Monthly Archives: November 2010

Using ink and paint in 3DSmax!


Here is my teapot using ink and paint. I can use this technique with my characters to make them look cartoony.


Characters, Scenes, Buildings research


Character concepts are when you create a new character from scratch in a series of sketches and designs, then make them come to life in 2 or 3D with computer software such as 3D max.

For example here are some character concept designs for a game. They have done them in pencil and pen, no colour, just to get an idea of what the characters would look like. They also have drawn them at different angles, so it will be easier to design them in 3D. I will have to do this for my characters, so it will make it easier for me.

Here is a character board from another game. It is fantasy based, with witches and monsters. I will do this when I have come up with my final characters. It makes it easy to see all the characters in one place, and to see if they gel together as a group.

Scenes in my film are going to be bright and colourful, with a whole new planet. So here are some ideas.



I love the idea of seeing a moon and a sun at the same time, like my planet has its moon very close to its orbit. And also having different monsters in my film, good ones and bad ones, but they will all look cute. I want my film to appeal to the younger audience and don’t want to scare them, so even the baddies wont look that bad. I like the idea of having the film set over a long period of time, so the seasons change, this will make the audience become involved with the main characters quest as it takes so long and they want him to get to the end. I want to make the scenes look surreal, like the world they live in isn’t clean-cut and has stuck to the rules. As I am doing a fantasy, I can really do what I want when it comes to set design.

I want the main building in this film to be a castle, as it is the dominant building in this genre. I want it to be surreal like the rest of the film, like a Tardis effect, small on the outside and big on the inside. Here are some ideas.

I love Howl’s Moving Castle and this is a great idea of a castle. It doesn’t look like one, but on the inside it look like a proper home, with corridors and different rooms. And Howl can change the layout of this castle whenever he wants, which is another great idea.

Fantasy Genre Research!


Here is my research into the fantasy genre. Some of my work is on here, the rest is in my sketchbook. All of the pictures in my sketchbook are on here in colour for the best quality.

Fantasy is about the use of the supernatural and things we cannot explain using scientific reasoning. When I search “Fantasy” in google, it came up with alot of dragons and knights and castles. I think the medieval period dominates alot of the fantasy films, maybe not with the plot or sets, but in the thinking and ways the characters act and behave.

When you see this castle you automatically think of a fairytale or fantasy castle, because of the turrets and fairytale setting in a forest. I want to use a castle for my film, so I will look into castles in further detail later on.

 Also myths and legends play a big part in films, taking something that might not be real and making it real in the film. A typical example would be “Clash of the Titans”, which uses Greek mythology in a medieval setting with knights armour and sword fighting.

Just to name a few films that are in the fantasy genre: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2010 Warner Bros, How to Train your Dragon 2010 Dreamworks, Toy Story 3 2010 Disney/Pixar, Avatar 2009 20th Century Fox, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Walt Disney Studios, Wall-e 2008 Disney/Pixar.
I will look into each film to say why they are perfect examples of the fantasy genre.

The Harry Potter phenomenon sweeped the entire world. It is an amazing example of a fantasy film with witches and wizards in a huge castle, with a bad wizard trying to take over the world. And only one person can stop him. This would come under the storylines of “the quest”, “overcoming the monster” and “tragedy” all rolled into one. The effects in the film are incredible, using 3D graphics and animation to create a perfect film for a huge demographic audience.

This film uses a typical character in the fantasy genre, the dragon. When I researched “fantasy” in google images, it came up with loads of dragons. This is because the dragon is a symbol of total fantasy, as dragons are not real, well the flying, fire-breathing type anyway. The audience wants to totally forget about the real world and immerse themselves in a film as an escapism. So watching a film about a dragon would do that very successfully. As it is done totally in animation, they could create a dragon that would appeal to all audiences. Because it is cute for the older people, but cool enough for the younger generation.

Toy Story is a kids total fantasy, where toys come to life. Every person when they were a child, believed that their toys were alive. This involves some very deep connotations of childhood and naivety, which makes the film relate to everyone. This film in my eyes is one of the best fantasy films ever made, just because of the amazing storylines Disney/Pixar create. Without a good storyline, the film wont be a success.

James Cameron’s Avatar was a turning point in computer animation in cinema. He used 3D, but not coming out at the screen, but to give the film depth and discovery. The audience feels involved in the film and feels like they are actually there. The storyline is unique and full of adventure and fantasy at the highest level.

Pirates of the Caribbean is another fantasy film as there are pirates and big dramatic sword fights and also CGI ghost pirates. The special effects in the film are very realistic and convincing, and there are a few simultaneous storylines going on at the same time, which is a good idea for my film. I would like to have a “love” storyline going through my film, as well as an adventure quest for my protagonist.

Wall-e is my all time favourite film ever. Everything about this film is amazing, the characters, storylines, the colour. I would love to create my film using the same basic principles as this film, because if you have the basics right, then you will create the ultimate film for your audience.