Curriculum Vitae

As part of the module, we needed to make a new CV,  this is something i’ve never been particularly good at. But after seeing Greg’s presentation, it gave me more of an idea of how i wanted i to create it.

I didn’t want it to be a plain written word document like most CV’s, we are going into a creative industry, but i also didn’t want to make it overly creative and colourful, thus taking away from the professionalism. This is what i came up with…

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The Look

I wanted to keep it crisp and clean without adding in to many ‘mad’ colours. I decided to go with a simple white and grey. I am very into the ‘rose gold’, ‘copper’ look at the moment, and even incorporated it into my business cards. So i decided to bring it into my CV also.

I made four columns, Bio, Education, Employment and Skills.

Bio

With my bio i wanted to keep it short and sweet. I basically used an edited down version of the bio i had written for the Website.

Education 

Education was another thing i wanted to keep short and sweet, i only mentioned education that applied to the career i want to pursue, thus only mentioning this like art and design etc. I also only went as far back as A Levels.

Employment

Although my employment within the industry is limited, i do have experience that was very successful, so i wanted to highlight that so that employers see that i’m more than just a recent graduate. I do have experience.

Skills

With skills i just wanted to mention certain skills and personality traits that make me an ideal person to work within the industry. I didn’t want to go into to much detail, but just enough for the reader to understand why these skills are beneficial.

Software

Rather than make the generic list of Softwares have experience using, i decided to put them on the side of my CV in a star based system.

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I personally feel that mentioning that i can used basic softwares such as MS Word is redundant, instead i have only mentioned Softwares that a studio would want to know i have experience in, i have used a star system to mark how experienced i am within using each of them. I have tried to be pretty honest with my reviewing of my own skills.

I wanted to include a photo of myself in the CV as it makes it more personal, and i personally think its nice when going for an interview and having an idea of what a person looks like.  I also added basic contact details such as my phone number and website. I downloaded basic logo’s in vector image form, and made them the same ‘copper/rose gold’ look. I feel that it all ties in well.

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Building a Website

When it came to building my website i decided to go with Squarespace, for the simple reason that they had a basic theme i liked, and it was cheaper to buy a domain name i liked with them.

I ended up becoming…   emccdesign.net

I wanted to go with a very plain theme, as i knew my portfolio would be full of colour, and didn’t want to take away from that. When you first go onto my site it opens directly on my Portfolio as you can see in the Screenshot below…

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My Portfolio is categorised into folders such as ‘Renders’, ‘Character Design’, ‘Watercolour Work’ etc. This is makes it easier for anyone who wants to browse my work, but specifically one part of it.

Once a folder within the portfolio is clicked into, it will display them  in a scrolling system, as can be seen below…

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What i found most difficult about my website was writing my Bio. I am not a good writer, especially when having to talk about myself, but i did my best. I also inserted the same image of myself that has been used in my CV.

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The next page of my site is my CV. Writing a CV is not something ive ever been the best at, but after one of the talks we had with Greg, i had a fair idea of how i wanted to display it. I will discuss it further in the next blog post.

To Display my CV, i simply placed a jpeg image of it to take up most of the page, then at the right hand side i placed 3 buttons, so that the viewer can download my CV in either PSD, PDF or Word Doc format.

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The last two pages of my site are my ‘Showreel’ and my ‘Contact’ page. Which is pretty self explanatory. One simple has my video of my Showreel for the viewer to watch, and the other has a contact form to fill out along with my contact information.  This can be seen below…

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Movie Poster Inspiration

When we found out we had to make a movie poster, as a group we had all the same idea in mind. Looking at recent animated comedies, they tend to have one thing in common, a white background.

This is not to say that we are only wanting to follow a trend, as can be seen below in “Minions” (2015), “Lilo and Stitch” (2002) and “Chicken Little” (2005). But there is a reason trends become trends, they work!

Our movie does not have a complicated story arc or deep and emotional stand point, it is a light hearted comedy about a turtle named Hank who wants to be a dog. Simple.

It does not need to some need piece of composition that can be read into to find the deeper meaning, it does not need black and white or colours that express emotions. All it needs is  a cute and quirky high resolution render of our main character, a funny catchphrase, a title font, and we are set.

A few weeks ago Nathan rendered out an image of Hank we liked, i have placed it into a basic poster design. This is not the final poster, a nicer higher resolution Hank will be rendered, and a more appealing font will be found and decided on. The image below simply gives us an idea of what we are going for.

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Matte Painting

Currently i am working on painting what will be out of the apartment window. We know already that we need to see lots of city buildings and apartment buildings, but we also need to decide what type of lighting will come from the window too. I already have a pretty strong image in my head that i will work towards, but below are some images i may use as inspiration or to help make the window view more convincing.

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I will be working on this in Photoshop and paint using my Cintiq, i will be spending the weekend on this and hope to have a finalised matte painting by Monday.

Modelling Style

In our last presentation we got mostly good feedback, the only negatives we heard were that we are not quite there with the style with some of our models. I understand what the tutor was getting at and have done some research into the style we want to aim to achieve and what it is about it that makes it that ‘style’.

 

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My basic thoughts are that anything that is not a parallel line, should be exaggerated in its curving. If an object is already curved or round, then exaggerated it once more. If its round, make it rounder! The image above is very exaggerated, but if we can get the essence of this, then we have done well.

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As you can see in the images below, that also, if a line it straight, and it needs to be straight, make it straight. My way of thinking towards this is if its an object that serves no purpose, it can be curved. If its a countertop, chest of drawers that needs to be straight, make it straight. The sharpness of these edges against the curves of the rest of the room makes it dynamic and contrasts well.

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Below are examples of, if something is naturally big, (like an obese cat or a cooked chicken) make it even plumper. This adds character as well as style.

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In the image below of the dog with the shoes, the shapes and look of the environment is pretty realistic, however if you focus harder you will see that the shoes are actually quite elongated, if the dog was not in the shot, this alone lets us know that this is not a realistic world.

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Below is an example of both points i have made, if something is round a chubby, make it rounder and chubbier! If it an item that serves no purpose such as a speaker, you can the play around with the edges as they do not need to be parallel.

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Basically the points i want to hit on when we are modelling are…

  1. If the object is naturally round or curved, exaggerated the curve, and emphasise the plumpness.
  2. if the straight edged object serves a purpose, such as a shelf, keep it straight and parallel, but if it doesn’t serve a purpose such as a speaker or a lamp, then the edges can be curved or changed.

Keeping Turtles as Pets

Over the years turtles have decreased in popularity, to the extent that i do not know anyone that owns one. This is because turtles spread diseases such as salmonella  which can affect young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a lower immune system. Because of this turtles are rarely even sold anymore. Especially if they are under 4 inches in size.

After looking into this further, i have found that if taken care of properly and proper hygiene is carried out, owning a turtle should really cause many problems. The problem is, most homeowners would choose a cat or rabbit or something that won’t have these extra health issues to begin with.

More information can be found in the following link…

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Reasons not to get a turtle

Time to set all this information aside…

In our story, the homeowner, has a turtle as a pet regardless of the information above. In our film we need to show the turtle in the house but also in a cage/aquarium. This is important to the narrative and story so that the audience knows this a turtle with  a loving owner who gives him the care he needs.

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Looking into turtle cages has shown two main point, they need a lot of water space, and only a small amount of land, and they can be personally customised in anyway you want. This will become very interesting once  concepts begin to be produced.

Turtles eat anything from fruit and veg to insects and mice, so it would be a nice touch in the film to show a full fruit bowl in the kitchen, and mini selection placed in the turtles cage for him to nibble on.

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Early Character Concepts

We have already discussed the potential to make the turtle character more stylised and ‘boxy’ but below are my first concepts of the turtle, in some i tried to make him do ‘doggish’ poses such as begging, rolling over etc.

I did the most of these roughly in pencil in a sketchbook, this helps explain just how early these sketches are, and i am already working on the next version of the turtles style journey.