During our first session of Improvisational Acting at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center one of our tasks was to work together with a partner. The task was to create improvised portraits, and name them.
The rules to create these portraits was simple. Each person was given a different colored pen, and was allowed to make single strokes one after another. Any hesitation resulted in having to stop drawing, and choose a name. The name was created by taking turns writing a single letter.
The following is what Charlie and I created.
We very much enjoyed making these memorable characters! Try out this exercise yourself sometime, its loads of fun!
After completing our first assignment our next involved exploring a different aspect of Visual Story. Space.
Space in visual story can be broken down into four categories:
Ambiguous space creates a feeling of confusion in the viewer. It can be created with the following elements:
- Lack of movement.
- Unfamiliar shapes.
- Confusing tonal and textural patterns (camouflage)
- Mirrors and reflections.
- Objects of unknown size
- Disorienting camera angles.
Continue reading Visual Story – Space
As part of Building Virtual Worlds we were tasked to complete the marshmallow challenge.
The marshmallow challenge has teams build a tower out of a number of materials:
- 20 sticks of spaghetti.
- One yard of tape.
- One yard of string.
- One marshmallow.
We completed the challenge with a height of 29 inches, and though our tower may not have been the tallest when measured. At the end of the day it certainly was the tallest left standing.
In our Visual Story course we were tasked to take pictures demonstrating various visual concepts. Our first assignment involved composition, namely working with the following concepts in photography:
- Filling the Frame
- Frame Withing a Frame.
- Rule of Thirds.
Below are the pictures I took for each category with a little why for each.
Some of the following photos did not successfully capture the category, but I included them anyways because I enjoyed taking them.
Balance is a tricky concept well explained at photographylife.com. Essentially when I took my photos I focused on creating photos with two points of focus and symmetry.
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Have you ever gone white water rafting? With a lottery, a little yellow ticket, and the efforts of Carnegie Mellon Universities Graduate Student Assembly, I have.
So on a dreary Sunday morning we set off for the main university campus, got on a bus, and traveled to the lower Youghiogheny River.
When we finally arrived, we were dropped off at the outdoor office of our guides, The Laurel Highlands River Tours (imagine the following picture but grey and rainy).
On confirming our reservation we promptly collected our gear, ran through various vitally important safety measures, then began rafting. The experience required working together with ones raft cohabitants, and though we ‘frequently’ faced trials and tribulations, we always pulled through in the end.
Continue reading White Water Rafting – Pittsburgh
The 14/15th of August is Pakistan and India’s Independence day. As part of the celebration a bunch of Carnegie Mellon (CMU) students planned to paint CMU’s famous fence in both nations colors. Some friends and I tagged along to help out, and be a part of the old CMU tradition.
The end result was something to be proud of.
Over the past several months I’ve been busy applying to Masters programs in The United States of America. Pondering ones fate whilst waiting is at times nerve wracking, but the wait has been worth it. I am happy to say that awhile back I was admitted to The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon!
After some serious consideration I believe that a practical focus on game design is exactly what I need. Therefore I intend to attend Carnegie Mellon for a two year Masters program come Fall 2016!
So fingers crossed! By August I hope to be doing a Masters in Entertainment Technology at The Entertainment Technology Center in Pittsburgh!
Dubai’s is turning into a major hub for gaming in the Middle East, and this September there was an awesome game convention by the name of Games 15, which I was lucky enough to attend.
At the convention were game exhibitors, distributors, artists, musicians, hardware and software vendors. Every major publisher was present namely Microsoft, Sony, Capcom, Konami, 2K and Ubisoft. A fine collection of folks.
Speaking of such Lara Croft was there. We didn’t hit it off…
Since Lara was kind enough to spared my life. I had the chance to try lots of upcoming games including Battleborn, Assassins Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Street Fighter V, as well as getting some goodies.
Aside from that there was loads to do. Busting out some moves at the Just Dance open stage, rocking out at the guitar hero stand, grooving to the DJ Academy tunez, immersing oneself in the variety of virtual reality technologies demos, to trying out delectable game themed caramel sweets. I enjoyed myself thoroughly.
On top of all that I met Yoshinori Ono!
If I’m in the Middle East this time next year I’ll be back.