first animatic

First test. I’m using Imogen Heap’s “You Got It In You” as a placeholder. It fits the desired pacing and vibe. It has a slowly mounting pace. The environment is stills of the set. Lesson learned: If I want to do moving shots, I need to build a camera rig.

Today’s progress

Animation test Lessons learned: I need to rebuild the base of the set so I have easy access to the entirety of the underside of the floor to place the magnets. 10 frames per second is too choppy. Oh, well. I knew this was going to take a while. I’ll need to ensure I have access to the joints when I skin the armature. Cats like shoving little pieces off …

Specifications notes

Researching the creation of my puppet. I don’t know what will allow me the most expressiveness. I need to be able to manipulate eyebrows, the lower and upper eyelids, cheeks and mouth. She will not have very much dialog, perhaps none at all. The monkeys can telegraph thoughts with superimposed words. So the emotional barrage is all in facial expression and posture. For both the main and the monkeys, There …

it’s all in the details

Saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2…pretty great. The quality of faces and hands (the animated and the real folks both) grab at feeling. I’d like to see stills of Groot. He doesn’t have eyebrows. I clearly got sadness, and awe, and amusement, and perplexedness. Rocket too. I think I have a lot of modeling to do. In “Snowcrash”, Stephenson talks about how Juanita explains the importance of faces in interfaces, …