Friday, 25 September 2015

Character Project-Initial Research

On Tuesday we were briefed on our Character project. We chose three cards from which we need to design game characters. This can be a video game, board game or card game. Really looking forward to this project and as a lover of board games, I was immediately drawn to this option. However, I will look into all options, particularly given the cards I have chosen, which are...
I thought I'd look into "fabric" first as this seemed maybe the trickiest card to tackle. Fabric made me immediately think of tactile games which could be played as a sensory game, maybe for visually impaired people or young children with learning difficulties. I also looked at fabric characters, such as the characters in the Comfort fabric conditioner advert, Sackboy from Little Big Planet and The Muppets.


 Cat suggested looking at the video game Kirby's Epic Yarn too...


Taking "height" alongside "fabric", made me think of parachutes and reminded me of a game I used to play as a kid, called 'Pilotwings'. So maybe I could have a game where you fly with a parachute or hang-glider through different worlds.

And then there is this kind of parachute which small kids love to play with.

Next on my list is to think of possible game ideas and how to incorporate the "worlds" card. I will look into different city/world ideas but with the "height" theme in mind. I'll keep looking at the parachute idea but have also thought about a game which has characters which are made from different fabrics and how they would each fly differently and be affected by thinking like wind and rain. Another possibility is to look into different settings, such as an underwater world as I can still incorporate "height" into this.
 The ideas I am coming up with are leading me towards a video game but I need to be mindful that I keep my options open at this point.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Narrative Group Project

Very excited to be back at uni today and to be briefed on our first group project. We have been given the task of creating a 1-2 minute animation which relates to the topics 'Love' and 'In the Toy Shop', which were chosen at random. We also have the editing style 'No Cuts'. Looking forward to getting this going.
Our group (Charlie, Julien, Ryan and me) are currently trying to finalise a name. We'd settled on a few favourites but have yet to choose one that sums us up as a group in an appropriate way. Suggestions are below and any feedback would be greatly received. Charlie has already posted some of these up on his blog, but we've added a few extras so please have a look!
Starry Arcade
Night Hunters
Gentle Giants
Sleeping Lighthouse
Black Diamond Productions
Dream jar
Soaring High
Poly Arc
Red Wax
Out of the Box Productions
Solid Line
Neutron flash
Quantum horizon
White flux
Cupids Psyche
Poly Vision
Fantasy Chaser
Nova Flare
Leaping Lighthouse
Duck Soup
Cupids Psyche
Here are some more of the ideas we had for a few of our favourite names. Charlie has his on his blog...

Ryan (for White Flux):

Any feedback would be greatly welcome!