Week 2: Creating Tile Textures

For week 2, we created textures on Photoshop and tiled them to see if they tiled well. I first created my tile I called ‘MetalTile’ as it resembled gold but with a liquid appearance. It was done by using filters and changing them to suit the desired result.

MetalTile1

It was then split into a 4×4 grid and variations were made in each square by altering it using hue/saturation, brightness/contrast, etc.

MetalTile

I then offset an image on concrete and darkened it to change its appearance, also using the clone stamp tool to get rid of the edges after offsetting it and came up with this. Its not a perfect example but it’ll do at the moment.

ConcreteTest

I then added a drain image on top of it and had to alter the levels to match it close to the colour of my concrete as it was way lighter before. I erased some parts and used the clone stamp tool in some areas to blend it into the concrete as much as possible.

Drain

I then added another variation and added cracks. Again, I had to change the brightness/contrast and levels to match it as close as possible to the concrete and used the same tools as i did for the previous one.

Cracks1

I tiled them all together in a new file and ended up with this as a result. There are still distinguishable marks on the concrete that would make it obvious that it was tiled but only to a more observant person otherwise it looks fine.

Road

I found that making textured tiles and tiling in general more fun and am looking forward to more of this kind of tasks in the future.

Story Research

For Dynamic Communications, we were tasked to find a story we can create an interactive digital format of. I was stuck between Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, Creepypastas or Japanese Urban Legends.

The stories I picked for the choices for Poe were ‘The Tell-tale Heart’ and ‘The Black Cat’. The Tell-tale Heart is about a man who had an unusual ‘disease’ which heightens his senses, especially his hearing. He loved the old man but hated to be around him because of the one pale blue eye with a film over it of the older gent so he decides to kill him to be free of its gaze. The narrator goes to the older mans room for seven days at midnight to put a lantern and shine it on the older man’s eye but the older man kept it shut, so the narrator felt safe as long as the eye was close. On the Eighth night, the old man heard the narrator and woke up. The narrator waited for awhile and then lunges into the pitch dark room with a scream, shining the light into the old mans eye. He drags the man off the bed who only got to screamed once and put the bed over him until the older man’s heart stopped beating. The narrator lifted the bed and checked if the old man was really dead, and he was, then cut up the remains and hid it under the floor boards. Three police officers came after a neighbour called after hearing a scream. He told the police it was him who screamed and that the old man was away which convinced them that nothing bad was going on. He brings them to the old mans room and they all sat and chatted and then he suddenly started hearing ticking noises which got louder and louder. This made the narrator freaked out and confessed that he killed the old man and pointed to where the old mans heart and remains were, stating that it was the old mans heart that was ticking.

The Black Cat was about a man who had a love for animals, writing from his jail cell about the events that happened before. His love for animals became stronger as time passes by, and with a wife who also loved animals, they owned various types of animal, particularly one big black cat named Pluto. When the man starts drinking, his personality takes a turn for the worse. He starts physically and verbally abusing his wife and the animals. One night after coming home from a party drunk he thought the cat didn’t wanna hang out with him so he grabbed the cat and but one of its eyes off. The morning after he was overcome by the impulse to hang the cat on a tree so he did and that night his house burned down, all his money and possessions gone, only him, his wife and the help survived. Not long after a crowd gathered at his bedroom having seen an image of a gigantic black cat with a rope around its neck on the wall which bothered him. One night after drinking, he saw a black cat which looked identical to Pluto and also had an eye missing with the exception of the white spot on the chest and brought it home to his wife to make her happy. Overtime the white spot grew and created an image of the gallows (wooden device used to hang people). The man is to scared of the cat to abuse it but the cat would always hang around him, even in when he goes to sleep. As his hatred of the cat increases, so does the physical and verbal abuse towards his wife . One day him and his wife went down to the cellar and the cat followed, with extreme irritation, he tried to kill the cat with an axe but his wife stops him and he kills her instead, burying the axe on her head. He hides the body in a space in the cellar wall and sleeps peacefully in ages as the cat is nowhere to be seen. Police came and searched the house, after coming back to search again they were about to give up when the man decides to brag about the house and takes his cane to whack the wall where his wife’s body was hidden. A sad crying noise answered which turned out to be the cat as he had accidentally shut the cat up in the wall and the body was found by the police with the cat on top of its head, prompting the police to sentence the man by hanging at the gallows for the crime.

My second choice was a creepypasta from the site Creepypasta. Creepypastas are scary stories which varied from ghosts, monsters, rituals, and even parodies of them. The links for some popular examples are below:

Russian Sleep Experiment

Jeff the Killer

Slenderman

The third option was to use Japanese Urban Legends to search for my story. They ranged from Kuchisake-Onna (Slit-mouth Woman) who would ask passers by if she was beautiful while she was wearing a mask to cover the lower part of her face, if they said yes she takes her masks off and asks the same questions and slit their mouth if they lie or say no and if they said no she still slits their mouth to Hanako-San, a little girl who resides on the third stall of the girls bathroom, when someone calls her name and knocks on the third stall and after hearing an answer the door can be opened to reveal a little girl in a red school uniform who then vanishes upon seeing her or she will drag you into the toilet and kill you.

I decided to go for the Japanese Urban Legends and picked the legend ‘Aka Manto’ (Red Cape) where a red caped man with a mask on goes into the toilet and asks people in the toilet stalls if they preferred the red or blue cape. Choosing the red cape meant that their throat is slashed or cut off and choosing blue meant that they’re gonna be strangled or choked to death. I chose this as there are choices given by the antagonist in the legend which makes it easier for me to make the interactive part.

 

Week 1: Level Map

For the first week during our Lab session, we were tasked to create our own map for a game. It  wasn’t specified as to what genre it was supposed to be in as it was supposed to be a fun exercise and it was certainly fun to create it! 🙂

During the creating part of the map in the Lab, I was slightly stuck because nothing was popping up to me other than a FarCry map idea. I then started brainstorming ideas and came up with a pirate map that highlights treasures, fountain of youth, tribes and mystery spots. I was inspired by the Pirate of the Caribbean movies, specifically the one where they raced to find the Fountain of Youth but with dangers at bay. I didn’t put the traps in the island because that would be giving the away the excitement of playing the game 😛

I decided to make the look of the map appear worn and burnt at the edges so that it looks like it has been hidden for many many years.

LevelMapExample1

The mountains, jungle,forest, and the sea has been altered using hue/saturation, brightness and contrast, etc. to fit the theme i was going for. I put a layer on top of all the other layers and spray painted a yellow ochre colour lightly to age the whole map.

I have made the key to fit the Pirates of the Caribbean story line somewhat and it also has some traps here in there that are not highlighted in the map.

The Fountain of Youth is hidden inside the cave, underneath the cave surface  or wherever is up to the person’s imagination. Most stuff that are marked on the mountains are inside the caves of the island and are well hidden as to not make it easy for the pirates/looters.

Visual Research 1: Films and Games

A short documentary about the role of Previsualisation in film and how important it is for the final outcome.

Beyond Two Souls was created using CGI and they used face tracking for a more realistic animation and facial expressions.

 

Tangled animation process which shows the layout and the references used by the animators to fully understand the movements needed.

Pixar’s Ratatouilled Progression Reel which includes the sketches for the scenes, layout (previs) block animation, etc.

Alice Madness Returns Character costumes.

Previsualisation footage of XCOM 2.

LOTR Storyboard and Previs.