Thursday, 30 January 2014

Story Idea - Changes.

The beginging is almost the same but with a few differences but the plot has changed a tiny bit and another small character has been added, making what happens in the Parlour end differently.


A chubby lady walks into the Beauty Parlour, confirming her appointment by the Hairdresser for her usual. He settles the lady down in a chair for her haircut, which is a snug fit but she refuses to sit in another. The Hairdresser prepares the lady, and leaves the hair dye to settle. 

The Hairdresser goes to check on the hair dye and thinks another couple of minutes will do, setting a timer, and goes to make a cup of tea. Meanwhile the Lady is busy reading her magazine and reaches into her bag for something. The Hairdresser returns with a cup of tea for them both but just as he goes to put the tea down, the timer goes off and 'OINK!'. A pig had jumped out the ladies bag.

This pig begins to run around the Parlour, bumping into everything, due to being shocked from the loud beeping of the timer. The hairdresser jumps onto the ladies lap with fear and as this happens the chair collapses, he does nothing more but jumps back up and starts running after the pig; twisting himself into a knot. 

Meanwhile the lady is still struggling to get herself up. In the background this fizzing noise starts then within seconds 'POOF' a fire starts due to tea getting in the electric sockets. The lady starts screaming from the fire, the Hairdresser looks over, then does nothing more but jumps to the Fire Extinguisher and pulls the lever. He forgot to aim so the Fire Extinguisher moved like a hose pipe being let go, sending the Hairdresser back against a wall, unravelling himself and foam going everywhere. 

Everything turned white and misty. Eventually, the mist slowly started to disappear. The Hairdresser looked around; the Beauty Parlour looked a wreck - hair dye, towels, hair extensions, nail varnish, body lotion - everything was everywhere. He then looked in the Ladies direction but the mist was still heavy. He walks over and as he did the mist disappeared revealing the Pig, smiling as if he had won a game, on top of the Ladies head covered in multi coloured hair extenstions.

The Lady was still on the floor and was shaking as the Hairdresser walked over to her. He thought she was crying but he realised she was laughing. The Hairdresser took the pig off the Ladies hair and handed it back to the Lady, of whom held the pig up as if it was holy. He was fuming, that little pig had caused so much chaos to his Parlour and almost set it up in flames but he too began to laugh.

He helped the Lady back up to her feet, sat her on a new clean chair, tided up his workstation as quick as he could and set to about finishing the Ladies hair which had gone ultra red. The Lady paid for the damages she had caused, and left the Parlour with a massive smile on her face. As she left, the pig popped up it's little head full of hair and smiled a devilish grin.

Once they had left, the Hairdresser turned back to face his shop and stood there slumped over "Who'd thought a tiny pig could do so much damage?!" 

Artists Toolkit - Character Design Workshop.

We focused on backgrounds and environment in our last workshop. I got Temple and Sewer to work with and had to choose which to create for the Hero and Villian.

At first I created a Temple for the Villian which was seen by the people as a Hero. But the Dome didn't seem right, so Justin showed me how I could adapt it too seem more evil and less cartooney. 
I then thought of a sewer hide out for the Hero who was perceived as a Villian, who hide under the Temple. 


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Soundscape Version 1.

This is a idea of my soundscape so far, using a few keyframes. I'm still working out how these programmes work so bare with me :). I haven't put my manipulated sounds on this version as I found away of sending them into Audition afterwards, so this is before its been manipulated.


Soundscape Version 1. from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.

SFX 2 & 3.

The first one are more sounds which I've collected and put together, which go along with my storyboard then I took this into Audition and manipulated it and after some playing around finally started to get to grips with it. Not sure if it's what I want to go with my story but it's a starting point.



In this second one I echoed a tapping noise which sounded like drums and I thought this drum sound linked nicely in with the Jungle.



Thursday, 23 January 2014

Original SFX.

I've combined all my sounds that I've discovered and put them together without cutting or blending them. These were the first lot I made and will do more as once I know what my Animatic is going to be about.



Artists Toolkit - Character Design Workshop.

We started off drawing in the style of Bob Godfrey, by drawing our partner. Afterwards we designed a prop to suit a chosen Character and then we had to design our own character/prop from the object we brought in, mine was a comb.



Artists Toolkit 'Animation' (Drawing)

Here are my Life Drawing, Drawings from yesterday. Working on black paper with white chalk made a change from using white paper.




Monday, 20 January 2014

'From Script to Screen' Film Review.



The Chubby Lady Character.


The other main character of mine is the Chubby Lady who gets her hair permed and the poor disaster happens too. I wanted her to look over weight but in a cuddly way and she thinks she's a barbie doll - big eyelashes, face of full of make-up with long nails. And she wears this short dress that doesn't do her any favours because she thinks she looks nice and goes with the barbie look; when really she needs someone to tell her 'no that doesn't suit you, if your gonna wear a dress it needs to be longer'.

The picture on the Left is her hair before the hairdressers, her roots need doing and its up in a bun most probably because its greasy. On the Right is the after picture, her hair is all bouncy and curly just the way she wanted it; those bad roots have disappeared and the length is much shorter - I think because the hair was that burnt the hairdresser had no choice but to cut it off.










Maya Tutorial 28.

Animation - Pendulum.


Pendulum from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.

Maya Tutorial 27.

Animation - Bouncing Ball: Travel and Rotation.


Bouncing Ball Travel and Rotation from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.

Soundscapes - Mind-map.

I've done a mind-map for my Soundscapes key-frame, to help move my brain a bit as to what to do for it. I quite like the idea of moving from a city to the jungle.



Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Hairdresser Character.


One of my main characters is a Hairdresser and I wanted him to be your typical gay hairdresser. I pictured him to be tall and lanky with big bendy feet and long fingers. Being a hairdresser his hair has to look cool and in my head I can just picture him with this big bouncy quiff (Johnny Bravo style). 

I like the tall guys on the right and the portion of him, but I like the other ones face and hair. So I think I'm going to combine the 2 together maybe? 


I've took on board what we've been doing in our Character Workshops when it came to designing my characters, and its really helped. 

Maya Tutorial 26.

Animation - Bouncing Ball on the Spot.


Bouncing Ball on the Spot from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.

Maya Tutorial 25.

Pre-Viz - Camera Shake.


Camera Shake Passby from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.


Camera Shake Drop from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.


Maya Tutorial 24.

Pre-Viz - Camera Coverage.


Car Crash from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Artist Toolkit 'Animation'.

Today in we started our 'Sack Animation' and had to think about the Personality of our sack, size, weight everything we learnt last term basically and use that in this.




Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Story - The Logline.

A very quick briefing of what my story consists of - the characters, problem and solution.


The story is based upon a hairdresser and there customer - a rather large lady, who asks for a Perm and Pedicure. The lady's hair gets set on fire, but at the same time her chair gives way due to her weight. The hairdresser comes to the rescue, saving her by twisting themselves into a chair and then by putting out the fire and fixing the hair as if nothing had happened.

Story - The Step Outline.

Here's my story summed up on each scene or I think if I've understood what a 'Step Outline' is correctly, the build up to my plot and how its going to play out. 


A lady walks into the Beauty Parlour, asking for a perm and pedicure.

The lady's hair begins to steam. It's been under the heater for too long and eventually sets on fire.

The Hairdresser starts to panic, runs for the Fire Extinguisher. The lady's chair begins to give way due to her weight.

Just before the lady falls, the Hairdresser rescues the lady by twisting themselves into a chair. But ends up getting flattened because their not strong enough.

Finally both get to there feet and the Hairdresser puts out the fire using the Fire Extinguisher they dropped. The lady turns bright red and freezes due to shock, and gets moved to another seat.

The Hairdresser fixes up the lady's hair due to burning it.

After a while the lady regains consciousness, and is delighted with what the Hairdresser has done. Ends up apologising to the Hairdresser for being unsociable and falling asleep for most time she was there.

She doesn't have any recognition of what had happened, leaving the Hairdresser amazed they had got away with what had happened.

The lady kept thanking the Hairdresser until she left, leaving the Parlour with a massive smile and a wave goodbye.

Story - The Premise.

The sentence that sums up my story… 

This rather large lady goes for a Perm and Pedicure at the Beauty Parlour and things slowly go to pot for the Hairdresser but can they climb back up…



Artists Toolkit 'Animation' (Drawing)

Todays Life Drawing pictures of Francis.




Artists Toolkit - Character Design Workshop.

In todays workshop we focused on how different shapes make up characters. Triangles represent Villains - edges, points and danger; Circles represent Babies - soft, friendly and safety; Squares represent Heroes - Stability and Strength. 

From knowing this we had to change a well known character, by swapping its shapes around. My first attempt was too round, and different to style of Spongebob. I did another focusing on making everything more trianglar in a subtle way. 


Next we got given a type of character and we had to design our own for that, being shown what makes up a typical female and male body. I got Super Hero/Villain.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Story Idea - Revisited.

After some feedback I've gone ahead and made some changes, turning it into a '2 man show' and ending on a happy note but the main storyline is the same. 


A large lady walks into the Beauty Parlour, wanting a perm and a pedicure. The hairdresser confirms her appointment and settles the lady down in a chair, which is a snug fit but she refuses to sit in another. The hairdresser prepares the lady and after her hairs been washed,and wrapped  in tight curlers itis then left under the heater to dry. 

After a while the hairdresser notices the ladies hair begins to steam and so gathers another employee as they're concerned. The hairdresser thought the heat was too high so turns it down a bit and carries on mopping up the hair from the floor. Meanwhile the lady is too busy reading her magazine, eating her chocolate and getting her toe nails painted to even notice that her hair is still steaming .The hairdresser returns to take the heater off, and then all of a sudden "poof" the lady's hair goes up in flames. 

The hairdresser begins to panic, and runs for the fire extinguisher but they get back just in the knack of time when all of a sudden the lady's chair just gave way breaking in all directions. The lady had fell asleep but the sound of all the commotion had woke her up. Before the shocked lady could fall to the floor the hairdresser had jumped to the rescue. Dropping the fire extinguisher, he began to twist, stretch and tangle himself into a knot in order to form a chair to save her. The poor hairdresser was flattened to a crisp as he wasn't strong enough for the lady as she was a mighty lump, although he did cushion the lady's fall long enough for her to rock herself back on her feet. 

The hairdresser got his posture back, then did no more but leap for the fire extinguisher, putting out the fire on the lady's head as if he was topping a hot chocolate with whipped cream. She was in so much shock she turned bright red with rage and then froze, all the hairdresser could do was guide her to another seat - this time one she fit in.   

As soon as she was seated with a blanket draped over her, the hairdresser set to. The hair was a complete mess, but it was nothing this hairdresser couldn't fix. With hair and products flying left, right and centre, this lady wouldn't even remember the event that had occurred. Eventually the lady regained consciousness, looked in the mirror and did a double take.

"Do you like what you see" the hairdresser said walking over with a cup of tea. The lady was in shock but a shock of excitement. She couldn't believe how wonderful she looked, thanking the hairdresser for what a wonderful job he had done. After praising her hair, she apologised to the hairdresser for what an unsociable person she had been; falling asleep for the duration she was there. The hairdresser looked at her with disbelief and was confused as too how she didn't remember any of what had gone on. The lady kept thanking them until she left and as she walked out the parlour with a massive smile on her face she said "I'll recommend you everyone I know!", and waved goodbye.  

Monday, 13 January 2014

Initial Story Idea.

For my Story I want to keep it quite comical and lighthearted. When I was thinking of an idea to write about, this was the one that made me chuckle as I can picture it in my head. Any feedback would be very helpful.


A large lady walks into the Beauty Parlour, wanting a perm and a Pedicure. The hairdresser confirms her appointment and settles the lady down in a chair, which is a snug fit but she refuses to sit in another. The hairdresser prepares the lady and after its been washed, wraps it in tight curlers which is then left under the heater to dry.

After a while the hairdresser notices the ladies hair begins to steam and so gathers another employee as she's concerned. The hairdresser thought the heat was too high so turns it down a bit and carries on mopping up the hair from the floor. Meanwhile the lady is too busy reading her magazine, eating her chocolate and getting her toe nails painted to even notice that her hair is still steaming . The hairdresser returns to take the heater off, and then all of a sudden "poof" the lady's hair just goes up in flames.

The hairdresser begins to panic and goes to call for the manager, but as she walks one way the manager comes from the other side. Just as the manager notices what disaster has occurred, the lady's chair just gives way breaking in all directions. Before the lady could fall to the floor the manager has twisted, stretched and tangled his body into the form of a chair to rescue the lady. Although the lady was a mighty lump, he was strong enough to last out long enough for the hairdresser to return. Along she came running with a fire extinguisher in her hand and without even thinking just sprays the fire out.

The customer had fell asleep during the commotion but the sound and feeling of the foam being squirted on her head like a hot chocolate woke her up in a panic. She was so much in shock,  the manager kept her falling to the ground cushioning the lady's fall but the poor man was flattened to a crisp.

The hairdressers all linked together help bring the lady to her feet, allowing the manager to breathe again. The lady is in such a rage that she just turns bright red and freezes. Her hairdresser does nothing more but grabs a towel and just dabs the foam off the lady's hair, once all was gone the lady's hair was no where to be seen.

Eventually the lady regains herself back, and finds that her hair is completely gone but to try and make up for the damage the hairdresser gives  the lady a make-over and does her eyebrows hoping that she wouldn't notice. The lady does nothing more but grabs her coat and walks out. Then within the same moment the manager gives the hairdresser her belongings and tells her 'Your Fired'.

Maya Tutorial 23.

Pre-Viz - Contra Zoom


Contra Zoom from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.

Maya Tutorial 22.

Pre-Viz - Distance & Tracking.


Distance Tracking Close Up from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.


Distance Tracking Medium Shot from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.


Distance Tracking Far Shot from Ruby Newland on Vimeo.

Adobe Premiere.

Here are a few screenshots showing a basic set up for my Soundscape. I included a HD Bars & Tone slide to test out the sound, a Title page so they know who's it is, a Universal Counter Leader which counts down to when the film starts and on top of my Painting I have a Timecode which will help the viewers understand any notes as too where to start the film from.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

'Like for Like' Storyboard.

I decided to do a storyboard for the Tank Scene in the Fast and Furious 6, as I thought this scene had a lot of camera angles.




Heres the clip, incase some people are not familiar with the film.