is a twenty-something artist who loves nothing more than to tell stories with her camera. She loves to photograph the beauty all around her, travel for the adventure and read the most fantastic books under trees of shade and warmth.
This term, Dynamic Content Design class introduced us to Adobe Animate Edge. At first it looked quite intimidating (like most Adobe applications at first glance), but after a few weeks of playing with it, I find that it’s actually a simpler and more efficient approach to jQuery!
Making my calculator project in Animate Edge
Almost every week we had to program something based on Henry Leung‘s specifications. When we were learning key listeners, I made this…. What can I call it… Interactive media for key down listeners?
Say Hello to Chibi
I’ve also learned Illustrator this term, so I took the opportunity to practice vectors and experiment with SVGs!
Want to know the secret trick of Chibi? You can try Chibi’s World here. But please be on your desktop when doing so. This totally won’t work on mobile or tablet devices since I’m using keyboard listeners.
You’re probably going “What kind of game is this?! It’s not even a game.” *rolls eyes* (my bf laughed when I showed him this!)
So ok, for the next assignment I was finally able to *attempt* making a simple mini game!
Recycled my background. I guess that makes Bubby from Chibi’s World too. They’re probably best friends or something.
Apologies if my “style” is very cutesy/chibi. Honestly it’s just the easiest kind of graphics to make!
The gameplay is simple. Bubby’s ONE and ONLY egg falls from the sky, and it’s up to you to help Bubby catch it! I’ve drawn a soft nest for you to catch it in already, so use the power of left and right keyboard keys well. You can play Bubby Egg Catch game here.
After a while we got into more complex programming. For our latest assignment, we were supposed to head to a park, experience a problem, and create a solution in Edge. I went to Deer Lake Park which was the nearest park to BCIT, and realized that it would really be handy if I could have a map of where the washrooms and snack bars were. I tried to search online for an app because map apps are the most convenient, but couldn’t find one. I’d also like to add that I’m a Google Maps generation girl, and I heavily rely on Transit and Google Maps to get around.
Thus, the creation of my application “Deer Lake Park Map“. I wanted to try another style and make the app look more serious/professional, and since flat design is all the rage now, I went for that.
I even added a fancy iPhone 5S frame for my app just to give me a better feel of it. 😉 I used jQuery UI for the page transitions, AJAX and JSON for the weather info from Forecast.io, and Google Maps custom maps for each of the categories. I created my own weather symbols, but I lacked time so as you can see, it’s super simple. I’m really happy that it works like legit tho (even though some of the info there is fictional, like Baby Changing Stations)!! So yay. I’ve always wanted to learn AJAX and JSON, and there’s still a lot for me to learn, but I’m so psyched that I actually implemented it successfully.
I really enjoy programming when I’m given a problem and I have to create a solution for it. Hooray for logic-based problem solving~ /geekhatON
Be prepared for a looong photo post! I really had a difficult time choosing the photos to blog about from this engagement session. I like too many of them! I love the way this couple got so candid with me in front of my lens after they loosened up. They are soo adorable. You’ll see why!
This is a love story from Thailand to the Philippines
I spent 2 days with Rachel and Tee (an easier nickname in place for his real Thai name) for their engagement photoshoot. I was referred to Rachel by her stylist for this shoot, Janine Gesalem, whom I’ve worked for shooting her clothing line, The Stylogist. I photographed two of her fashion collections, Glamour in Detail and The Lace Garden.
For the first day, we shot at the Ngo Mansion. Ohmo it was so beautiful, their home inside and out were like scenes from the movies.
Isn’t their home enchanting? I love how the details of their house came out in my photos. If I were to film an old Gatsby themed movie, this would be the place I’d set my sights on. One of the things Rachel wanted me to use in the photos was the collection of vintage cars the family had. We chose this cream vintage Porsche (correct me if I’m wrong?!) below. I thought it looked quaint and romantic.
Rachel and Tee make fun of each other a lot. It’s so cute how they gigil each other. I actually think they look alike. lol
That TREE tho! And the details of that DOOR like… whoah, the craftsmanship was superb.
We ended the shoot after 4-5 ish hours, if my memory serves me right. I was the designated photographer for their Cebu photoshoot, but Rachel and Tee also had photoshoots in Manila and Thailand! They said they were big believers that couples should invest in good photography because in the end, its the photos that you keep that make up the memories you have.
For the second day, we went to good ol’ Plantation Bay! From my experience, this is the easiest place to have an engagement shoot. The resort’s terms are simple and clear (affordable too!), with a package designed just for this type of thing. Shangri-La was another option but then again they either: a) have management that make it complicated (probably coz they were still thinking of how to make a profit from this growing trend) or b) have an expensive package which always makes Plantation have the better value.
But either way, you definitely can’t go wrong with the beach resorts in Cebu. 😛
I really wanted to include a lot of the photos from the set, so I struggled… Consequently, I now bring you GIFs for the first time on my blog!
Look how excited Tee is looking at the Philippine map. Haha! But if it’s not obvious enough, these 2 really love to travel
Hooray for this amazing technology of moving pictures
As you can see, my engagement shoots are rarely ever so serious all the way (unless the theme calls for it), coz its important to me that I capture how couples are comfortable with each other~ Love is a beautiful thing, but it’s also loads of fun!
Coincidentally, this time there’s another “surprise proposal”. Tee was very stealthy about everything, he connived with Rachel’s sister and I for his big surprise. He gave me a candy pop ring and told me to “direct a proposal pose” for both of them. Rachel is just acting surprise there, but then….
I told them to take a short break and act it out again later, pretending I wasn’t satisfied. During that time Allen, the makeup artist, distracted Rachel while Tee switched the candy pop ring for the real thing. And then when Tee gave me the “Go” signal, I called them back together to “try it again, this time with more feeling”…
Rachel was ecstatic and Tee looked so happy that she was! I wish there was someone else to officially take a video because it was difficult for me to do both. Ryle recorded the whole thing on her phone though. It was such a sweet moment. She kept hitting Tee and actually zoned out the outside world! Tee actually commissioned some fireworks just for them, but Rachel didn’t hear or see any of it until Tee told her “Look, those fireworks are for you.” And THEN she realized. Awwww
Congratulations Rachel and Tee! They got married last March 8 at the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod in Cebu. Shortly after, they also wed in Thailand.
True love is a choice, and the best relationships are the ones where you keep falling in love over and over again throughout the years
That’s all the lovin’ for today~ This is the last engagement session job I took in Cebu before I left for Canada. The next will be some advertising photoshoots or family shoots. Special thanks to Bombom Ngo and her family for letting us take photos of their beautiful home, and the management at Plantation Bay for the good service. Until the next post!
Good bye from Ryle Young, Jon Ong, Rachel, Tee and I~
Here’s another one from the backlog, my first photoshoot for Mandaue Foam! This shoot was one of the projects that made me realize how I much wish I could concentrate on advertising photography. The feeling I experience throughout the creative process is similar to when I used to shoot my photostories back in university.
The make-up is by Raisa again. I’m not very sure, but I think this was the first time I worked with her! Which was the first of many shoots and collaborations to follow. 😀
I met up with Ryan Uy and Michille Seveses-Perez from Mandaue Foam, together with Yanyan (Gillian Uang of By Details) who I’ve had the pleasure of working with before. This shoot was one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done, because they already had a specific idea about how they wanted the photos to come out, from the post-processing to the number of layouts and direction. Yanyan was the creative director for this campaign, as well as the stylist of the models and set layouts! All I had to do was refer some models from agents I’ve already worked with, and send some pegs to the team to make sure we had a mutual understanding about the mood/theme we were heading for.
So of course, summer photoshoots and pretty girls in swimsuits wouldn’t scream SUMMER without the glorious B-E-A-C-H! But the problem with this kind of shoot is the people, it’s almost impossible to take photos at a nice beach without having people photobombing or disturbing the background (cloning out beachgoers? = Photoshop nightmare)… So we needed to find a fairly secluded beach.
Solution: We took a van all the way to a private beach house in San Remigio, which was REALLY far away from the big cities. It’s at the very very tip of Cebu! lol
I am dead sure the drive wasn’t just an hour and 25 minutes…. Google Maps, you lie.
It was super hot that day. One of the challenges was keeping the lighting consistent since the clouds would come over, leave and come back again, forcing me to keep shifting my camera settings. It was all good though thanks to a great team (Fritz was my assistant for that day)!
Yay for team shots. This is outdoorsy Cebu, chill people, super sunny and tropical with coconut trees almost everywhere~
Always happy to see my photo works blown up with great graphic design (c/o Michille)!
Zee Lifestyle May 2013 Fashion Editorial: Urban Oasis
Last year in the summer, I was tasked to shoot another fashion editorial for Zee Lifestyle under the creative direction of David Jones Cua. If you’ve been following my work, you might remember that I’ve praised him over and over again on my blog every time I work with him to shoot for the magazine. He has a brilliant, young creative mind and it’s a breeze to collaborate with him; I usually end up surprising myself with what I was able to accomplish in terms of artistic photography when I take on a project that’s spearheaded by him!
That being said, I miss these kinds of photoshoots… *sigh*
Jigs is truly a master of his craft, just look at how subtle and translucent, but beautiful the makeup turned out making it look so natural. Makeup that doesn’t change the face, but enhances it.
It really impressed me how he and the whole team were so proactive throughout the photoshoot, making sure to check and retouch makeup details here and there, wipe off sweat from Nicole, fix up any strays from her coiffed hair, and even helped with the fit of her clothes. True professionals. I’m hoping to work with Jigs again in the future if the opportunity comes… Because really, who can forget those aqua streaked / electric blue highlights?
We shot at the infinity pool of Best Western Plus Lex in Escario, Cebu, thanks to Ryan Tanchan the hotelier. It was a hot day, as usual in Cebu, which made for the perfect condition in achieving our theme for the photoshoot. Can you guess what it is from the shots?
Well yea, the title did give it away….
This fashion editorial was inspired by desert oases (did you know that the plural form for “Oasis” is “Oases”!? lol sorry, logophile moment)! David particularly stressed how important it was to have that “desert sky blue” in this editorial. I also made sure to emphasize the golden yellow tones of the desert. Side note: as I composed this blog post I always spell “desert” as “dessert” first. Mmm.
Pong Niu retouching Nicole. This photo struck me when I saw the thumbnail. Nicole’s strong features remind me of those old Greek statues of women (but of course thinner). It’s not a surprise that models look like heavenly beings I suppose.
And guess what, I think she was just 16 years old when I took these photos. I don’t know why I’m always surprised at how my Caucasian-Asian models look so mature for their age. Then again, it’s common for models to start their careers at 16. For that last layout, Nicole’s dad arrived and acted out the supportive father role, even making fun of her and joking around. It’s unusual that I see fathers who are supportive of their young daughter’s modelling careers. Most of the “uncles” I know would keep their daughter in a closet and single for life if they could (but that’s a secret they would never tell).
This is an example of how I would be willing to do absolutely anything to get that perfect shot. Even risking serious injury by standing on a high ledge? lol.
But as with all productions, safety measures are taken into account: David held one of the belt loops on my pants and Ryan supervised the model.
Boss scene for Chapter 1 of my unnamed Fantasy FPS
Can’t believe I’m almost finishing my first year here at BCIT! This term I have a Visual Effects class. It’s probably worth mentioning again that I’m taking Digital Design and Development, hoping I’ll end up making spiffy websites and such. After Effects was a program I’ve always wanted to learn ever since I knew that it was possible to make video/movie FX thru it.
As a side note, this is my first ever blog post about school! I am finally coming out of my cave and sharing a glimpse of what I’ve been doing for the past year.
Game starts with my character finding himself waking up lying on the floor, clueless…
For our midterms, we had to make our own FPS game mockup that used 2D images and video in a 3D environment. It took quite a while for me to decide on what kind of FPS to make, especially since our teacher pegged Duke Nukem I and Doom(1993) which are really…. Not my style. I almost felt like it was an impossible task! Seriously!! You can imagine how its like in class–it’s a geek’s world with a 5:1 boy to girl ratio. Discussions become amusing tho, I must admit.
It is revealed that the mansion’s under attack by the South Witch Queen’s minions!
After looking thru countless stock photos, I settled on a fantasy FPS. If you know me, this wouldn’t surprise you. I really like fantasy genre anything, period. The only RPG games I used to play were fantasy games, and most of my artwork from when I used to draw were surreal/fantasy, so yes, this made perfect sense. As with everything, I aimed to imitate how RPG games started out with the main story and then some battle scenes.
A better view of the room I created using the 3D feature in After Effects.
Player heads out the door.
Ghost child that warns my player “Be prepared or die!” signalling the start of the gameplay.
A goblin then comes.
Piece of cake! Not even a scratch.
Here I showed the treasure aspect of the game. Yay shiny moneyz
And then just when you turn, a very scary troll comes to attack!!
Last but not least, just when you think the game is child’s play, a lesser witch comes to block the door to the North Wing! Oh no
But of course my player is boss so he STILL LIVES
Finally, the mockup ends in front of the majestic door of the North Wing where Zeia awaits…
First off, some of you may be curious where I got those crazy names. Adiel? Zeia? Very fantasy RPG game -ish, I know. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the exact name library I used, but I’m pretty certain I chose Nordic names. However, there are lots of other websites like Behind the Name which work, and this one actually has an app version. Fantasy Name Generator looks pretty good too.
This sounded cool when I read it in my mind with emphasis on the T and K.
The hardest part about this project was working with the 3D environment, especially when I was still new to the xyz orientation, rotation, etc. It was challenging but I actually enjoyed the process of it all.
The * looking marks are where I positioned my Lights, while straight dotted lines are planes of textures like the Walls and Tables. All of the objects like the fireplace, guns, candles and brooms are completely flat 2D planes, but since they are 3D stock it’s not obvious at all, especially if I position them in the right perspective according to my Camera. Working on this on my 13-inch Macbook Pro was painful… So I wrapped it up by staying in the lab a few hours after school to work on a glorious 27-inch iMac!
What my AE work area looked like. I separated my Rooms into two compositions because the screen perspective went nuts after I arranged my layers.
You can view the rendered video below. Thank God, I got a perfect mark from my teacher, Ramin Shadmehr, and he left me a comment: “very nice work anne, very nice”. For some reason, I totally read that comment with his voice.
Hope you enjoyed my AE Fantasy FPS Mockup walkthrough! Before I made this, I thought it was going to be super difficult (even impossible since I’ve never used After Effects before this class). However when I look at the result now, it all seems simple and actually quite easy… Life. We really can surprise ourselves with how much we’re capable of doing, especially when we push ourselves beyond what we can imagine. Sounds like that Thomas Edison quote – “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”