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Adaptation Part B: Animation, Events in Chronological Order & Design Details 28/02/2017

Knights 1100-1700

When Knights were around there was always a sense of honor and respect, whenever you saw a duel between two knights very rarely was there ever any cheating, it was a test of strength and skill. Technology in this era obviously existed but was nowhere near as advanced as we have today, the intention of the technology has carried over to our times but has become much more industrialized.

The knights are meant to be the pinnacle honor and combat so keeping to smaller details will be quite important.

Setting Theme:
HonourRespectThe Gunboat War 1807-1814

Gunboats are not like huge battlecruisers but rather pirate ships, the jump that intended for this section is showing how when we work together we become more efficient, and having some sort of crew on a ship is a very good way of showing this.

This conflict was set in the Napoleonic wars back in the 1800's, now whilst this jump may be large from 1100 to 1800 there is a reason for it, it meant to show how long it reall…

Adaptation Part B: Animation Test and Colour Test 24/02/2017

Right now I've got a pretty good idea of what I want this animation to look like, now its just a case of doing lots of color tests, seeing what does work, and what doesn't. Just wanted to show some small progress.

Adaptation Part B: Influences and Research 23/02/2017

Art Style is something I would feel very passionate about, having a particular minimalist style at times I'm going to try and play to this strength with this decision. In terms of how the animation will look, it will be like a 2D game and will have much more detail even in small little things. Having designs where only minimal design is put in, however, the shape has enough character to it so it can be identified.

The theme for the animation is ultimately about redemption and sacrifice. Britan has been in a few conflicts in its years, and corruption and power have always seemed to sneak their way in. However, there is always a sense of 'There is a job to do, and someone's gotta do it'.
Having the main undertones be about honor, valor, anxiety, and fear will be crucial in some scenes and making sure the message is clear in each segment.
The part that should make this project slightly easier is that there is a ton of references and key resources I can use to interpret t…

Adaptation Part B: The War Machine Initial Research 21/02/2017

The War Machine
Time of Knights (1100)
The Great Northern War (1700-1721)

French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802)
The Gunboat War (1807-1814)
WWI, The Great War (1914-1918)
WWII, (1939-1945)
Falklands War (1982)
Gulf War (1990-1991)

Iraq War/Second Gulf War (2003-2011)
Research and Observations
So the Machine of War is the idea of using a whole force in order to have military seige, using tactics and number to make the battlefield unfair territory. At one point fights were fair, but over time this idea has corrupted because of money, land and power.
There are a couple main themes that need to be conveyed, the first being the whole idea of honour. Knights tr…

World Cinema, Film Reviews: Waltz with Bashir (2008) 16/02/2017

This film review will be focusing on the film 'Waltz with Bashir' (2008), this animation is based on the true story of the director of the film Ari Folman. Serving in the 1982 Lebanon War, Ari Folman has trouble remembering his time on the frontlines. He then embarks on a journey, finding old friends/colleagues who served in the same war in order to find answers. The message of the film depicts trying to recover a memory that he has lost, or is choosing to repress.

This film was made in 2008, was written and directed by Ari Folman, Max Richter did the music. The thing that makes this film stand is for three major reasons, first being is that is an interpretation of an event in history, the second is that the film is Israelian in production and that this was the first animated feature film in Israel in over fifty years.

The films content and message is something that isn't for the faint of heart, very dark topics are spoken about in this film like war, logic of human atroci…

Maya/Mudbox Tutorial: Class Practices and Development 15/02/2017

Okay, so after some practice in Mudbox I've discovered two things.

One, Mudbox and Hard surface modeling are very difficult to make compatible, It can be done, but its very complex.

The second thing is this thing called PTEX, long story short, this is basically a way of texturing a model without UV's. This stuff is basically wizard magic and I'm still working out all the kinks so bear with the blog while I try and work how to get this thing working.

For now, I'm going to continue with doing designs which I can transfer from Maya to Mudbox, so I can better my skills and hopefully I can make something aesthetically pleasing.

World Cinema, Film Review: Sita Sings The Blues (2009) 15/02/2017

This film review will focus on the film Sita Sings the Blues, this animation tells the story of a girl called Sita, who finds the love of her life but due to a series of unfortunate complications, has to prove to her lover Rama. The story also follows Nina's journey in her life, as her boyfriend decides to move to India for work, only for them to break up.

The film was released in 2008 and was completely done by one person, Nina Paley. The entire film is created by her, except for the music which was done by Annette Hanshaw and the voices were done by a number of voice actors. There is a lot of controversy in the film because it kept getting taken down due to copyright infringement the film had multiple issues at release.

This film narrative is a little hard to follow at times, however, some serious credit does need to be given to the creator of the film. This entire thing was created by a single person which is an unbelievable feat for a single person, the whole film is over an …

Dissertation Development: Techno-phobia, Reverse Engineering and Idealization: The Cone 13/02/2017

So, I've made some developments on the dissertation, using the material I have got, the presentation and this method called 'The Cone of Cogency'. Using this method I have been able to put together what I believe is an accurate representation of what my final chapter structure for my dissertation will look like.
Presentation by Thomas Mayfield on Scribd
The presentation allowed me to show my resources, research material and general theme for the topic. This presentation can act as a bibliography for the rest of the dissertation as well as an influence map.


Robots: The Quest for Living Machines (1992)
Chapter 7
Pg: 194-203
Quote 1.
"For example one scientist, Joel Kingsolver, has noted that the techniques used in butterfly feeding and thermoregulation exploit physical principles that can be found 'in the operation of many machines.

When we explore specific biological strategies in detail, we encounter a close adherence to what a tightly engineered desig…