This project was my Senior Thesis for my B.F.A. in Kinetic Imaging. The point of it was to display my modeling and texturing abilities, as I’m an environment modeler, but here’s a concept description I wrote too:

Calm Down is a short 3D animated thriller that forces the viewer to question their role in this story as a radio tells the tale of a woman terrorized in her own home. Set in the 1940s, the camera slowly pans through a domestic space as a story is told in the background, with audio changing in volume with relation to the distance from the radio.

The audio is from the 1940’s hit radio show Suspense, from the episode “To Find Help”, which is public domain.

I think I learned a lot during this project and I’m really quite happy with how it came out, although I did have a few rendering issues, notable the way the camera shifts when the water droplet in the sink falls. Also I wish I had had the time to model some eyelids around the eye at the end, but it is how it is

Actually, I also think I learned a lot about composition. I put a lot of work into planning the camera shots for this, which I don’t think I’ve ever really done before. I’m satisfied with the results, though I studied using this book on painting, which was recommended to me by a modeler at Blue Sky Studios, and I probably should have also consulted some notes on video composition

Here’s some stills and occlusion renders:

I absolutely love how the velvet couch turned out
Super happy about the dog bowl in this one

All in all, I’m really proud of this one 🙂

Any thoughts or questions? Feel free to leave a comment!