Game Design Evaluation

I got the idea from an old game story I made up. What influenced me was the ideas I had through watching games and reading various stories. My ideas develop as each time I started drawing. Each time I drew the character I saw how I can improve the design. I like the overall design of my character, what I would change is the definition of my character. The colour scheme suits the robot. At the start, the colours were not what I wanted but after looking at it a while the colours grew on me. Alterations I would do is try to make more colours to see. The project took a slow start although when I got my head down and I did as much as I could.

My ideas develop the more I researched and did more reading I did into the storytelling. The things that changed in my story were little thing just to keep it more interesting and keep in entertaining. The development of my story is something I have been writing for years so it is a mixture of a lot of games, mangas, movies any other form of storytelling. I just took a small portion and then flip it into a side story.

I am not too happy with the overall design but that’s just down to my own personal drawing skills. But the concept and ideas are clear although the art may not be up to par with what I would like it to look like. There is a lot I would change not so much the story or the idea and concept of the scene. Just my art style if I could draw better then it would work.

The software I used was tricky to master and get a grip off I struggled a lot with it. Very challenging to learn. Next time I would take more time to understand the software so I don’t struggle as much as I did.

The colour I used I am happy with. The green and red combination blend well together.  What I will do differently next time is to have a variety of colours giving me a better idea of how the character would look in different colours.

The project did take longer to make but that was due to my poor timekeeping. The software that I used to create the game movement is called Unreal. As well as me not making the most of the time to get to know and understand the software. So that’s definitely one way I could have used my time more efficiently. Another way is to practice drawing my characters a couple more times to see if I can get better results and see if there could be improvements with my art style.

2D side-scroller final product was defiantly fit the brief final outcome. What I would change is that I did more in the background. Giving the background more of a visual style to make it look more visually appealing. Using the Unreal software definitely made the concept and ideas come to life.

The whole game works not to top-tier quality but it does work overall. I’ve learned a lot from this and I know what I must do the next time I come to tackle something like this

 

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LiveAction Watch dogs evaluation

The idea came from watching the game trailers. as a group, we all pitched our ideas and we all agreed on the watchdogs game. The influences were mainly video games and how possible we would be able to pull it off.

The ideas develop as we continued watching the game trailer and pitching ideas to each other members within the group. The ideas changed when certain circumstances occur within the team such as us missing out on a team member. Because of that, the direction of the initial trailer changed. The original idea we had wasn’t realistic enough or rather it was we didn’t think about how much we would have to put into consideration if we went through that idea. The idea was to go to Piccadilly and recorded the big screen and then, later on, edit the screens to have our video running on it.

The overall design I believe is fantastic I feel it went exactly how we wanted it to go. the changes I would make would be to add more extras into the video. As the game shows that the protagonist works with a group of people and that he isn’t alone. Also, I would change the hacking scene with the computer I think with a bit more skill I could have made that part look much more fluid.

I am happy with the equipment we used. it helped for the purpose it was made for. Next time I would have liked to use a better camera just for the quality. Other than that there isn’t anything I would have changed. There a lot that could be better with a bit more practice that’s editing wise as well as recording.

The project did take longer to make due to certain members being absent. So we were waiting awhile for certain parts of the story to be filled. But luckily enough we pulled through by creating a brand new vision and then pitching and thus following it through, o the masterpiece you see below. Although we were short on time we did the best we could have done within that time and came out with good quality stuff. one way we could have definitely used our time more effectively is if we took initiative as soon as a problem occurred within the group. instead of waiting.

The video was fit for the purpose. It showed elements of the game and presented them clearly. As well as at the end of the video it references the game’s antagonist. So on that behalf, there isn’t anything I would want to change.

The techniques I used within the recording process used a range of different camera angle to give the viewers different perspectives to watch the trailer in.

The opinions I’ve had on the trailer have been good responses. Those that have watched and that know of the game understand the trailer whereas the others that know nothing just view it as a hacker movie. So in both way, I think it does work.

 

Call sheet example

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Recce report

Peer Evaluation

As a part of my evaluation, I used Google forms to come up with a questionnaire with a couple of multiple choice questions just so the public can type away about their personal opinions about the documentary. As well as to see if they were paying attention to the documentary and to see if it made sense. I came up with the questions as you can see below.

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rough draft

 

I have been given feed back using a rough sketch of what the questionnaire could of looked like. By using a rough sketch it made it easy for me to see what questions made sense and which questions did not.

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Then after the feedback I went into Goole forms and made the questionnaire

 

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https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRmzvPhfh4HnPDgtnAKKA1Fh06GIlDic7mEZYGwT5MzipWsg/viewform?usp=sf_link

https://goo.gl/forms/YGANJ1dMvZed9tF53

 

Interview Techniques

https://www.reedglobal.com/blog/2017/06/7-foolproof-interviewing-techniques

When having the interview I should be aware of the environment. Finding somewhere quiet, so when the questions are being asked the interviewer and interviewee do not lose focus on the topic. also in the case, the interviewee is self-conscious it is best to do it somewhere private. So the interviewee can feel more comfortable and freer to say more. as they wouldn’t feel that other people are listening to their individual opinions.

Making the interviewee feel comfortable. If the interviewee doesn’t feel comfortable the interview may just go wrong as much won’t be said. So as the interviewer, I have to be engaging and make the interviewee want to n say more and probe them with the right questions making them say more.

When in an interview ask open questions. If you ask a closed question you will not be given enough information about that personal opinion on that subject matter. Therefore leading the interview to be boring and not engaging.

 

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Family Documentary Evaluation

The parts of my work I did from direct observation was the filming of this project. The parts I did from imaginations are the questions I asked my family members. As well as asking my sister to hold the camera to record our everyday life inside the house. I did find the research difficult as the project was about my family. So I didn’t know what to exactly research as doing a family tree wouldn’t be ideal as there are too many factors to put into the mix one main one being in half. So the work would be double being my mother side and my dad as well as their mothers so that wouldn’t have been ideal. The more I filmed the more I learned about what more I could do with my project and I would say the filming part as well as it is the main part it had a lot of information that I would consider research. Where I looked for research was online I used the internet to conduct my research. It very helpful I researched camera angles as well as an interview set up, which I then used when filming my family.

Due to the schedule, I made it was possible for me not me not to miss the deadline that I stuck too and didn’t falter from the schedule. I did specific tasks each day to make sure that I would finish this project on time. I would have been able to sharpen my work even more but due to unfortunate family events, I had to miss a week of filming my family. As my dad work schedule was working against me and I couldn’t see him on some days so that also caused an impact. But due to my effective time plan, I was able to meet the deadline and tackle those challenges that stood before me.

My idea changed a lot from the original idea of what the finished product is. At first, I wanted to make a fictional word of where I show the years through the world through concept art. As I was researching it I decided to make the FMP more personal so I made it about myself. Then I presented the idea to my teachers which then gave an idea of what I should do. What I wanted to do was to show the evolution of man but through me and my 2 younger brothers and my dad. Then once I work on the idea I finalised it then went to my teachers, to pitch it again to then receive feedback and go and work on my project again. My idea was on good but it didn’t have the main topic so thought my planning I decided to go for something different. so the topic was focusing on the traits of the males within my family and to see what the similarities are and what are the differences between us. So the documentary will just be broken into questions and answers and the viewers will see what is the same and what is different. Throughout the documentary, the viewers will have to pay attention as I will as them to fill out a questionnaire sheet to see if they can spot all the similarities as well as differences. I’ve been mindful of the questions I’ve asked for fear of being too controversial. I did not put my family out there to be attacked so I avoid the questions the best I could.

The equipment I used for my short documentary was a GX10 Cannon and a microphone. I used a GX10 as the quality of the pictures are clearer as well as the audio it picks up from its mic is better than if I was to use my phone. The main problem I had using this equipment was using it outside. the wind would often pick up within the mic making the voices of my family harder to hear. Using the GX10 made my work look better and clearer giving it more of a professional look to it. Rather it has a poor quality that viewers would not want to look at.

The equipment I used for my short documentary was a GX10 Cannon and a microphone. I used a GX10 as the quality of the pictures are clearer as well as the audio it picks up from its mic is better than if I was to use my phone. The main problem I had using this equipment was using it outside. the wind would often pick up within the mic making the voices of my family harder to hear. Using the GX10 made my work look better and clearer giving it more of a professional look to it. Rather it has a poor quality that viewers would not want to look at.

My documentary is very fit for the task. it’s all about how the viewer will take in the information. It met the requirements of the brief I used modernized Time and Change within my documentary. I portrayed as “What traits have Changed through Time that has been passed down from my father through to his sons.” I when I watch the Documentary over I believe it is noticeable what I am trying to do. To be honest, I’m really proud of the end result. I’m happy to have conveyed a story. In a sense of to show that with time each generation is different than the last or even to show we are the same.

My strengths:

Timekeeping
ProActive
Filming
Initiative
My weakness:

Editing: I am comfortable doing so, but I am not of pro-level so there are a couple hiccups in my documentary which aren’t too noticeable. I can improve on the is by taking time to learn the software and playing around with it. By making short little videos of my own to edit.

My work improved massively because of how proactive I was inside of class and outside. I took what my teachers and peers said to me and went back to see how I could make it fit into what I want to do. So it improved by quality in question and then given a clear understanding of where I wanted the documentary to go.

In conclusion, if I was to do this project again what I would do differently is take more everyday shots(mundane tasks). The shots I took were great but I know if I took more it would have been better. Another thing I would do differently would be to try to bring in other family members to see if the traits are from both sides rather than the public it just seeing I get everything from my dad. Definitely, something I would do differently is to improve the questions on the questionnaire
What I’ve learned in this project is that I can definitely do anything I personally set my mind too regardless of time.

Filming an interview research

Filming is a difficult business so to ensure I did things right I had to research. I went through the basic things I should keep into consideration as well as the things I’ve learnt from the class, and also ensure my better understanding I took initiative and asked my teacher for clearer tips and tricks. So while watching the videos on youtube as well as recording clips of my own for me to use as research. It gave me a better understanding of how to film an interview. To be completely honest I’m very proud of the results that I have produced, and within myself, I believe it is to a higher standard than was to expect of myself.

The techniques I used were simple but effective making sure I remembered my foundation helped the video quality even more. One of the things I paid close attention too was head space and negative space. Making sure that each family member had enough space between their heads and the edge of the screen. Another thing I paid attention you was that the camera was eye level so that when recording the person who sat in front of me would not look like they are talking to someone way taller or way shorter. Making sure each family member was comfortable and comfortable enough to ignore the camera altogether.

There were a lot of different shot types I could have tried to give the documentary more of an edge but as I am still an Amuture/Rookie, I said stick to the basics for better results and when you feel more comfortable then switch it up. Although in fairness outside the interview shots I did experiment while I was recording our mundane tasks. Giving different shots a try.  Showcasing my potential ability in other areas in filming. I researched different types of camera angles to help me not make everything look the same. I used these links below as research.

https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/film-studies-101-camera-shots-styles/

https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/12-most-popular-camera-shots-actors-should-know/