Intruder Alert is a 360 animated short about an astronaut's plight to remove a pesky alien from his ship. The goal of this endeavor was tell a fun story that would be entertaining to watch in VR and complete it within a twelve week timeframe.
The first step was to create the world, I decided to base it within the cockpit of an astonaut's ship, somewhere he feels comfortable in until his routine is completely ruined by the unlikely invader.
The whole room is crisp and white with sleek curves and clean lines. Many of the panels and features are triangles in order to subtly point the viewer in the right direction. I then added lines orange lines to the floor so that even if you're looking down your attention is still directed to where it needs to be.
From there I made the decision to change the screen direction so that the characters move to screen right throughout the short. This decision was made for two reasons.
1) In Western culture, movement to the right indicates plot progression.
2) Most people will watch this on their phones that they hold in their right hands and will find it easier to move right and follow the story
Once all the pre production was complete. I began modeling, texturing, lighting, and then animating with rigs provided by Long Winter Studios and Siew Li Yang. As I was creating this world I realized it needed a little more visual texture so I removed the smoothing feature in Maya. If you look closely you can see that the blocky polygon make up of the world and the characters is still visible after the render.
(Watch with Google Chrome or the Youtube app on your phone for the best experience)