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J-Perkins Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional
@00:12nice piece.
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Shot 19 of Caravan, in its latest Work In Progress stage. While we' (~Vermillion42X and I) are still fixing a couple of hitches with this, it does give a pretty spot-on idea of what the film will look like when it's completed. (For the record, I'm doing all of the animation and background renders, =ravekitten has helped me with background color flats though not with this specific shot, and ~Vermillion42X is doing all composeting and SFX.)

Notes on Effects:

Niles - ~Vermillion42X - created the smoke and fire, water animation and camera effects from scratch in Adobe After Effects. I adore working on film projects with him, (I worked with him on his Senior Thesis film, Code Monkey, this past year) as our intuition towards each others' aesthetic sensibilities is so keen. He nailed the nostalgic look I was going for with this. You'll be amused to note that a little clip from Code Monkey is playing on Stu Bogey's television there at the left.

Things in line to be altered/fixed/improved.
1) We may slow this down more, even still, to allow the viewer time to take everything, as the camp ground is a bit of a clusterfuck of imagery - they are wanton to be!

2) There is some clipping present in the smoke on the right most campfire, near the Kavenaughs' camper. Must fix that.

3) We're still working on getting Charlie, the fellow fixing the pickup truck, to "pop" enough to be visible upon immediate viewing. At the moment, he entirely is not!

I'm open for suggestions! Also, I'll definitely post the completed version of this shot when we get to it. Thanks for your support, guys!

♥Mel
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J-Perkins Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional
@00:12nice piece.
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toshema Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
@00:12OMG !!!! it looks awesome, I soo can't wait to see the whole short ^_^ !!
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Olenka095 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@00:12how you add video on DA? :)
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
@00:12I think you have to have an invite from the film community on DA in order to be able to upload anything beyond flash files.
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WieldtheKey Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
@00:12I cannot WAIT to see this finished!
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Quick-Step Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist
@00:12nice!
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
@00:12Cheers ^_^
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Uneide Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
@00:12What Ren and Vicky said. :)

Loved it but its a little too fast to take it all in, let alone the characters -- I didn't notice there were people until I read your comments.

I love everything you put into this, so I'd love more time to really see it and take it all in.

As for Charlie, I think a lot of it IS the color scheme. Save something like... a bright blue shirt ;) Vicky's suggestion would probably help.

Can't wait to see more! Nice fire and smoke renders btw. :)
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
@00:12Thanks so much! ♥
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blitterbug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010   General Artist
@00:12I think the problem with Charlie is that his color scheme blends into the background, as they are all dark shades - I actually didn't notice he was there the first couple of times I viewed this. One possibility is to give Charlie a "fire glow" layer along the edges of his legs and part of his back, but how feasible that is depends on how much he is moving.

The speed reads well for me, though a slightly slower pace would enable people to have a better look at the background elements that make up the scene. All in all, this looks excellent - I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your progress!! ^_^
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
@00:12The fire glow is very feasible with After Effects - you can, Niles tells me, actually get in there and cast a gradient sort of glow upon Charlie's specific layer. We will definitely try this. Also, I'm glad to hear the speed is on its way towards working! As I told Ren, we'll definitely slow it down a bit from here with hopes it reads fully :D Thank you so much for the input!
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ren52 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Artist
@00:12Oooooh I do hope you slow it down some more, there's so much to look at, I completely missed the characters the first time around because I was trying to absorb everything. Or maybe it's because the preview is small? I swear I'm not blind. lol. But yeah... this shot is magnificent, I hope we get a longer look at it; it deserves it!
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
@00:12I'll definitely do that, then - extend this shot further. If Niles and I run a couple of tests for different lengths, could I get you to check them out to see if they read better for you? I'd appreciate it much! Thank you, Renners! ♥
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ren52 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Artist
@00:12No problem! Fire away!
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! ♥
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ashenbach Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Mel,

REALLY nice job on this!! As someone whose worked on the production side of animaiton, I know how rewarding these sorts of big steps can be; alot of hard work here all coming together for the first time...

Congrats!
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ashy,

Thanks so much! (and for viewing my blog too! ^_^) And I agree entirely, beginning to see the film reach these levels of completion is incredibly bolstering - especially after so much work! I recently heard someone note that creating an animated film is much akin to trying to eat a mountain with a spoon: the worst thing you can do is step back to see how much you still have left to go. This couldn't be more true! Steps like these in the production, though, definitely help one keep perspective, and stay driven, no matter the workload ahead! Thanks again!
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
@00:12OUTSTANDING! :omfg: Such detail! Amazing!
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
@00:12Thanks so much! :love:
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
For More on the film, check out Caravan's official production blog here: [link]
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