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Old 07 July 2007   #1
Strange Behavior (Animation) Entry: Claire O'Brien

Claire O'Brien is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page

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Old 07 July 2007   #2
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: The Professor's Invention For Peeling Potatoes



My entry to the Strange Behaviour challenge will depict Professor Branestawm's invention for peeling potatoes and is based on the stories by Norman Hunter and the illustrations by W. Heath Robinson.
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Old 07 July 2007   #3
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My entry to the Strange Behaviour challenge will depict Professor Branestawm's invention for peeling potatoes and is based on the stories by Norman Hunter and the illustrations by the fabulous W. Heath Robinson.


The Professor is as nutty as they come and exhibits the strange behaviour of constructing ingenious contraptions made out of household junk to do the most mundane jobs.


As well as showing the Professor's strange behaviour I intend to show the strange nature of the machine itself in the animation. I aim to show details of the machine in close up and build suspense to what it actually does then show the (anti-)climax of the peeling of the potato.

This is a work in progess that I started back in 2005 from when I first started doing 3D. I never felt I did full justice to it by not completing it so I see this challenge as the perfect opportunity to finish it and get some feedback anlong the way.

Hope to see you all at the end!
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Old 07 July 2007   #4
hi

i really like your concept and idea. very cool sketch and potentially could be a great idea..

doesnt look to easy to animate mind you but good luck anyway

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Old 07 July 2007   #5
fantastic concept... sheesh that'd take even longer than your old knife and 2 hands LOL looking forward to more!
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Old 07 July 2007   #6
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a fresh concept! I like it! looking to see more!
Goodluck btw!
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Old 07 July 2007   #7
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Thanks guys, here was me thinking it would be looked down upon to use an existing piece of work as inspiration for the challenge.

Yes it will be difficult to animate, I will do the wheels turning with expressions, but the main animation will be in the form of animating the shots to create suspense about what the machine actually is. At least, that is what I'm aiming for

Thanks for stopping by, I'll post my modelling progress soon.
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Old 07 July 2007   #8
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Elements of the Potato Peeler



Here are the elements of the Potato Peeler isolated for modelling.
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Old 07 July 2007   #9
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Branestawm Orthos



Here are my orthographic drawings of Professor Branestawm based on W. Heath Robinson's three-quarter drawing on the right. Storyboard to follow.
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Old 08 August 2007   #10
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Potato Peeler Mechanical Schematic



This is a schematic of how the Potato Peeler works as an aid for animating it.
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Old 08 August 2007   #11
As I say above, my last post is a schematic of how the Potato Peeler works as an aid for animating it.

It is not an automated machine, it is operated by the Professor and his Housekeeper, Mrs Flittersnoop. It is controlled by a single pedal that rotates clockwise turning a series of ropes and ‘cogs’. Attached to the last cog is a fork where you attach the potatoes. This places and rotates the potato in the knife’s range to be peeled. The knife (presumably very sharp) has to be manipulated by someone to peel the potato. When the potato is peeled the bell is rung to stop and load the next potato.
Don't know if I'll have time to include Mrs Flittersnoop, we'll see.
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Old 08 August 2007   #12
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Mrs Flittersnoop Orthos



Here are my orthos for Mrs Flittersnoop beside W. Heath Robinson's drawing on the right. Hope I have time to model her.
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Old 08 August 2007   #13
Excellent concept and your drawing skills are really good! would love to see those
drawings in polygons and shaders!
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Old 08 August 2007   #14
Thanks for the compliments Varma. The modelling of the potato peeler and the set is coming along nicely (I think ) and I should be posting a render soon. Then I can begin modelling the professor.
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Old 09 September 2007   #15
Excellent concept drawings, Claire! I like the "turn of the century" engraving style, it would really make sense if you could imbue the final renders with some sort of retro atmosphere.
Great idea, too!
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