Fantasy FPS Mockup – VFX Midterm Project

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…
What happened?

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.

behind the name - name generator

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.

after effects 3d environment

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.”

Sean + Jean | Engaged!

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Jean Escanillian and Sean Genon in Sumilon Blue Water Island Resort

Last year in the summer, I was privileged enough to be chosen as the engagement photographer for Sean and Jean. Jean contacted me all the way from Dubai a year before this as I was recommended by her sister. We Skyped a few times and I sent them mood boards, pegs and contracts online (I was so proud to be able to make and send my own e-contracts online! Felt so legit. lol).

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

This was another photoshoot wherein I had to do styling as well as photography, but since I wasn’t available to shop with them nor could I pull-out clothes myself, I just sent them styling pegs. In my opinion, it worked quite well. They brought suitcases of clothes and accessories! Apparently Dubai is a great place to shop!

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Like with many of my shoots, Raisa did the makeup. May I say, she’s definitely one of my favorites to work with! I totally slept while she did makeup coz I had 101% trust in her to fulfill my concept. She never disappoints and I’m always impressed (really, I’m not exaggerating). When it comes to my shoots I tend to be finicky and meticulous, hovering over the make-up artist and overseeing the work … Even here in Vancouver for my school work I noticed this trait, because my classmates accuse me of being a “perfectionist”. But honestly I don’t feel that way! I just can’t stand half-baked work, especially if it comes from me (perfectionist? naah :P).

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

On the first day of shooting, Jean was literally shaking with nervousness as I directed her poses. I calmed her down by letting her shake off the nerves, lightened the mood and told them both “Just have fun!”. I love how these shoots are all about the couple! I always want them to feel special and beautiful when I’m photographing them. Photoshoots may sound very serious, but for engagement jobs I always try to create the atmosphere that it’s more like I’m-a-friend-just-taking-couple-photos for you! I guess it helps that I tend to smile a lot, and I look like a teenager instead of a professional photographer.

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

As you can see, they explicitly requested that they didn’t want the usual lovey-dovey engagement photo session style. “No holding hands while smiling at each other on the beach”! Otherwise popularly known as HHWWPSSP, kids. They wanted something “sexy and edgy”, like something out of a magazine editorial. They also stressed that the reason they picked me was because of my “storytelling” style. They wanted a photo session that wasn’t just full of poses, but one with a background story. I’m glad (more like relieved) to say they liked the output! It was a pleasure shooting a couple that was already good-looking to begin with. Makes my job easier haha.

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

AND THEN AND THEN GUESS WHAT. Sean had a surprise for Jean! You know how a lot of marriages these days are more like agreements, right? Like “hey, let’s get married! Oh, okay! *officially engaged*” Some men have thrown chivalry and romanticism out the door, but others are still playing old-school and it’s always a nice surprise. Makes me feel all warm and happy inside. Anyhoo–yes, I’m talking about the ol’ bend-the-knee proposal.

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Jean was happy enough without an engagement ring, but Sean went all out and surprised her during the photoshoot so that I could actually document his proposal! Sneaky genius.

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

I’d like to thank Sean and Jean again for the opportunity! Wish I could have attended your wedding last Valentines day. This was such a fun workcation for me and Raisa. :) I’ve been to Sumilon prior to this shoot and it’s definitely a nice place to relax and enjoy the pure beach air, especially if you’re into secluded island getaways.

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement

Sean and Jean Genon - Sumilon - Engagement


How to Apply for a Canadian Study Visa (Filipino Citizens)


Wow, it’s been around 5 months since I’ve arrived in the sweet land of Maple Syrup! I’ve always wanted to make more “helpful” blog posts but never got around to, despite it being one of my yearly resolutions (2013 fail). But today I’m about to change that 😀 So hopefully this post will help someone out there who was in the same predicament as me just a year ago. I know it all seems daunting, and tempting to just hire a travel or immigration agency to do the dirty work for you…

BUT listen to me before you give that PHP 40k away, you can do it yourself quite EASILY for a fraction of the cost!

Of course, please take into account I applied in 2013 so the laws may have changed depending on when you’re reading this (please comment below for any broken links and I’ll try to get to it). Best to read through the CIC website about Study Permits first and then come back here. They update their information and website quite regularly.

Ready? Here’s a Step-by-Step process:

Read more…


snow_feetWaking up to my first snowfall… So magical.

While I am mostly busy with school and mundane tasks here living the solo student life, thoughts of how I should blog and post more photos always cross my mind… Honestly, I’ve been arguing with myself lately. I think I’ve reached the point wherein I could care less about social media. I truly feel that I want to live a quiet life. But on the other hand, I think I’ll eventually go back to doing photography so keeping these would help me in the future. Ah, it’s so confusing….

Anyway, I’ve probably abandoned this blog enough for me to be able to just comfortably talk to myself. So, what did I accomplish from last year’s goals hmm?

In 2013, I planned to

1. Finalize on a direction for my future! Deadline: September 2013
– Wow, thank you Lord! This is the biggest check off my list for last year’s goals. This is exactly why I am here in Canada today. This is exactly why I am studying at BCIT. This is exactly why I am cooking red kidney beans and baking jacket potatoes for dinner (tho hoping they’ll turn out edible, lol).

airport August 24, 2013 – The day I left for Vancouver from Cebu

2. Learn more about web design and get back on it
– I’m currently taking up Digital Design and Development which is a program for website and app development. My final project for Term 1 can be seen on my main domain,… But it still needs a lot of work.

3. Travel
– I wasn’t able to travel this year, aside from coming to North America. But I was able to go sight seeing a bit, and head to Seattle coz of my good friend. I guess the most exciting thing I did this year was learning how to snowboard!

snowboard The experience left me with a sore back, butt and hematoma on my knees for days.
But sooo worth it for the sake of awesomeness.

4. Become more responsible and less forgetful! -_-
– This is a half check! Living independently made me more responsible (say yes to chores), but I am still quite clumsy and forgetful with my own things.

5. Read more
– I haven’t read as much books as I’ve wanted…. So this carries on to 2014.

6. Learn how to sew and basic cooking
– If you’ve seen my instagram, I’ve starting learning how to cook and make food for myself!

7. Yoga (lol this is the least of my expectations)
– Ironically, I’ve successfully learned and practiced yoga when it was the least of my expectations! lol.

8. Maybe blog more about helpful things
– Tsk. I’ve barely even blogged!! *resolution out the window*

Despite not accomplishing all the goals I’ve set for 2013, I’m happy. I was able to experience other things that I didn’t expect at the start of the year. I’m more independent and mature, or at least I’d like to think so.

 Things I want to accomplish in 2014:
– Graduate from BCIT with honors (if there is such a thing? if not, I’ll settle for just good grades)
– Get a job here that I’ll actually enjoy! Wishful thinking… But *OPTIMISM*..!
– Become stronger physically by developing a habit for exercise. Continue to eat healthy.
– Learn how to cook better, and make raw vegetarian food.
– Take more photos and learn how to make videos.
– Write more so that I can learn how to express myself better.
– Concentrate on developing the fruits of the Spirit.
– Read more books and watch more documentaries

Things that happened in 2013:
– Truly concentrated on being a freelance professional photographer in Cebu. I realized that advertising photography is my strength, commercially. I did prewedding photoshoots on the sideline to support myself.
– Worked with Mandaue Foam for two advertising campaigns.

mandauefoam3Mandaue Foam’s Awesummer Sale

– I took photographs for Waterfront Hotel and Casino. My biggest advertising client yet.
– I was featured in Sun Star Cebu’s Weekend section as a photographer.

sunstar“Passion Photographer”, September 2 issue of the newspaper Sun Star

– I met family who I’ve never met before! Her beautiful family lives in Vancouver. I also got to recently meet other family friends. I guess there are quite a number of Filipino-Chinese here in Vancouver from Cebu. Doesn’t make me feel like I’m in such a foreign land at all. In fact, Richmond feels like Hong Kong more than North America… lol.

achigrace With my cousin and her adorable, super smart daughter, Rogan.

– I was invited as a guest speaker at my Alma Mater, University of San Carlos, to talk about Photostories. It was such an honor, and amazing to feel that I gave back as an alumni talking about the personal work I’ve accomplished. I don’t make photostories anymore, but they’ll always be a part of me– fragments of my imagination and heart.
– My high school classmates and I made a time capsule to be opened two times, first when we reach 25 and then at 30 years old. In the time capsule we wrote our goals and dreams that we wanted to accomplish by the time we reach that age. My friend thanked me for the idea, he told me he was thankful that we got the opportunity to dream and set goals together.

classmatesFriendships for more than a decade. It’s nice to have friends who’ve known you since the awkward stages of your life… Coz they’ve already seen your worst and will more willingly accept you for who you are whatever may come! lol

– Shot a sponsored photostory, “Inspired by Human Nature” by a Human Nature dealer. This was later recognized and shared by the company itself!
– Photographed Zee Lifestyle’s May fashion editorial, “Urban Oasis“, directed by David Jones Cua.
– Photographed for The Stylogist’s collections, “Glamour in Detail” and “Lace Garden
– Ran a successful Basic Photography Workshop led by Groupon. This was funny because my friends and family were really surprised to see my name on their email Groupon spam!
– Went on my first out-of-town prewedding photoshoot to Sumilon! It was such a fun experience despite the exhaustion. So worth it though, I greatly enjoyed the lovely couple who sponsored me.
– Photographed the family portrait of the prestigious Pages Family…

port_Pages-Family-118-20…and their awesome husky!

– Joined the Cebu Digital Photographers in the “Seasons of Love” photography exhibit in Ayala Center Cebu which was displayed from February 22-March 3.
– Photographed advertising campaigns for B.R.I.G.H.T Academy and Playhouse Preschool.
– Seriously became flexitarian. I’m LOVIN’ it. I also drink green smoothies while learning how to make raw food. Some of the food I make are on my instagram at @annelorraineuy
– I can’t believe it sometimes, but I’m so happy that I’m now living (semi-)independently. I’ve always wanted to do this before I hit 30. It’s silly, but I feel so good that I’m doing my own laundry and washing my own dishes!
– Dyed my hair back to black, after sporting brown hair for 3 years.
– As of today my Facebook photography page has 7,476 likes, which really surprised me because it went up before I went serious as a freelance photographer. I am so grateful tho, so thank you to anyone who liked my page! Thank you for appreciating my photography :)

blehI almost didn’t make it for my annual new year’s post!! But I did 😛 30 minutes left until January 2. I wish you all a great 2014 ahead, happy new year full of love and joy! 

Toyphoon: Toy Relief for the children of Ormoc #typhoonHaiyan

Typhoon Yolanda brought destruction to  structures, hunger and despair to people.
Some have lost families, houses, and even hope.

Christmas is fast approaching, and it is an event that people in typhoon-affected areas won’t be feeling much about this year. Families, especially children, may still be experiencing trauma from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

However, we should remember that this season is most loved by our little ones. And so, Fashion for Babies plans to make sure that the Christmas spirit in children will be kept alive despite the tragedy, by starting a toy relief campaign!

We are knocking on your door to ask for your toys and trinkets (or anything you’d like to donate) for our Christmas cause for the children of Ormoc.

We will be accepting mailed donations not later than December 7, 2013 since we will still be wrapping it.

Target date of the gift giving activity will be December 14, 2013!

For cash donations, you can deposit it not later than December 10, 2013 so that we can budget the food and other expenses to be used during the event.

Donations in kind can be PRELOVED TOYS or CLOTHES, candies or biscuits. (Refer to poster for details)

Together, we can make sure the smiles on a lot of kids faces won’t be missed this jolly season.

Thank you for your generosity and kindness.

God Bless You and Merry Christmas!