MachineTown Files

Glitch Layout

Here are a list of files from After Effects that have been used for the presentation.


Lightning Effect

I created two spheres as a point of contact as the lightning needs some objects to bounce off.

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Highlight both spheres and click Effects -> Lightning, hidden under the FX setting on the top left.

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A lightning bolt should appear connected to both spheres.

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In my animation, I hid the spheres off screen when rendering to give off the effect that lightning is moving on its own.

Custom made Delorean

To put an image into the work which I would base my design on, I went to View -> Image Plane, hover the mouse by the arrow and Import Image.

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Then find where the image is based, double click to import into the document. A preview will show what you are importing in. Click Open for this to work.

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Next I wanted to create the car from scratch, in a similar way to when we created a model of a fish. This was achieved by going to Mesh Tools -> Create Polygon.

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Then I created a shape similar to the Delorean car by clicking each time to create a vertex, press ing Enter on your keyboard to creates a shape, it will turn dark once completed.

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This little icon is known as the multi cut tool, it is handy for linking up vertex points to one another.

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Finally the extrude tool gives the car a bit more detail and changes the shape of it.

Below is the end result, I am content with the overall design though I could give it more detail for future reference.

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Video Loop Concepts

Assignment 4 of the Experimental 3D Project involves creating a 6-8 second loop based on media such as video games, film or music.

Below are some concepts that I came up with:

Back to the Future



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After some careful consideration, I decided to do a Back to the Future loop, I felt like I could achieve more and there was a lot of action going on. I didn’t choose the Terminator because it seemed basic and didn’t appeal to me.

Assignment 2 Glitch Files

Below are the sounds that our group used in the project, all are done in the style of Havard Referencing.

Audio Enabled(2015).Glitch Sound Effect. Available at: (Accessed 5 January 2016)

Colucci,S.(2009) DNA replication animation by interact medical. Available at: (Accessed 5 January 2016)

Military Archive.(2014) US AirStrike Filmed By ISIS Fighter in Iraq – ISIS Artillery Cannon Striked. Available at: (Accessed 5 January 2016)

TheMSsoundeffects.(2013) Crowd Panic Sound Effect Available at: (Accessed 5 January 2016)

xReesll96x(2014).TV Glitch Sound Effects. Available at: (Accessed 5 January 2016)

I imported all of the sounds in After Effects and edited them all down to fit the timeline, for the DNA replication and US AirStrike clips, I removed the audio and kept visual, as I did not want any audio to interfere with the main speech.

Assignment 2 Thoughts

Although the MachineTown glitch project was delivered on time, the deadline was only just achieved by minutes.

This can be avoided in future by better planning and laying down a timeframe when the activities need to be completed and a period of integration managed into the project.

This would have allowed a period of assessment of the completed works and would have allowed for any minor errors to be rectified in a controlled and efficient manner.

The lessons learnt from this exercise are definitely better planning of objectives and defining completion dates of various activities.