Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Random Progress Post

Have  a lot of projects going on...


     Okay so finals are closing in, and I have a lot of projects to do and to start! I decided to create a post dedicated to all the different projects I am currently working on.  I also created a timeline for the final weeks of this semester.


Here is a WIP shot of my Zombie Illustration Final

Here is what I most recently finished in my bar model: The ceiling

Here is a screenshot of my editing for my music video
    Keep watch for different work in progress for each project.

Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S MESCHER

Monday, November 12, 2012

D4M Final: Reel Animation -Post 1-

FINALS ARE COMING..


     For my final project in Design For Media, I would like to do a short 10+ second 3D animation. Since I want to do something so short, I decided a animation for my name. I was inspired by Pixar's lamp animation, and how the lamp is part of the word.

 
      So I decided I want to do a classic movie real as the object i want to play around with. I chose a movie reel because I want something that can turn into an "S" and be descriptive of what I do and who I am as an artist. It is a littler predictable, but it is the perfect object for this project.


I also did a simple storyboard for the short, giving an idea of what I want the short to look like.



 Thanks for reading,
    MELANIE S MESCHER

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Music Video Teaser

Coming to a blog near you...



    Alright, I am currently editing a music video for the song: "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" by Fall Out Boy. We took a whole day of filming, and I need to get all the edits done by Wednesday. Today, I got really into the editing, and it looks pretty sweet if I do say so myself. It helps when you have great actors: Brianna Parrish, Kevin Harkness, and Melissa Freeman, THANK YOU!

Here's the music video poster:

Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S MESCHER

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 12-

Continued lighting...






     I tested out the final gather on some different shots, and I really liked the effect it had on my shots. Also I finally textured the lamp I had been neglecting. I messed around with the neon signs trying to get the right color and illumination. 

Thanks for Reading,
     MELANIE S MESCHER


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Totoro Halloween Costume

Yes Totoro....



    For Halloween my mother, Azile Mescher, and I created my Totoro costume. It took many man hours and attempts to make him. Also to be honest my mother did a lot of the work, because she can sew and I cannot. ANND without further-a-do here is Totoro!










Pictures by Kevin Harkness

    So I hope you enjoyed my costume as much as I did wearing it. He has a permeant residence in my apartment, and he gives great "therapy hugs"

Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S MESCHER



Monday, November 5, 2012

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 11-

Lighting...

    We talked about lighting today in class, so I messed around with it. This of course is just me getting the hang of lighting and seeing what it will do to my model. And let me say, I love what it did to the bar. Just the little lighting makes the bar have so much more life.





   We have to do 5 different lighting situations for this assignment, so I'm thinking I'll do a natural lighting, night lighting, creepy lighting, and studio lighting.

Thanks for reading,
    MELANIE S MESCHER

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Project Yoakam Contribution -Post 5-

Final Week...


     Yes we are on our final week! We got a lot done in a little time. Everyone on this project should be proud of the progress they made, and the short we have! Currently the film is going through editing and final touches. Tuesday, for the class we are having a pre-screening of what is done of the final film, and to get final comments from everyone.

     As a personal contribution to the project, I sent out emails like always and made the credit list. I also filled everything out for film festival submissions. For both Flicks Film FestivalColumbus Film Festival and any other film festival we want to enter.





     For the film festival entry information, I used temporary pictures until we have our meeting to decide on our final poster and banner. Also on what would be the best screen shots to use. 

Don't forget to check out the project's blog, to see the final video when it is finished!

Thanks for reading,
    MELANIE S MESCHER

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 10-

This is what was turned in...


    I still have a good number of stuff to texture. I stopped because I began to just slap stuff on when I was working on it rather than actually trying. I don't want this model to look like crap, so I'd rather take a hit on my grade than a hit on my model. So enjoy what I have finished. :)








    Okay So i'm going back at it, have so many little details to figure out and get done. Get excited because my next blog post will be my halloween costume, and it's amazing!

Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S MESCHER

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sketches -2-

Just some more sketches...



Thanks for reading,
    MELANIE S MESCHER

Monday, October 29, 2012

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 9-

Getting mighty close...


     Okay I'm getting close to having most things textured, it's just not forgetting anything. I am getting really excited over this, but I just hope I can finish it. It's almost creepy how much it is looking like the bar.







Thanks for reading,
    MELANIE S MESCHER

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Project Yoakam Contribution -Post 4-

Filming has begun...


     The puppet was completed by last Tuesday, and made it's big show. This last week we started actually filming our shots. The first day we shot, some of the videos were over exposed and we needed to reshoot. Actually in the second time we shot the dark room scene I am an extra in the corner, you can barely see me but I'm here. 
      
      The marketing team began brainstorming titles for Project Yoakam, and are having some final ideas by Tuesday. Also Tuesday, we are going to go over different credit information for the end of the short, and any other loose end we need to tie up. 

       As a personal contribution to the project, I again sent out information emails, and I began research on different competitions we could enter Project Yoakam. 






     This week we should finish all our filming and really begin post-editing to all the shots and visual effects, and have a finished piece. We also will being wrapping up the documentary and all the credits and marketing. So, next couple weeks are going to be busy, but we're almost there and we have something great!

Thanks for reading,
    MELANIE S MESCHER

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Zombie War -Post 1-

Yes zombies...

    So for my Zombie lit class our final is to create something that summarizes what we've focused on throughout the weeks. I choose to do something about women and zombies. In most movies we've watched the women have been not very central or helpful to the zombie epidemic. They mostly get in the way really.

   My idea was to create some kick ass mo-fo women to battle zombies, and have one cowering man. I have not decided if I wanted to sexy-fy the women, kind of like they do in comic books. I'm thinking about doing this to play with the idea of how women are really only a sex symbol in some movies like the first one we watched White Zombie.

15" x 25"

     This is just a very sketchy composition work out, and i wanted to get the figures flushed out as well. I'm really happy with the middle figure and probably will change the zombies and maybe the left figure as well. Hope you liked it!!

Thanks for reading,
    MELANIE S MESCHER

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sketches

Oh look at that, I do know how to draw...


    I usually never post sketches, but I feel if I did it might motivate me more to sketch, so I collected all the sketches from the last couple weeks and combined them together for your viewing pleasure :).


      There are only a few that I really like. The 2 in the top left corner, which are cartoon portraits of my boyfriend (also the gas mask one is a quick portrait of him preparing for field). I also really like the Dead Space sketch (bottom left corner), which I did to prepare for my next sculpture project which is going to be Benjamin from the video game Dead Space.

     I thought I'd put this one by itself because it is the only one in color. This is a fan-art for the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer. You can click on a link for a description of the book. I really liked the book, so when I finished it I just started sketching and Cinder and Iko appeared.

Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S MESCHER

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 8-

Trucking through...


      I'm getting through this pretty quickly, I'm really happy with it so far and can't wait to see what it looks like at the end.





Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S. MESCHER

Monday, October 22, 2012

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 7-

Texturing is fun...?!

    So yes I am having fun with texturing, it is not as bad as I thought it would be when I started. Most of the stuff I am working on now is using different mental ray shaders. Once I get the textures I want to use for the bar and walls I will begin laying out the UVs for the more complex objects.




     Personally super excited for this project! I can't wait until it is all done and I get blow it up! Stay tuned!

Thanks for Reading,
     MELANIE S. MESCHER

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Project Yoakam Contribution -Post 3-

This are going great...


     This week the puppet got close to completion, we started finalizing the script and plan to shoot our first few scenes Tuesday. Overall things are going along the schedule we made for ourselves.

      We also got a marketing team together from the story crew, Chelsea T. is now the director of marketing. Beth W, Emily C, Taylor H, and Catherine C have also moved to marketing as crew.

       Thursday we finalized who would be the puppet, our script writer, Jake B. We also discussed having everyone able to come in to be extras in the film where they are needed. 

       As a personal contribution to the project, I sent out emails after every meeting and help keep the meetings organized, and so Laurel can post the information on the blog in case people do not see their emails. I also checked in the Shayna M. the director of documentary, to see where they are at in their filming. 




      Overall I'm really excited for this project, and I'm excited to start filming and seeing this puppet in action!


Don't forget to look at our project blog for more detailed updates! Project Yoakam



Updated my Digication Check it out here!

Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S. MESCHER

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 6-

First Neon Sign...


     I really didn't work on this too much this weekend, but I did get a neon sign finished. It was tough figuring out how to get the text to look like the Budweiser text.




    I think it looks really cool with the glow and looks like its the real neon sign. It just needs the reds logo where the red circle is. 

Also check out my updated Digication here!

Thanks for reading,
    MELANIE S. MESCHER