Character Beauty Shots

I rendered some beauty shots of my main origami characters and origami cube characters from 3D Studio Max:

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Mummy Bunny First Aid Scenario

The first scenario will deal with how to dial 999 and when to call the emergency services by providing an example of an emergency. I’ve been looking into this topic and I have found out a lot of things.

999 Emergency Services

Why should children learn to dial 999?

A mother was having an anaphylactic shock and her 2 1/2 year old daughter dialed 999 and managed to state her full name, age and address to the operator. This is pretty amazing right? Your never to young to learn to learn first aid. You can find all the information on the following link: http://www.therealsupermumblog.com/2011/04/teach-children-basic-emergency-response/

Statistics have shown, children aged 4-5 can learn basic first aid including dialing 999 in an emergency situation. Not many children know how to do this and if they do, they may not know what situation is an ’emergency’ and dial the number when not necessary. It is important to be clear to the children what kind of situation is an emergency and requires them to dial 999. A child’s concept of ’emergency’ can be different from an adults so letting the child know that losing their toy or dialing 999 as a joke is not an emergency. It’s important that children know they should call 999 in the above circumstances if there are no adults around, their call could save a person’s life.

The 3 Step Simple Lesson

I can’t overcomplicated this lesson for the children as the maximum steps I can teach children aged 4-5 is up to 3. So, to teach how and when the child should dial 999, I will provide them with 3 easy to follow steps which cover the basics.

An example of the 3 steps could be:

The 3 C’s of First Aid

  1. (Check) Make sure the area is safe for you and the injured person
  2. (Call) Tell and adult and call 999
  3. (Care) Stay and comfort the injured person

Step 1 Check

These will be the 3 key steps but for each one I will include a little more detail to explain what the steps mean. For this scenario I could play out an emergency situation and explain the hazards to watch out for and if the coast is clear they move onto the next step. The child needs to understand that they are safe before continuing onto the next step.

Step 2 Call

If an adult is present the child can call for their aid first. However, if no adult is nearby, the child will dial 999 in an emergency. But it isn’t as simple as that as the child needs to know what to do after dialling 999. In a medical emergency the child will be asked to supply information to the operator such as their full name, address, the emergency situation etc. This will help prepare the child on what to expect and boost their confidence as they know what to do. This also gives the operator enough information on what emergency service to provide (fire brigade, police or ambulance).

It is most ideal for the child to use a house phone to dial 999 rather than a mobile phone as the Emergency Services automatically receive the phone number, address and household name of the caller so they are able to trace calls without having to rely on information given to them by the caller, which is particularly useful in the case of a child who is unable to remember or communicate such vital details to the operator. But if they are not able to use the house phone for whatever reason, it’s important children realise they can use a mobile phone if necessary.

999 Emergency Services

More Advice for Children

To help the ambulance or fire service understand where you are and what has happened, speak as clearly and calmly as you can. Try not to rush your words or the operator won’t be able to understand you.

Don’t hang up until the operator tells you to. The operator needs to have all the info they need to get to you a quickly as possible.

step 3 Care

The last step is to ensure the comfort and safety of both the injured person and the child and keep the situation under control whilst they wait for the emergency services.

Final Thoughts

I will finalise the steps and information when I research the terminology that the children will understand and the amount of sentences I can use per animation for the first aid scenarios.

Mummy Bunny Character

After pondering whether the bunny will be a teacher or a mother I’ve decided to go for a mummy bunny. Why? Because I want to let the children know that they can get help from their parents, not just doctors, nurses and firemen. I want to let them know that grown ups can help them.

Inspiration for Mummy Bunny

When I was researching images for mother’s to define a prop my character could have, what generally came up was aprons. I want the character to have a clear indication that it is a mother but other than an apron it seems to be the immediate indication that it would represent a mother. I think I will go ahead with this approach. The apron will be textured onto the 3D bunny model, but I might have a look into making it out of origami. If I do model the apron I need to make sure the polygon count remains at 2,000 or below.

3D Studio Max Origami Puffy Bunny

I attempted modelling my origami puffy bunny in 3D Studio Max and I found it quite tricky and challenging. At first I decided to model the bunny accurately with the folds that you see when it is made:

Puffy Bunny 6

I made this quite complicated for myself and I was getting confused on modelling all the folds as I wanted to model the bunny the way it looks.

This is how it was beginning to turn out:

Left model: I modelled the bunny ear separately and then added a box but my supervisor recommended modelling the whole bunny as one object.

Right model: I started to extrude from the bottom of the bunny ear to make the cube shape and also the triangle folds you see on the origami bunny. But this wasn’t working out either, I was overcomplicating things. My supervisor told me to keep the model simple as the origami bunny is simple, whilst making it the ‘perfect’ version.

My next attempt was to make the bunny from a chamfer box and extrude the ears and triangle flaps, here is how it is turning out:

Chamfer Box

Chamfer Box

Half Modelling

Half Modelling

Polgon Modelling

Polgon Modelling

Mesh Smooth

Mesh Smooth

I used the chamfer box as it automatically added rounded edges to the cube. I turned the object into an editable poly and deleted half the object to begin modelling one half and then when I’m finished I add symmetry to save time modelling and the bunny is symmetrical. Next I extruded the faces to make the ear and moved the vertices to shape the curved ears. The triangle flaps were also extruded the scaled on the x-axis to narrow the end. This turned out much better and looked more like the origami bunny.

The model used 508 polygons and 1,708 polygons with MeshSmooth turned on which is perfect as it remains in the 2,000 polygon limit for Juanio. The prop used will take up the rest of the polygons left over (example: nurse kitty has a nurse hat which takes 198 polygons with MeshSmooth).

The next step was creating the other 3 characters I designed.

Puffy Origami Bunny

After making loads of tiny puffy bunnies I decided to make a massive one when I noticed a long roll of brown paper, check it out:

Folding the big sheet was fine, but blowing up the bunny proved difficult! I couldn’t do it so I had to manually open it up with the help of my friend. This was really fun and you can draw a cute little face on it too. I also made a little nurse hat for the big bunny as one of my characters will be a nurse.

If you want to have a go at making a cute puffy bunny have a look here at the instructions (For the small bunnies I made I used 15x15cm sheets of paper):

Origami Puffy Bunny Instructions

It will be perfect for Easter too!

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