Tuesday, May 31, 2011

45 minutes

The fight scenes have turned out really good,
and a lot easier to accomplish than I thought they would

The film now stands at about 60% done, and a little over the 45 minute mark. Which, according to the Academy awards people, now qualifies it as a 'feature' film...

Shots like this, looking 45° down, seem to look the
best of all the 3D shots, for some reason...

However, at the moment it also qualifies as an incomplete film, with some meaty action shots left to do, and a couple smoochy dialog scenes wherein you learn the motivation and history of some of the important characters in the film...

Effects heavy shots are often easier to script and
storyboard, but then the time comes to develop the shot
and create the effects...

But what is done is looking great so far, and that's 45 mins of finished shots.. no reworks or screwups left, that's the finished film so far. Once main sequence production is done, then it's a simple matter of editing and tweaking a bit to get the film flowing right, I'll probably beef up the action shots a bit but for now I'm sticking to the storyboards as close as possible, and any re-cuts or inserts I can do in a second round of storyboards / shots. It's important to stay focused and stay committed to what is already in the script and on the storyboards, I have a couple of ideas, minor tweaks, and a 2-3 minute insert shot that will tie up some loose ends. But for now, I'm sticking to the storyboard.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Department of Redundancy and Backups Department

Most of you may have never seen a great little animated short entitled “Secret Joys of Myopia”, which was in production a few years ago by animator Keith Lango... Actually... pretty much ZERO people have seen this film, including Keith himself because he lost all his project data and backups in one head-exploding fateful event.

For those who don't know, I worked on this film for two and a half years before I lost all the data (and back up data as well) in a freak computer incident in which I lost two completely seperate workstations within 16 hrs of each other. To add insult to injury, all of my DVD backups were lost in a move.
(Betcha Keith wouldn't be too happy to know that his film actually still exists, lost somewhere in the strings of 1's and 0's of binary data...)

Which brings me to the subject of backups. You can never have too many backups, and it's also good to keep backups off-site. Keith had lots of backups, but he still got screwed, so the lessons to learn are:

When you think you have enough backups, you don't

Don't trust your important shit to movers, they're a bunch of a$$holes who like to break and lose your shit.

I'm especially paranoid about backups, and suffice to say that I have project backups of all my old films, as well as my current "Origin - A Call to Minds", squirreled away in safe places I know about (and keep secret ;)

FreeFileSync is a fantastic little program, you can setup batch sync updates, and one click, all your important data is saved onto a little portable USB harddrive. Speaking of which;

Walmart is great. Yup, you heard me say it... People (hipsters) love to rag on the evil corporation Walmart blah blah bicycles blah blah environment etc,... but seriously, where else can you get cheap backup USB harddrives, cheesies, and fresh baked oven loaf bread at 3 am?

So, unless you like your projects to exist lost somewhere in the binary information datastate of codec-space, make lots of backups.