Monday, April 28, 2008

Hit Me With Your Best SHOT!

So it's actually happening. "Gallery Girl" will be done next Wednesday May 7 at 10 am! And I will most likely be working on it until 9:59 AM. But it shall be DONE! Truthfully, I'm right on track. Everything else in my film, including the end credits, is finished. Now all that I have left is the clean-up and coloring the entire Oil Painting Sequence. Yes it's still a lot, but I'm ready for it!

Like I said, the rest is final, so I thought I'd post a final screen shot to give you a hint of what to expect:

Wouldn't you be fed up if you were stuck on this rock with these air heads for thousands of years, too? What's poor Seshet to do? You'll find out soon!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Pop, LOCK, and Drop It!

So, a strange thing happened last Tuesday. I officially Picture Locked "Gallery Girl." That means all of my timing was set in stone, and now my Composer and Sound Designer can work their magic.

Speaking of magic, take a look at the wonders of the Cintiq. I'm creating the Oil Painting Sequence entirely with the Cintiq, and the first stage was the rough animation. So far so good! The Cintiq makes animating, clean-up and coloring so much easier it makes my head spin. Here's a rough shot created with the Cintiq. Seshet is stunned:

This last week I also revisited cleaning-up the Charcoal Sequence. I've got the charcoal process down to a pretty efficient pipeline (as efficient as animating with charcoal can get at least). Here's how it goes down.

First, I rough out the animation with a plain old pencil:

Second, I clean-up with that same old pencil (or probably many, many other pencils):

Third, I charcoal it up for the final look:

Then I hairspray and scan each drawing, adjust their curves in Photoshop, cut them together in Premiere, and, lastly, pass out.