Here is the first major roto test for my next film The Ripening. The background is just placeholder and it is missing the 3D element. I animated it in 3D and then rotoscoped the 3D in Photoshop. It was taking me about 3 min a frame on my tiny tablet – hoping that the cintiq will speed this up a bit. Enjoy!
So one of my students, Erma, showed me this today and I have to say I really love the use of technique here. Really nice mix of pixilation, and collage photography. Almost like animated David Hockney.
The sound is a bit annoying and while I think maybe he was trying to give it a video game feel I’m not sure that he succeeds. I think this technique is worth further exploration. I hope we see more!
So I hit a technical snag which I have been diligently avoiding for some time now, how was I to move all the leaves on my tree for my next short. Well I couldn’t put it off any longer and with some help from two of my co-workers Ken and Brian I got her figured out. It is a combination of a mel script and an expression.
The mel script is run to put custom attrs on each leaf to get information of the current rotation values and to attach a unique seed number to each leaf – most of the leaves are instances so I was unable to zero out their transforms.
Here is the script – feel free to use what you can – along with avery simple movie. Looks easy right? HA… for a mel novice this was quite a challenge, but hey with a little manual reading, some internet searching, and some good ole friend power she works!
Script and Expression -
//Mel script to set up custom attribute and store rotations in vector
$lf = (“appleLeaf” +$i);
addAttr -ln “OrgRot” -at double3 $lf;
addAttr -ln “OrgRotX” -at double -p OrgRot $lf;
addAttr -ln “OrgRotY” -at double -p OrgRot $lf;
addAttr -ln “OrgRotZ” -at double -p OrgRot $lf;
addAttr -ln “seed” -at double -min 0 -max 10 -dv 1 $lf;
float $rx = `getAttr ($lf + “.rotateX”)`;
float $ry = `getAttr ($lf + “.rotateY”)`;
float $rz = `getAttr ($lf + “.rotateZ”)`;
setAttr -type double3 ($lf+”.OrgRot”) $rx $ry $rz;
setAttr -e-keyable true ($lf+”.OrgRot”);
setAttr -e-keyable true ($lf+”.OrgRotX”);
setAttr -e-keyable true ($lf+”.OrgRotY”);
setAttr -e-keyable true ($lf+”.OrgRotZ”);
$rand = rand(0,10);
setAttr ($lf+”.seed”) $rand;
setAttr -e-keyable true ($lf+”.seed”);
//Expression for querying attr and rand noise
$lf = (“appleLeaf” +$i);
float $sd = `getAttr ($lf + “.OrgRotX”)` + `getAttr ($lf + “.OrgRotZ”)`/ 30;
float $rx = `getAttr ($lf + “.OrgRotX”)`;
float $ry = `getAttr ($lf + “.OrgRotY”)`;
float $rz = `getAttr ($lf + “.OrgRotZ”)`;
float $seed = `getAttr ($lf + “.seed”)`;
rotate ($rx + $x) ($ry+$y) ($rz+$z);
Hey I thought I’d link you to David’s short but excellent post on the film making process – some great thoughts on making mistakes.
But he also shoots us a link to this amazing music video by Tiny Inventions for They Might Be Giants. I’ve embedded it for your connivence. I really enjoy the textural qualities and the overall just general happiness of this piece. It has a really great old school feel while utilizing new school tech. Really nice job guys!!
Here is a really stunning piece of work by artists in france called “Baidir”. They are currently seeking funding for a 26 episode tv run – each being 26 min. I hope they get the funding and we in the states get to see it. This piece really looks like it has some serious potential in the aesthetic realm – lets hope their story is as strong. Good luck guys!
John K really gets to the meat of the matter in this post. He starts off with a review of Moore’s new film and segues into issues with education. While I don’t totally agree with John’s status there I think that he makes a very strong case for a serious overhaul and review of this country’s education system. It needs to be looked at, evaluated and updated.
We need to really look at how we are educating our youth from the very start. Creativity is so often shunned for the “basics” Math and English. We have created a generation of recipe followers rather than recipe writers. Too many of the students of the US are lacking in critical thinking, creative problem solving and the ability to invent. They are lacking in the ability to self start and want simply to follow the pre laid path to the A.
They are afraid to fail.
A really excellent talk on the film industry and why it isn’t working as well as it could. Really nice Mr. Mechanic… really well said.
So I’ve decided to take Shintai, my timelapse animation film, off the site for now. I’ve recut it and I think I’m going to make some attempts at entering a few festivals with it. See what comes of it. I”m not sure if such a film would be accepted by festivals or not – but it never hurts to try. : )
Here’s to hoping!!