3RD DIMENSION

<year one/project four>

<deadline: 12.2.2021>

In this project you will once again make a one-minute film, this time inserting a 3D modelled and animated asset into your filmed scene. Your 3D asset will be an example of 'alien tech' and your narrative will reflect an issue linked to the use of technology in society. The best VFX and animation films not only look great, but have something to say about the world we live in, too.

TASK 1

Develop Skills in Maya

THIS TASK STARTS IN WEEK ONE!

What you have to do:

Carlie will be delivering weekly workshops in Maya, the immensely powerful 3D modelling and animation platform used by the VFX and animation industries. 

You will document your progress in Maya EVERY WEEK during the first part of term, so that when this '3rd Dimension project begins in earnest, you will have substantial evidence of your developing skills. 

How you'll be assessed:

Your online posts will be peer and tutor reviewed and assessed as an ongoing process. 

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TASK 2

Research the impact of technology on society

 

What you have to do:

1. Complete the worksheet to generate evidence of research into the impact of technology, positive and negative, on society in the past, present and future. 

2. Create a Harvard style reference for each research source.

How you'll be assessed:

You need to post evidence of research on your blog and website for tutor assessment and peer review. 

TASK 3

Design an item of 'alien tech' to be created in Maya

What you have to do:

1. Document the process of designing an item of alien tech that can be used in a film scenario. Include mood board and initial sketches. Link to your research into the impact of technology on society.

2. Make notes towards a possible storyline that could include your 'alien tech' in some kind of altered or near future world - one in which you can use VFX to make changes to the environment of college (where you will do the filming).

How you'll be assessed:

You need to post evidence of research on your blog and website for tutor assessment and peer review. 

TASK 4 

Apply research to write a short film storyline featuring alien tech

What you have to do:

1. Plan a short film sequence, with a storyline linked to research, that can feature 'alien tech'. 

 

2. Produce a storyboard and/or shot list setting out the shots for your filmed sequence. 

3. Create a list of the references you used for your research. 

How you'll be assessed:

You will post evidence of this task on your website. This will be viewed and feedback offered from your tutors and peers.

 

TASK 5

Create a 3D model of your 'alien tech'

What you have to do:

2. Use Maya to 3D-model your 'alien tech' artefact.

3. Document your process with screen grabs and evaluative and reflective blog posts. Include modelling, texturing, lighting, rigging, any aspects relating to the production of your artefact in Maya.  

How you'll be assessed:

You will post thorough evidence of each step of the task onto your website. This will be viewed and feedback offered from your tutors and peers. 

TASK 6

Produce a short film sequence

What you have to do:

1. Work in pairs or small groups (ideally) to film the shots for your short live action sequence. 

 

2. Document the process with production stills and evaluative and reflective blog posts.

How you'll be assessed:

You will post thorough evidence of the task onto your website for review from your tutors and peers. 

Note: don't forget to think about audio!

TASK 7

Composite your rendered 3D asset into a short film sequence. 

What you have to do:

1. Frame and animate your 'alien tech' device to match the live action shots you have filmed. 

2. Export your 'alien tech' device from Maya and use After Effects to composite it into the scene. 

 

3. Document your process through screen grabs and evaluative and reflective blog posts. 

How you'll be assessed:

You will post thorough evidence of the task onto your website for review from your tutors and peers. 

TASK 8

Evaluate your finished short film clip.

What you have to do:

1. Produce a thorough evaluation (700w) that reflects on all the stages of the production process, including initial ideas, planning, skills development, production and post-production. You also need to reflect further on the effectiveness of the website as a way to present evidence. 

How you'll be assessed:

The evaluation will be posted onto your website, where it will viewed by tutors and peers, and you will receive feedback.