1W20 Tutorial

29 01 2007

The Project

It was about time, finally; one more tutorial from Andy (my supervisor), what a relief. One think is sure, he did help me to calm a bit down. We talk a bit about the content of the story rather the structure of it. Andy raised some questions that will help me develop my work. He did like my work up to now so this is very good as it comes of the development of the story. He did like more the idea that is the transfer from a Childs mind / perspective to the adult production and understanding of the story, and this is what he wants to see more to get developed. He also told me to slow a bit down and try to research the possible outcomes for this project and investigate what ways I could do this project.

My video presentation

I decide that I will do a mix media presentation… live video and sketches. The video will be the videos I capture about my son and the sketches that goes along with that. I need to find some kind of ambient sound as well.

Oups…I have notice that I did not upload the 2 last previous tasks… o well here they are. 🙂

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1W19 Podcast or not ???

29 01 2007

The Project

I am still wondering if I should present my current work in a podcast format or not. This week I will explore a bit the way it can be done since I have no idea how podcast works or even if it is a format like wmv or a just a name that apple (is it apple?) gave to a different format they develop. I have all of my videos that I am going to use already upload on my pc. I still need to scan a few more sketches. From there I will work on after effects to add them together. I am not sure If I am going to add voice over, but for sure I will have text to support the video.

Blog

I start working on my interactive sketches site again. It should be ready in couple of weeks. It does take a lot of time as we know, but my main concern is that my time is kind of limited at the moment. I will need to come up with a new schedule 🙂





1W18 The Return

29 01 2007

The Project

Well, here we are again. It is nice to be back and it is even better that my enthusiasm about this project it is just growing bigger. We are about to make a podcast presentation of our work until now. I am not sure if it has to be a podcast or any kind of “web” video. I was thinking to make a wmv format (windows media video), but I am not very sure how that will show on mac. I will have to ask some mac users if they have any viewing problems with that format.

Blog

In the couple of next weeks I have to upload some images on my blog or even better to finish my sketches interactive site. I need to scan my drawings and add them to the site and also I need to resample the current images to a lower quality, so it loads faster.

(some edit)





1W15 to 18 Off Site Study

2 01 2007

Project

Even though it is Christmas break or better off site study I keep working on my project, and more on the visual part. I want to finish my models on paper so I can start working on the computer and the actual modelling. First of all though, I have to finalize my storyboard. My goal is to create a story that it can be told by a 5years old boy, plus to be visually nice with a mystical feeling and extreme lighting. Above all this, the story should be for grown ups only. I think this is what makes my project unique, the idea that this story is coming from a 5 years old and a grown up represent it on a screen with the adds and bits that makes it unsuitable for kids.





1W14 draft proposal

2 01 2007

The Project

Today, (19 Dec 2006), I have sent my draft proposal for review to Andy. Until the final date I am sure I will change some things. First of all the look of the actual proposal will be more “creative”, but more important is my final research question that will help me more to develop my project proposal and follow a more strictly path rather than the massive world of kids thinking.  

This week also I have kept on reading more info about kids thinking and development. I have also draw a colour storyboard as I feel I need to start modelling and animate as soon as possible. I don’t know how much the rendering will take so this is something to consider of. I don’t think I will use mental ray since it will add on my render time (even thought that would be great), but I will rather simulate bounce lighting.

Blog

I will change my sketch web side again since I made the mistake to add many images and it’s heavy on downloading time. I will resample all the images to even smaller size, so this will keep the interactive sketches side down until I finish all the images manipulation.





1W13 Where do kids influence from?

2 01 2007

The Project
This week I start reading, Dr. Miriam Stoppard. Questions Children ask and how to answer them, DK publications, 2005, for my project. I finally end up with one and main research question witch is “the factors that can affect children’s thinking”. I made a map out of several “things” that can make a significant change and influence a kids thinking about the world. After I gather a lot of info from several books and web sites I can say for sure that the environment where the child grows up is the main factor of the thinking development. The people that surround them do play a big role on their development. This is a post, Available from: http://homeschooling.suite101.com/article.cfm/giving_kids_space_to_grow [Accessed 15 December, 2006] “Every child is different, and has a different way to respond creatively. For example, read a group of five children a story, then ask them to respond to the story. One might draw a picture, one might put on a puppet show, one might write a short story, one might want to talk about it, and the other might re-enact the whole story as drama.

  • Know the personality of your child, and how they tend to respond to situations/problems.
  • Encourage your child to pursue a different way of approaching problems. However, too much pressure can cause undue stress.
  • Learn to see the everyday creativity in your child”