Character Design

Character Design: The making of a shrew

I wanted to document the design and process for sculpting a character for animation.

This process includes
Sketching
– Sillohuette sketches
– Thumbnail sketches
– Refined Sketches

Character details
Back story
– life
– job
– house
– real life inspiration
– scale & size

Sculpture
Armature
Bulk Clay
2nd clay layer
Details
– hands
– feet
– face
Redo/corrections
Texture testing
Final clay designs

Mold & Cast
Silicone
Plastic

Credits
Produced by Jessica Duff
Directed by Jessica Duff
Edited by Jessica Duff
Music by David Szesztay, Crowander – “Acoustic Romance”
Camera Jessica Duff
Assistant Camera Kathy Duff
Sculpter Jessica Duff
Sculpting Adviser Lee C. Imonen
Crew 1 Jonathan Duff
Crew 2 Kathy Duff
Screen Proofer Jonathan Duff

Special thanks to my family for putting up with the mess and for all the tea and assistance.

P6: Graffiti from an Offbeat Perspective

I had a lot of fun with this project, I wasn’t certain what to focus on until walking downtown one day the idea for a graffiti short came to me. Street art has always been an intrigue of mine, its another world in a sense. When I was little my dad and I would bike down to the train yard and watch the art pass on the trains.

I think I unpacked some good information considering the time requirement and how limited my source options were; most people in the graffiti scenes don’t want themselves on record talking about it because of the legality.

Untitled

My personal experience with this final Multi Media Project was very exciting. The video that I created came out the way I wanted it to come out but honestly it came out better then what I thought it would. Some challenges I’ve faced was editing the video and putting the correct type of lighting. Once I was able to understand how I could make my video more cinematic it all come to me naturally. This was by far one of my best projects, I even made sure to create a water mark for my video to prove I own it. Making cinematic videos is very fun for me and I enjoy doing this kind of work, it reminds me of how Hollywood movies are made. I learned a lot from this project and I could say that there is more work to be done so I can improve on my videos.

Whatever Happened To Whatisname?

This is hands-down the most detailed animation I’ve ever done, in terms of the constant movement and action occuring. It took me about a week per minute of animation, which is a lot slower than I usually operate. (To be fair, I was also doing a 3-minute animation final in my FA-250 class, which resulted in both of them taking a ridiculously long time)

This is an animation of an old Transformers comic! “Whatever Happened to Whatisname?” was written by Marty Isenberg and illustrated by Marcelo Matere as a part of Transformers Animated: The Arrival #2. In animating it, I put movement to every last shot and it was remarkably challenging but I’m pretty proud of how it turned out.

P6 Final Project

With this assignment I was really trying to punch home the message of following your dreams and taking the risk. As a society we usually let our dreams fade away as they seem impossible, however if people take the risk they can see an amazing part of life that they would never get to see. Growing up I was always in athletics so I traveled a lot for that. Even though I traveled a lot there were very few trips where I actually got to experience something truly special. In two trips for photography alone I have seen and experienced more than I ever have. I would never have been able to experience this if I never decommitted from the Shasta College football program. This massive risk of losing the opportunity to play football, for a photography job in Miami Florida was a massive risk, but that risk has led me down a crazy journey where I have been able to experience things I never thought I would. The point of this video was to show people that they should believe in themselves and if they do amazing things can happen. It’s only been a year since I started my photography journey but I know that if I keep taking the right risk this journey will  be a long one.

MUL 101 Final Project

This project was another opportunity for me to try something new.

A few days before I started this project, I was gifted a drum set. We have many instruments in my home—multiple guitars, mbira, cello, hand drums, looper, etc. But the drum set was new, and I wanted to incorporate it.

I have no idea how to play, so a good friend of mine, Brian Yoder, came over and gave me a crash course. I am, without a doubt, terrible at it, but it’s super fun. If you ever get a chance to bang on a drum, do it.
My wife and I are always looking for fun ways to create via many different forms of art. Music comes the easiest, as she is a musician. So that is what we do more often than now.

We chose the song because it’s one of my favorite songs. Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is an incredibly talented artist and paying homage to such a cultural icon is something I always look for excuses to do. The drum solo is a lot more complicated than it sounds, as is the guitar sections, so it was a challenge.

The reality is the song uses multiple drums and numerous guitars to get the sound. Also, while using different effects on the drums to get a hard to duplicate sound. I also have an electric drum set in my garage, but that’s not mine, and I don’t know how to use it. So I didn’t.

He is walking around and pretty much every current famous Black artist is in it, just having fun and chilling in the video. In the end, you see Michelle Obama hugging Kanye West, and we all know he needs a lot of them. It’s a great video with a beautiful message. So often were portrayed in a negative light, so I always appreciated the video.

Eugene Weekly (EW) is a place that changed my life. In 2019 I was awarded a grant funded by Google to write for Eugene Weekly. It is a very prestigious award, given to a very selective group of people. I was one of 10,000 applicants.

Writing has changed my professional trajectory and I now have multiple freelance gigs that keep me afloat. I’m not about to buy a sports car or anything, but my wife and I are in the process of buying our first home.

EW is my place to learn and grow as a human. When I am in my office, I can use my brain in a way I often cannot. I can either boost a person to new heights or expose them to the vile creatures they are in those walls. I love it more than anything I have ever known, other than my wife.

This project is a culmination of all the things I love. My wife’s music, my new drum set, my beautiful Black face, with accompanying grey beard, and of course my puppy (who was being surprisingly well mannered.)

An opportunity to show what I love is something I cherish, and I’m fortunate to have the skills and machinery to do so. This project was fun. I’m rather sad this class is ending. I hope you all like my song. I got myself some online drum lessons so that you will hear more from me.

Feels Like Summer by Childish Gambino

A Hike In Oregon

When beginning this project I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Since I am still new to Oregon I wanted to go on an adventure and explore the place. What better way to do this than go on a hike! I originally wanted to see a waterfall, however I was unable to go to one for this project. I did find a beautiful place to film this video though.
I went to Siuslaw Falls expecting a beautiful waterfall, but sadly didn’t not find one. It was nonetheless beautiful and I had a blast! After I got all the footage, I headed out. When attempting to leave I lost cell service and was unaware of how to get back home. I was wandering around different streets for about 40 minutes until things started to look familiar. I trusted my instincts and eventually was able to find cell service to get back home. Note to self, pay attention to landmarks!
If I were to do this project again, I would plan my transitions better. There are a few places in the video where the clips are choppy during transitions. There are others that aren’t faded out well, so it instantly cuts to the next shot, making the moment feel uneasy. There is a clip or two in there where I somehow forgot to focus my camera and now have blurry shots. There are a bunch of little things I wish I could go back and fix, but overall I am pleased with the results.
From pre-production to post- production, this project has been a wild ride! It has been so fun and rewarding to get out of the house and film this adventure. I hope to do this again, just to document the fun times that I have. Also, how cool is it that this is our final project! I am so happy to have been able to do this project. This has been a rewarding experience!

Music By:

Clear Waters by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3516-clear-waters

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

P6 Final Project

In this assignment I was trying my best to capture my experience exploring a new state, that state being oregon. Being from hawai’i moving to Oregon was probably the biggest change ever in my entire life so I decided to capture some of the places I started to grow fond of during my time here. From the Autzen stadium to a random neighborhood park I found myself enjoying the company of certain areas so I wanted to try and capture these places to the best of my ability and show what I am aware of when I am at these places. The more I watch my video the more I realize how much I have grown and explored Oregon since being here. My experience with this assignment has not been a smooth process. Just like figuring out anything else it took me a while to get a hang of adobe and I still don’t have even half of all the apps abilities figured out, but I learned what I could and did a video with my skill set. I found getting the clips for this video a very fun process considering I was always in a new spot every 10 seconds or so. Me and my friend who is also from Hawai’i did our best to try big food names, such as in-n-out, that are not in hawai’i just to see how good they really are. In my opinion, it is. I really found myself appreciating the fact that I was doing a school assignment yet still having fun and most importantly still learning how to work adobe when all the clips are in. I think my project does show what I was trying to accomplish and I did enjoy the process of recording clips and using an editing app to put them together.

COVID-19 QUARANTINE VLOG

For this assignment, I took videos of moments I shared with my best friend Paige on our journey of experiencing a Covid-19 Quarantine. I remember Professor Hughes going through the syllabus in class the day after we got to the beach and reviewed all the projects we would have to complete this term. As she was talking about this one, it hit me that I had already begun working on mine because we had started filming a day before. I have always wanted to create a video project on capturing experiences and memories with my friends, and Paige and  I have always taken clips on all of our adventures in hopes to somehow find the motivation to start a vlog, however we never ended up getting to compiling all of them and making it a masterpiece. I used this as motivation to help complete  this assignment as well as to finally finish a project that captures crazy memories of our friendship. 

For this project, I had the vision of compiling videos of our true selves. What you experience during my film is who we really are, which is something I usually don’t see on the big social media platforms. Big influences worry about the content and their media persona, which alters their egos and personalities on camera to someone they are not. That is why this project touches a very personal goal I have been putting a lot of self work into to accomplish. Being content with my true self and knowing that I am enough. With Covid and everything going on in our world, I find it difficult to cope with the anxiety and stressors that come with it. Having a visual of recorded memories of experiencing life, good or bad, helps me awklodge how important it  is to be grateful for each and every experience. Even if it is a Covid-19 quarantine, we still made the best of every second. I hope you enjoy it!