Saturday, 20 December 2008
Music: Get Your Guns by Nine Black Alps
Visualisation Board Game Project from Jay Jackson-Hicks on Vimeo.
Overall I'm happy of the out come. I'd of prefered to have a few more fast cuts and diffrent camera angles. But my editing/filming skills kind of drew a blank. I'm not going to post the video of my Animation project because I'm not very proud of it. I should have organised myself better so I could of spent more time on that part of the project. This is something I'm going to try harder on next term.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Viral Marketing is when an experience grabs a persons attention and makes them want to share that experience with others. After having success on the internet as "that guy who dances in those places in front of those things" he was approched by Stride Gum company to make another video. This second video he made was paid for by Stride so not only did Matt get paid for his video, he also got free global travel. This was a great way for him to sell the attention he was genrorating.
Now if only I could think of a way to get free global travel for doing something stupid!
I'd heard of this video before but haven't seen it till now. The thing I find funny is it was both his love of traveling and terrible talent at dancing that made him famous. I myself have a burning passion to travel. I've been all many countries and 4 continents and consider myself a more seasoned traveler than most. I also love to dance (some say terribly) stupidly. But what I think is crazy is that his job was a games developer, which is what I aspire to be.
Fueled by stories of my dad and a college lecture I've always seen my first priority to travel the world and I love to discover and learn new cultures.
More interesting stuff can be found here. If you found this video funny or inspiring I suggest you find his 3 part YouTube lecture which is also on his blog.
I wish I saved and uploaded that video now but I overwrited the name to redo the intended shot.
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Here's how it looks so far:
Visual Board Game Sweep1 from Jay Jackson-Hicks on Vimeo.
I'm not sure how to fix this and it's getting annoying.
I've also decided that my environment shapes were too close to the board and it looked crowed when I added more. So I've spaced it out.
When I sort out the lighting and textures you'll see almost all the blocks with a glairing whiteness and hopefully some bloom effect. I want to put in quite harsh lighting.
Friday, 12 December 2008
First of all I made a flat square In the top view. I choose to make it a box and not a planar because I wanted some height to the base. Then i extrude the pillars and with edge select lengthened one side to make a slope.
I had to then move some vertex's up so the arching part wouldn't be as thick:
After this I simply selected the now smaller polygons, extruded them and then raised them to make it diagonal:
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
I've jotted down quite a few ideas for my Animated Board Game. I don't want to give much away just incase I can't figure out how to animate it or someone ninja's my ideas.
Using the Helix spline I made 3 parallel Helix shapes. The outer 2 were lofted with a circle to make the visible track. The centre one was then joint via Animation Path Constraints with a sphere. This centre track was then raised vertically to give the illusion of the ball sitting on the visible tracks.
Helix Track Ball Test from Jay Jackson-Hicks on Vimeo.
Rendered at 24FPS and 100 frames long with high quaility mental ray and codec it took ~8miniutes to complete. I'm quite sure that wasn't as fast as my computer could do it as iTunes was running fine as it was going. When I move on to bigger stuff i'm going to allow rendering 100% CPU power.
I’m aware that this video is really short and the ball moves incredibly fast, but I’m planning to have a very fast paced animation.
The floating shapes in the background are not part of the board. They're there to bring more depth and enthesize the disjointed nature of the area even though it's made of such primary shapes.
The game is called Mirror's Edge
I've always been a fan of that style and found it most intresting in Russian war propaganda posters:
I'm going to create a game board which has very bold flat colours and shapes but still has enough individual style to make it original and fresh. This is what I have so far to give you an idea.
Work is coming along quite well on all of these projects, I just hope I don't get too wrapped up in them that I forget to do my SPP essays. Or atleast clean my kitchen.
I've been playing around in 3D Studio Max for a while and I'll be posting some high quality videos as soon as I finish rendering them.
So stay tuned for some good stuffs.
Thursday, 23 October 2008
The essential point of networking is human contact; business has killed networking by making it something for the career orientated.
To answer this question one must first determine the specific meaning of networking. From what I’ve compiled, a network is a supportive system for connection between interrelated individuals or groups. The purpose of a network is for mutual benefaction by providing support or assistance between the individuals or groups.
Business can be said to have killed networking in its truest form by having career orientated individuals and groups using networks for selfish reasons. By only harvesting and taking resources from a network you’re not mutually participating this therefore kills its true definition.
Monday, 5 May 2008
I don't have a clue what "Your account is on hold" means but I know it's pushing me one step closer to killing someone.
This leaves me with only having to write the essay, and figure out how the hell to use flash. I've been going over some tutorials but the only ones I can find and either simple things like how to make a box move across the screen and save it. Or how to do rediculously hard animations which aren't important to my project.
I'm going to keep trying to find relivant tutorials and I'll go to the surgery tomorrow afternoon. But the way things look now I'm not hopefull that my trip home will happen.
Saturday, 3 May 2008
Although this is a major set back for my work I still have all my UVW maps, some print screens of my work and a few videos that I managed to render before I lost it all.
I was planning on getting into the flash process today and having the project completed for Monday. But this looks like it won't happen.
If I don't get this work completed by Tuesday then it looks like I'm going to have to cancel my trip home which I've been looking forward to for months now.
Friday, 2 May 2008
Here are a few of my objects that will be in my box:
Guitar Hero Guitar
When you click on one of the objects inside the ammo crate it will load a description of why it is in there and how it relates to my identity. Also it will load a video clip of the 3d object slowly spinning around. This video will loop so that it looks as if the object is just continually spinning.
Video clips here:
Wednesday, 30 April 2008
How it's done: http://youtube.com/watch?v=r940y3N1Yns
I was just browsing through the many pages of the internet when i stumbled across a picture of Jessica Rabit "untooned". I later found a blog called pixeloo which has some really cool photoshop work on it. I've seen other photoshop "speed painting" before, but I really liked how pixeloo uses images from existing photos and picks them apart and morphs them into the desired shapes.
Sunday, 27 April 2008
After 700 years of solitude Wall-E he develops a personality and finds the world around him fascinating. Then one day a spaceship lands and changes Wall-Es life forever.
He falls in love with Eve, A more high-tech robot from a diffrent planet. Eve strangely resembles a Sentry Gun from Portal... but has the ablity to fly.
Wall-E then follows Eve back to her home and discovers many facinating things on his adventure.
Although very little has been released about Wall-E the films hype seems to be mounting even though the film is 3 months away from it's world release. Because Wall-E and the other main characters, Eve and M-O, are robots they don't talk. Which means the story is driven along by the characters movements, which are very slapstick.
The first released footage of Wall-E was done during the Super Bowls' half-time commercial advertisments inwhich Woody and Buzz Lightyear, from Toy Story, talk about him as they themselfs are sat watching the Super Bowl. Advertising since then has grown slowly as the release of the film gets closer with life size cardboard cut-outs of Wall-E popping up over Cinemas worldwide.
I'm really looking forward to this film as it looks like pixar are tring new 3D developements out such as smoke and dust clouds. Also it reminds me of a more upbeat version of A short film my brother made called Sad Robot.
Wall-E Super Bowl
The idea is when it loads you click the screen to start a small movie clip. This clip will be of you walking up to the ammo crate and opening it. Once it is open there will be five objects inside that I think relate to me and my identity.
Once you click on one of the objects two black boxes will drop down, one with a description of the object and the other of the object.
Thursday, 10 April 2008
I had a great easter break, even though I was working for most of the time, and now i'm ready to really crack down and get on with my work. From talking to Will and checking his blog I can really see how far along he's come with his 3D work and I aim to follow in his footsteps and improve my 3D skills dramically aswell by using online tutorials.
A massive blow has happend to my machinima project (see here and here) when I found out that my halls have blocked mosting gaming ports. This means I can't develop the characters I want to star in my machinima, search for suitable locations to shoot and most importantly with not being able to log into a game when making machinima, I can't film any of it. So for now it looks like this project is going to be held back untill the summer holidays or even untill next term. I'm going to use this time to develop the script, make story boards and do research into my favorite machinimas. Such as how they record the voice actors and foly sounds.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
I wasn't untill I got a text from my friend Will that I tripple checked and found out my mistake. Hopefully I can reschedule my presentation for sometime this term. It's just annoying that I made such a stupid mistake, espically after the presentation I was supposed to give for my first terms work.
Untill I have my review here is something to keep you entertained:
Saturday, 8 March 2008
All I have left to do is give him hands, map skins and produce a rough enviroment for it to exist in. I think that I might include all the other 3d work i've done in this enviroment too, but only have the focus on my final avatar.
Here's the (almost) finished avatar:
On final thought I've decided that these are the main influences behind this avatar:
Saturday, 1 March 2008
As you can see I created a body for my avatar, and I changed the head. I thought that the Predator like dreadlocks at the back looked a little ghey so they're now gone. Also after watching one of my favorite films, Return of the Jedi, I decided to take the helmet in a new direction.
I'm planning to group the shoulders and torso into one shape but leave the head with a simple link, like I had with my walker, so that I can animate with it.
Thursday, 21 February 2008
(The brown helmet is mine and the green on is Wills.)
I've been thinking about my avatar over the last few weeks and what he should look like:
After some thinking I decied to incorperate the helmet I made into my avatar. Obviously I wanted to change it from the helmet Will helped me made because he spent so long working on it I didn't want to just rip him off and take credit.
Avatar so far:
As you can see it's really only the jaw that i copied from the original, and I plan to do some more work on that to make it more original.
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
I was giving some thought to the avatar that I am going to create for myself. While doing this I thought about the avatar I have already created for myself on online. Possibly my biggest hobby is computer gaming, and if asked to pigeon-hole myself I would consider myself a Gamer.
For the last 3 or 4 years I’ve been calling myself/avatar Radical Ewok. I’ve play numerous online games such as Counter Strike:(1.6/Condition Zero/ Source), Day of Defeat:(1.6/Source), Command and Conquer:(Tiberium Sun/ Tiuerium Wars), Battlefield: 2142, Team Fortress 2, Quake 3&4, Guitar Hero 3 and World of Warcraft.
World of Warcraft was defiantly the game where I felt the strongest sense of community. With thousands of people playing on each server it's hard to stick out of the crowd, although if you socialize enough on both the game and the forums then people will recognise and remember you. I once stopped playing WoW for around 4 months, then within a week of playing it again I’d had people approach me and tell me they remember me from a guild I was in with them from over a year ago.
What I look like online:
World of Warcraft is really the only game I’ve played where appearance is customizable.
Monday, 11 February 2008
Sadly due to the typical night life of a student it would be i'd be awake untill at least 3am before enough people went to sleep and stopped refreshing there facebook homepage.
From what I picked up The Centry of Self is about how propaganda/public relations was and still is used to controll the masses and there violent basic instincts.
I need sleep, this will be continued tomorow between my first lecture and tutorial.
We were asked as a task to think of new ways that this technology could be used. The video reminded me of a scene from a TV show called Firefly. In one of the episodes the doctor character uses a tool which displays a human brain as a 3D interactive holographic image.
In the video Jonny Lee uses an LCD screen to display a more detailed map ontop of a large projection of a basic map. I think if you combined this with 3D holographic x-ray it could help train surgens with complex operations. It could also be used to simulate risky operations that are about to be undertaken so the surgen can play though the senarios that may happen during the precigiour and practise and problems that might occure.
Last week we had a lecture with Simon and he explained to us Modernism and Post-Modernism. Before the 18th century most things happened and existed for the glorification of religion this changed during the age of the renaissance, when people started to celebrate science instead of religion. This sudden change known as the “enlightenment” was the beginning of modernism.
Modernism is about logic, order, simplicity and the celebration of “the machine”.
It was the thought that great ideas come from individuals, or “the author” whereas post-modernism celebrates the death of the author and believes that all ideas come from creative communities and have no clear beginning, like a rhizome it has no beginning and no end.
There isn't alot of customization that you can do to your chacter, beyond hair and gender, but that doesn't really bother me. I was kind of bothered that which ever gender you pick and customize you still kind of look like a girl in game, that coupled with not being able to jump in the game gave me this awful flashback to a Guild Wars free trial weekend I once took. If it wasn't for SealO's music, which reminded me of the many wonderful sleepless nights I had playing Monkey Ball, I probably would have done the same to SealO as I did to Guild Wars and uninstalled it before you could say uncle buck.
So off I went into the world of Seal to vanquish my cuddely foes with my UBER X-TREME GREEN HAIRED... himaphrodite warrior. There are many skills that you can learn like fishing and sleeping. Fishing allows you to catch fish which you can eat to regenerate your health and sleeping regenerates your health also much much more slowly.
I found myself not really using the sleep skill much as almost ever creature drops an item called newbie eggs which also regenerate your health.
After leveling up abit I found that I had enough money to buy the first newbie teir for the warrior.
At first I thought i'd been conned, it looks like i've just finised a shift in an ice cream truck. Supprisingly enough though it's completly overpowered. Rabits that used to hit me for around 30-40 damage now hit me for 1 or not at all. Considering that I have just over 1000 health thats quite alot of rabits i can kill before i'm dangerously low on health.
It turns out that quite a few people in my tutorial group and some more people in my seminar group started playing a game called Seal Online.
This is an MMORPG (you may find me calling these "Muh-Mor-Per-Gur's"), like WoW, apart from it is much more basic. Although the gameplay is much more simplifed (as i write this my character is fishing with out any input needed by me), the interaction seems to be a little higher.
In WoW you will rairly find people in the starting areas, and if you do they tend not to be very chatty or want to group with you. This is probably due to the fact that the early levels are boring and the fastest way to level past them and into more intresting areas is to do solo quests as fast as you can. I'd be intrested to see how interaction develops in SealO as you level up.
Saturday, 2 February 2008
After watching this segment from Fox News, about a new computer game called Mass Effect, I felt I had to respond to how poorly the news is delivered to the public. First of all the person on the against side has no background experience in the effects that computer games or any other media types have on people. The soul reason for her being there is to plug her new book.
Secondly the supposidly neutral journalist sides on the against team almost instantly. During the intro of the segment she talks about the game "In some parts of the game it features full digital nudity" which is not the case at all as there are no graphical scenes in the game.
Cooper Lawrence, who has also not played the game, starts her argument saying that this game has damaging effects on the development of adolecent males because it protrays women as objects and because you're in controll of the character it means that they feel they would be in controll over women in real life. Geoff Keighley rebuttles by stating you can play either a male or female character in the game. Also he goes on to say that the featured "sex" scene in the game lasts for two miniutes, where as the whole game lasts somewhere around thirty hours long, meaning that that one scene is very insignificant. This doesn't stop the missinformed ignorant journalist and aparent pshycological specialist from talking about the game as if it is based on that miniture part of it.
Cooper brings up some research from a university in the United States and quotes them saying "boy that play video games can not tell the diffrence between what they're seeing in the real world and a video game if they don't have the real experience". Unless that came from the University of "I'm going to talk shit and pretend it's fact" (from which Cooper probably graduated with a first) I'd have to say that she was lying or was just terribly missinformed. There is no proof at all that shows a violent video game caused someone who played it to do something violent in real life.
Even if there was a case where one unstable person choose to do something violent due to playing a violent video game then that would be one case out of the hundreds of millions of people that have played a violent game.
At the end of the segment they go to a panel of 4 people each has no experience in the effects of video games on people, let alone experience of games at all. The journalist keeps repeating that it's games like Mass Effect that make parenting even harder than it already is. This in my opinion has no relivence as the game has been cencored "M" for maturity which means no one under the age of fifteen is legally allowed to buy or play that game.
I'd rather let my hypothetical children play a violent game with partial nudity than let them watch Fox News.
By the way this isn't just a one off from the fox news team:
Spring Break Serial Killer - A segment on a serial killer at large in Florida. The picture in picture frame are clips of people on spring break which is pretty much just people drinking alchohol and women in bikinis. It has nothing to do with the story at all.
9/11 Tribute Show: Lube Wresteling - This segment is from Fox News' Bill O'Reilly's 9/11th Tribute show. Almost half of this segment has lube wresteling full screen, not really in keeping with a tribute to thousands of people who died in that tragidy.
If you want more extreme right wing, stupidity journalism I recommend you check out this extreme left wing fanatic's youtube page http://youtube.com/user/jsjkim
Monday, 28 January 2008
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Things were going well when I managed to knock out around two pages of dialog. Things came to a sudden hault last wednesday though. Blizzard, the companie behind World of Warcraft (WoW), released a patch for the game. Something in that patch must have corrupted some files somewhere because now I can no longer log into my account and play the game.
I left multiple posts on the Tech Support Forum they have set up but nothing has worked so far. I feel I might have to abandon using WoW for my machinema and try something else.
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
I was not able to complete my project though as I had quite a lot of trouble with organising the buttons for how to start the game and proceed though it. I'm sure I'm just facing small obstacles that can be sorted out easily during a surgery session. So I aim to have it finished and online quite soon.
Here's a few snippets from what I got so far:
The First Frame
The Second Frame
Game Lost Frame
I thought the song was very catchy and would appeal to a wide audience therefore more people would want to play my game. Also the song has a clear narrative throughout.
You play the role of Johnny, who is a young fiddle player who accepts a challenge set by the devil. If the devil wins then he gets your soul and you have to reset the game. But if you win then you win a fiddle made of gold.
I decided to call my game "Let's Go To Hell" because it I think that name makes it funnier than something like "You're Going To Hell" which sounds more like a statement, whereas my version makes it sound like going to hell is a good idea sort of like "Let's Go Get Ice Cream" or "Let's Go To Disney Land". In truth I stol.... borrowed this idea from a film I like called Let's Go To Prison