I found a few helpful sites/videos for when I was creating the camp fire and the marshmallow’s eyes.


Maya tutorial: Rendering CG light with mental ray | – YouTube.

Eye Modelling Texture Like Pixar And Dreamwork Autodesk Maya


3D Maya Tutorials. (2014). Eye modeling Texture Like Pixar And Dreamwork Autodesk Maya. Available: 3D Maya Tutorials . Last accessed 29th May 2015. (2010). Maya tutorial: Rendering CG light with mental ray | Available: Last accessed 29th May 2015.

MamoruK . (2013). trying to create fire light. Available: Last accessed 29th May 2015.

Monroig, A. (2009). How to Create an Awesome Fire Effect Using Maya Fluids. Available: How to Create an Awesome Fire Effect Using Maya Fluids. Last accessed 29th May 2015.

I Love procrastinating

For once I’m glad I put something off. I had meant to delete my Maya files off of my USB stick after I got them back off Alec, but  didn’t do it at the time and then forgot.

And a good thing it is too.

Now I have all my maya files from before Christmas again. Happy times.

Turning Heads

Finally finished the head model. I made a video of it revolving to show it from all angles. The only part that I’m not sure about it the ears, the top of them look a little odd but I don’t know why. I saved each time that I made significant changes to the model. Model_01 to Model_35 were my first attempt at modelling the head and then Model_36 to Model_75 were my second attempt. I also made a note of when I deleted the construction history for the model so that I knew where I could go back to, to get the last point with all the information.

Nice labelling?
Nice labelling?

Unrendered revolution:

Heads Up!

I’m almost finished modelling Andrew’s head so then I will no longer have to think of any more head puns.

Here is the last post on the progression of the head and then the next one will be the finished product.

Final Animation- With response to feedback

This is our re-rendered animation.

I have to say that I’m quite proud of it now that the sound has been added.

There is still a slight jump between scene 2 and scene 3, and we noticed that it seems to go slightly fuzzy as well but at the minute this is it finished. Amy had to sit and render the third scene frame by frame because when she batch rendered it for some reason the parasaurolophus would float off.

Ryan, Amy and I sat together and ensured that we had identical lights and ground textures so there should no longer be any inconsistencies. The day before we had tried to incorporate as much of Mike’s feedback as we could. Matthew wasn’t able to be in as he had to mind his brother, but we kept him up to date on what was going on and what we were going to do.

As he had put his files on the shared Dropbox folder we were able to quickly make the changes to his files as well as our own at the same time. It wasn’t really necessary for him to come in at that point as it was really just superficial changes that needed to be made and then we were setting the scenes to render.

I rendered scene 1 and scene 4 (which used to be scene 5 where the T-Rex is beaten with multiple rocks), Amy did scene 2, and 3, and Ryan rendered 5 (used to be 4) and 6 (used to be 7).

The following day, Amy and I came in and edited it together. Ryan was going to do it, but had an appointment s and wouldn’t be in until later, so we let him know and he sent us the scenes. By 12.30 it was almost finished, only the titles and credits needing to be added.

Amy had made a fantastic split screen in scene 3, which Mike had suggested, but it was awesome the way that when the T-Rex turned its head it almost looked as though it was shoving the Parasaurolophus out of the way.

For some reason when we tried to use Premiere to edit the scenes together the sky went black in our scenes. I put it into iMovie instead and found that the sky was still there so I put all the scenes together and then made up the soundtrack for it.

The background noises were from, the splashes were a water balloon from and the rest were simply taken from Garageband.

I then put the movie file on to Dropbox and Amy added the credits.

Tyrannical Terror


Blouhond. (2012). Calm Morning Outdoor Ambience. Available: Last accessed 12th May 2015.

Steveygos93. (2010). Water Balloon. Available: Last accessed 12th May 2015.

Some shots

Below is just some images of our landscape and character that I liked the look of. Some of them show issues we experience and how we overcame it, some I just like and cannot really recall the reason for screenshot-ing them. Is that even a word? Is it screenshooting? Hmm…