VR Stop-Motion update 5

The whole film is now finished. In total it is 3 minutes long and has 4 scenes. The original plan was to have 5 scenes but due to te approach of the deadline we reduced it to just 3 stop-motion scenes and the final scene, the modern age, is a sort 360 clip of Lincoln high street. The main reason we changed it to this was time, but I actually think that it fits the whole purpose of the project much better as it shows what shelters have progressed too.

The exhibition starts on the 4th April and is on for around a week.

VR Stop-Motion update 4

The backgrounds are now fully painted by Callum and we have built a set which can hold up the backgrounds and gives us a perfect circle in the middle where we can film.

We have also now filmed the first half of the first scene, the Stone Age. In the clip, the caveman leaves his cave walks around. then he sees a tent and walks over and then goes inside. This video very quickly demonstrates the development of early human shelters.

Topic for 2000 word essay

I will be writing about E-ink and how it has only had a few uses in today’s technology. For example, the first Amazon Kindles used E-ink but have now moved on to the same LED screens all other tablets use. As well as E-ink I will also look at other technologies which could have had potential but were overshadowed or replaced by something completely different.

This is just a basis for now but as I plan more of the essay and begin to write, it may change slightly in some areas.

VR Stop-Motion update 3

Today we finally managed to get our first VR stop-motion test to work in the actual headset! It’s only a few seconds long but the one building that is there gets built stays there for a short while then deconstructs slightly quicker.

Using the method of filming ourselves dismantling the buildings we used just one building which had been made quickly just for the test. The original photos we took were way too big so we had to reduce the file size in Photoshop, and used actions to get all of the photos done quickly. Then we put them all into Premiere Pro. I reversed the footage and slowed it down because it was way too fast (when we do the full one I think I will slow it down even more than I did today) then used images of the building fully built to keep it still for a short while. then to deconstruct it I just used the original photos which we took and left its already quick speed.

The result worked and we now have a 4 second long 360 video you can look at in the VR headset.

Adrian Shaughnessy Guest Lecturer

Today Adrian Shaughnessy gave a lecture about some of his own experiences as a graphic designer as well as his experiences with opening a publishing company and how modern changes have affected the designers of today.

He said there have been three big, major changes to the industry which have completely changed a designers purpose. The first was the Apple Macintosh, because this now allowed anyone to use any typeface they wanted and make their own prints. The second was the internet because before it, the designer would just have to make different designs depending on what size the print was going to be. But with the internet, people all of the world were using different sized screens, with different resolutions and browser settings. This meant that the designer had to design for all of them with one design. The third was the automatisation of design, meaning the many services which can design basic webpages and other things for you. Ones which would have usually been done by a graphic designer.

Typography Booklet

After finishing the 40 page typography assignment we reprinted them to fit two per A4 sheet. Then made a small booklet out of them to present them.

VR Stop-Motion update 2

Since our first idea, with the 2 separate animations, we have moved on to just staying with one larger animation which we will both do. The animation will be about building and cities changing over time so throughout the animation you will see the early building up to the modern age.

We have decided to go for 5 different ‘ages’ each is fairly different from the other so it should be easy to tell which is which. The ages are:

  1. Stone age
  2. Roman
  3. Medieval
  4. Industrial
  5. Modern

At the moment each age will be 30 seconds long so the full thing will be 2 minutes 30 seconds. we have talked about shortening it even more and we made do so before we start filming to save time.

The building will be made out plasticine and the way they will be built and film is just us making them and then taking the frames when we move away so they look as if they are building themselves.

Next Digital Practice Assignment – JS Video

On Friday we were given our next assignment in Digital Practice called, JavaScript Video.

Our task is to “Develop an interactive dialogue within a GUI (Graphic User Interface) utilising video content. Use film, animation, green screen effects, after effects and js/jquery.”

So far I only have a small idea which is to take several pictures of my hand palm down and then when the user pressed different buttons then different fingers move. This could be used as a way to navigate the website by placing buttons under each finger.

The game Surgeon Simulator uses a pretty similar idea and to control each finger the user presses buttons underneath their own.

Image result for surgeon simulator controls

Critical Analysis Presentation

My presentation for critical analysis is due in on Monday 30th January, so just 2 days. I am almost finished with it now and have finished 5 slides. If I get chance over the next few days to add another slide (the maximum is 6) then I may do so. At the moment my main priority is completing the bibliography.