computer fx

yo it's late! here are 6 visual effects clips that I've done this week.(10 megs, divx) Included here is the expanded scene of the headshot posted earlier this week. more info later!!

Here's an animated gif for you to help you decide if 10 megs is worth the download (is it? oh please)

12-06

Headshot.

I had a productive sunday this weekend. (saturday was go-to-the-comicbook-store-day). Started the final straightaway of this marathon. 42 fx shots I need to complete. Polished off 2 today. Here's a sample.

If you read the article I wrote in SF, you'll remember the bodygaurd headshot effect that I discussed preparing for. This is it.(quicktime, 7 megs).

happy november! I kicked some ice this weekend and banged out another computer interface sequence. This is the 3rd completed sequence of what I'm calling, "interface" sequences. I referred to this one a couple of weeks ago when I started to create some of the assets for it...

Watch the clip! (1.5 megs, Divx)

This sequence takes place in a turning point in the story when we learn more about the programmer and his background. The clip was assembled and animated the After Effects from assets created in Photoshop.

Hey guys,

I've been busy getting fx sequences done and wanted to share one that's pretty complete.

If you're a returning visitor, you may have read my post about the Multibodies , or Chris Haigh's amazing soundtrack work, or maybe you read about how I build a set in my basement of the dropship's interior in SF magazine.

Hey guys,

So here's a sample clip(wmv format) of the programmer's desktop I posted about earlier this week. The footage of the screen was done this past weekend...

...and is shown here with the rest of the live action footage that was shot in January!

some interesting notes about what you'll see:

  1. the footage of the laptop screen was filmed in my computer room (and not the warehouse location).
  2. I filmed this by myself at first - no actors - until my wife decided to help me!
  3. in order to match the action of the hands of the programmer and the diplomat banging on the keyboard, i originally wore the jacket sleeves of each character's costume. My wife ultimately took over the programmer's role. Thanks, jen!!
  4. To get a handheld feel for the camera, i rigged the dvx camera on a belt and wore it around my neck.

Finally, please keep in mind that soundtrack, sound effects, and sound mixing are not done yet on this clip. that'll happen later!!

Yo yo, this past weekend we completed the pickups for the film and now have all the live action footage!


So, I've uploaded a new effect i wanted to share with you...


This one is the computer programmer's desktop. there are several shots throughout the film of what the rogue programmer is doing. in order to make it look like a futuristic desktop, i designed a new looking desktop and created a webpage out of it. I then view the webpage in Internet Explorer, and use the browser's "full screen" mode to hide the entire interface. The laptop i was using has a 1024 x 768 screen resolution, so my page is made to that spec.

As i mentioned in the earlier post, i've been looking for a 3D animator. Here are some rough documents I put together in my RFP to explain to potential animators what I'm looking for.

I have photo plates that will be used for backgrounds, I have the 3D models and textures. These images are my way of showing storyboards as well as what elements I already have prepared. The idea is to give them as much information you have about not just the materials and assets, but also how you're visualizing the shots to look like. So, I've included photoshop composites I made from the modellers' work-in-progress shots. Click to enlarge:

hey all,

i realized i posted this on a couple of forums but hadn't even added it here!! Here's a mini-mini-doc on how i assembled the different elements for this shot. Check it out (windows media)

mc

Hey all,

just got the issue in the mail! August issue of Student Filmmakers has a 5 page spread on Deployment Strategy.

While not technically a student film, our movie has been of great interest to aspiring filmmakers and has served (so I've heard) as a testiment to what can be done with enough energy and drive.

Hey all,



Time for an update! First off- there will be more updates more often from now on. I promise!! In this post- updates on soundtrack, sound mixing, 3D effects, 2D effects, and more!! so read on!

Soundtrack My good friend and music composer, Chris Haigh has been hard at work on the soundtrack. Although we've had some bad luck in making our weekly video conferences - scheduling, computer, and network problems!!- we've still managed to make a lot of progress. Last week Chris sent me his newest compositions in wav file format.



The way we've been working is like this: He lives in England, I live in NJ, so we rely on the internet for correspondence. We'll email each other over night, sometimes he'll catch me while I'm at work and we'll talk over IM. And, when possible, we'll video conference together. That actually is the best since we can talk and gesture, and Chris can hop on his keyboard to play me something, and I can use my hands and facial expressions to convey ideas I can't articulate!

Who Am I and why in the world...
...am i doing this?? I ask myself this all the freaking time but the conclusion is always the same- I don't know why, all I know is that I just must, must, must make this film...

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Mech in action!!








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