Monday, 2 January 2017

Top 5 of 2016

End of a very sad year as far as who we lost in the entertainment world. Easily more so than any previous year that held some value of importance to us (myself espeically).

But in the mean time here are my regular top and bottom 5 films of the year. Again this is based on the films I have seen that released in the UK from Jan 1st of this year.

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Happy to have a Star Wars film in my top5 at last. Much better second time around and better than Ep7. The last 20-30 mins are so satisfying and we wer promised somewhat of a war film which they delivered on quite nicely. Talk of CGI faces is mute at this point to me. My feeling is 'uncanny valley' will ans should always be something we recognise as human beings. It's built in to our DNA to spot irregularities in our species so at this point the best you can do is perfect mannerisms and performance rather than exacting the look of someone. There are 3-5 mins I'd cut in the first hour but its not too distracting from the overall story.

4. The Fundamentals of Caring
A film that's really by the numbers but 100% content/comforable as viewing material. A nice little road trip movie thats never overly laugh-out-loud but quietly fun.

3. Deadpool
Ryan Reynolds is spot on and I was so happy that a 5min joke (breaking the 4th wall) could succefully be stretched out in to 90mins. On top of that it wasn't a one hit wonder as Ive since rewatched it and it holds up on second viewing.

2. Kubo and the Two Strings
Beautifully animated and really well handled sentimentality leads to a delightful film with an emotional core. Great to see a theme/topic based on eastern philosophies going down so well in a western part of the world.

1. Arrival
In a mad world where Trump became boss and Independance Day: Resurgance has aliens come back to kick our asses, it was so nice to have a complex multi-layered story of communication/miss-communication of language, working together and furthering our existence. Utterly compelling without bombastic effects this was a real gem and very promising work from the director who's been put in charge of the Blade Runner sequel and possible Dune remake...


My honourable mention is Floyd Norman: An Animated Life. A lovely documentary on the life of one of Disney's first black animators. Of course he himself makes a point that race wasn't even a factor to him. He was just an artist looking for a job. That may give you an idea of how this doc is viewed. A man who first and foremost is a talent to behold but was situated in a time and place that was difficult to live in for certain populations of America.

My bottom 5 was a ixed bag of films that were bad, boring and generally disapointing rather than just out and out terrible...
5. Bastille Day (aka The Take)
4. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice/Suicide Squad
3. Steve Aoki: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
2. Sharknado 4: The Forth Awakens
1. Independance Day: Resurgance

Friday, 23 December 2016

A late and unfortunate post

Pretty much likely to be the last piece of work I'll do before CHristmas at this point. Was a Star Wars related concept design for myself. And then I found out Carrie Fisher had suffered a likely heart attack :(

Hoping for a recovery from everyones favourite princess...


"to me, she's royalty" Lor San Tekka, Ep7 The Force Awakens

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Development process

So I originally really liked one of my Inktober doodles of a jeep type vehicle. Here it is below as a reminder...


First stop was to convert this vehicle into a 3D model. Dragged out some approximate lines to follow in SketchUp and started to knock the body together. Kept it at a relative scale incase detailing went as far as correct texture placement but ultimately (at this point in time) it hasn't gone that far.


On previous models (X-Wing and Shirase Explorer) I used the opportunity to take my time and develop a model that was detailed further than it necessarily needed to be. It's been good practice in the past and helps me feel I could comfortably work on high end projects with this low-poly program. On this occasion the model only went as far as interior seats and hinged doors. The rest of the exterior was enough to work on top of post render. And as a bog standard output from Keyshot here is what it produced...


Now I could have, and still may do, take that rendered sheet and really work on it to a point that shows the finished concept but from here I wanted to throw it straight into an active scene so I set up a shot with other vehicles and rendered that out. Note the mid-air cars and bike. Something had to produce a smashy attack but until the last minute I really wasn't sure what it would be...


So I took that image which I rendered out with transparancy 'on' so that I could easily place buildings and sky in behind it and got to this final image. I always felt it was some form of military or police jeep but thought I'd put them up against something unusual.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

oh and another thing

Post #Inktober Ive put up all my sketches along with a big sketch dump of previously unseen stuff on my website. Designated to a 'sketch' page.
Enjoy them all HERE

Model making 1.0

Well this might be my biggest post in a while...

So as some may know, Im a big fan of Nolan's Interstellar. Being a fan in this day and age usually leads to being able to display your fandom via merchandise but it is sadly lacking for this title (something I'm slightly surprised by given it's a WB/Paramount property. Batman/Star Trek anyone...).

And so through searching sites and general 'googling' of typical words I found a company by the name of Moebius Models that had managed to produce a scaled model of the Interstellar Ranger. A ship I happened to have been hoping would be on the merchandise list, it was great to see a company had taken on the creation of this vehicle at an affordable price and ideal scale for the average consumer to stick on a shelf somewhere.

It comes in at around 10 inches long at a 1:72 scale of what would be the real vehicle. I won't get in to the nitty gritty of the build (unless someone wants to read about it) but it was my first ever go at miniature model making and I have to say I loved the whole experience. I can totally get behind people who enjoy building airfix kits. The hidden movie maker inside me saw this as an experiment to build a mniature that could also be used to film with also so maybe I'll do something down the line short of blowing it up...

Here are a bunch of photos that show off some of the stages of the build. I took my sweet time with it as it could probably be built in a day but I took a month doing bits here and there on the weekends.
As it was a first build, I didnt attempt to make an interior like some pros on youtube, instead opting for painting a top down interior in photoshop and printing it out as a flat graphic. Also a mini TARS stands inside it :)

Enjoy

TINTED WINDOWS GLUED IN

TOP PANELLING WITH SOME WEATHERING

WEATHERED VENTING ON UPPER SECTION

UNDERBELLY OF SHIP

EVIT DOOR AT REAR

METALLIC WEATHERED LIMBS

TARS AND INTERIOR PLAN

TARS AND INTERIOR FITTED ON BASE

FINAL BUILD

FINAL BUILD

FINAL BUILD

FINAL BUILD

FINAL BUILD

FINAL BUILD