Friday, May 23, 2008

Weird Fishes progress update ... and other things

So the work on my Weird Fishes/Arpeggi music video is going very slow. It'd be a miracle if I finish in time for's deadline at the end of June, but I sort of knew that taking on a project like this on my own. It looks as though I'm up against teams of artists and animators, so I have very little chance of winning the $10,000 anyway. I will get it done, however long it takes me. I am disappointed though that I haven't been able to find more time to work on it.

In the meantime, I saw the new Indiana Jones movie last night, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Good God, what a silly movie. I mean, you were required to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy the previous three films, but this is ridiculous. The cheese and corn factor is just pumped up to absurd proportions, and I just wasn't into it at all. This movie didn't have to be made, so in my opinion it's proof that Spielberg, Lucas and Harrison Ford will do anything for a big payday, whether or not they have a decent story to work with.

I had way, way, way more fun watching "Iron Man" a few weeks ago.

I also saw "I Am Legend" a couple days ago, and I really liked it. Not amazing, but well done, and it gave me some ideas for the animation I'm currently doing at Snowblind.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Turn me on to phantoms ...

Here are a few more concepts for the video. Now that the storyboards are finished, I gotta figure out how to make this thing. I'm working on finalizing some designs as I start modeling, but my time is limited ...

Thankfully, I only need to animate one minute of the video for the next submission, so I won't have to model the phantoms. But they should be fun to animate when the time comes.

I'm trying to spend most of my energy on the main character. I know how I want him to move, now I just gotta decide how best to achieve the look I want.

I probably won't post again until I get some preliminary stuff modeled. I still have no idea what to do about the backgrounds ...