Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Project Menu

I am the first to admit that my Masters of Digital Media hasn't just stalled, it is a cobweb-laden rusty heap on the side of the road. But that doesn't mean it isn't still much loved and with a little hard work can be racing along as it should have been. So where are we at, well to finish up I need to complete the grad project, I got stuck here originally as being a part-timer I was sailing along quite happily until the giant-final-immense-grad-course arrived. So after a hiatus it is time to take some regular leave from work, hunker down and get a worthy capstone project completed.

None of the project ideas are just a straight CG animated short which is the default position for the degree. I would at least want to dive into real-time technology or have a short/trailer be part of something more and not free-standing. While I think I know what I am dedicating my time to - I thought (even for my own clarity) I would lay out the options - a grad project menu if you will.

--- ENTR√ČES ---

This Blog Post
Seeing the options laid out and ready to order

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Investigation and Flesh
Add a little flesh to any of the Mains that need to be understood better before the call is made



--- MAINS ---

Valley of Wings
Can the Moth and Butterfly races overcome aeons of  war to save their forest from a new threat.
CryEngine environment and canned trailer.
3ds Max, CryEngine, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Audition
Lots of concepts already done and they are cool
Forest world will translate very nicely to CryEngine

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Loch Dreagan
A world of kilt eating mosters striving to win the heart of their Loch Maiden.
CG Trailer, Playable Board Game with 3D printing
3ds Max, CryEngine, Photoshop, Solidworks, Premiere, After Effects, Audition
Product will be useable and the theming is fun in video and physical form
Other people are keen to have the game and play

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Narrative City Space
Story driven Visualisation of Architecture and City Planning
CryEngine environment/s revealing the designs and lighting exploration
CityEngine, 3ds Max, CryEngine, Rhino, Grasshopper, Photoshop, Premiere, Audition
Very useful project in work context - still with lotsa fun aspects

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Real-Time World Explorer
Library interface that allows users to browse and enter real-time environments
Website with hosted Environments, Server, Promo Trailer.
CryEngine, HTML5, PHP, Photoshop, Python, Premiere, Audition
Super useful thing, but perhaps more of a resource than its own thing

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Dance Spot
Performance capture of dance routines allowing various narratives to be overlaid.
CryEngine environment with mocap driven dance characters of various types plus trailer
CryEngine, 3ds Max, Mudbox, Motion Builder, Photoshop, Premiere, Audition
Community linked and technical with hardware and software

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Immersive Anatomy
Learn through the exploration human anatomy from the perspective of a futuristic nanobot
CryEngine Environment, promo Trailer, supporting website
CryEngine, 3ds Max, Photoshop, Premiere, Audition
Good extension of the tools into related fields - fun to show off

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Automagic Showreels
Bring a mass of tagged content to life in the form of generated showreels armed with narrative
Website with supporting tagged media library that generates video (research paper)
Premiere, After Effects, Python, PHP, HTML5
Holy Grail of leveraging student and staff content



--- DESSERTS ---

Oinkfrog Showreel
Craft up a new promo vid that shows off the project and whatever else I have done leading up to it.

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Minimain Taster
Bring to life in a smaller way one or more of the other main courses, even as collaborative projects.

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