Monthly Archives: December 2015




I have created the fish model in Maya.

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I messed it up and it did not look as good as it could be so decided I needed to improve on it. I worked over the holidays to redo the fish and animate it. Much better now and can see how much better it looks from the original one.

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Animation of the fish

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Here is video of fish


Blade Runner



Blade runner was made in 1982. It was adapted from the book ‘do androids dream of electric sheep’ by Philip K Dick. The film was directed by Ridley Scott and the main lead was played by Harrison Ford.

Blade runner is a science fiction film set in a very unfriendly and ugly looking Los Angeles. Humans have created very intelligent and sophisticated workers who look exactly like humans. They are known as replicants and were banished to the other world to live. Because of their intelligence they were created to live only four years. If they escape to earth then policemen known as blade runners are tasked to find and kill them.

Harrison Ford is a blade runner ordered to kill four replicants who have escaped to earth. The film continues with his search and determining who is a replicant by doing a Voight Kampff test on a Nexus 6 model called Rachael being developed in Tyrell corporation, the company responsible for creating these replicants. The test determines who is a replicant from emotional based answers. Memories have been implanted in them so they have emotional feelings so Harrisons Fords character struggles for a long time determining that Rachael is a replicant.

The film continues with Harrison Ford becoming involved emotionally and physically with Rachael and for him to continue in his journey finding the replicants and killing them. The replicants especially Roy are in search of making their lifespan longer than the four years they are programmed for. The end of the film does not reach a final conclusion and we are left wondering if Harrison Ford is also a replicant.

The film has a lot of futuristic elements. For example flying cars, animals made to look like the real thing, neon signs, big animated billboards. The director leaves the audience to use their imagination as to what the end of the film could be and each individual can use their own perspective as to whether Harrison Ford is a replicant or not.

Blade runner is definitely a confusing film. It takes a lot of concentration to understand the concept and the director’s dream. I found it quite slow moving but its darkness and visuals were quite stunning when you realise it was made in the early 1980’s. The flying cars, animated billboards, artificial eyes, neon lights, the fight sequences, the glass shattering during a chase were good even by today’s standards.

I think it connects to our 3D Experimental modules because of the animated billboards and neon lights. The audience’s perspective on their view of the film is similar to how you perceive works of art. You also have to look at the scenes from an all round perspective to understand the depth of the scenes just as 3D works need viewing from various angles. The origami done by one of the characters is also a 3D piece of art and becomes quite important at the end of the film when the unicorn origami confuses the viewer as to whether Harrison Ford is a replicant as well because of a dream he has earlier on in the film. Technology such as the voight-kampff machine (like a lie test detector) was also advanced for its time.

Experiment 3D – Week 11

We continued looking at our fish models. We had to complete these models so we could start animating it. Unfortunately I somehow went wrong with my fish model and it just didn’t look right. I spent the whole lesson trying to correct it so could not animate it when the rest of the class did. Decided that I would need to improve the fish at home and then animate it.

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It looks pretty ugly and has too many sharps edges and not the rounded shape of a fish body. It looked to geometrical.

After modelling fish we had a lecture on artificial intelligence. There were a few videos that we watched and Haris also spoke and the class also interacted.

Do AIs have consciousness? This is the question that was spoken and discussed about. Some experts say yes and others no.

We discussed how we personify things by making inanimate objects more human. For example setting alarms on our phones using voice commands or talking to Siri on iphones to ask questions. Then we discussed how robots are created to help humans make their lives easier but they are just an extension of ourselves in that we want things as easy as possible. AIs are functional using advanced mathematics to be created and nothing to do with being alive as humans are. They may develop their own consciousness in that I think mathematics will become so advanced that the AI of a game will be able to interact with the environment it is placed in in more ways than the creator anticipated by responding to any players actions. Will the AIs show unanticipated emotions, No because emotions are a human attribute.

The lecture continued discussing various games and films that use different forms of AI.

I found this lecture very interesting because of the advancement in technology and how lives are changed from different advancements. The whole AI aspect is an interesting topic and the unknown is fascinating. When I play  video games the AIs responding to the environment and my reactions in the game produce an exciting and interesting experience. Even ipads use a kind AI with the microphone letting you use your voice to instruct your needs.

The question that now needs to be answered is how ethical is having the machine respond as humans. Are we going to live in a world of machines or humans in the future? A question that will be constantly answered and answers changing as the advancement of technology moves forward.


Experimental 3D – Week 10

Experimental 3D 1/12/15 Essay Feedback

We were given feedback for our group essay today. We were told that overall it was a good piece of work but there were also a few issues. We had chosen too many topics and then did not give enough attention to each one. We also had some formatting issues, which made it hard to read. We needed to proof read our work before submitting and were told that it showed a lack of organization.

We did have many group meetings and came in on the Monday before the essay was due and together spent about 4 hours working through it together. We worked well together and took each others ideas on board. I think the problem was that the more we met the more ideas we came up with and thought that each individual topic was required to make a well detailed essay. We did not know how to limit the topics we chose. At one point I did feel we were writing about to many art types because every time we completed our individual pieces another topic was chosen to link to the topics. I felt we were doing too much work but because I struggle with being heard and hearing I agreed with the amount of work the group required. It takes me a long time to get the research done and understanding what I have read and found and then getting the words written that for me at least this essay was really tough. The group was very helpful and in the end after getting the feedback and mark of 71% I feel we have done really well and the part of the essay that I wrote was received quite well by Haris and was not thought to be the weakest part so was really pleased.


We continued the lesson completing our fish in maya and watched movie called Blade Runner.