#1 10-11-2012 5:59 am

Duffalo
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Quiet Campfire

I like that the WIP forum is being actively trimmed to only this month's WIP's.

Anyway, I'm taking up Maya again after a long absence, and I'm determined to have something to show for this month!

My scene is an old man and a young man sharing a few beers after meeting in the desert. They're still getting to know each other, and are likely about to go on some grand adventure together.

I saw this whole scene pretty vividly on my first listen. I downloaded the audio clip to my phone and looped it over and over again while I was riding the bus and doodling in my moleskine.

very first drawings

http://i.imgur.com/py3w2.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/8w3PZ.jpg?1

second pass on thumbs

http://i.imgur.com/9ithu.jpg?1

I used my doodles as reference for a quick pass in Flash to test out the timing...

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Next I settled on some custom Normans for casting, set up my scene in Maya, and shot my first reference video. This was the best out of 10-15 takes. I only set out to ref the first wide shot, but learned pretty quickly that Old pointing to Young was not going to work. Better to do a subtle lean-in.

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Every morning before I start my freelance work, I spend at least an hour working on personal projects to warm up, so this month, those hours will be spent mostly on 11Sec. Also sneaking in a few evenings here and there. Here's the rough pass after about 4-5 morning hours this past week plus about 2 hours this evening...

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Next move is to shoot video reference for the second two shots, followed by a rough pass on those!

Feels good to be back in the mix.

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#2 10-13-2012 3:05 pm

jimmelb
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Re: Quiet Campfire

Really nice idea...but I can't imagine the old man sitting down on the ground as quickly and spritely as you would. Though I see fromyour Maya pass that you cut away from the initial sitting motion.
Really nice. smile

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#3 10-16-2012 10:20 pm

Duffalo
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Re: Quiet Campfire

Thanks, jimmelb. I think I'll make the sitting a bit more old-mannish on my next pass.

I had a video reference session for the remaining shots the other day, and I've edited them and done another quick and dirty pass in Maya.

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I'm pretty happy with how things are coming together. My next step will be to finalize the cameras (I kinda like how the 2D thumbnails are more closeup on Young) and then I can start bunkering down on my keys.

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