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  02 February 2010
B-Movie Entry: Dane Kirkland

Dane Kirkland is entered in the "B-Movie" update: View Challenge Page

Latest Update: Work In Progress: Freaks Scale Ref.
  02 February 2010

Very excited for this challenge, will be uploading images and details soon!

Last edited by dkirkland : 02 February 2010 at 01:36 AM. Reason: Posted wrong thing.
  02 February 2010
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Storyboard

Hey there everyone!

This is my very first CG Challenge so I'm very excited for it! I've been lurking around this challenge for about a month now contemplating whether or not I was going to enter. Also whether or not to enter the image or video category; I figured why not the video! A fantastic excuse to make something *hopefully* cool.

The animation that I will be making for the challenge is title 'FreakShow'. It will run for roughly a minute. I threw around a few different ideas before I landed on this one;

If there was the opportunity for a longer story (tv series or film) it would involve the tales of the main attractions of a Carnival 'Freakshow' - The Bearded Lady etc, how they came to be at the carnival and their lives there. However for this challenge I needed to streamline the storyline, to something short and punchy! So basically what my animation will be doing is acting as a trailer for the larger story and will showcase the Carnival environment and the Freaks themselves.

I have 2 alternate sequences to introduce the characters, I am leaning towards the 2nd. The 1st is pretty standard introduction - one after another in a ring, whereas the 2nd displays them in the Carnival environment (in their element) and collects them at the end.

It will involve 5(ish) Freaks and a number of Carnival Workers and background characters. Working on some character concepts at the moment - more on that very soon! For the environments I am wanting very basic shapes - keeping it simple, so that I may focus on texturing more than modelling
  02 February 2010
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Character Concept

Concept art for the character of the Ringleader. To follow what I am trying to achieve with the texturing I am keeping the model relatively straightforward - basic shapes. Reference points for the texturing style include;

- Claymation
- Star Wars Clone Wars TV Series
  02 February 2010
Work In Progress: WIP - Ringleader Model

Software: Maya

I have been working on the base model for the Ringleader character today, I'm content with where it is at so I am moving onto a more detailed (smoothed) version. I ditched the hands that were present in the concept image because when I began modelling them I really felt that they unbalanced the character and ruined the structure that the main body had.

I've also been researching ways to create a decent clay shader in maya - slowly finding bits and peices, I've never made a shader before so it could be very interesting.

Play Video >>
  02 February 2010
I really like the design for you character. it has a great shape to it. well done
  02 February 2010
Originally Posted by wayofthepixel: I really like the design for you character. it has a great shape to it. well done

Thanks very much!
  02 February 2010
Work In Progress: Ringleader Model (Mid)

Software: Maya

Mid model of the Ringleader character. Body Mesh is at its final stage I think, there's not much more I can do there - but the coat needs some work. I think I will just remake it, I have decided to make it a vest rather than a jacket - looks a bit funkier. Shows a bit more of the base mesh which as I mentioned I am quite pleased with!

Really enjoying this challenge! I'm really enjoying getting back into 3D, haven't really touched it too much since 2006 so I'm learning heaps!

Play Video >>
  02 February 2010
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Character Concept

Another character Concept!

This time it's the FreakShow's very own boy wonder - FishBoy!

The Ringleader concept was far more straightforward. I Had to decide whether or not it was going to be top-half fish or bottom-half. At the end of the day it was pretty obvious - the FishBoy needed a fish head!
  02 February 2010
I like the expression on Fishboy's face. Good luck with your project!
  02 February 2010
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Shape Study

Doing some general shape studies, coming up with variations of different shapes and sizes for the characters. Fun!
  02 February 2010
Work In Progress: Ringleader Model (High)

Software: Maya

Final model for the Ringleader character. Completely re-worked the vest, started back from scratch to give it a better form that rolled with the body. I did think of leaving it a bit rougher than the main body (similar to the version of the model) but that looked unbalanced and to be quite honest, hideous.

I also changed the eyes from the original concept, the other eyes looked a bit creepier than I was hoping for and didn't sit well with the rest of the character.

So this model is now ready to be UV Mapped and textured. Still researching the clay shader - will update something more specific on that when I've actually gotten somewhere with it.

Play Video >>
  02 February 2010
Originally Posted by Alexsani: I like the expression on Fishboy's face. Good luck with your project!

Thanks! I was pretty happy with it in the end!
  02 February 2010
Work In Progress: Fishboy Model (Low)

Software: Maya

Base model for Fishboy!

Still working on his dorsal fin.. I'm not quite sure what shape I'll be making it but I don't quite like it at the moment. Might make it thicker? Basically I'd like it a little less like a mowhawk.

Play Video >>
  02 February 2010
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Character Concept Development - Fishboy

Have been sorting out Fishboy's "hair" (dorsal fin) before I take the modelling further. I have settled on one that I like to think of as the 'backwards alfalfa' (*think Little Rascals).

I studied a bunch of different fin shapes and forms via google, also had a quick look at Finding Nemo to see how they differentiated between the fin shapes of the younger and older fish. I wanted to keep the fin younger - think under 10 year old kid as opposed to a teenager. As the concept shows - the fin is wider and I'm not even sure it will be as high as is shown in the concept. We'll see how it looks on the model.
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