Project Documentation – Report: Submitted

May 12, 2009

Today the project documentation was handed in which signifies the end of the work that needs to be submitted for EL636.


Asset Submitted

April 9, 2009

Earlier today we submitted our 3D animation to the general office for marking. Below a copy of this animation has been uploaded to youtube.

Render Settings Testing

March 30, 2009

We decided that we would render our animation out in Mental Ray in Production Quality but turning on some additional features. The features are Raytracing, Global Illumination and Caustics. We chose to render all this out in High Definition 720HD. That equates to a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Due to choosing these high quality render settings we had to make sure that we leave enough time for rendering. We did some test renders also using final gathering which gives even more realistic lighting conditions. However it also dramatically increases render times. We did a couple of test renders of our outside street scene and the render times for one frame were usually about 15-20 minutes. This can be seen in the screenshot below.

Final Gathering

 Upon completing this test render we decided we would only use final gathering on the smaller indoor scenes where we would see a real benefit from final gathering. E.g. The reflective surfaces in the kitchen etc. But not on our intensive outdoor scenes where the benefit of final gathering wouldn’t outweigh the increased time for rendering.

Project Progress Update

March 27, 2009

Here is a HD rendered image of our character Ernest holding a glass half full of water. This is seen in our first character based scene. Small details like having water physically in the cup was felt by the group to be important in capturing our audiences attention.


Finished Recording Narration Today

March 23, 2009

Today we finished our narration. This is our narration for:

  • The opening and closing scenes of our animation.
  • The voice of Ernest.
  • The voice of Emma.

Began Recording Narration Today

March 19, 2009

Today we began recording narration for our animation in the production studio today. When we returned to our personal computers we found for some reason the some of the narration clips had dropped out while recording. This means that we have to return to the production studio to re-record our narration for Ernest along with completing our narration for our opening and closing scenes and the narration for Emma on another day.

Supervisor Meeting 5 – 11th March 09; 11:30AM

March 11, 2009

Minutes – Supervisor Meeting 5

Department of Electronics, University of Kent – 11/03/09 – 12:15PM


  • David Byers Brown (supervisor)
  • Mehmet Konur Alp
  • Miles Coulling
  • Shervin Saadat


– We burnt a DVD containing all our files. Upon trying to open the files there was a problem because the version of Maya we had used to create the files was different from the version installed on the University computers.