Sorry that i haven't updated anyone on "Betrayal". I expected to have it roughly mapped out by now and i haven't. Why? Because i got hit with a bad cold. Heck, it might have even been a flu but im not sure. It started around last Friday or so, and ive been mostly down for the count since. However, im almost back to 100%, so i should be able to jump all in again very soon.
Other than that, during my down time I was blessed enough to gain an interview at HALON! I was very excited and very nervous. They are a company that ive been watching for awhile now and i have been interested by their use of new technologies to further enhance previsualization for film and tv.
The interview went really well. Much better than i expected since i was still recouping from being "under" for the prior 3+ days. But they were extremely inviting and it was just a great all around experience. I look forward to working with them in the future. Hopefully soon!
And last for this post...
Anyone who knows me could tell you that i am a HUGE Halo fan! Ive read all the books. Played all the games; Listened to all the albums; Own the toys; etc... And working on Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was like christmas morning to me. I was level 10 excited very day of that project!
Needless to say, i have a minor obsession. You know its bad when you secretly try to find ways to tie everything back into to the Halo Universe, LOL!
So, ive been wanting to do something Halo-based for awhile. I want to incorporate my love for that universe into my love for animation. But i dont know where to start or even how... or even if i should! I mean, its no secret that my dream job would be to work at 343 Industries! And i have applied before, but truth is i either seem to have too little experience, or the wrong kind of experience to get in right now. But i still want to do something, at least on my own. Not to get recognized or anything, but to really have fun working on something that interests me on the deepest geeky level of my being.
So, if anyone has any ideas, drop em here. Id love to have your feedback! As for now, im going to take a nap.
Im still really tired and weakened.
Heres to getting better and to new adventures!
It was a struggle but i finally decided to spend some money and get myself a GoPro Camera. Ive wanted one for years but wasn't sure whether it would be the right fit for me. I havent snowboarded, jet skied, or rafted in years. But i tend to travel alot and i always wanted a camera that could go everywhere i would go, without worrying about getting it wet or damaged. And so i chose the GoPro Hero 3 :Silver Edition. Its not the uber top of the line one (the Black Edition), but i dont need all that power. I just need something that takes great video when i need it to, and something that can go everywhere i want to go. And i figure that it will be great to use in tandem with the Sony HandyCam i already own and the cam on my iPhone 4. Between all those, i should be set for anything occasion now.
There are a few things ive noticed you need to be aware of if you arent careful. The footage can come out shakey sometimes as there seems to be no built in image stabilization. Not a problem since i can always smooth it out in post, but it is something that would have been nice to include. That said, im really happy with the clarity and the $380+ i dropped for it. I bought the Cam,The LCD touch screen for it, and a few accessories... that i needed for not only this, but for my other cams as well.
Anywho, I went out and shot a short quick test today, which you can see below. Now, the image and color quality of the GoPro is really great, but because im a "noodler" at times, i have color corrected and adjusted the contrast in the video. NOT MUCH! but i did a little to make the greens, blues and blacks a bit richer.
I havent tried Pro Mode yet. so that will be next and i hear that helps the image also. :)
Sorry for so many posts in rapid succession... but i just found some OLD concepts of my Thesis character from before 2007. So that should put it in perspective of how long this guy had been in my head. I didnt draw these particular images though. I had roughly sketched them out, and for my presentation at SCAD, i had a fine artist friend of mine, Charles Clary draw these up for me. He did a fantastic job! so check them out below, and if you have time, pop over to http://percusiveart.blogspot.com/ and check out some of his professional work. Its really stunning stuff!
Back when we (as in a collective "we) were working on Shade at SCAD, i vaguely remember my friend Chris Watson mentioning that it would have been cool to shoot the film "real" and use the camera data to match move and apply to our digital camera. The idea was to give it a more raw and visceral feel. In todays world it would essentially be the poor mans way of recreating what they do in film and movies now-a-days when they use a fancy camera rig to recreate handheld camera motion in a digital environment.
It is an idea im toying with doing for "Betrayal". As i dont have an awesome studio environment and million dollar equipment, I'm going to do it the old fashioned way by taking my camera to locations that somewhat match my digital environments and shoot it real. That way i can bring it back and using Boujou, capture the motion and export that to a Maya digital camera.
Then its a matter of importing my environment and tweaking the shot to make it match up. :)
I dont know if it will work, but i think it will be fun to try. I could turn out to be a horrid camera man and end up hating the effect. Or it could end up being a stroke of genius.
What do you think? And have any of you ever tried anything like this before?
If you have, id love to hear comments or suggestions.
I was goofing around the other day and decided to refresh myself a bit on some of my AfterEffects and Boujou knowledge. This is what i came up with. Took me a few hours with going out and shooting and all that.
I havent had time or inspiration to do a full fledged short since “Revival”, and that took up 3 years of my life thanks to school and other things. But that is changing.
I love music! All types of music! But in particular, i really love soundtrack music. As i am a HUGE fan of film and film-making, i have always felt that in many ways, music is the soul of a film. The visuals are the mind… the logical and technical part. But the sound, and more specifically the music, are the heart.
A few years ago i was blessed to come in contact with a man who I am happy today to call a dear friend. His name is Or Kribos. He had seen a previous animated film id worked on called “Shade” and had been inspired to write music for it. If i recall correctly, he asked if i would listen to it in tandem with the film playing.
Now, keep in mind that “Shade” had never initially been intended to have music, so i was a bit skeptical about some up and coming Israeli composer writing music of his own whim and trying to make it fit into something that clearly didnt need any music. Boy was i wrong!
His music brought soul to the film. It was an ingredient that i never knew was missing. It breathed life into it and gave it a heartbeat. I know that sounds odd. But im serious in saying that it was EXACTLY what we had been missing.
Since then, Or and I have been fast friends. When i needed a composer for my short Thesis film, “Revival”… i knew who to call. Sure, to be fair i had listened and talked to a few other composers… but i was really interested in hearing what Or Kribos would come up with.
Once again, he hit it out of the park. And in actuality, his music ended up informing some of my animating decisions. Its fun, upbeat sound, reminded me that i wanted these characters to be fun and quirky. And in the end, his music was the soul of the piece.
But our relationship was always about him taking what I had worked on and envisioned… and giving it its musical voice. It started with me, and expanded with him. So for this newest short, im going backwards.
Or has written a piece of music called “Betrayal” for his Urban Crime album. I have imbedded it so you can listen to it below.
For a long time ive been listening to his stuff, and this particular song has just struck me in just the right way. And so the film i am working on revolves around this piece of music. And ive started Pre-vising it already. Im really excited and i cant wait to show you all the work in progress and the final piece. And i promise it wont take me 3 years this time. So stay tuned and listen to the music. And imagine yourself in a gritty urban environment where betrayal is all too often the name of the game… and you will understand where i plan to go with this.
I have also thrown together some rough concepts to give you an idea of the look i am ultimately striving for.
Talk to you guys and gals soon!
Just testing this out to see if i want to start moving some things over from my current blog @ http://zxephin-animation.tumblr.com/
I think i might... because i tend to like to keep things uniform. So be on the lookout for more stuff here. I wont be getting rid of that one, but i will also start posting here. :)
In the mean time, feel free to head there for any past posts.
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