Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Maya Scene: Revamped Lighting Set Up

The screenshots below are of a revamped lighting set up for my scene. It was through talking and help from Jordan that I changed and am now pushing my scene's lights massively; the over complicated mess in the archway is my attempt at trying to achieve my concepts rim lighting on the inner part, which I believe has been quite successful. Any feedback on this is appreciated.

The Secret Lair of the Byzantine Cannibal - Submission Disc Artwork

Monday, 9 December 2013

Maya Scene: Chamber Test Render

This is only a test render of my scene so far, the back walls still require texturing and detailing. 

Monday, 25 November 2013

2nd 2D Movement test for Jumping Snowman

Byzantine Cannibal Final Concept

This is my final concept for The Secret Lair of the Byzantine Cannibal with revision to the lighting and drama in my scene as suggested by Phil and Jordan.

Secret Lair - Basic Scene Render

This is a basic render of my final scene, with each object within the scene mapped out accordingly but still subject to changes or edits. I have added colours so as to differentiate between each object and have place a simplistic altar in the scene to show the finished hero prop's place within the scene. Any ideas and feedback on how this can be improved is appreciated.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Byzantine Cannibal Final Concept (unfinished)

This is my final concept piece for my Byzantine Cannibal's secret lair. The recent addition of detailing on the background wall is a mix of photographs and hand drawn detailing, It portrays a scene unique to my vulture cult and allows me to show my audience their lore and history through imagery.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Sacrificial Chamber Final Concept Tweaks

This is an assortment of different adjustments made to my final concept piece after making the mosaics on the back walls more opaque and adding coloured lighting. Each one is a little bit different and feedback on which seems more suitable or closer to something that is more finished is appreciated.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Sacrificial Chamber Final Draft #3

This is my 3rd final concept draft and I have added textures and detailing to my scene, although some of this may not be completely visible until enlarged. Any feedback on this is appreciated.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Sacrificial Chamber Concept Final Draft #2

This is my second progressive draft for my final concept piece for the secret lair of the Byzantine Cannibal. Any feedback on this will be greatly appreciated.

La Belle Et La Bete Film Review

Fig 1: La Belle et La Bete poster

The film 'La Belle et La Bete' or 'The Beauty and The Beast' is a black and white French romance written and directed by Jean Cocteau. The film has two very different personalities, the traditional French idealism and the odd, anthropomorphic stylisation. These two contrasting ideas seamlessly fuse together at a single place within the film, the Beast's castle and produce a very strange but oddly intimate and believable concept that has enchanted audiences and inspired further adaptations since then.

"This film is such a visual delight that I gave up worrying about ideological considerations and just embraced its beautiful and influential dreamlike imagery." ( Caldwell 2011 ) The realistic constructs within the Beast's castle are few and far between, with arms as candle holders, stonework with moving eyes and doors that open on command making up the majority of features. The appearance of these objects differ's however to Caldwell's description of Cocteau's fantasy elements as "dreamlike" because of their anthropomorphic designs, which adopt a freakish theme in this fantasy environment. The Beast's castle, as mentioned before, is a convergence point within the film of classical French architecture and the fantasy world of myth and legend. "...weird, enchanted domicile of the Beast." ( Malcolm 1999 ) The Beast's domain is something of high fantasy, a relentless bombardment of the fictional elements in an enclosed and hidden space within the forest, Its this enchanted domain that contains many odd and weird constructs that have excited and entranced audiences, with them even influencing adaptations.
Fig 2: Belle's father inside the Beast's castle.
The Beast character in the film is an element of fear and intrigue to the viewing audience, with his constant fits of rage, instinct and lust dominating most of his appearances. The Beast's story is incredibly tragic, a 'noble' soul trapped within the body of an animal and doomed to loneliness. This is a generic sad story by any account as described in "...a Beast at once ferocious, erotic and genuinely tragic..."  (TM, 2012) but this becomes a twisted tale by its end, hinted with lies and scheming. The Beast's fate is something cloaked in mystery for the duration of the film and only becomes revealed towards its end with the attempted thievery of the wealth within the the castle's inner sanctum. The inner sanctum holds extremely valuable treasures, alluring to any would be thief, which can only be obtained if accessed through the sanctums door with the correct key, It becomes apparent why this is so when Belle's fiancée breaks into the sanctum through the roof and is subsequently shot by an arrow and becomes the spitting image of the Beast, with his own appearance being transplanted onto the original Beast.

Fig 3: The Beast's appearance exchanged with Belle's Fiancée 
List of Illustrations: 

Fig 2: Belle's father inside the Beast's castle At: http://derekwinnert.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/6.jpg

Fig 3: The Beast's appearance exchanged with Belle's Fiancée At: http://intervistamag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/la-belle-et-la-bete-1946-8238-1310736113.jpg


Malcolm, Derek (1999) At: http://www.theguardian.com/film/1999/jul/01/1 (Online Review) Accessed 18/11/2013

TM (2012) At: http://www.timeout.com/london/film/la-belle-et-la-bete-1 (Online Review) Accessed 18/11/2013

Caldwell, Thomas ( 2011) At: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1001902-beauty_and_the_beast/ (Online Review) 18/11/2013

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Friday, 15 November 2013

Perspective Shots for Sacrificial Chamber


This collection of images are render stills taken from two different block outs for my scene to test out perspective angles and components to include. Any feedback on which are the most effective would be greatly appreciated.