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Post by squirpy » Sun May 04, 2008 9:43 pm

That looks so cool! I can't wait to see this - it'll be great with sound too.
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Post by campy22 » Mon May 05, 2008 6:48 am

HA!
Love the clip. I like how you keep your character small in the image , and let the set become a character of it's own. Without sound, it's hard to judge on timing, so I won't comment on that, but the look of it is great so far.
There is a little bump toward the end of the clip, in the walk cycle of the character, but it could totally be my connection.
Good job.

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Thu May 08, 2008 12:01 am

Thanks you two!

Yeah, there's a bit of a slide at the end where the little legs are going fit to bust and sliding a bit as hes turning.

I'm glad you spotted and enjoyed the wide compositions pascal, It's very much me concentrating on wide open space with a view to how it should be on the large screen, it's not so great in a tiny window, but in the cinema I think it will work really well. I’ve always felt that its good for the audiences eye to wander across the frame.
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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:41 am

JUNE 1ST REPORT

So its now June, and as many a struggling animation director will tell you...we all want things to go a bit faster...the half way point in the year is a reminder for me of how much time has gone past since this project was started off in December.

Things are starting to form in my head on the project a bit better with regards to the story line, my controversial story writing outline method I feel is working.

The main character I feel is going to have to have arms, I think its just impossible to do a engaging story without him/her/it not having arms. I need him/her/it to have a gun and so arms really are going to have to happen.

SPECIAL EFFECTS

So I started to do some special effects on the film the other day. It had been a very long time since I’d done explosions and I’d forgotten what to put the settings to, took ages to figure it out. Only downside to this is that all the little bits don’t hit off walls or sit on the ground.

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THE GUN

So here’s the gun which was done today, I don’t know if its too big for him or not, I like the idea of a massive hand gun for him though.

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THE VEHICLES

I had the idea (its still being constructed in my head) to do a big sequence with a jeep and truck (possibly motorbike also) so very recently started work on those also.

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Post by willmj » Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:31 am

This is looking great Michael can't wait to see more!

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:40 am

Thanks willmj!...glad you like it :)

There is one more pic...

THE ARMS

Here we go. Just done this now….little T-Rex arms!...lol.

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Not sure if the handle on the gun is too big.
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Post by ChadTHX1138 » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:16 am

I love what you are doing. I am inspired. i sit and build 3d models for games all day at work. thisis fun and interesting. :)
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Retro whatnow?

Post by Scruffy » Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:54 pm

Just wanted to chime in and say I'm really impressed with the environment designs - they hit a perfect Retro Future Noir chord. If these stills were book illustrations or a comic, I'd seriously consider buying it.

-Scruffy

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:19 pm

hey ChadTHX1138, Scruffy :):):)

Thank you :)

Maybe a book should be done, I do love drawing. As crazy this sounds, there hasn't been a single drawing done for any of it. So they would be drawings based on the 3d...lol.





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This is part of the opening sequence.

I've set a deadline now...July 23rd. I just hope that I can do it. I think it's possible, but its going to be hard work. The big action sequence is going to knock the absolute stuffing out of me but I want to enter the animation into a competition I’ve spotted, lord I’ve said this so many times now and always felt the work was not good enough to enter...I think though that if i make a good job of the soundtrack on this though I will enter it.


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Deadliniest

Post by Scruffy » Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:33 pm

Ah, deadlines are good for you :)


Just to clarify my earlier statement: I'm not even really talking about redrawing these in book form. I meant that you could use these as-is as illustrations and I'd think that was great—black and white and everything.

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:02 am

Scruffy wrote:Ah, deadlines are good for you :)


Just to clarify my earlier statement: I'm not even really talking about redrawing these in book form. I meant that you could use these as-is as illustrations and I'd think that was great—black and white and everything.

-Scruffy
oh ok :)

Well I'm glad somebody likes it!...thank you :) I've been getting a bit frustrated these days with wanting it to look better, i keep seeing other peoples work, which seems to have shadows in the shadows...which i would really love to have going on, at the moment its area shadows for a fair bit of it.

I've managed to push on further and have another bit of environment done now.

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Post by Og » Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:17 am

Looks great, Michael! I think everyone likes it... you just need to keep going!
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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:46 am

Thanks Og :)

Yeah, yeah I think what happens, is, that I start to really not like it myself...and I think that's the age old story of the creator seeing it day in and day out, it becomes really old.

I've started to add a screened bit of footage over the top of the shots now, i dont know how folks will respond to this one, but please say how your feel about it. I've still to shoot higher quality footage though for it thats not jpeggy like this stuff, thats why ive made them small.

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Grain

Post by Scruffy » Fri Jun 13, 2008 10:35 am

I think the film look looks good; I'd love to see it animated, though. I can't decide if maybe there's a bit too much of it and it might be calling too much attention to itself. It does add a bit of texture, though, which I find VERY appealing.

-Scruffy

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Post by Mikael P. » Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:06 pm

I haven't chimed in before. Just wanted to add that I love what you are doing.
One of the favourites is the big building/train track thingy with the little truck ontop.
I don't know if I should say this, but I've found that big white squares and FG can make for pretty cool things. Maybe you should even branch out your graphics with some black reflective bits, not just all grey?
Just thinking out aloud here...
Those last ones look great, the grain adds alot. Though, one thing that always bothers me with CG and old film/filters is that you can see so well that it is something on top. Not like ordinary film where the grain is inside the image.
Good luck with that deadline! Boy do we need them...

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