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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Blender Training in Nigeria

The Blender Foundation conducted a seven day introductory training
workshop in Nigeria. Blender, for those who don’t know is an open source (read free) fully fledged 3D animation software. It has pretty mean capabilities as evidenced in their latest animated short Big Buck Bunny. I will be using it to make backgrounds for the film and for special effects.

It has a huge learning curve, but is a very effective tool once mastered. But then again-which serious 3d application is easy to master?

Find out all about the Nigeria workshop here. I wonder if they would consider sending a few guys down to Kenya? Hmmm….

 

Animate, Break, Fix, Animate

Sad Man

That’s the way things go. I’m closing in on having 2 scenes done by the end of the month. So far so good. I just had a really good shot destroyed thanks to my battery running out of charge mid-shot. I have to do another take and make it even better.

Every shot has it’s own challenges and there are many little ways to fix te problems that every shot unravels. It’s like a path of discovery that ends either when you have learned something new and have a really good shot or when you just have to abandon ship (hoping to fix it in post) and then moving on to the next shot. Luckily I haven’t had to deal with the latter yet.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2008 in Principal Photography

 

Production Upgrade / Working with Gimp

I upgraded my lights thanks to Maena Mucoki who was kind enough to lend me his Lowell Kit and a green screen as well. I owe him big time. The green screen is 8 ft square and the light kit has two TOTA lights and one OMNI light. A huge improvement from my simple reading lamp with a really bright energy saver.

Keying is going to be 80 percent easier with this equipment because I can get a consistent green on the plates. The puppet I’m using keeps breaking, but I am used to that happening by now.

I’m not using Gimp anymore thanks to that unworkable window system. Having given it some thought the best way to work with GIMP without losing your mind is to have a dual monitor setup. That way you can throw the palettes on one screen and save one screen for your working window. I don’t have a second screen right now so… no GIMP. They have made quite a bit of headway in development so I’ll be sure to give it a try sometime in the future. Maybe around version 2.5 that promises to fix the UI.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2008 in Principal Photography

 

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