Thursday, 12 March 2015

Adaptation B: The facts

The statistics of mental health and depression is quite shocking, I have gathered all of my research to talk about during the infographic. With this information I can structure my script.

  • 1 in 6 people will through the course of their lives will suffer from depression.
  • 1 in 4 woman will suffer from depression
  • Woman are twice as likely to suffer from mental health as men
  • Woman are more likely to suffer from anxiety as men
  • Woman are more likely to be treated for depression, this is due to woman admitting to problems and symptoms compared to men.
  • Men are more likely to suffer from a drug or alcohol addiction/problem.
  • 1 in 10 people in prison DO NOT suffer from a mental health disorder.
  • 1 in 20 is clinically depressed meaning major depression
  • 1 in 50 British people can suffer from a form of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder
Symptoms of SAD

  • Poor Concentration
  • Low in mood
  • Cravings for carbohydrates
  • Social "phobia" (Don't want to see people, can't be bothered to be social, wants to be isolated)
  • Lethargic
  • Physical pain: Stomach/joints
  • Behavior problems: Cross, short tempered, moody (More for children)

Depression statistics infographic

Monday, 9 March 2015

Adaptation B: How it works and desgins

So i wanted to have a diagram of how the infographic would play out, I decided to go for a two sided story, the first zoomed out on a sphere which will show diagrams and charts of depression information and statistics, the camera will then zoom in to show a young girl walking, as the sphere rolls (now representing the earth) the pop ups with tell the process and my personal story of depression, specifically focusing on SAD.

For my character, i wanted her to reflect something of me to make it more personal, in which i chose the hair style and colour, the same style and colour I had at the time. Though I did go through some possible styles

After trying out hair styles, i found that doing a similar one to my own past self would be a small way to connect myself to my character. My hair style was long, fringe cut and brown/red hair colour.

A final concept of what my character would look like.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Adaptation B: Character thoughts

I wanted to go with a teenage girl look, as depression is common in woman and aged 15-24 i felt it fitting, my first initial thought was this, a fringed, long haired girl with glasses.

I want to develop this character

Adaptation B: Script demo

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Mudbox: Head and facial expression

Mudbox to Maya: Facial Features

We first created our face shapes on Maya by grab the facial features around, I went for a angry skinny look. We then took this into Maya, duplicated the face twice, moved parts of each of the duplicated faces and put on a Blend Shape, so made it so we could then move the facial features of the first head, causing it to smile, frown, or raise an eyebrow, depending on what we done to the duplicates. I have a raised eyebrow on one and a pulled out nose on the other.

I also had a play around at the end with another face.

Adaptation B: Ideas

Idea 1

I want to go for a hand drawn child-like style for this one, the point of the infographic would be to explain depression through a childs understanding, making the subject innocent and more intense. The information would be correct and spoken by children. Here are a few examples of the style I would push for.

Idea 2

This idea was to go for a single point focus, I want to morph a singular shape into items, faces, thigns that explain depression and the stages. This wont have speech but music, I want this to come across as infographic twist with a visual music piece.

Idea 3

This idea will be all ages talking to the camera, I want a young child to OAP to speak about the stages of depression, and the subject get increasingly worse as the piece continues, this isnt so much an "infographic" as an animation of people talking but It will be twisted into one.

Idea 4

Similar to ideas 1 and 3, I want to animate over children speaking, partly animation, partly live.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Adaptation A: Opening Title Test 1

Typography - Title screen colours and type

Having a practice with some type faces, order and colour for my title screen. I have gone for a few different styles.

I chose two that I felt were the best, I then tested colour, though i'm going to stick with the turquoise blue and merge the two styles of type and order together.

I took the layout of the bolder typeface and made the type a slightly similar to the first typeface as for my transition I need to spherical O on the word "work"

This is my final decided type face: Gill Sans GT - BOLD

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Adaptation A: Style and colour

I have chosen to do my style as if inside the screen of an office computer, the mouse will interact with the moving fonts and images and the colours will represent office colours:

I looked at items that are found in an office such as desks, computers, sticky notes, pens, paper. I came up with three main colour grids.

I decided to go with the third one which represents Sticky notes

This is a colour composition I done and a practice into the layout of the desktop.

Adaptation A: The foods to eat

Common fibre foods that help "move things along"

Fiber: 8 grams per cup, raw.

Fiber: 7.6 grams per cup, raw.

Fiber: 5.5 grams per medium fruit, raw.

Bran Flakes
Fiber: 7 grams per cup, raw.
Whole-Wheat Pasta
Fiber: 6.3 grams per cup, cooked.
Fiber: 4 grams per cup, cooked.

Adaptation A: The Questions

My Questions:

How long does food take to digest and become poop?

Digestion time varies between individuals and between men and women. After you eat, it takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water and, finally, elimination of undigested food. Drinking water with a meal also helps digestion.

Does caffeine affect the speed?

drinking coffee can stimulate movement of the colonic muscles, thus promoting peristalsis (the coordinated contraction and relaxation of intestinal muscles that causes bowel movements). One study noted that the magnitude of this peristaltic effect of caffeinated coffee is similar to one induced by eating a meal. It’s also 60 percent stronger than the effect induced by drinking water, and 23 percent stronger than the effect due to drinking decaffeinated coffee. T
he caffeine in coffee stimulates muscles in the colon causing peristalsis, the contraction and relaxation of intestinal muscles that causes bowel movements.

How much caffeine is in coffee?

So how much coffee is needed to get results? The above-referenced study used a black Colombian coffee containing 150 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, a fairly average caffeine content for an 8-ounce (oz) cup of joe. A 12-oz “tall” drip coffee from Starbucks contains approximately 240 mg of caffeine, and single-shot latte drinks approximately 90 mg. In the end, the effect will vary by the individual. 

How often do humans poop?

Everybody is different, and there is no set “normal” when it comes to passing stools. That said, the normal range spans three times a day to once every three days, meaning the average person poops approximately once a day—about 1 ounce of stool for each 12 pounds of her or his body weight. That means a person weighing 160 pounds produces an average of just under a pound of poop each day.

What should a person eat to encourage a healthy bowel movement and/or quicken the process?


So, when is the best time to poop at work?

Film Review: Sita sings the blues

India / USA

'Sita sings the blues' is an animated tale of Ramayana set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. Nina Paley, the write and directer, along side the story of Ramayana, we are told slightly of Nina and her relationship troubles and her experience in India with her other half, the almost off subject moments of Nina and Dave seem unrelated, but the small 4 minute pieces show how Nina went from one side of her life to the other in making 'Sita sings the blues'. She has three different styles through the film, one of her- a scribble style, the story of Ramayana which is more of an over pasting on images style of already existing images and a loose structure to the characters and their movement, the final style is of when Sita sings, you know the scene is happening once the style changes, its an easier way of keeping track of what's happening at which point.

The story of Ramayana is a well told Indian tale of gods, love, purity and royalty. Sita sings the blues tells this story in a variety of ways that work well together, as well as the songs that play though out the film, there are also scenes of Sita and Raman playing through the story as well as three character voices that talk about the people in the Ramayana story and discuss what should have happened, the flaws in the story and trying to remember all the names and who's mother is who's son to who's wife,

Nina wanted to tell her story as well as the Ramayana tale, she produced the styles to show these different parts and does it well. The intermission in the movie was a tribute to Bollywood, it stuck with the feeling of a bollywood movie and this is what Nina wanted, though the scenes of her were not bollywood style, they still worked. The switching between scenes is easy to follow but if you don't enjoy the blues scenes I wouldn't recommend it, you don't look forward to them and there are a lot of them, but give the film a chance for its well told story and humorous side to the three story tellers with in the film.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Artist Toolkit: Mudbox - Bell Pepper

Here is the model from sphere to pepper

The texture


The stem painting




Final piece

Change of lighting