Friday, September 25, 2009

Still Waiting ...

... for iClone 4 - it's torture! But I will be patient - I'd rather I wait and they work out all the kinks than get stuck with a buggy product in haste. But, it's still torture. :)

In the meantime, I've been keeping myself busy. I had my first "official" voice acting gig release in Alley's "The Incidious Wedding" - a short comedic skit. I had a lot of fun doing it, but I have to say it was weird hearing my unaltered voice in someone else's movie. It was exciting not knowing what was going to be done with it and watching the script come to life. I was also fortunate to get a role in Killian's upcoming Odyssey Episode 6 - get crackin' buddy - I can't wait! :D

As for my own projects - they're still on hold until iC4 is released. But I am working on scripts and costumes. My sci-fi "unnamed" flick has been running rampant around my head - still don't have a concrete plot, but I'm working on it. I've gotten a jump on my outfit for "Well Done". Still learning my way through the Clone Cloth design but I have to pimp Anima's wonderful resource again - AnimaTechnica's Production Diary - hats off to you, Gabe!

This week he graciously shared his method for clothing design - something that many newbies and even non-newbies struggle with. His insights will definitely help raise the bar in people's films as to the appearance of characters. Not only that, but I feel having this guide out there will help inspire people to actually give designing their own clothing a chance because they have something concrete and easy to follow. I follow his thread closely and try to integrate as many tips and strategies as I can into my style of clothing and set design. I don't want to be an "animaclone" but I want to make my own approach a little bit better.

Anyhoo, here's my latest clothing project for "Well Done" - trying to capture a western essence. I've still got more to add in the way of accessories but all in all, I'm happy with it so far. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Got My Fingers In Many Pies...

And damn don't they all taste good - I can't just eat a piece of one!

So my mind has been brainstorming over a few film ideas - I'm up to 4 at the moment. Sure some would say it's better to work on one to completion then move on, but I can't. I'm both a multi-tasker and a procrastinator. If something happens on that one film to derail me for a while, I need alternatives to work on. Be productive with my time, while alleviating the dry spells.

Besides, two of them are shaping up to be quite lengthy (for me). They could end up taking me 6 months or more to get done - way too long to go without cranking out a finished film. "Well Done" seems to be in the running for being the next one finished. The script is finished and the very awesome Goofparade has already completed the lines (thank you!).

I'm really just waiting for iClone 4 to come out so I can get this thing started. I'm trying something a bit different with this one and some of the new additions in iC4 will be a great help. In the meantime, the set is a simple design so that won't take long but I need to start tackling the clothing - that's going to take me a while, I think.

Other than that, I recently finished my first voiceacting endeavor for Killian's Odyssey series (I hope I did OK). If you haven't seen the series yet, go check it out! I have to say I had a blast, getting into character and figuring out how to deliver the lines. I went and got a new microphone, the Apex188 - my headset just wasn't cutting it anymore. And wow, what a difference - night and day! Only downer was that it only comes with a shock mount and not a tripod so I have to balance it on it's edges to keep it stable. But yeah, had fun this go round so it's something I'll probably open myself up to do again for other people's films.

Speaking of other people's films, I've got a ton to watch so that I can do my voting thing for TMU's The Ollies and Bitfilm. Tons of good machinima here so if you haven't seen them, you know what to do!

'Til next time! :)