Virtual Environment through Creative Thinking

Virtual Environment through Creative Thinking

We all have been fascinated by the spectacular and intricate virtual worlds in popular movies like Dr. Strange, Avengers etc. What if the Animation, Interior and Graphic design students could come up with a similar virtual environment, all created by themselves from the scratch? 

Foundational training in Design is essential for aspiring designers to develop critical skills in creativity. Our undergraduate students from the Interior Design, Animation, Graphics Design Department teamed up with Filmmaking students in a workshop designed to develop a teaser for a fantasy or science fiction movie that happens in a virtual landscape.

This workshop was aimed at developing the student’s ability to visualize complex ideas from scratch using simple techniques. Through this process, they were trained to think laterally and evolve their visual ideas using reflective thinking practices. At every stage of the project they were actively using their critical judgment and evaluation skills to fine tune their idea from a blank canvas to a fully refined virtual world that unfolds a narrative.

The workshop was structured as : 

Step 1: Shoot an abstract photograph from the output of the paper mache workshop. This is the closeup of the paper mache leftover in the bucket.

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Step 2: Creating depth and perspective from the abstract photograph

Step 3: Adding appropriate photographic textures to create an impression of photo realism. By now, a vague story or concept of what can happen in this world will evolve.

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Step 4: Storyboarding a series of shots that would emotionally engage the audience

Step 5: Deciding the Casting, Costume and makeup for the character to be placed in the virtual environment

Step 6: Shooting the character in green screen, in collaboration with Filmmaking Cinematography students.

Step 7: Compositing the character in the virtual background. Adding effects and camera movements to make it much more dynamic and real. 

Step 8: Adding appropriate music, sound effects and title design. 

At the end of the workshop Animation Interior and Graphic design students were extremely  pleased with what they could achieve in a short duration using the methods taught during the class. It was overall a fun learning experience with students designing their own costumes, props, makeup and other accessories for the green screen shoot. 

If you care to learn further about how workshops are structured at LISAA School of Design, please click below to get in touch with our team.