Sunday, 28 October 2012

Monday, 22 October 2012

Character: Profiles

Hero: 
Newcomer and an outcast
Male
Eye colour: Turquoise
Hair colour: Brown and blond (dependable on lighting)
Powers: Camouflage, adaptable to environment, enhanced agility, night vision
Utilises abilities to hide and avoid others, though once confronted or detected, is rendered vulnerable.

Sidekick:
Optimistic Goth-dressed teen
Female
Eye colour: Red/Blue
Hair colour: Black with a blue/purple stripe
Powers: Thermal vision, manipulate water into ice, generates cold aura 
The 'cold' nature of her powers have left her undesirably isolated, as well as her weakness to the heat/warmth of the sun.

Villain:
Principle of the Villain High School
Male
Eye colour: Brown
Hair colour: Black
Powers: Mental bolts, telekinesis, cast projections and illusions
With the ability to bend a perceived reality in the mind of others, he possess' the power to alter another's reality to aid his own selfish means.

Character: Re-fined Notes

After a discussion with Justin, the Highschool for Heroes has now become the Highscool for Villains. 

I will also keep in mind of the limitations and possibilities every power has. How they will be regulated, and to not create another Superman. In the first of four Superman movies, Superman possessed the ability to fly fast enough to reverse. It was flawed and had no regulations, posing the question why it was never used in any other situation. Looking towards the limits, will give the characters greater strengths and weaknesses to one another.

There is a new arrival of super-powered teens, for their first year and one of them is much different. Set apart from the rest, due to his rather secretive profile, the teen hero sees the wrong's committed and sets out to change the system. Another teen, one that has spent a year at the school already and has become familiar with it, is aiding him in his quest. The Principle of the school attempts to stop the duo at every turn, through coercion, deception, force and through mentality. The overwhelming number of bullies, jocks and cheerleaders stand between the duo and their adversary.

Trying to look for a depiction of outcasts and geeks in highschool, I came across Glee. Mixture of geeks, nerds, cheerleaders, jocks and goths. This will help find common traits and identify stereotypes.



Sunday, 21 October 2012

Character: Exercise

For this exercise, we had to change an icon character's 'structure', as it were. So quite charming, and child-like Danger Mouse into a more hardened design.


Afterwards, I attempted to make Disney's iconic Hercules simple in his design. Similar to that of the animated series Batman character design.

Character: Influence Map


Character: Notes

Highschool Superheroes

Influences
  • Smallville
  • Watchmen
  • Unbreakable
  • Spider-man
  • The Incredibles
  • Power Rangers
  • Fantastic Four
  • X-Men
  • Sentai School
  • Super Normal
  • Sky High
  • Zoom
  • Kick-Ass
  • Teen Titans
Possible Name
Extra Ordinary
Xtraordinary
Hero High
Skyward
Heroes Way
Southbound

Sky High's classification
Hero - Jocks
Sidekick - Geeks

Power Pool
Invisible, fire, ice, earth, nature, water, light, dark, teleport, speed, mental, telekinesis, shapeshifting, regeneration, stretch/enlarge, strength, flight, manipulation, sight, enhanced attributes, time travel, illusion

Synopsis
The teen hero seeks to stop the villianous Principle from re-forming the education system for his own evil intent. The teenager has but his single ally, of which they were not always. Meanwhile, the hero must deal with the increasing number of bullies.

Hero and villain must be polar opposites

Hero
  • Must be good (At least perceived to be)
  • The low end of the school (geeks/outcasts)
  • A person of their own mind
  • Must be weaker than the villain
  • Resourceful
  • Morality code (no killing/harming)
  • Must have a weakness
Sidekick
  • A reformed villain/hero
  • Middle-end (jocks/cheerleaders)
  • Point of view can be swayed by others
  • Can be beaten by the hero and villain
  • 'Clutch' resourceful
  • Morality code (borrows from the hero or villain)
  • Can be both (Own a weakness and/or defeat able)
Villain
  • Must be bad (At least perceived to be)
  • Position of authority (teacher/principle)
  • Corrupt others point of view
  • Must be stronger than the hero (Not physically?)
  • Meticulous planning
  • Morality code (killing or harming does not phase them)
  • Must be defeat able

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Narrative: Notes - Gunpowder

  • Gunpowder was also known as black powder (19th Century)
  • First and only chemical explosive until 1800's
  • Gunpowder tea - Tang Dynasty (618 - 907)
  • - Founded by the Li family -seized power during the decline and collapse of the Sci Empire
  • Taoist Monks or alchemists searching for an  elixir of immortality
  • It was soon applied to weapons - flamethrowers, rockets, bombs, and land mines, before projectiles.
  • - Made fireworks and signal flares
  • - Possible uses in medicine and alchemy
  • - Solid-fuel rockets used to fight the invading Mongul hordes
Narrative
Starting point: The Dark Ages (800 - 900)
Step 1: Death, loss, power (and the abuse of it), disease and illness
Step 2: Against the offensive properties however for the defensive properties. It has the some  effective and 'exciting' properties that have been exploited.
Defence: It's very effective as a weapon, thus ensuring safety.
Offense: It's easy to access and causes much devastation.
Solution: There isn't one. If it isn't gunpowder, it would be something else.
Event: The loss and destruction involved in the experimentation is sad.
Alteration?: It wouldn't change anything, if it were not to exist, as it would have been something else.
Step 3: To realise the event and consequences of it.

Narrative: Notes - Alfred the Great

  • Brief overlook - the 'Bullet' story
  • A daily in-sight to his life - 'Man + Wife' Story
  • Regarded as a Saint by some Catholics
  • King of the Southern Anglo - Saxon Kingdom of Wessex.
  • He is the only English monarch known as 'The Great'.
  • Reign = 871 to 899
  • Alfred defeated the Danes at the Battle of Ashlawn in Berkshire
  • Alfred defeated the Danes again in the Battle of Edington

Basics of Mudbox


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Narrative: Notes

  • To counter the Protestant view, Roman Catholics developed the Annales Ecclesiastici by Cardinal Caesar Baronius.
  • Volume X saw Baronius coin the term "dark age" for 888 - 1046.
  • "Lack of writers" many refer to the number of volumes in Migne's Patrologia Latina.
  • There is a sharp drop from 33 volumes in the 9th Century to just 7 in the 10th, with the 11th Century having 12 volumes.
  • "Carolingian Renaissance" - 9th Century
  • Rise of New Powers - (Political Phenomena)
  • White flash: The Sun / Gunshot flash - Link to the invention
  • Invention Angle: Gunshot powder
  • Art Of The Byzantine Era = 102 +/-
  • Basil I (867 - 86) - Byzantine Civilisation
  • Iconoclasm (726 - 843)
  • Leo VI, the Wise (886 - 912)

Group Blog: Pixel Reign

This is the group blog for the Narrative project.

Follow at: http://pixel-reign.blogspot.co.uk

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Character: Exercise

Quick character designs for a; thin Native American, in preparation for the genre's that we had received for our three characters to be centred around.



Quick design of a ; Nazi hippy.

Character: Project Intro

For the Character project, I have 'Highschool Superheroes' as my chosen genre. It's a subject that has been covered quite a bit, with the most famous example of the genre being; X-Men with Professor X's school for the "gifted". With this explored genre comes the price of becoming "too" generic or failing to emphasise the 'Superhero' counterpart to the highschool genre.

Negativity aside, I like the genre I have been given and am very interested for this project. I will seek to find an area of the genre not yet taken advantage of, which will inspire my story for these characters. For example; Unlike X-Men I could focus on the school itself as well as it's tier structure, rather than moving away from the setting.

Narrative: Project Intro

For the new project, Narrative, I am grouped up with Anthony, George and Ilmi. We are to make an animation that is relative to the time period that we choose, which is the Dark Ages in the 9th Century (800-900). 

Ilmi's blog: http://ilmiomar.blogspot.co.uk
George's blog: http://georgewhiley.blogspot.co.uk
Anthony's blog: http://anthony-duke.blogspot.co.uk