There is not a lot in terms of tutorials for creating an aurora effect in Maya. However I have managed to find this one website where someone has done something similar that is being very helpful to me in explaining particles/curves/motion etc.
This is the music I will be using for my animation. It is a short 1:30 piece from the Umineko no Naku Koro ni OST. This music will not just simply be placed over the entire animation… I will have to edit the parts I want with the appropriate part of video.
Yet, it has to be done. I have been thinking for the last few weeks since I did most of my research, what idea should I follow.. what would make the best animation. I am trying not to think about the limits of my Maya ability. There will be a solution to everything, I’m sure, if I took the time to learn while going along.
Looking back through all my research, the thing that doesn’t involve character animation, and tricky nature scenes (who wants to try making that reflected plant image in Maya, haha) is the dead cow. I have quite a few ideas of how I could develop this, but I’d also like to incorporate some properties of my other research. For example I really would prefer to do an aesthetic piece over a narrative, but I do not have any ideas for aesthetics on their own. Using some things from the Kyle Cooper video combined with the cow could produce something interesting, and a combination of aethetics and narrative.
Also as I’ve been working with Maya, I’ve been thinking more in terms of basic shapes, and it’s reminded me of some drawing classes I’ve had and what some teachers have told me about capturing form. Even in “learn to draw” books, mostly everything is constructed using circles, squares, triangles. It could be a path I could go down if I were to make my animation more abstract (e.g. use the fact that objects are made out of shapes to my advantage in creating a particular style).
Well, it is something that I will be thinking about this week, and I can hopefully graze a final idea from all this.
For this project, I decided to read Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. At first I wasn’t really expecting much from a story who’s plot was “a man wakes up, he’s now a huge bug.” BUT, after reading it all, I conclude that it is actually an amazing piece of literature!
The quote below is taken directly from the book. It is getting towards the end of the story, and at which time I am feeling so sorry for poor Gregor.
The book starts out pretty much stating that this man has awoken, and now appears to be a large insect. However, the character doesn’t really react to it, he seems just to accept it, and through his thoughts you get to know him and his human life. Kafka does a very good job of making the reader care for his characters. Even the father, mother, and sister are all presented very human-like, with weaknesses and strengths that makes them seem real.
The story progresses, and mostly centres around the thoughts of Gregor, and his adjustment to life as a bug. Towards the beginning of the book the whole family struggles heavily with this change, but what affected me most whilst reading was how the situation degrades. How Gregor as a person is forgotten about, and how he comes to be neglected, even though he provided for everyone before. I think it shows a lot about human nature.
The thing that most confuses me, is why did Kafka write something like this in the first place? What inspired him? Are there any morals to the story? I did honestly expect the situation to be resolved, and there to be a happy ending, a conclusion really. But however, besides the fact that a man has transformed into a large insect, I think this story is much more life like than pretty much.. any plot for a book, a film, these days. It’s very deep.
In regards to metamorphosis: The changes seen here are mental rather than physical. Gregor wakes up as the bug, so that isn’t described. Rather, his mannerisms become more bug-like as the story goes on. The family also changes. Everyone moves on. The last words of the book: “their daughter stood up first and stretched her young body.” I thought this was an odd choice, as the main focus of the whole of the rest of the text had been Gregor. But it describes just that; everyone moving on. (Yes.. I feel it’s a pretty sad ending to a story I’ll never hear anymore of!)
“Perhaps the cleaning woman intended to retrieve the things when she had the time and opportunity, or to throw them all out at the same time, but in reality they remained wherever they had landed at the first toss, unless Gregor twisted through the rubbish and set it in motion, at first out of necessity, because no other space was open to crawl through, but later with increasing delight, although after such excursions, tired to death and dejected, he would again remain motionless for hours.”—Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis
1. Biology: a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly. 2. A complete change of form, structure, or substance, as transformation by magic or witchcraft. 3. Any complete change in appearance, character, circumstances, etc. 4. A form resulting from any such change. 5. Pathology: a. a type of alteration or degeneration in which tissues are changed: fatty metamorphosis of the liver. b. the resultant form. 6. Botany: the structural or functional modification of a plant organ or structure during its development.