Texturing with Maya 1

That Old Chestnut

Texturing in Maya, for me, is one of the most difficult parts, as you can fully texture a model, and then have the look of the model change on render due to outside influences such as lighting or environment issues, such as the EnviroFog.  I imagine it is completely controllable and makes sense if you where to master Maya and get to the point of knowing what everything did in it, however, I am not at that stage!  For these reasons I like to think of texturing as mostly guesswork, which is one reason I don’t often finish models as I like to be able to fully control what I am working on. Continue reading

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Film Studies Lecture 8 – The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway wrote and directed this film, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, in 1989.  It starred Richard Bohringer (the cook), Michael Gambon (the thief), Helen Mirren (his wife) and Alan Howard (her lover).

The film is based around a high-class French restaurant Le Hollandais, run by Bohringer, which has been taken over by Gambon.  He and his bunch of underworld associates dine at the restaurant every night, being obnoxious, abusive and generally disruptive, to the point of scaring away most the other customers.   Continue reading

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Film Studies Lecture 5 – Philadelphia


Philadelphia is a 1993 drama staring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, directed by Jonathan Demme.  It is based around the true story of Geoffrey Bowers, a law attorney who, in 1987, was dismissed from Baker & McKenzie, who then won financial compensation in one of the first AIDS discrimination cases.  Philadelphia closely follows this story, documenting Hanks’ initial struggles in finding a lawyer to represent him, then his decline in health, and his dealing with the emotion that comes with this, not only for him but for his partner, Antonio Banderas.  Finally the film documents his court case, and his eventual win, followed shortly by his death. Continue reading

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Film Studies Lecture 4 – Rear Window

Rear Window

This, another of Hitchcock’s creations, is a film about voyeurism in the extreme, specifically designed to enrage your humble narrator, in the same way that photographers who only photo naked women enrage me.  Now i will concede that Man Rays  Le violon d’Ingres has certain artistic appeal, however the majority of it is pure voyeurism, and if I want to look at naked women, or stare through someone’s window, I’ll go and watch porn, or kick about in my neighbour’s garden until the police come. Continue reading

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If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.

Robert Capa

The photographer, Robert Capa, started out as a man named Endre Friedmann, born in Budapest in 1913.  In 1934 he met a woman named Gerda Pohorylle, with whom he set up a freelance photography business.  This is where Robert Capa comes in, as Friedmann struggled to get work, he and his partner came up with the idea of Robert Capa, the famous American Photographer who would only sell his prints for three times the asking price of magazines, and so they made a living working “under” Robert Capa.   Continue reading

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HDR Photography

High Dynamic Range

When referring to photography, High Dynamic Range or just HDR is a technique that allows the user to create an image with a larger dynamic range of luminance between light and dark areas of an image.  This creates images which are closer to what the Human eye can actually see in scene of high contrast.  It allows photographers to capture a much larger range of tonal detail, by taking multiple photographs and combining them together into a single photo inside Photoshop, creating a closer example of the world as seen through the eye.

So what you’re saying is, when you take a photo from in the shade, you can in fact take multiple photographs from that spot, mix them together and be able to see not only out in the sun, but also areas of detail in the shade too, unlike most photographs where you would get only an over or under exposed image.  I suppose that makes sense… Continue reading

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Care Free Photography!

I have infuriatingly wobbly hands.  This is a poor trait in a photographer, and causes me to carry a monopod with me whenever I wish to take photographs.  The monopod does solve a lot of my issues, however using this makes me as a photographer more aware of alignment and the rule of thirds, as well as the idea of a perfect photo, although I doubt much of my work could be called perfect.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that its pretty sad when a form of art forces you to follow rules that are boring… “line the shot up, focus the lens and make sure you use the rule of thirds”… yeah.

Then, Voilà!  Lomography appear on the scene to rescue me from my trauma.  When researching into Lomography I found it difficult to find a short but concise written explanation of what Lomography actually is, and so I read on and on, absorbing the “10 golden rules” and interpreting people’s work and comments until I came to the conclusion that… Continue reading

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