the original control room was looking a bit sparse so i’ve drawn out and modelled more bits and bobs to fill it with. i still haven’t completely figured out how the control room will look yet but for the most part it will be a liitle room with a door at the back like the corridor from the post below and then the front control table where some of the controls will be but mainly have the dual screens as the main feature of the control table because this is where the human astro will see the news article on the other ships attack.
I’ve also started to think a bit about how to make the ship a bit more personal to the astronauts so i’ve made a cartridge player underneath the large of the two screens that will be ‘happy chaps’ that will be playing before the news article cuts in and also a couple of additional cartirdges dotted over the human astros desk area withe written notes on such as ‘mum and dad June 3015’ etc.
then for the goldfish i was thinking of just having a tub of fish on his area.
These three are the corridor of the opening scene, i’ve tried to make the ship look a little bit more old and worn down, but i think the textures should help show that better because i’m trying to get it to feel more like the lower decks of the ship that is rarely visited. I haven’t bothered with doors in this corridor mainly for the reason that they aren’t need in the story and to give it more of a claustrophobic feel and the idea there’s no escape. If there were doors then when the astronaut sees the alien he would just run to a door and lock himself in the room.
This other image is for the other ship for the main part of the story. i’ve tried to make it look a bit more clean with lights in the bottom of the walls rather than exposed pipes as this would be more the living quarters for the astronauts. obviously i’ve added doors to the corridor for the narrative of the human astronaut walking into the room where the fish astronaut is to find the cat in his helmet. some more pipes are going to be added as well just to bulk out the environment a bit more.
This was just a quick test, of what i want it to look like when the alien is hit by the laser, i still haven’t got a design for the actually alien yet but should be easy enough to draw up if i follow the skeleton.
and this is just a quick test of the titles in Aquatic Astro
i started doing this drawing
and i quite liked the pose of the alien astro and i’ve wanted to try using for After Effects puppet tool, so i decided to just take the alien and play around in After Effects, i was only planning on animating him hovering up and down to start with.
so to start the puppet tool i had to break the character into different sections to layer on top of each other so each limb can move independently so this is how the alien looked before putting it all back together and colouring it.
after putting it all together again i started rigging it in AE and then started animating it. i found it really easy to set up the rig and animate in AE so i ended up playing with it all morning and this is what i got
Overall i was happy with how it was looking. and after asking Andy for some feedback i decided to tweak the areas from the feedback and also decided to actually make it into a little mini short (which i still haven’t finished yet) but i’m basically using original drawing i started as a reference for the story, so from that original i tweaked the parts i got feedback from, which were, that he needs to get pushed backwards more for the revolver firing and also that the gun needed to glow more just before shooting. so i changed these parts and then decided to add the character moving into frame and being startled, so he has a reason to just be standing there and firing and also added the next shot of the laser shooting across. i also added an extra layer to dark the whole scene, with a mask to act as the light source lighting up the environment as the character enters.
this was just a drawing i did because i was getting a bit bored designing controls and corridors.
although it was only really a draw to do something different, i think i could use it because from my research the ships all obviously have personal touches from the crew, and i thought maybe i could add this in as a photo one of the could have taped/frame at their station.