Thursday, 24 March 2016

@phil Bacteria Development

I don't think I will be using this as my final bacteria as it appears to be soft/fluffy with the many spikes so I am going to refine the spikes a bit more. However, when I looked at your suggestion of number 10, I felt that 11 and 12 could be part of a 'life cycle' of the bacteria i.e. the less and more resistant?

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial directed by Steven Spielberg is a story about a young boy affected by his parents separation and the discovery of his new stranded extra-terrestrial friend (E.T.). The story follows the friendship of Elliot (Henry Thomas) and E.T. in their loneliness, as they help one another and later become one through telepathy and telekinesis, Which is how Elliot comes to know of E.T.'s want to 'phone home'.

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The absence of the father figure within the film is clear, straight from the beginning when Elliot first mentions about his father to his mother and is then scolded for it. Another giveaway for the evident gap in Elliot's life is shown is Spielberg's camera work, no male (adult) characters are shown above the waist until the final act in the film, demonstrating the male absence in Elliot's life.

"The hole left by Dad is filled by a short, dumpy, big-eyed creature from a faraway planet. Part of a team of botanists sent to earth to collect foliage samples, he is left behind when his spacecraft has to make an emergency departure. Eventually, he waddles into the backyard of a house on the edge of town, where it is his good fortune to be discovered by nine-year-old Elliott" (Lee, 2014)

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The idea of the absent father came from a personal place of Spielberg's, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was formed from Spielberg's own parents divorce, he solely blamed it upon his father seeing him as 'more terrestrial' meanwhile placing his mother 'on a pedestal'.

E.T. began with me trying to write a story about my parents’ divorce,” the director says, admitting that he did “pin” the blame of the marital split on his father (unbeknownst to Steven for many years, it was his mother who decided to end the marriage when she fell in love with another man). “Even after I knew the truth, I blamed my dad,” Spielberg continues. “It’s still a mystery to me, but even though my mother was kind of like an older sister to me, I kind of put her up on a pedestal. And my dad was much more terrestrial, much more grounded, much more salt of the earth. And for some reason, it was easier for me to blame him than it was to someone who I … already exalted.” (Arbeiter on Spielberg)

Spielberg with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) changed peoples views of sci-fi and made them look towards it with awe, rather then fear, therefore Spielberg reformed the sci-fi genre for many making ways for films such as Paul (2011) and Earth to Echo (2014) which explore and demonstrate that the extra-terrestrial should be a thing of awe.

"With E.T. – and his Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Spielberg redefined popular sci-fi. Extra-terrestrials no longer had to be a laser-blazing threat to humanity: the universe, he was saying, is also full of awe and wonder. E.T. is an endless and infinite delight."


  • Marc, Lee "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, review: 'redefined popular sci-fi'" [22/03/16]
  • Arbeiter, Michael How Steven Spielberg’s Daddy Issues Influenced Every Film from ‘E.T.’ to ‘Lincoln' [22/03/16]

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

FEEDBACK PLEASE | Antibiotic Thumbnails

FEEDBACK PLEASE | Bacteria Thumbnails

Just need some feedback on colours and eyes, tell me what you think and what goes with what. :)

Fantastic Voyage | Post Pitch

Following the pitch I found that more design needed to go into the characters and also to make my antibiotic more clear as it looked like a 'jellyfish'. I also found that I needed to make the message more clear as to what is happening.

I presented my animatic with no sounds or narration to get opinions on whether a narration would suit more than SFX for example, The feedback that I received was mixed, some suggested to use pop ups to explain as the animation goes along and others said that a narration would go well with the animatic to explain the process.

Another thing was to create another animatic in colour, so it can be seen with the full effect of the environment.

I wanted to create the affect that the bacteria looks as though its very 'spaced out' or in a daze, I did this through the size of its eyes however I made my character look benign. I do like the appearance of this but to give the bacteria its 'scare factor' I plan to narrow the eyes and change the colour.

On the more positive side, I had gotten the science side down and also my concept for my environment was strong and very likeable and gave off a different effect from its colours

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Brief Story

Scene One

  • Bacteria enters into the body through a wound and into the blood stream
  • The bacteria Begins to travel around the body multiplying 
  • The bacteria begins to consume the bodies resources and begins to populate bigger areas and the person soon begins to feel ill.
Scene Two
  • The person is prescribed to take antibiotics for the infection as their body cannot fight it off by itself.
  • The antibiotic is dissolved in the stomach and is absorbed into the stomach lining and then into the blood.
  • The antibiotic begins to travel around the body searching for the bacterial infection.
  • The antibiotic finds its target and begins to kill the bacteria by destroying its cell wall structure.
  • The antibiotic begins to kill off masses of the bacteria as the dose increases in the system, however some bacteria remain still intact
  • The person soon feels better and does not complete the full course of antibiotics. The more resistant bacteria is then left untouched and begins to multiple within the system as there are more resources and space.
Scene Three
  • When the resistant bacteria begins to multiple the person begins to feel sick again, they go back to their previous antibiotic to finish the course
  • The antibiotic within the system tries to fight off the new bacteria within the body but due to its mutation in the DNA it is being repelled and cannot attach to the bacteria to destroy its cell wall.
  • The antibiotic retreats and the bacteria begins to thrive more due to the low dose of antibiotic.
Scene Four
  • The bacteria population increases and moves to different parts of the body.
  • A different antibiotic then enters the system through a hospital drip and swarms the bacteria, killing the weak and more resistant all together.

For the animation I plan on having a few in-between scenes where it will explain more about whats going on inside the body and whats happening to the bacteria when it mutates and also small pop ups with text explaining during the animation.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

@Phil Environment 2D or 3D

I sort of in-between on whether to go with a 2D or 3D layout for the project, I like the recent bacteria thumbnails I have designed but I feel they lean more towards 3D rather then a 2D environment and wasn't too sure if they would work in a 2D environment.