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What are the basic premises of my project
My project is going to be a 3D visual environment where visuals help to narrate a story throughout the environment. It will be within one room so increase the look and appearance of my overall environment. That way I can work more on the texturing and models more enhancing the visuals.
If I have extra time near the end of my project I will add in sounds and interactions giving the environment a bit more of an atmosphere but primarily focusing on the visuals of the overall environment.
What do I seek to achieve and how does it relate to my targeted audience
I hope to be able to create a horror inspired environment that tells a story through the use of visuals. As my game will be more directed towards indie development. the game will be more exclusive to pc gamers but then hopefully move to console platforms to reach a wider audience.
The horror and story telling aspect will be more directed towards pre-adults and teenagers. due to the in depth visuals and the rating the game could receive if going out into the industry. A majority of horror game look towards 16-18 year olds and when looking at age ratings.
When I first joined the course I have developed as a character, but when looking into my career element of games, I first of all looked at what suited me a person. I came from a very artistic background so I first thought that I would be more directed towards concept art but lately discovered I had more of a passion and creative thrill for 3D modelling and texturing. I loved the idea of being able to Make a object that was visualized in my head come to life.
When I was looking more into my own experiences and how they collided together to lead me down the path of a 3D artist. I started out by writing about some of my favorite hobbies and the reasons behind them. This helped me to expand upon my own growth in order to see what has created my character to be inspired to become a 3D artist.
A lot of my hobbies focus around creative and artist traits, which is one of the reasons why I enjoy creating 3D objects and environments.
When looking more into why I joined the course and to get a better insight into my personality and traits I asked Liam Bowditch to interview me, so he asked me questions about why I joined the course and stuff surrounding my background history. This was one method to get a more direct approach towards showing why I choose this course and how it led me towards the path of becoming a 3D artist.
When learning something it has always there have always been times where you will look back upon everything and it will show how you have got to the point that your at.
For me my journey wasn’t as simple as I wanted it to be, I started of being more attached to concept art due to my previous experience with traditional art. After a while I started to become more comfortable with 3D I started to strive more towards the 3D aspect of games.
My first ever experience with 3D was when I used basic grey boxing knowledge to provide a layout for an environment. I just basic primitives in order to create the awareness of 3D. I really enjoyed creating the layout of everything and going into as much detail as possible.
I then went onto creating a small experimentation environment with the skills I had already learned. I created a layout of my own house using my memory to help me, this gave me a more creative approach as I had to create new objects to enhance the environment to make it look like something similar to my own house. I would say this was my most favourite point of learning 3D because I was able to create what I visualized in my head which lead me to want to learn more.
I then moved onto to focusing more on creating assets that would go into the environment to help give a better overall look and outcome. I focused on organic modelling with things such as tree’s, grass, plants to get a better understanding of the process of 3D modelling and texturing. This for me was where I learned a few of the core techniques and skills in order to create better looking models.
I then wanted to focus more on the texturing because it was what helped to bring alive the model so I created a simple box modelled and focused on creating a kitchen appliance that was boxed shaped and then texturing. This helped me a lot within my time on the course because I was able to texture more accurate and make my models come to life.
After learning the basic techniques I started to focus on texturing assets for my first project to do with Napoleon and I started of creating a Pocket watch. This was my first model where I felt I had got a more accurate result, texturing individual parts and modelling it as accurate as possible.
After this I just practised my skills as much as I could each time slowly improving, like when I created my chair I used a lot of new skills as well as using my old skills.
I then moved on to creating my first project which I found myself more directed towards the 3D element side of things.
As I became more confident with my 3D skills I also became more adjusted towards ‘soft’ skills like communication, time management, working within a team and more basic skills that you would need in order to work within the industry.
I also managed to enhance my skills within different software’s such as 3Dsmax and Photoshop, this helped me when it came to producing my 3D environments.
story telling within a games, movie or even a book can cause the viewer to get more sucked into it. So for my project I am going to be looking at ways of creating narrative through the use of visuals within a 3D environment. Almost like how The Cabin in the Woods used dark intense atmosphere and old rotted cabin look and sounds to create atmosphere and add to the story. I will do something similar but in the form of a realistic 3D environment within a gaming engine. Where 3 teens end up dead and a journalist goes around the cabin looking for clues as to what happened.
My project is important towards a audience that love the story aspect of games such as the Last of us, Outlast, Resident evil Biohazard and more. I want to understand how much the usage of visuals can dramatically help emphasise the story within a game and what techniques, process and methods are used in order to create them. I am also looking into how horror can effect the story and why sometimes it can pull you in more than other genres, given that slight moment of suspense.
This chapter I will be conducting research to find and analyse some of my questions for my overall project, such as ‘how do visuals convey narrative’ or ‘how does horror use psychology to effect games’.
I will be looking at a lot of horror films for inspiration on their usage of visuals and how they help to emphasise and even tell the story through-out, Looking at films such as The Cabin in the Woods, Evil dead and the Device. I will be taking in the usage of lighting, decay as well as looking how to position and make a object to fit within a horror environment to create more atmosphere.
I will also be conducting research as well as expanding upon Native American history and curses of Native American Indians. This will help me to get a more developed sense for how I want my environment to look and it will also give me more of an insight towards the Native Americans.
After gathering the right resources and literature I will then start reviewing them and expanding upon everything and how I can use it to help enhance my environment overall.
What is horror and how does it effect the audience ?
The horror genre aimed towards creating a sense of fear, dread, panic for the audience. These films are often uneasy to watch and they take upon the audiences worst fears and nightmares and try to convey them within media. Horror often directs it self towards an evil force, person or event.
A lot of horror films have mythical creatures in like the stories we get told as children. Vampires, ghosts, zombies this all enhances the effect to make you believe its real because of having growing up with the belief. Horror can also very often overlap into Fantast, Thriller and science fiction genres to add towards the story. (thescriptlad2016)
When watching anything with a horror genre involved you can get physical and mental changes. The first physical change is when you heart and breathing rates increase this happens when the suspense is unknown with the sudden shock appearance of Freddy Krueger. Another big physical change is muscle tension this can also occur during stages of having a panic attack. The muscle will automatically seize up through the usage of fear.
For the story of my project it is all going to revolve around a Native American Curse that sends 3 teens on holiday into a world of killing each other.
One American curse that struck me when I read about it was the Wendigo curse (the evil that devours) this is one of the most powerful and deadly creature within the North American folklore, The Wendigo has been known to be involved with many tribal legends, and has a description that comes from surrounding lakes. The legend claims to make any human who eats flesh to become a creature of evil. with a constant unsatisfied appetite. ‘Not even loved ones are safe’.
This intrigued me because it was the sort of curse that I was looking at almost similar to within the film called The Evil Dead where they all start killing each other after reading a mysterious book. This film has a great sense of past curses and inspired me to create something similar.
When I started looking into Native American curses it was hard to find something like this at first, I kept coming across cursed lands instead of cursed humans.
The Cabin in the woods was one of the films that inspired my project as a whole, one of the reason was because the filmed showed a great in depth story within just a small secluded area. Taking in consideration of my project requirements and my limitations as to what I would be able to create I decided to create something similar.
I also really liked the look of the cabin and how it was broken and rotten and how you could see know one had been in there for quite some time. This got me thinking about textures and it inspired me to look into creating more detailed and in depth textures for my environment.
Lighting was another aspect of the film I really liked, it helped to create so much atmosphere within the film, without the good lighting the films wouldn’t have looked as good as it did because it would have taken away the whole atmospheric feel of the film. Through watching how the the films uses lighting to its advantages it inspired me to use it within my 3d environment.
and the last thing that inspired me was the use of horror and how they used it to make this Cabin look even more creepy with weird noises, pictures on the walls, blood on the floor and so on. It helped drive the whole feel of the genre and created a really great film with.
Thousands of years before Chris Columbus’ landed his ship on the Bahamas there was different group of people who discovered America broke up into groups pushing south and east and started to form groups with similar habitats and characteristics
The Artic was where Inuit and Aleut made there home both groups speaking to each other. The Artics population was extremely small and scattered, the Inuits stayed in the Nothern region of the Artic following seals, polar bears etc. and the Aleut were a bit more settled, living in small fishing villages along the shore.
They both had a lot in common, a majority of them lived within ‘dome-shaped’ houses made of timber and sod (or in Ice blocks). They also used otters skins to make warm weatherproof clothing. dogsleds and also open fishing boats.
Within 1867 the United States purchased Alaska and the exposure to Eurpoean diseases came upon them
By the time the United States purchased Alaska in 1867, decades of oppression and exposure to European diseases had taken their toll: The native population had dropped to just 2,500; the descendants of these survivors still make their home in the area today.
Looking at the Northeast culture area I discovered they were the first to kept in contact with the Europeans, they reached from Canada’s Atlantic coast to North Carolina and inland to the Mississippi River valley. with those living in the Northeast inclined a lot of conflict involving groups such as the Iroquoian, who were very aggressive and warlike, Any villages or bands were never safe from their raids.
Life in the Northeast culture area was already fraught with conflict—the Iroquoian groups tended to be rather aggressive and warlike, and bands and villages outside of their allied confederacies were never safe from their raids—and it grew more complicated when European colonizers arrived. Colonial wars repeatedly forced the region’s natives to take sides, pitting the Iroquois groups against their Algonquian neighbors. Meanwhile, as white settlement pressed westward, it eventually displaced both sets of indigenous people from their lands.
The southeast culture grew north of Gulf in Mexico many of their Natives became expert farmers and started to grow their own food. The most familiar of peoples were Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole who became popular over time.
When the U.S. took victory upon its independence from Britain, the Southeast had already lost many Native people to diseases and displacement. In 1830 and act the caused the removal of Indians was compelled upon causing the relocation of five tribes so that the ‘whites’ could have their land. upon almost 100,000 Indians were forced by federal officials out of the Southern state and into “Indian Territory” Oklahoma west of Mississippi.
The plains culture area was located between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains before the arrival of European traders and explorers, its habitats-‘speakers of Siouan, Algonquian, Caddoan, Uto-Aztecan and Athabaskan languages’ were settled down hunters and farmers, After having contact with the Europeans and spanish colonist, the peoples of the Plains recieved horses within their region within the ’18th Century’. The peoples of the Plain became much more nomadic with the groups such as Crow, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Comanche and Arapaho used these horses to follow great herds of buffalo across the Plains. The most common asset for these hunters were the cone-shaped teepee that could be easily folded up and carried anywhere. The plain Indians were also remembered for their elaborate feathered war bonnets
As white traders and settlers moved west across the Plains, they had many items that would inflict damage upon the Natives such as commercial goods, Knives and Kettles which is what the Natives came to depend on; guns and disease. At the end of the 19th Century White sport people nearly exterminated the buffalo herds within the area. Which led to settlers encroaching upon the land and with no way to make money the natives were forced onto government reservations
As white traders and settlers moved west across the Plains region, they brought many damaging things with them: commercial goods, like knives and kettles, which native people came to depend on; guns; and disease. By the end of the 19th century, white sport hunters had nearly exterminated the area’s buffalo herds. With settlers encroaching on their lands and no way to make money, the Plains natives were forced onto government reservations.
The deice was a horror/sci-fi film that implemented lots of different techniques to make the film look more authentic and realistic.
One major aspect of the film that they focused on was the lighting, they use it to a very good extent and didn’t over do it. They used lighting to portray emotion and help set the atmosphere for a majority of the scenes.
they used ordinary places like a house or a cabin and turned them into a almost alternate timeline for aliens, using the placement of object such as the device itself always suddenly disappearing and reappearing and also the usage of when the main character was having so called ‘nightmares’ made everything feel more authentic and real.
The story plot of the film was really interesting it started out a really innocent film and then as you watched on the film pulled you in making you want to learn more and find out the truth of what was going on.
When looking into games having a puzzle to solve is one thing horror games do, weather its looking into finding a certain object like a key for a door or a note to help tell the story. These sort of puzzles help to make the players imagination more vivid and feel like the actually player. If the puzzle is incorrectly placed within the game it could ruin the whole feel for the player or even ruin the story by giving away to much to early.
Another element of a horror game that I feel is essential, it the story plot, especially if you are doing a game such as outlast, Resident evil Biohazard or even the Last of us. They each contain a really detailed story and I believe that is what made each of these games so successful because without a good story the game doesn’t pull you in and make you want to learn more.
Level and characters
Level design can help make the game more fun and enjoyable one game that created great level design was Doom, the had no story however the level design helped to overcome that factor. The level design must not be simple but also not to hard, a game with a hard level design would be something like Dark souls due to how you have to remember everything and don’t really have much of a navigation system.
Characters within a horror game can really help make the game, they can either be the enemies, NPC’s or the playable characters. One game I believe had really good enemies was Alien Isolation, the Alien where really authentic and sounded real at some points. A game with great NPC’s was be something like the Last of us with Ellie, because without her the story wouldn’t make sense. and playable characters such as the journalist in Outlast helped to fit the story better together.
These are just some of the in game essentials you would need to create a good horror game, as the all fit together and help make the game. Some would have less in game essentials than others but that all depends on what sort of type of game your going for. it could be a faced paced shooter like Doom or a story driven game like Resident evil Biohazard.
In this chapter I will being with research questions and I will look at how it can assit my Extended project. I will be using various different methods to answer my research questions and then analysis them while also taking in consideration my Extended project.
One experiment I worked on was the texture experiment, I used a basic object such as a teapot and I wanted to see how and what specific textures would make the object look more visible appealing within a horror generated environment, I looked at Dead Space for inspiration to see how they used blood in order to make the environments stand out and give it that feeling of horror.
I used a pre-set primitive of a teapot from 3ds max and placed textures making it look old, bloody and broken. I then took some screenshots to make it appear like it would within an horror environment.
This experiment overall will really help me with the production side of everything because then I can texture my assets more better according to the genre which is horror.
Another experiment I took place in was when I created a real model out of foam board. The reason I created this experiment was because I wanted to get a better understanding of the way models could be made.
When using foam board I discovered new methods of creating models in 3Ds max by pilling layer on layer like a 3D printer would do, this was a new approach to learning new methods for creating assets but I will use this method to create models for the production of my project.
I created a sketch of my college and decided to manipulate the way it looked, what I mean by this was when I used different variations of lines and shades in order to complete a more horrified look of the college. The reason I created that sketch was because I wanted to learn how to visualize objects; or environments in other ways.
It felt that it was important to do this because then it would be easier to create the production side of my project. being able to turn a simple ordinary Cabin, into a dark, damp and dimmed light horror environment.
I also sketched out a Cabin that I came across and decided to sketch it, the reason I decided to sketch it was because I wanted to understand the process of how the Cabin is built and by drawing each part of the cabin I uncovered how to create the cabin on paper as well as in 3D.
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One of the biggest inspirations for the film Cabin in the woods was just the overall genre of horror, they knew that they wanted to create something with horror involved.
Before the film Cabin in the woods was made the producer Goddard would work on a series called Angel with a future collaborator of The Cabin in the Woods. Joss Wheydon.
Joss came up with the initial idea of doing a film based in a Cabin as they both really liked the concept of Cabin movies. That was the core element of the film but it took both of them together to make the film come alive.
This is what inspired me to create my project because I was also very interested within the concept of Cabins and how they can be used in certain scenarios to make atmosphere in different ways. One film that portrays this very well is called the Device. They portray different atmospheres through the use of lighting and sound
Within the film they wanted to focus on story telling and make the whole film all about the story instead of just making it about the environment and the surroundings.
The development process was very different to other movies, they didn’t have any budget and had to come up with the whole initial idea between themselves before then sending it of to Hollywood for approval and then ended up getting MGM bidding to work with their film. This inspired me because they started from nothing and then with a little bit of hard work go recognized in Hollywood.’
The films wasn’t released for a few years after the production then Lionsgate ended up buying the film and producing it. Like The Hostel and Saw series.
There are characters within the film that are linked to the game Left for Dead, the overall design and look of the Cabin was meant to be a released DLC for Left for Dead but unfortunately MGM became bankrupt so they idea was scrapped.
Also the two creatures Deadites and Angry molester tree were both references towards the Evil Dead. Another character/creature was Kevin who was a huge reference of Elijah woods character within Sin City.
Cabin in the woods article
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When looking to get employed it is always best to show your understanding of your strengths and weakness. I would say one of my main strengths is creativity this is because I feel like I can create a lot of ideas by getting inspiration from things such a photographs etc. I also have a lot of strengths in 3D design and creation, this will need to be taking into consideration if I was to apply for a specific job role.
The reason looking into your strengths is so important is because it helps you to for one understand yourself better as a person and also limits you to a certain tasks, which is good in some ways because then you are not over loading yourself on different tasks and your focusing on what you are good at.
I am currently interested in becoming a 3D artist hopefully for games company. I want to be able to create models and assets for environments and even help create the environments. Ambition is a very important trait as it helps you to get more into the job that you are applying for.
I understand I am good at creating things and using my 3D design skills within the games development. A goal of mine would be to get into the games industry and work for a big games company. If I could I would like to be a senior 3D artist within a games company and climb up the ladder as much as possible.
I will need to work on my “soft” skills and working with others especially if I am going to work in a company. I will also need to learn techniques, process and methods for the technology used in todays games, e.x. newly used softwares and new platforms such as VR.
My ideal job requires me to have a lot of knowledge on 3D software and different styles of design such as cartoonish or realistic. other skills can very depending on the company you work for or if you are a with a small indie company. It would be essential for skills such as working to deadlines, being able to work within a team, Being able to communicate efficiently etc.
As my goal is set to become a 3D artist I have updated my skills with more and more techniques and processes in order to make myself available for the position of the job. Without the skills I wouldn’t be able to be employed by a company looking for a 3D artist.
I believe my goal is realistic if I take everything into consideration and plan accordingly to what I want to become.
I believe I will have to be on the constant up bring of improving my skills and learning constantly. I will also have to look into new and up coming software’s or platforms that would require me to learn more in another software. I will need to set myself little projects and create a portfolio for potential employers.
In order to set myself on the path to becoming a 3D artist I have currently started applying for Universities for further education in order to gain more knowledge, contacts, experience and build up my cv for work placement. I have acquired the skills needed in order to start within the role of a 3D artist by using everyday
I took part in a career test to see which career would most likely suit my personality, this is similar to when I done the who am I task and it has helped me to see what job I will be more suited towards. I tend to like to keep myself to myself and I like to use my intuitive when it comes to certain scenarios and I like to let my creativity take over. I also take in consideration of someone’s feelings or putting my everything into something rather than just thinking about it. I also have a very perceiving nature and am very flexible and excepting.
For me these results were very accurate and it helped to show me what jobs I should go for.
These were the jobs that are most likely to suit my character and traits with some of them I agree such as art teacher and such because I am a very creative person. which this test highlights accordingly and they also relate to my caring trait towards others becoming a service helping them to improve. The skills I have currently could lead towards a art career but other my time on the course have really been looking towards 3D artists and their work within the games industry.
My perfect Job would to be a lead 3D senior artist at a large games company where I can be in the position of giving help towards the junior members while also creating 3d assets and working on environments for new and up coming games. They look for ambitious people who can lead and look towards what clients what everything to look like. They put the clients interests first and work towards that with the junior artists while creating amazing environments.
I am going to do this by going into either a Apprenticeship or University to look for new experiences and knowledge that I can use for getting into the games industry.
It is important to have an understanding of the progression route because it will allow us to plan ahead and create a plan for the future and what I want to do with it.
It is important to have a specific amount of knowledge because you want to know what you need to do or get in order to get the job that you want. It is also important because you don’t want to end up applying for the wrong sort of job that does not suit you so you need to have knowledge of that position.
I have submitted my Personal statement to the University of the creative arts in Farnham. The reason being is because I don’t have to travel far and also there are a lot of contacts especially because Farnham is only located half and hour away from London. Which is the Hotspot for games companies within the united Kingdom. Also the course teaches you a lot of the industry standard software’s and has industry professionals that teach you. As well as gaining vital contacts for within the games industry.
Apprenticeships are one of the key ways to get into what you want while still studying and getting paid at the same time. All though this is a very good method it does not always lead to a hands on Job at the end of it and but it can provide you with some great work experience and contacts for you cv.
Internships are more for those who have recently got a degree in what the want to work in. It helps them to gain some more vital work experience within the games but you need to have a good understanding of where your applying for as some companies don’t pay you and such.
Another method is to apply directly to the company you are looking to get a job from even if its just to start on a small position you can still apply. Although this method isn’t always approachable without the right experience and contacts.
You can also work with an agency to help you with your search for your job while being paid and learning a few new soft skills, such as interview skills, and cv building skills.
These will enable and encourage you to improve you skills and compete against other people gaining new contacts and maybe even winning a cash prize or gaining some sort of experience from it that you can put within your cv.
Social media is something that helps to connect people, and it can be accessed to this date and used for specific things. It can also be used for building up businesses and advertising. This is a great thing to do while you are searching for employment as you can increase your skills as well as provide you with more knowledge of how to get into the industry through the use of contacts and such.
I m going to be writing about ‘why’ I will be explaining why I am creating a creative media product compared to what I am creating.
For this why task I have watched a video of Simon Sinek from a Ted talk talking about how great leaders inspire action and how I could use that towards my target audience.
There are three aspects that make up the so called golden circle, that is ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what’. These make up the main definitions of the golden circle, Simon sinek describes within the video of how a lot of great leaders or organizations use the golden circle the opposite way round. creating a attraction to people because they will feel like they know what they are getting.
He claims this is the case because he syas
I first of all started of the course by learning how to grey box, this was something that really grabbed my attention when I had my first encounter with 3Ds max. I found it really helped me gain interest onto the course which is where I have learnt knowledge surrounding games.
When first joining the course I wasn’t to sure which area of specialisation I most suited within the gaming industry. I initially stuck to concept art mostly because I felt like this was something I was comfortable with.
In this blog I am going to be conducting primary research and gathering new ideas for my final major project, I will also record my response of what I found and how I thought I could incorporate them into my work.
In this report I am going to be explaining what I have learnt within my chosen discipline which is 3D while looking at the contextual perspectives of my discipline. I will then move onto critically analysing the contextual perspectives of my own practice. I will also create experimentations in order to give me a more better insight within the contextual perspectives of my own discipline. After I will then consider the majority of my research tasks I have completed and discuss about how they can be used in order to inform my own practice. I will then finish with a conclusion of what I have learnt from conducting my own research and I will clearly and precisely implement how I have understood the tasks. (130 words)
For this task I will be looking into a early and contemporary practitioner for my chosen discipline which is 3D. One early practitioner that has inspired my discipline within 3D is John Carmack, he helped to influence the first era of first person shooting games in the 3D realm. John Carmack was a programmer that helped to start the experiment with engine mods He used to like creating engines which was when he came across one engine that worked really well and efficiently. It was more better than any other engine on the market at the time.