The end of a few busy weeks...

Phew! The past couple of weeks have been properly busy for me; finishing various projects, revising for exams and finishing coursework. Today however: I am finished. At precisely 11.19am today I finished the last exam of my Msc and quite possibly the last exam of my academic career!

If you are following me on twitter then you will probably be glad to hear that my exams are over as I do tend to tweet about revision quite a bit!

Anyway, amongst the revision I had a final module to complete: 3D design. I absolutely loved this module, I had always wanted to give 3D graphics a go but never really had the opportunity.

The brief for the 3D design module was: 'Create a 3D animation of at least 50 seconds in duration that demonstrates modelling & animation skills. - Quite a broad brief but at the same time it was perfect for doing whatever I wanted!

Although the brief was quite broad, the whole project had to be completed within just one week as well as being accompanied by a production report (mine ended up being 4000 words long) - this plus the fact that I had no previous experience using Maya (apart from the introductory tutorials we were given) made for quite a large task!

In the end I went with a tongue-in-cheek film trailer style animation, take a look and let me know what you think:

The video was produced using AutoDesk Maya 8 and some post production within Adobe After Effects CS3

The tower in question may or may not be Bowland Tower:


Certainly a visible feature of Lancaster University!

Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilsonjj/

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Rewilding the planet with animation and motion design

We've only got one planet, and right now it needs all the help it can get. Climate change and biodiversity loss are massive challenges that we need to tackle head on.

That's why, for every animation project over £1000 a donation of 2% of the total budget will be made to the World Land Trust, on your behalf.

The money will go towards WLT's "buy an acre" programme; buying up and protecting vital habitats around the world, and helping fight against climate change.

Any projects under £1000 will have a tree planted on your behalf.

Acres saved so far:

Thanks to my wonderful clients and the animations we've produced, enough money has been donated to save around 12 Acres of vital habitats around the world.