!