Pritchard Studios wrote:
Wow! That set looks fantastic, and the printed background is a creative, and very nice looking, touch.
Thank you! I'm hardly the first one to use printed backgrounds like these, but I've grown to use them more and more frequently I find. Makes it so much easier to set up a shot, and you'll avoid any post production headaches too!
2x4 studios wrote:
Wow, looking good! The sets are amazing!
Did you use a jello like substance for the water? mini/confused
Is it saran wrap?
2x4 studios is closest! It's actually hair gel. I found a video of a guy on youtube who used it, so I decided to try it for myself. It can be a bit pricey, but I managed to find a really cheap brand where I could get 250ml for only 3 dollars, so bought a bunch of those. The brand is Swedish though, so I doubt you'll find it abroad, but you can probably find something similar for the same price!
This film is looking epic. However, I'm inclined to wonder how you'd handle a short film...
I have considered entering THAC and such, but I think I'm mostly interested in slightly bigger projects at the moment. I find they offer me more freedom with writing and composing, but in the future? Who knows! I did enter the Lego Ideas Blacksmith contest which had a 30sec max length, but didn't qualify for any price in the end. A good learning experience though for sure, so entering similar smaller contests is definitely a possibility.
I will indeed be using Da Vinci Resolve again for editing, mainly because it's free, but now that I have learned to use it editing should be even more effective this time around. I considered making a BTS video for Isolation, but never really found the inspiration for it (and I'm also unsure how interesting the final video would even be), but yeah! I'll consider doing one for this film for sure.
I'm glad you like the sets and the water! The battle does not in fact take place on the current set I'm animating on, so this one will only be used for the first half of the film. I'll build another set for the location where the battle takes place, a ruined abbey where the entourage makes camp for the night. Ilaine is introduced alone in the first scene, hence why you haven't seen any soldiers so far! They are all introduced later. There are no scenes in Rikland though, mostly to keep the running time down. Instead, the film starts as the entourage has already travelled most of the way. So Scene 1 is in the forest, Scene 2-5 on the "Road Set", Scene 6 on various locations as the entourage travels, and then the rest of the scenes at the ruined abbey.
Yeah, I did mostly just spread out the brown and green pieces on the ground, which doesn't really look particularly realistic up close. However, those parts of the set will always be in the background and out of focus, so I decided to spread them out just so that they look good in the background. I find that using bigger chunks of brown or green could be a bit distracting, and clash/blend a bit too much with the horses and wagons in the case of the brown. So I used the smaller pieces more like "seasoning", if you will, rather than proper ingredients I don't think there's any maroon red pieces in there though, so it's probably just the light/picture (I only use my phone for the bts shots, so the camera isn't the best). The big stone structure doesn't really have a purpose haha... I mostly just felt like building something ruined to make the set a bit more interesting. But I'm leaning towards it being a sort of "way stone", perhaps marking the road between the two kingdoms. So I could build similar ones at different stages of ruiniation etc for when the entourage is travelling. And yes, it is indeed supposed to be some sort of field there!
I use the C-clamp for holding the set locked to the table when I animate, so I just keep it attached to the table when I'm not using it.
I see your point about the cemetary in the middle of the forest, but I honestly don't really have a good explanation for it! I set the first scene there because I thought it fit the tone of the film and to work as good forshadowing for Ilaine's character arc etc, but I agree that it's somewhat weird to have it by itself out in the forest. In my mind I picture it having been abandoned for centuries, maybe as an "overflow" for another already full one, although that doesn't really explain why it's by itself I guess... So yeah, no good answer here I'm afraid haha!
And I absolutely LOVE reading your comments Puskov, and I'd be happy to answer anything you throw my way, so by all means keep them coming! It's definitely not a problem, I'm only flattered you took the time to give such an in depth comment again. So thank you!
Production is slowly trudging along. I'm falling a bit behind on my animating schedule, but I'm trying my best to get back on track. I'm almost done with Scene 2, which contains more than 40 shots by itself, so I guess that's something though! This equals to about 5% of all the shots, and about 7.5% of the estimated runtime having been completed.
The framing, aspect ratio and colour correction will of course be slightly different in the final product, but it should give you some idea of what I'm going for! That's basically it for now, so not the most interesting update I'll admit. I'll hopefully have a few cooler/impressive shots to show off next time though, so I'll see you then!