Tuesday, August 26, 2008


There are already changes I need to do, just so you know. A lot of cuts and angle changes. Or just shot changes in general. No additions except for a quick shot of him realizing he's lost his hat and a new entrance for the zombie damsel.

Some examples of cuts:
- No more taking the sheriff badge. No sheriff indication whatsoever.
- As he exits the saloon, it'll cut to him looking around and then to his close-up. Not the other way around.
- No shot of the quadriplegic zombie before the hero trips over it.
- No overhead of the bar the first time because it sucks.

Some examples of changes:
- He'll look around frantically for his hat versus shooting at the zombies after it falls off.
- Zombie damsel will emerge from the crowd and have a grander entrance where she gradually inches close to him. This will add time, but I'm cutting so much away that I think I'll still be in the negatives overall.

I'm sure with class there will be more things to add to this list, but I guess if they're cuts then I should welcome those comments with open arms. I guess I'm really close to having a solid, not-confusing story. Just some minor tinkers and I'll finally be past this stage and be able to get on with my life.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Rawhide: A New Animatic

So it begins.

Due to extenuating circumstances, I find myself in the lab past 10 o'clock and hungry for food. Subway is my only real option, and it's causing me to have 'Nam-style flashbacks to what last semester was like. Whatever. Tonight is just one night, although it really does seem like some jerk force is trying its hardest to keep me in this lab. I won't go into my laundry list of technical issues that I compiled tonight, but it's probably more trouble than I've ever had here before. This is just a reminder of what will happen to me if I don't stick to a reasonable schedule this year.

Anyway, the day before class starts, I have an animatic for you. I think the story works, and I hope you do, too. This animatic rules because:
A) It's 1.5 minutes shorter than my last one
B) It will probably be shorter as I clean up timing since I err on the side of length
C) It's a better, simpler story than my last one.

Having said that it will probably be shorter, I actually realize that some sequences might not read as well right now as they would if they were a few seconds longer. I'm hoping that animating will fix that since it's easier to read movement for a short time than it is a still image. If it doesn't, whatever, that's like max 10 seconds added onto this baby. Probably mostly of holds. I'm not going to worry yet.

Also, there are basically no backgrounds unless they were necessary. That sucks. Those won't be difficult to come up with, though.

Why don't you watch it and comment, already?

Untitled from Carder Scholin on Vimeo.

Did you get the Alien 3 reference? I thought it was clever, and I hope you do, too.

...we should really get some speakers back into this senior lab.