Thursday, 18 June 2009

Collab Studio Final Fabrications

Today we had the final presentations of the 3rd year Architectural Computing students work for the Digital Collaboration Studio. I really enjoyed tutoring in the course, still have a suite of marking to do and the exhibition to organise though.

The group fabrication component of the course saw the students building real-time visualisations of unbuilt architectures using the Crysis game engine. One of the main goals here was to have the groups of four working together on a project where they needed to learn the technical elements themselves in the context of a larger community of the class and beyond to the internet. I watched the groups explore the new software with enthusiasm, bringing the powers of Cryteks graphic engine to bear on their various projects - gorgeous.

You can see the team's journals via these links which detail their progress and the final works, plus I have embedded their short trailer videos and an image to lure you off to see more. There is something great about being able to dive in and experience these environments in real-time that you dont get here - but hopefully you get the idea.

Omega : Bodo Cultural Centre

Atlar : The Hydropolis

E-Volve : Well City

Orange : Ren Building

Urbans : The Cenotaph

Digilism : World Cultural Centre

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Back Back and FFVII

Well, I am recovering pretty nicely after back operation and I will post one of the shots from my CT scan showing the bionic back I now posses once I find a neat way to capture them. I havent been on the computer much at all throughout all of this, but I have watched a bunch of things while resting, lots of cool stuff including: Matrix trilogy, The Mummy III, Sin City, 300, Open Season, Transformers, and more. I did some sketching and character concept thinking here and there, but perhaps most, I enjoyed the Final Fantasy VII movie.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
The stunning visual artistry is the first thing to stand out in the film, it draws you in with speed, subtlety, beauty, light, dark, all knitted together around some wonderful character concepts and an intriguing world. The movie plays out like a very long trailer actually, it is just gorgeous over the top sequence after another with the characters standing proud for exposition. It is still a confusing experience as much anime is, but somehow that just added to the appeal for me - as if we were only getting glimpses of the whole - that this long trailer was still a preview of a vast story to be told. Note that there is now the newly released Complete version as well - should be fun. Note, since I havent touched the game, that may alter my perspective here somewhat, I am seeing it as standalone anime - and liked what I got.

Images (thanks to Clickety Click):

Plus check out the pics from the Final Fantasy VII Potion promotion (fruit drinks with cool art).

Square Enix

Trailers - one English and the other subtitled: