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11 November 2004, 10:54 AM
Hi guys, i'm started working on for my final year project university, a short film with length around 2 minutes entitled 'ANIMA'.

here i first upload some concept design of my short animation:

the following is the main concept board for ANIMA:

the following is the set background of the animation:

the character design of linda the girl, and her transformed father 'TEDDY'...

now just stated on the modelling stage of the character Linda:

The story is pretty simple, is about a girl who killed her father and turn him into a teddy bear called 'ANIMA' with the help of the toy machine (the big machine above).

The 80% of the animation is planned to be focused on the transformation sequence of the dying father into a teddy. Pretty much like the sequence found in 'AKIRA' by Kastuhiro Otomo.

11 November 2004, 03:40 PM
The concept art is very nice, especially the individual girl concept. The story sounds rather interesting, but I doubt I'd spend 80% of the time on the transformation, since for a 2 minute animation, that's leave 24 seconds for the rest.

The proportions of the girl and her dress on the sketch were also more appealing than those on the current version of the model, so I'd personally try to immitate those more.

But it's a very nice looking project with an interesting concept. I'm, currently at a similar if not a big further stage of production of my short, so I'm interested to see how this one shapes up. Good luck! :)

12 December 2004, 01:13 AM
i like it very mutch, the concept is very nice and the modeling have started well.
SOmething i dont unerstand, the girl kill her own father or he died?

pd: the first image is awesome:thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 02:10 AM
niama....damn good man...good luck nad all the best in execution.

12 December 2004, 07:55 AM
thanks to SkullboX for ur reply and supports man, i'm looking forward to ur project man! can't wait to c!

Aridiel: thanks for ur support, the girl's father treats her bad and abusive man~~ so she decided to kill her own father and turns him into a lovely toy, could be a revenge also i think....

ybleong10: glad u r back man~! thanks for ur support! hey man, i'm looking forward to ur next animation!

here i updated the latest version of the girl model, as well as her fathers' (before transformation)... the hair and refinement will be added....

also started working on the Toyland (exterior), the place they lives. the design of the Toyland (exterior) is based on the shape of teddy bear, but rather bizzare for its details and features.... still working on it


12 December 2004, 10:40 AM
Amazing concept arts, the 3d is also coming on really nicely, can't wait to see it finished, keep it up:applause:

12 December 2004, 11:10 AM
I have to agree with the others. This is looking good, especially the concept. Your sure to have a somewhat good result with a good concrete background like history and concept.

The 3D girls is really good too. Allthough she looks evil, or maybe thats just for the rest position in the face? Good job. I look forward to see the progress:)

12 December 2004, 05:17 AM
Hi guys, here i updated the Toyland (exterior and interior)... Still working on the interior of the Toyland for details and some machnical stuff.....

12 December 2004, 01:36 AM
hei! guy!
i cannot see the picture....may you correct the URL?

12 December 2004, 04:35 AM
hi tai1061,

i think the links should be ok now sorry for the bad hosting of my free server:P

here i update the interior of Toyland modelling.... initial design, however, i'd changed the design of the machine in the middle of the workshop.. i wanna keep it more consistent with 'TEDDY BEAR' look......

another view...

12 December 2004, 05:43 AM
thats ..stunningly amazing. the girls cute :) pardon me, are you..studying in MMU ? FYP ? cause somewhat i heard one of the senior's project..about a girl and a teddy bear. i could be wrong, but anyways..the concept board is great, the girl looks too cute to be that violent :D

good luck :)

02 February 2005, 11:17 AM
thnx guys, thnx for the suport man..... sorry for the late updates due to some jobs....will be uploading some update of the finished renderings and characters tonite....really sorry man

02 February 2005, 12:12 PM
here are some updates for the characters and environment....

initial design of the character....Linda and her papa....

02 February 2005, 12:14 PM
final rendering of the characters....... (w/o hair)

02 February 2005, 12:18 PM
and TEDDY, the transformed papa..........

this is the TEDDY during the transformation.....the toys sticks on the it and form the teddy shape....

02 February 2005, 12:20 PM
these are some update on the environment....interior of the workshop.....

C & c r welcome.....

02 February 2005, 05:00 PM
Looks great What 3d packageand renderer are you using?

02 February 2005, 08:31 AM
Hi azozel, i used Maya, rendered with Mental Ray with FG and the help of dirtmap...for the fur and hair, i used software rendering for faster rendering time.....

02 February 2005, 10:44 AM
this is beautifully done gothic artwork!!

The content seems attractive..anyhow i wish the tittle can be wonderful like the storyline & story background...

Anima sounds a bit plain for such weird topic....

Nice work starting from the WIP ...luv it... will keep in touch wif ur work in recent..

02 February 2005, 01:26 AM
Woah! This is turning out really mad.

02 February 2005, 10:11 PM
I find this a bit disturbing, but in the good way.:thumbsup:

I think the male character could use some work, but the little girl is classic!

02 February 2005, 06:25 PM
Obviously you've seen Akira :thumbsup:

02 February 2005, 11:56 AM
Hi guys, thnx for support! i'm currently working on the rendering part, scheduling all the final renders.... hopefully it can be out soon....

03 March 2005, 02:15 AM
Excellent, I didn't realise how far in your were. Great stuff, I look forward to this alot.

03 March 2005, 04:28 PM
Hi guys, one of my fren is helping me on the music part..... i'm currently facing some problem on rendering.... one of the scene where the toys form into the teddybear shape.... the visibility animation of the toys seems to be problem for MentalRay batch render... the toys are still visible after i animate its on/off channel.... now i'm trying my best to fix the problem....

03 March 2005, 02:14 AM
I had the same problem and I have a suggestion. What I did, and it's a bit of a pain, is this:
We rendered a different batch starting at the time visiblilty changes. We had to do 3 batches but it was all good.

Unfortunatly if you have objects constantly switching on and off that would be a problem.

Frames 1-70
visible = true
Frames 71-90
visible = false
Frames 91-120
visible = true

So we just rended them seperate. 1-70, then 71-90, then 91-120.

03 March 2005, 07:19 AM
Hi Kizza, thnx for the help..... i did tried with way u works....

03 March 2005, 09:29 AM
Hi guys, my rendering is completing soon....... and i tried to composite them togather to get the feel i want.... the following is onw of the test with the toyland..... i used shake for the compositing... C & C r welcome......:D

03 March 2005, 11:53 AM
If ya'll jump over to ( first you'll then be able to view the image (refresh the thread).

It looks really good. Nice lighting. It's got a kinda eerie feeling about it. Very cool.

03 March 2005, 04:58 AM
wonderful concept drawing

03 March 2005, 05:51 AM
Hey future14,

Your work is great! :applause:

I had the privilege to check out the final draft of his animation yesterday during class, and boy, must I say, I'm totally inspired! Hey hopefully, we can keep in touch and share more ideas. :P


P/S: When can we see the full animation here? ;)

03 March 2005, 05:37 PM
Thnx cretin, thnx for ur support man.... i still need to refine and re-comp the animation for lighting consistency.... sure we can share among ourselve man, and u know what? i learned alot from CGTALK here man, ppl here r great and kind man, so dun hasitate to hang around here sometime for more CG stuff....

here i uploaded another version of the comp...

03 March 2005, 06:01 AM
Man, that hair on the girl is crazy! How'd you do that? Is that Maya hair?

Great stuff!

03 March 2005, 02:20 PM
Hi the_podmani've tried to use maya hair to execute the hair for the girl, but it's too heavy for my 'snail' machine, so i decided to use Shave&Haircut for that, it's light and easy to work with.... especially when comes to simulating the motion of the hair....

04 April 2005, 04:00 PM
Hi guys, here is my final animation unfortunately, i could only upload the small file (.real media)..which is not so good quality, i'mstill looking for better coded or hosting services for that....C & C r welcome guys thnx:

04 April 2005, 09:20 PM
That was one seriously great final product, there. It was short, but very impressive!

For codecs, why not give "bink" a try? It creates very small files with DVD-like quality. Only works with windows, though. (
Read the FAQ for instructions on how to create a self-executable movie file.

04 April 2005, 10:00 AM
hi the_podman, THANX for the support man, so glad u like it. BTW, i'm going to try the coded u recomended... i did try with DIVx and 3vix, but still big size, hope that the BINK can make it better....:D

04 April 2005, 05:50 PM
Great! Let me know how it turns out.

Here's a quick tut:

1. I would recommend creating(if you don't already have one) an uncompressed quicktime of the project since bink works best with .mov files. If you're using After Effects, set it to Uncompressed "Animation" at 30fps or 24fps(whichever you did the animation on).

2. You should have a .mov file that's around 4 or 5 gig(it won't play very well in realtime at this stage)

3. Launch "radvideo.exe", select the .mov and click the "bink it" button. For high motion, I would up the data rate to around 500000 bytes. Don't forget the check the "compress audio" or it won't have any sound(you can also mix this in later).

4. You should now have a new "yourmovie.bik" file. Now launch "radvideo.exe" and select the "yourmovie.bik" and click "Advanced Play". This is where you create a self executable file with bink player embedded into the movie so anyone can view the movie, even if they don't have radgametools installed. You can set the resolution, full screen, looping, etc.
Just click "Make EXE" and you're all done!

If BINK doesn't work out, another excellent compressor is SORENSON SQUEEZE, however, that one is not free.


04 April 2005, 06:56 AM
Technically you are good and the future is bright.

Some of the negative thing I feel is the lack of originality judging by the influence of Otomo & Tanaka. Even your anima words is a copy of akira words.

The clamping of the head.The skin and backgroud colour scheme.Basically you collected you idea from them. Another things is your dialogue. People love their mother tongue. The fact that your client ,geographical location, cultural and etnic situation and you choose a japanese language, i think it is weird especially people watch it with big question mark. To me it is not special at all.

Don`t get me wrong.Its your film after all.

04 April 2005, 08:15 AM
Well, i watched it twice. I dun seriously watch it to find broken details or mistaken. I am not good at it. I watch a short film for fun. This is merely a perfect one For FIRST SHORT CLIP!

1. Why the driller dun grind out blood on the man's head? MAybe it is hard to render & running out of time.
2. I would like the last scene is the Zoom in on Little gal face + Angel Bear face. It will be a beautiful screen capture & memorized by viewer. I know u wanna maintain somekind of "Starting till Ending" = Same view concept.
3.It is obviously to be influenced by Otomo, AKIRA. I felt dat at the process of workload. SOmehow, when i watched the fINAL clip. It didn't actually turn out to be AKIRA wannabe. Maybe the color sense or orange reddish & TITTLE font sending the pulse to "sensitive" viewer.
SOmehow, could be say another weirdo combination of Tim Burton + Otomo Art..hehe
4. Yeah, why japanese voice? I wonder how u do dat too..hehe...Try to love our mother tounge -CHINESE or ENGLISH(For International Viewer).. I know it will sounds cute in Japanese, somehow Let the Japanese do dat. We are PURE CHinese after all. haha...
5. hOPEFULLY U will bring us More and more unique short clip. U r one of my remarkable malaysian artist now!

04 April 2005, 08:45 AM
Id comment but when I click your link the following:

Angelfire does not allow direct linking
from offsite, non-Angelfire pages,
to files hosted on Angelfire.
This practice of 'remote linking' reduces
our ability to serve out the homepages
of our members quickly and efficiently.

04 April 2005, 01:08 PM
magnumstar: unless you actually feel bad about angelfire and their bandwidth, I have a solution. All you gotta do is go to then click the link back here. That way Angelfire goes "he has been to an angelfire page, better let them have it"

I really liked the film. The animation needed a little polish in a few spots but the modelling, lighting and cinematography were great. I loved that it was framed tall instead of wide.

Also I think it's great you did it in Japanese, I don't know why people are so protective of their language. If it sounds cuter in Japanese and that's how it's supposed to sound, then the sensible thing is to do what makes the film better. I did a film in semi-french because English didn't suit it at all. I don't speak french but that didn't matter it improved the film and that's the important thing. What's the best way to tell the story? Whatever it is, do it.

04 April 2005, 08:18 PM
WOW..... thnx for all the valuable critics man:D

sorry guys, i've just finished my final exam last few days, and was busy with some tape conversion and graduation stuff....

capirossi n dinodog_Jr : well basically it's true that i got the idea for this animation after i watched AKIRA and bought the book by TANAKA ( 2 years ago ).... and i was so sure that i would gonna do something like what they did... well majority environment design idea i got referenced from Tanaka's Cannabis Works... well the main thing is to make it looks messy yet detail (this is what i thought ), especially the design for the big machine (ANIMACHINA) in the workshop, i combine it with some cuteness elements, so i added the teddy bear ( since the story is about making teddy bear ). Well for the color scheme, i think i make it that way not because of AKIRA or TANAKA, just because i was trying to make it looks like some oldies kind of pop feel ( or mayb i failed ), so it's green-orangy..... As for the animation part, there are many lacking stuff and bad conti.... which i hope to fix them all after all the submission, especially the bleeding part when the PAPA's head is been drilling by the machine; the starting animation when PAPA walking out; explosion of the TOYLAND and when the chemical X blow out.........; the lightning FX; and some of the sound FX stuff and blu blu blu.....(btw thnx for suggesting those weakness :D)

for the language part, the reason using japanese is not because to make the animation looks special :) just as what Kizza said, i'd tried with mandarine, chinese, and even english, but it just couldn't get what i feel like.... at the end, i chose jap, and luckly my coursemate who has her sweet little voice to help me up.... anyhow, i'm really glad to hear bout those critics and suggestion:bounce:

Kizza: thnx for helping me to provide the information bout the bad bandwidth of the angelfire.....i'm trying best to look for new FREE hosting..... thnx for supporting me all the while, i'll be fixing all the bad elements to make it better. :bounce:

the_podman : thnx for the codex dude:D.....i'd converted to bink as what u showed.... it's really great.........but unfortunately, my free hosting not support up the 70+ mb upload.... but the refined version of DIVx and Xvid will be up soon....

thnx for all the support man:)..... without helps and suggestion from u guys, my work wouldn't be completed man!:thumbsup:

04 April 2005, 09:02 PM
Hey, no problem. Try messing with the bitrate setting on the BINK compressor. What you can do it BINK the BINK file. You can re-bink the compressed version by loading in the 70MB bink file and lowering the bitrate by half of what you had. I managed to get my .bink demo reel from 70MB to 35MB that way.


05 May 2005, 12:23 AM
No problem, dude.
It's been great to see it progress.

09 September 2005, 04:19 PM
It's been great watching this develope. Inspiring!

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