Tuesday, 23 June 2009


OK so we are finished, and I must say I am relieved!!! It has been a hard year but I am very pleased with the outcome of the film. So let me take you back to how it all began.......

"And the films are......Matt Fidler 'El Bandito'......Kanika Andrew 'Glitched'.....IM SORRY WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY!!! mmmmm decisions decisions.

I was extremely taken back at the fact that my film had been picked, and was very humble at the fact that Mike Smith believed in my ideas and thought it had the potential to become a good short film. However me and the other members of El Bandito had always wanted to work together for the final 3rd year film. We spent the whole summer before meeting, coming up with various amounts of ideas and we had already made a decision based on what we would do if a scenario like this occurred (i just didn't think it would be me that would have to make the hard decision!!). Matt was very understanding in the sense that even though we had spoken about what we would do in a situation like this before, he made it clear that if I did want to change my mind and work on my own film he would not hold me to our previous agreement.

In the end I decided that I wanted to drop my film and work with the guys of El Bandito, and told Mike in the very first week that I would not be doing my film. However there were a few people who initially wanted to work on Glithched, Alex Bedminister, Principe Short, Natasha Monk and Mehmet Izmen. I let these people know immeadiatley that I would not be making my film, and I would be working on El Bandito; however in a strange turn of events they still wanted to make the film. I was pleased to here this and said that I would supply them with all the work which I had done for the pitch but I would not be the director of the film. So in the second week of the first term Alex took the role of Director. Throughout the year Alex had been updating as to the progress of the film and had let me know of the vast changes they had made to the story to make the filmic language receive better to the audience. I was delighted to hear that they had incorporated their own story ideas, and cared enough to make the story even better. I would just like to say thankyou to the guys at glitch (what they renamed it) and Kanika AndrewS, cannot wait to see the finish product.

So back to the Banditos! The first term was very much about getting the story right, we had everyone look over the anamatic!! Dan Dali (about 5 times), Mike Smith, even the industry lecturer from Aardman. We wanted to make sure that the story was right before we took further steps to start modelling.

Second term, this was the hardest term, mainly because of the dissertation. It took alot out of the film making process, but as a group we had timetabled in when we were going to focus on the film, and when we were going to focus on the dissertation. I don't think if it wasn't for the extreme organisational skills (particularly from Sam Harvey) and the group determination to not let the dissertation get in the way of our film, that we would have been in the moderately strong position we were in heading for term 3.

Third term, this term to was hard. Towards the end it got extremely stressful, and although there were a couple of disagreements, it never crippled the production of the film, we knew the show must go on and it showed how much passion we each had for the film we were producing. It would have been ludicrous to assume that we were all going to agree on everything all the time, and I feel that it made the final product much stronger than it would if we all sat there and did what was asked of us in silence.

All in all I had a blast working with the following guys...............Matt Fidler, Sam Harvey, Sam King, Joshua Collinson and Tony Trimmer thanks for making my last year at Ravensbourne hell...I mean a blessing!!!

Love you guys and I wish you the best in all that you do......Kaniks

Monday, 22 June 2009

URGENT: Forgot shot 49 on shot list!!!

Animation: Marshals and Sheriff
Animated finalised by Joshua Collinson

El Bandito small compilation of three folders


UV Mapping.....................




This is the actual animation which was supposed to be on the sheriff for shot 29. As I explained in my shot list, there was a technical difficulty with the shot and will be re rendered in time for the degree show.

Glitich Artistic Folder

Glitch concept work for artistic folder. These are the initial character designs I presented for my pitch.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Shot 49

This shot has caused me so much stress and I am not that happy with the result, I have been trying to connect my animation with Matts, as Matt has voiced to me at a certain point of his animation one of the marshals need to be in the bandits way, so that when the bandit turns in the air it's because the Bandit has made contact with the marshal. In the end I had to hand the shot over to Josh to finish as it was stressing me out, so he took the work that I did and worked from there.

Here is the progress for shot 49.............

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Shot 22: Development and Finalisation

This was one of the most difficult shots to animate, it took me a long time to get the animation right, I am still not happy with it but I feel it does enough to again compliment the Sheriff (Matts animation) which is the main focus of the shot. The main problem was trying to get that traditional wild west feel in the marshals walk. Again I refered to the live action reference I had filmed with Harvey, to help me with this shot. But with the second marshal I kept on adding to many key frames which made it glitch out, then I had to go back and figure out which key frames I didn't need. So I actually made it much worse before making it better!!

Progress for shot 22......


Sunday, 14 June 2009

Shot 24 progress and finalisation

Here is the progress for shot 24, I am currently animating to Matts Sheriff which he has already animated. Its a ver quick shot and quite simple animation, as the marshals are there just to compliment the sheriff animation.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Rendering: Shot 32a

Now that the animation is finished for this shot and Josh has done the NCloth for it, Me and Harvey have now set up the render for it. Below is the screenshots of the render process. To get the best look for the shot we had to render 6 passes. The train AO, train RGB, Character AO, Character RGB, Depth, Shadow.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Shot 49:Setting up the sheriff in the scene

The following screenshots show that I have now imported the sheriff in to shot 49, which has already been animated by Matt. I have used Matt's bandit animation to work out the best place to situate the sheriff.

After this screen shot I realised the sheriff needed to be more central......

Shot 29: Development and Finalisation

This playblast is focusing on the secondary animation of the accessories on the marshal

Finalisation for shot 29

Camera Angle 1

Camera Angle 2

Not sure which camera angle to go with..............

Aim for today......................

Today I plan to finish shot 29 as it is so close to finalisation, and start shot 49, so that they can be added to the block out.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Shot 27: Finalised

My section in this shot is finally finished. After having to redo it, because a second year turned of my computer!! I am happy with the result and think it will complement Harvey and Matt's animation.