Creative Futures- Show Display Finalised




One of the big things for me was my poster that needed fixed was the lighting in the poster, as Brian, Alec and Henry had mentioned it felt like a horror short at the moment.

Below is the old poster.


I looked at different images online for lighting reference, and decided to go for a warmer lighting. Something similar to the image below.


(Home Stratosphere, 2019).

I then did a few different tests for the lighting itself. I asked different people in the year (Ryan, Phoebe, Rhea, Meabh etc) which lighting they preferred.


I then took this into photo shop, and worked again on the colour grading amd the vignette. Below are all the adjustments I made.


I kept asking the girls for feedback and sent through back and forth feedback, with both Michael Cauchi and Jesus Fernandez (industry professionals) weighing in. below is the final poster for print.



The only real feedback I had with my CV was the layout of Renny. I opted to move him and make larger to match the alignment of the cv headings and the paragraph bottom. This was the old CV I submitted.


Additionally, I sent my CV to Jesus who commented on the language, he said to remove the Autodesk from Maya. Below is the final CV with the feedback from all the people above.


Business Cards

I had no major feedback on my business cards. I sent them to print and received them and they were not great. The colours were too dark and also they seemed to smudge- with yellow and whites merging together. The edges were also ill cut.


I went to another printer and had them redone. When talking to people in the class and Michael and Jesus, they suggested that I print some of my assets on the back of the cards, on a plane background, to show them off. Along with a wire frame split- as it showed off the ‘neatness’ of them. Finally, Brian suggested the removal of the shadow on the “modeller-lookdev-production” – this looked a lot better and easier to read.



I decided against the pie print, so the others will be happening. I’ve sent them to print and they look great.


My board display from my design needed a few tweaks and the actual planning before I put it together. The real main feedback was the alignment of the prints. I still wanted them to be slightly uneven to match my actual short. My dad cut paper to the size of the board (122 by 80) for me to place my frames on for layout purposes.

I did a few and decided on the ones below. Althought I thought the layout was working, the colours of my individual asset renders were not working quite as well. I decided to bring these into photo shop and play around with these more.

Original board layout. 


Alec suggested I colour pick the wall paper. The colours from it were too pastel- however I started playing with the colour strength.

Below is the photoshop versions of the display. I decided to go with the middle one as for me the it has the greatest balance and displays the assets well.


Below is the final layout once displayed on the wall. I think it looks great, and the added extras such as the crackers and business card display with the cups.

I then started putting the display together. Alec recommended I try and fill the gap between the computer and the large brown frame.


I sent a few more items to print and then fitted a few frames in.



Overall, I am very pleased with how this display is looking. Alec’s comments and feedback on colours, alongside outside feedback has been really helpful. Additionally, the inclusion of more prints to fill out the display has really helped and allowed me to show off the display more. The addition of the individual renders, as suggested by Rhea, add a pop of colour and brought more attention to the board. Alec’s suggestion of adding more frames in to the fill the gap above the mac also really helped fill in the board more, and felt a bit more ‘real.’ Finally, Jesus’ suggestion of adding the still life render also was amazing and allowed me to show off all my the props from my scene which were harder to see in the framed renders, and show off my lookdev.


Home Stratosphere. (2019). 101 Interior Design Ideas for 25 Types of Rooms in a House ([y] Photos). [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 May 2019].


Creative Futures- Breakdown Video

A breakdown video was one of the things I wanted to include in my show branding and interpretation. I thought it would be an interesting way to display how the short was made in a way that both people familiar with VFX and those who aren’t would enjoy watching.

The first thing I did was look at different breakdown videos to see how they were generally laid out, including ones from previous years. BFX had a lot of great breakdowns, so I consulted them.

I really liked this  breakdown- albeit I am biased for this short. I liked the breakdowns for the lighting and the models- the timing and beat of the short felt great too.

I really liked the prop turntables in this short and the layout of these. The were visually pleasing for the display here.

I started looking at what I needed to include in my scene. Michael suggested I look at interesting way for a scene build- having the different props come in. I decided to have them fall in, landing with a bounce, inspired by my animation.

Below is the beginning of the breakdown video. I really liked how the scene build ups were looking- they had a nice character to them. The only comments I really had was the pause at the end of each of the animation clips. The next thing to do is fix these and then add the music in.

Breakdown video Final: 


Creative Futures- EOY- Sponsorship Document

Despite various fundraiser events we knew we needed more money than we were getting. Alec suggested a sponsorship form. I created the form based on last years form, but updating the different bands of funding.

I put out to the committee on what to do for the funding brackets, with two shows there were some changes needed. You can see the document below (this is a WIP one as I didn’t have access to the final one at the time).

Available here. 

I wrote an email to send out the documents, with Phoebes excellent teacher eye she corrected it for me. I then sent all the emails out to companies, and gathered the assets need (logos banners etc) as required.

I also corresponded with companies regarding dates and times etc.




Creative Futures- EOYS- Cleaning

One of the major things that needed done for the room was cleaning. We organised on the Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th to clean the room.

I took part on the Saturday the 10th which was the dirty work- removing everything from the room, and the deep clean needed along with wall repair.

Shopping for Supplies

On the Friday I went to lidl and bought supplies- including brushes, rollers, long rollers, all purpose cleaner, air freshener and clothes.


I spent a lot of the time moving furniture, cleaning the tables and wiping down the walls. I also spent a fair part of time time reading the room of clutter and tidying away supplies needed for future years in the cupboards.


Creative Futures- Bob Renny

One of the more ‘fun’ renders I decided to do for my display and portfolio was that of Bob Renny. I wanted to have something fun to do some advertising and to take a break from the animation for this film- and thought that demonstrating my lookdev and character would be a good way around this.

I wanted to make a character render of Renny as a sort of in joke- with a bit of pop culture in the mix. For this reason, I decided to create a version of Bob Ross for this.

I thought it would be helpful for advertising or even the back of the business card- I would have a little art easel with the words “hire me” on the board.

Below is Renny so far- the brush and hair groom was created by Michael Cauchi. I look forward to getting the easel into the render.


Creative Futures- Show Layout

Layout was one of the things that I was leaving until the last minute to organize, simply due to the fact that I didn’t know how to display my work. I looked at previous years blogs- such as Edward Boyles, Aisling McElroy, Matthew Hamill and Natasha Crowleys.

I noticed the clean white and black layouts in a lot of these displays, however, I wanted to add some form of character to the display to match that of my character Renny. I liked how the Beaky Blinders team did this- creating telephone wires for around the display.

When thinking about the board itself, I decided that I wanted to paper it similar to my environments. I though covered my board in old fashioned wallpaper and framing the images I want to display in actual wooden frames.

I drew the following rough layouts to get a general feel for the layout arrangement.

Taking these rough layouts, I then took a photo of the board and started overlaying the shapes and sizes to see what it would look like. One of the comments I got from people was that the structure was too uniform and that I should approach it with the same eyes as I did my film. The environment was wonky and messy- therefore I should add this to the layout.

From this feedback, I then created the below layout. I think that this will definitely be similar if not the layout I follow. I have typed up a few explanations of the titles on the images below so you know what they are.

Cross Stitch- I am hoping to cross stitch the title of my short, to give the display the same homey feel as my short does.

Fridge Render- a screen cap from the fridge scene in my short

Bob Ross Render- a posed Render of Renny dressed as Bob Ross

Living Room Render- a screen cap from the living room from my film

Phone Prop Render- A rendered still of the phone prop from my living room scene

Cup Render- A rendered still of the cup from my living room scene

Remote Render-  A rendered still of the remote from my living room scene.

Information – this will contain a logline from the project, along with information about myself and the areas I specialise in.


From this I then went on to create a digital map of the area. For the CV and business cards, I decided to lay them out on the table- with the business cards fanned out inside a cup, to give a bit of personality. I might include some doilies on the table to add more decoration which is relevant to the scene.


Creative Futures- CV

When looking at CV’s I first decided to look at general layouts and stylings to see how I could best lay it out.

I found that from looking at examples, I was drawn more to the ones that split the page into two sections, one for contact info, the other side having the more indepth details. I thought this was a clean way to layout information and was easy to read.

From this, I then went on to look at what information was needed to included in a CV. There were some areas I was unsure of myself but I’ll explain as I type.

1)Personal profile/about me

2)job experience/relevant experience- including placements

3)extra curricular/achievements outside of work- this includes clubs/associations etc

4)hobbies and interests- this was a bit of an odd one for me as I didn’t see it as that relevant. Obviously it makes you appear more human, however, I have decided to not prioritise it as much as other areas

5)Education- GCSE, Alevel and University

6)Contact information

7)Skills- most CVs I had looked at had some form of bar or chart showing proficiency in different softwares. However

Personal Profile

The about me section was a really hard for me write- as I had no idea how approach it and what to include. I was sent this link by Michael Cauchi to have a look at, they included different examples of profiles for different jobs etc. The below example was given for a student and I found it extremely helpful.

I am a hardworking and ambitious individual with a great passion for the transport and logistics industry. I am currently in my second year of studying BA Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Aston University. I have excellent communication skills, enabling me to effectively communicate with a wide range of people. I am seeing a part-time position in the industry in which I can put into practice my knowledge and experience, ultimately benefiting the operations of the organisation that I work for.

I then took started writing my own profile;

I’m Rebecca Blair, a recent animation graduate from Ulster University. I have excellent soft communication skills and I am a driven worker, allowing me to excel in studio environments. I have primary interests in modelling, lookdev and production alongside a strong desire to learn new skills.

I think that this is working well and encapsulates everything I want to get across.

CV Creation

Working with these ideas I first gave a very basic layout for the CV. I multiplied the clay shader on the background of the document to match my business cards.

Once I was happy with this rough layout I added the information. I chose the same font for the headings as my business card, I found it easy to read and kind of fun. I noticed things such as the text alignment in the LHS looked out when left aligned, and looked cleaner centre aligned. I also altered the spacing on the car so all the words matched. I didn’t want to add a photo of myself on the CV, I remember Greg MaGuire mentioning some companies did not like it due to gender laws etc, but I wanted to include something to make it look more friendly. I posed Renny in a waving position and added him to the piece. To make him blend a bit more I added a border to his photo.

The next stage for me was the colour scheme at the beginning  I had just been using a stock one for the mean time. I decided it would be an interesting idea to incorporate Renny’s colouring into the scheme. Using a website, I picked the two main colours (the yellow and pink of Renny) and saw the complimentary colours. I used these in the CV to add a pop of colour. You can see the end result below. Overall I am pleased with how it looks at the moment.


Final CV

The redshift logo will need removed in this closer to time of print.


Creative Futures- Poster Designs

Poster design was the next thing for me to tackle. I had a few ideas for what to do. The main one was to recreate the famous Jaws poster and replace the elements with that in my scene. So the shark would be the remote, the sea the floorboards and the swimmer would be Renny looking confused or looking in the sofa.


When I presented this idea to Henry he wasn’t too keen on the idea, he made some fairly good points. He pointed out that the poster didn’t match the tone of my film, and that it wasn’t greatly creative as I was more of less riding off other’s ideas.

Henry got me to start thinking about elements involved in my plot, thinking about the main themes and symbols that when looked at would make my film easily identifiable. For me the main genre/theme is comedy. The main elements are forgetfulness, the tv remote, lost items and human error. Henry said that it would be good to give a rough plot suggestion without giving too much away, showing or hinting at Renny looking for the remote.

When thinking of other visual ways to approach the poster, I had like the use of text and the title to be played with. I had a look at a few examples where text is used in the poster in a witty/interactive way.

Looking at the posters above, I drew a few rough designs using the movies title (Out of Control) and the title. I grew to like the idea that the character would be looking in the title for the remote (and it could be one of the letters or hidden at the bottom of the work control). I did a test render to show Henry (below).


Henry wasn’t that in love with this poster, however when he talked though it I totally agree. He said that the poster had a huge amount of white space, and that the layout of these text would not look great in a portrait A2 poster format, and the composition would look very empty. I asked if he had any other ideas for the short.

Henry brought up that when visualising my poster, he kept thinking of the fish tank from Rango. He imagined having the remote in another unusual place that it would be lost- in the case of Rango in a fish tank. I really liked this idea, and was immediately drawn to the posters for early man.

The fish tank from Rango.

This series of posters for EarlyMan were not main character or scene photos, in fact they were objects that identified the universe of the film (Cavemen times with a twist) and gave a sense of the characters themselves. I additionally liked the use of the puns in them .

I started coming up with ideas for the poster (see the list below).

Although I came up with a few ideas, I still loved the fish bowl idea. I am bad at designing general layouts for thing until I start working, so I jumped in and just started working.  Below is the render I came up with after a day of tweaking. I was really happy with how this was looking.


After this render, I then took it into photoshop, playing with different fonts. I wanted something that was quite playful, but clear enough that can be read ok by anyone. I found this font LOVELO and it was great. I started adding things such as the Vignette and found myself really liking the poster.


Showing different people, they suggested I play with the curves to get a more blue look. I then added a vignette to complete the look. I definitely like this poster a lot more with the colour, and the feedback from Henry was great- he really liked it! The next stop is the CV!


UPDATED FEEDBACK- I had some feedback from Brian on my poster regarding the lighting. He suggested it was looking very horror like at the moment and suggested I play with brighter lighting, maybe in early morning or day time.

Creative Futures- Business Cards

Business cards were the part I was most excited for developing for this project, as I think they are such a fun but small way to show personality and skill in a tiny piece of paper. I looked back on cards I had previously created, using two character renders as my ‘hero’ shots for the back of the card. They were designed to be single sided, however, I liked how they showed my work.


Looking at these, I decided that I wanted to go for a two-sided design, so I began searching online for inspiration.  Below are some examples that I looked at and quite liked, I have included a brief reason as to why I like them below.

Focusing on General Layout of Design


This business card I thought was very cute, however the font and writing for me was hard to read and not great. It matched the style of the card though. I like this idea of including a character on the card, giving a hint at the persons style and making us wonder more if this was a developed project or not.


I really liked this card design to, for the personality it gives off, with a gag at the side from the dog. The only problem for me is the sizing- as the bottom numbers are very squished.


This is my favourite card of the lot, the rounded edges are a design I really thought would compliment my work, given the style of stop motion short, and the softness of the media. I also really liked the display of the artwork here, showing the ability and design work of the designer in a clean way on one side, but then playing the details in a clear to read obvious way on the reverse.

I then started thinking about possible layouts for the image on the other side, either the image taking up the full side of the card or leaving a border like the one below.

These card dimensions are thinner than another card, something I didn’t really like. I also wasn’t a fan of the text being the opposite direction on the card. I did a text with one of my renders on business card format to see how it looks.


border_test.jpgI wasn’t a fan of the border, it was looking too clinical, so thought that the render to the full edge of the card would work a lot nicer and match the mood of my more fun short. I grabbed a few renders of my short and added the rounded edge look to see how they would look on the rounded edge shape of the card.



I really like these cards, they definitely have a ‘funness’ that goes alongside the mood of my piece, and will definitely be looking into the format. Cost wise, I know that the rounded edging is more expensive as they have to be aligned and cut, however, it would be worth it.

The Contact Side

The next thing is to approach the contact side of my card or the side with all the information on it. I compiled a list of what sort of things I need to include on the card itself. This article gave a good list of things to include;

  • Identification/ contact information- including your name and name of the business, phone number, website, email, something to tell people what you do, website url or portfolio link.
  • An image to show what area you are in/ what you do
  • White space- not just for design, allows people to write comments on the card.

I started by writing our details I need to display;

  • Rebecca Blair
  • Production, Modelling, Look dev
  • 07719017603
  • website (if created)

I then started looking at different ways in which cards displayed the text to take advantage of the negative space. These were the two I kind of like the most, so I started to arrange my information into the two formats.

Below are the two formatting tests. that I tried. I am drawn more to the second layout at the moment, I think it reads better and overall looks neater.

When talking about business card ideas to my class, Megan Conlon suggested I should play with the clay look that is iconic in my project, and maybe I could write my Name in clay or something similar. I took the images above with the type and made them into a displacement map. The tests are below.


Although I didn’t think this was really working,  I decided I really wanted to include the clay backdrop as I felt it spiced up my image a lot. Jesus Fernandez, a lead Groom Artist from MPC,  suggested that I try just using typeface on top to see how it looked.


I thought that this was starting to work, however, I felt that the name and role would need to be bolder and stand out. So I decided to place a drop shadow under the name.


I send the above image to Alec for some feedback, the main things he addressed where the shader on the background (it look more like plastic) and the alignment of the text. I first addressed the shader on the background of the card.


I showed the card so far to Henry, and he really liked it. He then showed me the ruler tools in photoshop that would help with aligning the text etc. This definitely came in handy.


This is the final info side of the card- I am really happy with it so far, can’t wait to get these guys printed for real!


In conclusion here are a few of my designs that I am going for.

The front


The Back


UPDATED ADVICE- Brian gave me a belated piece of advice which I will apply to a further versions of this card- he suggested the removal of the shadow under the ‘modeller, production, lookdev’ as it was being lost.