Thursday, December 30, 2010
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Friday, December 24, 2010
Doing some more sketches before animation begins 1-2-11.
Walking away and returning to the animatic after a week has helped a lot; it put a lot of story points that I was concerned about, into perspective. The pace was leaping from mountain top to mountain top, which isnt really healthy for a 5 minute story.
At one point in the plot, there was a double cross. In keeping with the conventions of the heist genre, that's what is expected. I decided to cut it because the story was overcrowded. In doing that, some things need retooling (an understatement!) but hopefully it'll feel like 1 story and not 2.
So I'll be doing more revisions before the year's end. Can't wait to start animating!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Monday, November 8, 2010
I've modeled crude sets in Maya before (most recently for Pinhead, which took place in an office).
This time, there are going to be four locations, all of which will be challenging. However this is the most fun part of making a short film for me, because I can place multiple cameras around and explore. As a teacher at college imparted to me, (one of the cool teachers, not the douchebag teachers) "geography and clarity are the most important parts of storytelling."
Below is a rough overview of the engineer's apartment.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
For those who are curious..."The Shortcut" is a dark comedy about three dysfunctional engineers that search for the American dream in the wrong way.
I think that's vague enough...
I want "The Shortcut" be as funny and as my last film "Pinhead", but also have it go to some darker places. If you've seen the end of "Pinhead", you'll know that the ending was a little dark, which is what I was always concerned about while writing/animating/directing it, but the audience really went for it. So I want to see if I can push things a little further this time out...
Monday, November 1, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Close-to-final version of the gun.
The character of Denny holding one of his high tech laser guns.
I built a crude model of the gun in Maya to get a better idea of how it'll truly look.
It's supposed to operate/work like an oversized handcrank camera.
The shoulder brace isn't added to the model yet, so it looks pretty weird.