Introduction to the Dissertation:
Hello and Welcome to my dissertation blog. My names Matthew Allum, and I’m
embarking on a challenging, yet exciting, final year at UCS.
The area I take most enjoyment from is 3D modelling. I believe its rewards are
much more fruitful than other topics. The ability to wield a style guide that you
know will create a particular emotional response is something unique. It’s
allowed me to design some of my favourite pieces in films and games. Those
awe-inspiring spaceships from Star Trek Figure 1. (Kyle C. Haight 2016) and Star
Wars, dropping out of warp speed, to the Kilimanjaro-class dreadnoughts in
Mass Effect and the tense dogfighting of Elite Dangerous. My passion lies in the
area of designing unique space ships for mainly the PC platform. I’ve chosen
this as a zone to explore deeper. My tools for this dissertation will be 3DS Max
for the main modelling portion, with Photoshop or a different piece of software
being used to texture the models.
Nevertheless, I understand there must be a detailed backlog of research and
development into how they have come to be. Researching how other people
have dealt with designing large-scale environmental models, and how I can use
this to help with ship design. Creating ships will require my
development to go a lot deeper into the makeup of the civilisation. As I will
need to reflect the culture’s traits in the ship’s characteristics. Doing so in
the form of style guides and mood boards will only help to focus and allow me to
iterate in a beneficial way.
Through this dissertation, the requirements set in my initial brief will cause
conflict through design choice at some point. Skills I may not pose at this time
will need to be learnt to overcome unforeseen problems. I may blog
about articles which may indirectly effect this dissertation. The use of
milestones for example, well help in developing a time frame which will be
useful to keep me on track towards my final goal.
Haight.K (2016). USS Enterprise (NCC-1701 alternate reality). [image] Available at: http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(NCC-1701_alternate_reality)?file=USS_Enterprise%27s_upgraded_impulse_drive.jpg [Accessed 09 Sept. 2016].