Rendering Day!

The day has finally come that I can render Creation.  I actually finished it a full five days ago but because of the Royal Wedding and May Day bank holiday, the university was closed (as you would do in the week before third year hand-in) which meant I had to wait until this morning to get into university and use the high-powered Macs to render.

The good news is that is going to take a LOT less time to render than if I was to use my machine so it should be done by later today… in the mean time I am finishing off my research file and producing the DVD cover and menus.  Fun times!  In the mean time, enjoy my comic book pages; I only have two pages as it’s not a long comic and if I had more, the page turns would be kind of tough…I probably should have done them but I think two will do.

Page 1

Page 2

Finished Product

I’ve now got the animation online for show!  I’m currently just finishing off the project file and the paperwork to hand it in but you can have a look at it here: 1812: Napoleon’s Final Invasion.

Storyboards: finished


I’ve finally finished the storyboards I wanted to finish weeks ago.

It’s been tough to figure out which paintings and pieces of art I was to use for each scene (accompanied by a silent movie slide) but even tougher to decide which would go with which part of the music!  The pace is going to be quite slow, until the end of course, so there is time for reflection on the music so the scenes will last for around 10 seconds each.

I’ve scanned them in now and, once they’ve been touched up, will be posted on here in the coming days.

Russian Hymns

Through a mixture of sources (including help from a new contact, Edward Yong and his blog) I’ve managed to get the Cyrillic Russian text for the two hymns used in the 1812 Overture: God Save the Tsar! and the Troparion of the Holy Cross.

God Save the Tsar!

Боже, Царя храни!
Сильный, державный,
Царствуй на славу, Hа славу нам!

God, protect the Tsar!
Strong and majestic,
Reign for glory, For our glory!

Царствуй на страх врагам,
Царь православный.
Боже, Царя храни!

Reign to foes’ fear,
Orthodox Tsar.
God, protect the Tsar!

Troparion of the Holy Cross

Спаси, Господи, люди Твоя, и благослови
достояніе Твое, победы Благовѣрному
Императору нашему на сопротивныя
даруя, и Твое сохраняя Крестомъ Твоимъ

O Lord, save thy people,
and bless thine inheritance!
Grant victory to the right believing Emporer
over his adversaries,
and by virtue of thy cross,
preserve thy habitation.

I hope to have all of these lyrics along with the choir in the piece to show just what exactly the Russians prayed for and to link this part of the history of the piece to the music.

Some sketches

As I said before, my friend Josh Dade has drawn some sketches for this project and here a few that he sent me, along with those which I have layered and coloured.

Here are sketches of John at his writing desk, an elder from heaven (both original sketches), John in action and Jesus with seven stars in his hand and a double edged sword coming from his mouth (both layered and coloured).

Digital Media Assingment 1 – pre-prod

Carrying on with the brief ‘Something I Heard the Other Day’, here are a few assests I created in preparation for the animation (it is finished and handed in but I haven’t been able to get round to putting it up on here.

The sky for the background of the piece.  It was created from scratch in Photoshop and the moon is animated in After Effects to move across the sky throughout the composition.



A selection of photos of trees which I took.  Theses were edited in Photoshop to provide the enchanted, mysterious looking trees in the composition.