Wednesday, 1 April 2009

3D animation


Some of the synaesthesia people that we are working with see their reactions in three dimensions rather than two, the image isn’t just a flat plane but it has depth and mass too. This came up in the research and development phase of this project, and it was one of those invaluable pieces of information which we were able to sort out for the production itself.

With this in mind we asked Omid Ghanat-Abady, 3D animator and senior lecturer in animation at the University of Worcester, to work on the project with us, making some of the animated reactions using a 3D package (Maya) and therefore adding to the veracity of the experience. We hope.

Anyway, it’s good fun working with Omid (pictured) who is a joy to deal with and it is amazing (for me as a 2D animator) to see the results of his work. He has just finished making a frog croak, which Emma sees as a ridged wooden pole, expanding and contracting as the noise emerges with a northern lights-type light effect behind it (see image below).

Next he’s going to be doing Tessa’s images of cellophane crackling, which is very silvery and metallic, something I’ve had problems creating in 2D.

There is an issue about mixing 2 and 3 dimensions - I don’t want it to look stuck on and it has to be aesthetically integrated and coherent. I hope that the enormous amount of compositing of 2D that I’m doing in 3D space for the film will bridge the gaps between the dimensions, I’m aiming for 2 and a half D.

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