Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Caravan Shot 19 WIP

Sadly, as per usual, Blogger ate this video clip alive - most of its subtle SFX are not visible here, HOWEVER, I've uploaded a crisp, high quality (and bigger!) version of this video to DeviantArt for your perusal. Please check it out!

Shot 19 of Caravan, in its latest Work In Progress stage. While we (Niles 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, Kat Bongard has helped me with background color flats though not with this specific shot, and Niles Bontrager is doing all composeting and SFX.)

Notes on Effects:

Niles 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!



  1. 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...


  2. Ashy,

    Thanks so much! And agreed 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!

  3. Eating a mountain with a spoon...sure 'nuff! :P

    Keep on keepin' on, Mel! You can ea....er...do it!