Thought I should add this for the other artists who are contacting me …
Animators: We’re really not at the point were we can start animating scenes, but I would love to see the characters put through test animations before we get there. So far ila’s model is the only one that is ready (or close to ready) for animation. As the other models get completed, you can contact the modellers here to see if there’s some way of getting ahold of the model for tests.
Character Riggers: Same as above … if a model is completed, contact the modeller or request the file here so we know who has what or what work is being done.
FX Artists: Eventually, we’ll get there also. You can work on a few tests also if you’re really bored for something to do. I’d like to keep the cartoon look to things like lasers and explosions. Not neccessarily a toon shader, but something in between that and realism. The effects should also carry the same style as the characters … plump, water-balloon-like & deep saturated colors. Other effects needed … runny nose/snot bubbles/mucous strands, liquid substance in a clear vial, electric charge running along a wire, UFO lighting for tractor beam/time suspension/cattle mutilation and the spaceship’s engine thrust.
Texture Artists: I haven’t done a texture myself, so texture artists are going to have to show me what they can do with the models. Get a mesh from one of the modellers and show me how you can improve the model. I’ll provide more feedback as I see the results.
Composite Artists: You probably have the longest wait of all the folks. Maybe we’ll get some animatics going and you can play with those to test out scenes and camera angles for the final renders.
Modellers: The film will be completed with Maya (I’m working on getting the latest release before the end of this year), but you can model in any application you like. As long as the model is polygon and you can export to .obj file for Maya.
Other: We still need voice and foley artists for this. Anyone have access to good recording equiptment? It’s going to be needed before we start animations. We have someone for music, but contributions/collaborations there would be welcome.
Everyone: The story is written and storyboards will be complete by end of April? Well … that’s what I’m shooting for.
All I’m asking is to keep the progress reports here. I know working with other folks you’ll be tempted to PM each other with questions/observations/critiques. However, we’re keeping the discussion on the board so that other members can see what we do and learn from our progress (or mistakes).
I’ll try to address everyones individual comments or questions later tonight when I have a moment at work.
Until then … keep up the good work!