PRODUCTION BLOG: Culture Siphons Blog
the first animation I really want to do is for my space goblin cooking show webcomic that I just started - http://www.coalminds.com/webcomics/...asstoves01.html
. But realistically I need to start with something smaller scale before I tackle stuff like giant goblins cooking people in air conditioning exhausts tied to oil tankers. The main advantage with that would have been that the Goblins were going to speak in a gutteral mumble with subtitles and the humans are largely sedated, so it would have been easier on that level. Instead I'm going to do a short story I've wanted to tackle.
CATEGORY: Animation (Flash/Keyframe/Rotoscoping with IK/manually rendered ocassionally)
'Blood Runs Dry' is a short horror/drama film (~10-12 minutes) about two black men in the South in the 1940s. One is the aimless son of a former abolitionist, drifting through town. The other is an impoverished sharecropper at wits end. While hunting for rabbit the sharecropper is hypnotized by a demonic force which consumes him (not a full posession) through his anger and marks him in a way only the other force will be able to see. The other man, while saving a life, is exposed to a calming force and lets go of what anger he had. They're drawn towards each other for a confrontation between their opposing viewpoints and experiences. Very little action, although there is gore in it and weirdness.
Take an extended break from webcomics and focus on animation, find the money spot between inverse kinematics-based tweening and naturalistic animation. A music client I just built a website for is going to let me use his studio for audio recording which is a bonus.
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Steve Broome - all da things
START DATE: June 2013
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: October 2014
WIP THREAD: http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthr...561#post7610561
WHAT WENT RIGHT THIS WEEK:
I'm getting closer to figuring out the look, which is clearer in my head certainly than on paper. Part of the issue is that I'm trying to use a vector-based program to imitate a look that's far simpler to reproduce in bitmap. Namely I want the entire thing to look like old sepia toned or black and white photographs.
WHAT WENT WRONG:
I built this automatic text parser which would have done all my lip syncing for me. The concept is that it iterates through a text field one character at a time and executes the functions, including a "space" which would count as a second long pause and another symbol which would count as half a second. Based on my testing I was able to do lip syncing very quickly with this model. Unfortunately AS3 has certain limitations that mean it would not work reliable and audio is off. Also text strings in AS3 can only react to the change event with user input. It's not that bad I just have to rewrite a lot of the if statements as individual functions, but typing one sentence for a whole lot of dialogue would have been easier. Also I included the ability to control eye functions in this but will be separating them and just animating everything on the timeline. Here is the in-browser version:
I am looking into one more time saver before diving into the first scene.
SHOW AND TELL:
Will post the script and some test animations in the near future. Here's early image tests and the build for an IK test.