Sunday, 24 June 2012

LOADED: Update thing.

Quick little update type thing, I pretty much finished the set and I wont be posting the finished pictures of the set since there is nothing to look at besides a white wall.

Yesterday, I tried recording the voices but my current mic just would not let me, the mic I have is built into my Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 and like I said before, this camera is kind of broken. It actually bugged up my computer yesterday after trying to record and it corrupted my iTunes for some reason, nothing else could have caused it so I am NOT using this camera ever again after that whole failure, I spent almost my whole birthday importing my CD's back into iTunes again so I wasn't very happy, I could have done it another day but I needed that music to keep me sane.

So yeah, that sucks huge soggy genitals. I am getting a new camera though so no worries, already decided on one just waiting for confirmation from my parents to let me buy it from amazon.

Everything is done but the voices and the animation, and a little bit on the set. I wanted to animate the shots which didn't have any dialogue to get them done now whilst I am waiting for better audio quality but I am too afraid to even plug that camera in again! Luckily this new webcam I am getting has a built in mic, which should be better than my current one which doesn't even record sound due to a sound card conflict caused by some compatibility issue. Everything would be fine if my desktop computer hadn't pooped out on me, but it was a pretty bad computer that lasted me at least 6-7 years so I can't complain about that. If I find the money to replace the motherboard then I can get that thing going again just so I have a backup computer.

Current Status of this project = On halt until I get new webcam, will finish set during this wait but that will take literally 10-15 minutes.

See you in the next blog post which will be...... I actually don't know!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Start of a set!

Hey guys, as I said yesterday, I immediately got to work on the set straight after yesterdays blog post.

I got to work on the window set which appears in the first few shots of the animation, the character will be looking out of the window whilst thinking to him self during a particular shot. As far as I'm concerned, this set is done, I just need a night time back drop for the windows and then It's time to work on the door way set, which like this set is just one piece of cardboard with a hole cut out of it, pretty basic.

Here I just got the character out for reference when making the windows.

Cut the windows out and put the cling film wrap over the back to replicate a nice window like surface.

And here is the character looking out into the distance, here I made a day time back drop to be place behind the windows, there will be a back drop for the night time scene too.

The lighting is poopy because the light is coming from the sun! I will of course have a better lighting set up later on, these pictures are only to show the set.

So next up is the doorway set, this is a boring one since it's basically just a door, but this is one of the most important sets in the animation!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Script is done. (Uneventful Blog post)

Okay, so the script is now done. Only took two sessions of working on it from the day I started it, just held off from finishing whilst I got a few days of complete relaxation in.

The set is up next, and I'm going to be getting a start on it as soon as I have written this post. I only be making a start, I'll be sorting out the measurements and doing all that boring stuff then I'll be making an actual start on it tomorrow.

I also have all week up until friday to work on the project, if I'm lucky I might be animating by the end of next week. Just gotta remember that I enjoy doing other things as well as stop-motion, Like I recently got back into playing the guitar and I have had to find a couple of hours a day to practice, so far I've managed 3 weeks of practising every day for at least an hour.

Anyway sorry for yet another boring blog post, I'm just letting you all know how I am progressing which is the point in this blog!

See you all very soon!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Storyboard is out of the way "Phewww"

Thank the heavens, the storyboard is done. This is always my least favourite part of working on a project, I love drawing but I hate deciding on shots and things!

I was going to put a little snippet of the storyboard here but it will spoil the animation, so far the whole plot has remained a secret just like I had originally planned, it's going to stay that way until this bad boy is done. All I can say is that it is different.... Very different in terms of style, I kind of stepped outside of my comfort zone to work on this one but it will be worth it in the end.

Next job is to finish off the script, that shouldn't take long since I already have pieces of dialogue noted down at the side of the storyboard to go along with each shot. I just also managed to gather a large amount of cardboard to build the set out of, it's only going to be two or three walls with windows but it should look good along with some better lighting I have planned.

This was a boring blog post, so next blog post I might actually have some form of animation because I think I'm going to make a test puppet using the same kind of armature so I can see how much tension it can take before it breaks. If it turns out that the wire is too brittle, then I'll be sizing the characters up so I can use my strong wire, if I use the strong stuff in a small puppet, it's not going to work out too well that's why I used soldering wire for them. They should be okay though because they wont be doing much in terms of action, just moving arms and torso around. The test puppet will also be used to try out my chosen shots just so I don't end up ruining the actual puppets.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

2nd Character done and personal shenanigans.

All right, the second character has been completed after spending a few days doing nothing, well I actually finished this guy a few days back but never got around to making a blog post.

I did make a few changes in the end, one of which is the absence of the neck tie, I couldn't get it work, I actually wanted to animate it but because of the small size of the character it was very hard to think of something that wouldn't need constantly repairing. He is also missing a hand, this gives the character a kind of sinister and mysterious look. I don't know if it's just me, but whenever I see a person who is missing limbs, I find them to be mysterious as I'm interested to know how they lost their limbs. I mean no disrespect but it's just something interesting I feel.

2 of the 3 character complete, the third one will never appear though. He is just there for the sake of the story!

Well guys, these past few weeks have been interesting, in a bad way. Things just keep getting in the way, smalls things. Small things that if you put up with for long enough, turn into big things that drive you absolutely crazy to the point where you feel like a different person when you step away from it. And then things get better for a day and you feel real happy and relaxed but the next day ends up being like hell.
I really need a break from this house and town, other wise my head is just going to explode due to stress. When I get stressed, it doesn't show because I don't show it, i'm almost ashamed to be stressed out about the things I am stressed out about, they're very small things to other people but to me? Wow, I've exposed my self to too much of these weird little, annoying things. Instead of getting away from them, I just try to put up with it and now I kind of regret doing so.

And the worse thing about these "Little things" is that they always get in my way when I'm about to do something productive. Yesterday I sat down and picked the guitar up to play, I become distracted by the people in my area who just magically know that I have picked up my guitar to play, perfect timing. But this isn't just one time. It's almost every time I'm about to do something, I'll sit down to work on some animation and it'll happen, I'll sit down to try and relax with a video game and it'l happen again. The only time it will not happen is when I'm outdoors or at college or something, but I'm not much of a outdoors guy so I only really go out when I need to. If I have been outdoors and I come home to find these "Little things" going on, it doesn't bother me as much than it would if I was already in the house whilst it was going on.

This had become so much of problem that it actually emotionally drains me when I think about it, I feel regret churning inside my mind and it makes me sick. It's like I've been traumatised, without the whole trauma thing. It's confusing and I think I should seek help or seek a break of some kind from my home.

Does anyone have any tips to battle stress and relax? If you do hit me up on facebook or something:

Sorry for the bad stuff here, just thought I would let you know what's going on and why the project is moving along so slowly, I have the time to work, just don't have right "Head on" at the moment, I need my "Creative and doesn't care about what's going on around him" head on.

Friday, 1 June 2012

2nd Character in progress.

Got to work on the 2nd and last character for LOADED, the brother to the first character.

Yesterday I made his armature just before I went off to college so that when I got home the epoxy would be dry, but sadly it didn't because this epoxy is taking an abnormal amount of time to cure, it wasn't this slow at first as it only took about 40 minutes but now it needs over 12 hours!
So yes, 3 inch armature exact same height as the other character and is pretty much a replica of that one.

This morning I got to work on building up the first layer of clay like I did with the first character, I used the old crappy clay to build it up as it is going to be covered later anyway:

I left the ends of the wires exposed like that for a reason, it's for the flesh coloured arms which didn't work out as well when I did the build up method for them on the previous character.

And just about 10-15 minutes ago, I finished working on the head for the character, I might change the nose though:

And that is about it for now, I have a week off college this coming week so I hope to make much more progress than I have been!

See you soon, these posts are going to be more often than usual! :)