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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:37 am

Hey guys!

Thank you for the kind comments.

Yeah the scratchy thing going on over here is so, so frustrating...it looks real bad I can tell you at 720x576...but fine when it's small like the last images.

I've been doing more of it, all day today, with the big camera, but it really doesn;t look so good. Really not quite sure how to combat this problem. I do use a dust and scratch filter as well as this, that’s far more subtle, that looks good...it'll be getting used, but, I wanted something a bit more, to give it that extra special thing. I might go back to using a single image being used as a layer over the top instead of this really noisy footage shot today.
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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:07 pm

I’m not sure that last post of mine makes much sense!...lol. I basically shoot footage of the side of a fish tank, I put mud into the fist tank and let it settle, the plastic fish tank is also very scratched and this gives a nice feel for the footage...it was all unfortunetly just way too noisy, and when it wasn’t noisy it wasn’t working...it is however great for underwater stuff.

Here’s two with a high quality photo done instead (same fish tank).

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:00 am

Lord!...have been posting a lot of pics on another forum, will post them here too though.

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Some emergency set stealing from my other animation Errans Alba...

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:23 am

And the base is complete...anxious to know how people feel about this one actually...can you tell that this first pic here is meant to be a very large structure on the ground?

I just hope that the quality hasn't / isn't going to go down now that I'm going so darn fast on this stuff.

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:21 pm

Well, just had to add more detail to this...I probably should have moved onto something else that needs doing (because time is running out at a rapid speed)...but I do love detail, and I think it needed it (though the little buildings now look like wood worm) (all of this is reminding of something somebody once said about how my work looked like mouldy wallpaper that was peeling off a wall...but I mean the truth of the matter is...I love decay!...lol, honestly...I love photos of even mouldy wallpaper…)

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Post by matt spangler » Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:14 pm

Wow your shots are looking great! The emotion involved in each is really cool. Fog adds a lot of mystery too!

I checked the animation, I thought it was pretty dope but have some crits on the movement of the characters walk cycle. I see you are giving him a bit of a wobble (I can see why, since he has little nubs for legs). But the wobble is not consistent, even if it is a limp, most people/animals have a fairly consistent wobble over and over, much in the same way. Right now his pacing is walk, walk, walk, dip, shuffle, walk. I could seem him having more of a small dog, with really quick legs walk. I hope this makes sense, your work is looking super sweet!
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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:47 am

Thanks Matt!

Yeah the whole thing with the antenna wobble is something that I just left, I did try very briefly to sort it out but I’m terrible for getting into a bit of a tangle with that stuff...I’m not even sure how it happened or what the problem is exactly, I still to this day don’t fully understand F-Curves even when people explain it to me.

There’s a funny story about the fog...when I was at art college doing my degree way back in 2000-2003 I distinctly remember asking a teacher who wasn’t even our 3d teacher...how do I do fog?...and he said to me there and then...make a large sphere and put the fog material on it...which I then did...I’ve been doing that in every single project since!...I find this funny because it was so straight forward and seemed to work so well.

Today I’ve been working on the base again (below), and the jeep truck tunnel chase sequence http://www.studiotacitus.co.uk/ts.html ...I just cant seem to stop tweaking it, I’ve decided how the film will end now on its final scene, and that its going to use this big sticking out bit of road seen in the picture below here.

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I've got to do a lot of work still on this to get some nice big bridges done to this bit of road.

Arial shot is looking slightly different now too, added more details.

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:34 pm

So I suddenly had the idea to make a bridge (It's going to come into it at the end of the film) and built that today. Theres more tunnel sequence rendered but the timing I think is too slow.

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:08 am

A clip with sound.

TO THE SHIP:
http://www.studiotacitus.co.uk/tts.html



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Post by Og » Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:55 am

Some really great dramatic shots and camera moves in that. Love the shot of the elevator going up, in and out of light pools.
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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Sat Jun 28, 2008 1:04 pm

Thanks Og :)

Some tricky matching up of the music to the visuals going on today over here. I just hope the music isn't too much, it is quite sort of booming stuff.
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Post by ethe » Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:01 pm

love the film noir mood!
awesome, can;t wait to see it's done =)

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:51 am

hey ethe

Thanks! :) Gald you had a good time with the clip.

Thinking of uploading a really long clip for everybody to have a crit at.
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Post by campy22 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:18 am

wow!
SO good!

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:53 pm

Thanks Pascal!...hehe, glad you enjoyed that :)

I think that viewing the clip on its own though, is very different, to viewing the entire thing...lol *gets a bit worried*

I'm gonna post though what i have here with sound...some major mistakes mind you in this...lol

...but decided to upload what I have so far...

THE RESCUE: PART 1 of 2
http://www.studiotacitus.co.uk/trpo.html

RUNTIME
4min 37sec


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