It has been a while since I have last posted. Lots has been done since then.
Late 2012 the newspaper for my region came out and did a story on the film, which was an interesting experience. Still, if there is one thing I have learnt from it, it’s: never trust the media. I had specifically asked them not to film certain aspects etc, but that was completely ignored. Moral of the story – have selective NDAs on hand.
For those who have not yet seen the article, it is available here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/entertainment/8062288/Theres-no-stopping-this-dedicated-young-film-maker
I have also, and finally, put together a showreel: (removed)
Furthermore, I am at approximately 1 minute and 20 seconds into “Disappear” (I say approximately to leave room for tweaking/editing). So that means I’m about 30% of the way through animating.
So, ticking along. Amongst juggling various other projects, and a life etc, I’m still aiming for completion before the end of June.
I’ve decided to build a motion control rig. It turns out that moving the camera by hand is proving to be far too distracting from the animation process. I will be building it in two phases;
Phase 1: Dolly (1500mm rail), Pan, Tilt, Focus + 8 channel Arduino powered control box.
Phase 2: Boom and Swing (jib/crane)
Building it in two stages will allow me to finish the film sooner (and save some money initially). I have to say a special thanks to Doug Kropla for ideas and electrical advice, and also Leo Hutson, who will be helping me on the electrical and programming fronts.
I’m sure there is a lot I have missed, but that will have to wait for another time. Back to work!!!