Friday, 19 April 2013


First, let me apologise because I meant to post a while ago, and thought I had.

As of March, 'Wee Monsters' has ceased production.

Upon reflection of the brief, the time left before the Degree Show, and considering several team-mates dedication to the project, I have concluded that the film would not be finished to the standards I had wished to achieve by the deadline. It was a very difficult decision to make, and was't taken lightly.

At this time, I am concentrating on developing my specialisms, as advised by my tutors. While I would have loved to finish the film, my degree is priority, and I need to put my efforts into meeting the new brief as best I can. Towards the end of working on the film, the team had fizzled out, and I found myself struggling to hold production together.

I'd like to thank anyone who helped with the production in any way, and apologise that the idea hasn't been realised.

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Friday, 1 March 2013

Here's the rest of the props, textured for the room: tried to make the small balls look like the 20p bouncy balls you get out of machines at corner shops . i always liked getting the marbled looking ones. i would pretend they are little planets. The larger is a plastic inflatable ball with the logo from a popular tv show in the kids world. Something i always see kids have are balls with cartoon branding or characters on. A popular Cartoon show that our tutor's young son watches is Ben 10. Seeming as i can't use the logo or branding i substituted it with something similar but different so people may see the connection as a popular television show. Children seem quite influenced by television shows, their environment and the people and things they have connections with. I gave the larger ball an almost lava like texture print that would be reflected in the texture design of the Boy's monster character. 

Here is a teddy i modled and textured. I am still a bit unsure about the bump map for this but i wanted it to seem more soft with shorter fleecier fur than fluffiness. i got inspiration from an old teddy i had as a child which also had a similar texture.

I quite like the way the bed turned out. The posts have a more Ikea style veneered wood feel to them than real wood. Thedirectore said that they should have a wooden feel to them but due to some difficulties i encountered with the uv mapping i ended up using a uniform wood texture in photoshop  instead of manually texturing the bedposts them selves which would have taken a lot more time in which i could do other things. all in all it  ended in an agreeable realistic effect. the bed covers are my favourite textured bit. I used photos of my own bed sheets to create a realistic textured feel to the sheets.

Hotwheels inspired toy racing cars.

Matching "Ikea-style" drawers.

 Toybox texture inspired by the plastic Fisher-Price Red and Yellow toy buggy car things that i remember toddling about, Flinstone style. It always held a place in my mind for the plasticy rough but smooth almost rock like, nobbly texture that didn't seem to fit anywhere else other than fisher-price toys, plastic wendy houses and small outdoor jungle gyms. So i thought it would be appropriate, bearing in mind the kids' ages, to make the textures for toy box in this vain(and use of primary colouring).
Charlie. :)