Try on TimeLapse

30 03 2011

With the new canon haveing the option for remote operation by hooking to a computer, it was time to test some remote snaping. Tried out timelapse  video, accidently put the camera on autofocus instead of manula focus. This give a wobbly images as the camera focus for each shot .

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Light Show at Marina Bay Singapore

21 02 2011

On a usual weekend roaming we came across the newly installed light show at the Marina Bay Singapore. Sadly we could only catch the last few minutes of the show. But it was something similar to show which is already installed in Sentosa “Songs of the Sea” Just that this is a little more elaborate than the latter.

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4 People who are too good at what they do :)

8 01 2011

Came across these videos in YouTube. The job they do are the regular everyday job, still the precision with which they execute is just mind blowing!

The Thai Tea Master..

Card Packing at its best

Flying Bread(aka) Parata making

Ironing





First try on Animation Short Film

4 04 2010

Its been a very long time since i had posted something interesting. Had my head filled with assignments and dissertation work. Loads of fun and sleepless days atlast shows some signs of progress on the assignments. Even though its different story when it comes to the dissertation part.

This animation was done as a part of the assignment for our animation course. Unlike other assignments which also come with a strict set of laws to follow and to finish the paper. This one actually had no rules. The only rules was to submit a short  animation movie . No topics to follow , No team sizes , No rules , Its all left to imagination  to run wild.

So with nothing to set a deadline or a rule to follow , it was kind of easy to know we implement any idea we need into the project. Also along comes the bad part, too many ideas always have too many confusions. So did we have a fair share of that too. 😀

The confusion starts with the team, on how to form it and who all be in it. after some brain storming team was finalized to be a team of three. Myself , Vivian and Dinesh. Two studious with a me , the stupid. Wah now tats a advantage to exploit. The platform chosen for this was Maya, one reason was the familiarity with the environment as it had been already used for few assignments. Other was the fact it was available free for few months for students.  Now comes the story part. The actual part. The actual brain storming was done to find something that would have a good end and short enough. The dream was perfect to implement, and made it a nightmare to add some spice.

Rather than making boring animation of just maya, tried our hands to mix 4 different animation styles into one. Starting with AfterEffects to Maya to Long exposure Art and ending up with a 2D  animation. The output was better than we had expected. The rendering took the most part of the animation , with my lappy busting its Hard disk by the end of the animation.

With all the hard work , this was the final output. Comments are welcome.

Video Details:

Duration:    1 m 53s

Resolution: 720 HD





Avatar:Fairy Tale the James Cameroon way

18 12 2009

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With the hyper surrounding this movie, and the trailers found in almost every site i visit, This movie was on the top of my must watch list. The graphics on the trailers were great still wanted to find out the story covered with this graphics. For a James Cameroon movie it was weird to find the first day first show not filling up. And spending a fortune for the ticket into the dark-box we went. Still miss the ads that are put up before the movie in india :D.  After few minutes of staring at the blank screen and few more trailers calling us back to spend more fortune on the movies , the movie starts.

One word for the movie “BIG”.  Its a fairy tale blown up to the directors proportion. The world of pandora is every kid’s bedtime story on larger scale. The movie starts off with Jake(Sam Worthinton) Waking up on a massive spaceship traveling at light speed for 5 years to reach pandora. He replacing his twin brothers position as the avatar “driver”. And thus the story starts getting massive. The avatar which are the 10ft tall aliens living in the world of pandora. Once he becomes the driver and moves into the forest the , as u would expect massive trees , creatures copied from resident evil . How to make a existing creature different , more evil , alien??  its simple just add few more body parts to it. Thats exactly what the director has done here. all creates are provided with extra pair of legs 😀 to prove that they are aliens and not copied from earthly cousins , When it comes to aliens in hollywood there are 2 types one type highly advanced with weapons of pocket size to destroy the world, the other kind are the aliens with bow and arrows riding horses and dragons. Sadly there are not other kinds of aliens in this universe. With so little choice of aliens to choose from Director goes for the second kind of aliens, as they are supposed to he fighting back and not destroying the humans in just one small matchbox sized bomb. Great care has been taken in making the dragons and the horses also look alien, they are provided with extra pair of legs , their noses changed position and there we have a aliens!. So now the aliens are in place. Now for the spark to start the war. This concept is little old and very old for a movies of James Cameroon name to it, Seeking a rare metal that is available only under the place where the aliens stay. A Sci-fi movies with the aliens on bows and arrows, how to make the aliens have the fighting chance ,bring in the magic , Aliens have “something” that makes flights hard to fly there. Guns , cannons and missiles against bows and arrows , Guess the winner. Yes its the Bows and Arrows, as they are helped by the “magic” .

Being a Animation guy myself, i see the  hard-work has gone into making the pandora look real. All the creatures and the aliens are finely tunes for realism, Even the skin textures , Response between a CG and reality are done with great care, Hats off to them. This movie has got the director name written all over it. Its a full 3 hr movie, death of a important character at the end. And the movie ends. Overall its a good entertainer , has all the characters of a James Cameroon movie, great graphics. Now back to room and time to sit on the project work i skipped to watch movie.





Time-Lapse Videos of Massive Change on Earth

31 05 2009

Found this article on wired

Literally show how we are playing with our planet without thinking about its consequenses

Urbanization of Dubai
Nothing says environmental exploitation like building your own palm tree-shaped archipelago. Dubai, of the United Arab Emirates, has dredged sand from the sea floor to build hundreds of artificial islands along its coast, hoping to attract wealthy tourists. Many projects have been put on hold since the global credit crunch hit the region.

Sucking Out the Aral Sea
In the 1960s, central Asia’s Aral Sea was the fourth largest lake in the world. As a result of irrigation and damming, it had shriveled to 10 percent of its original size (marked by the thin black line) by 2007. It is now three separate, highly salinic, lakes.

Clearing the Amazon
Over the past three decades, the state of Rondônia in western Brazil cleared almost 35 percent of its rainforest. According to NASA’s website, the pattern of deforestation is common in the Amazon. People build roads, then clear some of the land for small farms. After a few years, the land erodes and becomes depleted. The farmers, suffering from low crop yields, convert the land for cattle, then clear more forest for crops, and so on until large cattle holders buy the land.

Post-War Clean-Up of Mesopotamia’s Wetlands
Sometimes, change is a good thing. The marshes of Mesopotamia had been drained and decimated by Saddam Hussein in the 1990s. When his regime ended in 2003, Iraqis began reclaiming the marshes. This shows the reflooding of the marshlands and regrowth of vegetation. But serious concerns remain: the water used for reflooding may not be sustainable as the population recovers and expands its agricultural efforts, and the region may have already suffered an irreversible loss of species diversity.

Drought in Utah
Southern Utah’s Lake Powell was once teeming with boaters, fishers and vacationers. But from 2000 to 2005 its water level dropped from 20 million to 8 million acre-feet, due to severe drought. Water levels have rebounded a bit, but are expected to plummet to levels even lower than those of 2005 during the next serious drought.





Quantum of Solace: Less bond more action

10 11 2008

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Being a follower of the James Bond series , I was excited on this latest addition to the series.

The movie started with a car chase and loud music, with no idea as to wat the car chase is for. Few mins after the car chase comes the next action sequence this time the chase was on foot over buildings. Wow two action sequence back to back, this movie must worth watching. But where is the story line???  may be there is still time to tell us about the story line. And then comes another chase sequence , this time on water with speed boats, This movie get intresting every scene.. Jus couldnt wait to know wat the story line is.

WTH its intermission :O..   half the movie has completed with no story and 3 action sequence completed. wat is in pack for second half.But even after all this  action sequences there was no gadgets to be used till now i was eagerly waiting for a gadget car and his watch to pop out into something . Sadly the only gadget in the whole movie is his phone , used as GPS tracker. 😦

The second half move tries to make a thin story line work for this movie. With few sentiments and as the rule of bond movie follows ends with and action. And walking out of the hall, i tried to make out the story of the movie. All i could summarise were this movie contains 4 action sequence , 2 sentiment sequence , 1 title song , 0 story.

A good example of what will be the outcome of good action and no story.