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#1 BiggsTrek

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 10:11 PM

Hello all of TMU!

 

I'd like to announce that production of my new film, "Under The Shards Of Athena" is underway.  Yes, that title's a bit of a mouthful, but the movie has had several other names over the course of writing and pre-production, and this is the one I like best.  It may change before the end, but (for now, at least) I think this will be it.

 

This will be a fantasy movie (I'd say "epic", but that might be overstating it a bit.) Set in a world of swords and sorcery, mythical creatures and weird denizens, plus all the other fun things you'd expect in that genre (and more...)  It's a serious film,  that is, not a comedy - and no mention of UPM or Nobbits!  (Sorry!)

 

It will tell the tale of our hero, a Barbarian named Karagen, as he treks across the strange world of Marisia (names subject to change!)

 

Anyway, I have written the script (though I'm toying with an alternate ending) and made up all the main characters in Character Creator.  I should mention at this point that this will be my first iClone 6 movie, so I am going to have to come to grips with this new beast as I delve into the nitty gritty aspects of it.  Quite different to iClone 5, that's for sure, and yet much the same as well.

 

Production is just beginning, though I'm experiencing several issues as I try to get the right look and feel to the movie.  I have some ideas as to what I want, but getting iClone to do it (and do it well) is proving a challenge.  Nevertheless, I shall prevail!

 

I will need a few voice actors for this (I think the count is six), but I'll delay casting until I'm a bit further into production and have stopped fiddling with the script.  When I DO come asking for Voice Actors, I'll post pictures of the characters in question so people will have a better idea of what they might sound like (if that makes sense.)

 

That's it for now, folks!  Updates will come sporadically, depending on how production goes.

 

Cheers!

 

BiggsTrek

 

 

 


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Posted 22 June 2016 - 01:14 AM

You're right, that title is a bit of mouthful, but it's definitely one worth chewing.

I'm excited to hear more about this, can't go wrong with a good a sword and sorcery fantasy. Definitely would like to be a part of it, so I'll be on the look out for the casting call!


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Posted 22 June 2016 - 02:47 AM

Sounds interesting.

 

Good luck!


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Posted 22 June 2016 - 02:53 AM

Very excited Biggsy.  When you set your mind on it it ends in awesome.  I wish I could get behind an idea and make it my thang!


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 05:51 PM

Hi again TMU!

 

I'm pleased to say that I have finished filming the first scene!  Managed to iron out some kinks in the main character's costume whilst doing that (very necessary, actually) and settled on a look for the film (well, for that particular location, at any rate.)

 

Now on to scene 2!  My first "action" scene of the movie.  Trying to be stylish with it.  Should be fun!

 

Getting a bit more comfortable with iClone 6.  Finding it easier to use as I grow used to the new interface.  I think I like it!

 

And Realtime Smoothing... that I like a lot.  Especially on the characters.  Makes 'em look muuuuch better.

 

Cheers for now,

 

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 02:55 PM

Screenshots! :rolleyes:


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Posted 04 July 2016 - 11:42 AM

Exciting thread!
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Posted 05 July 2016 - 09:43 PM

Hey All,

 

Just a quickie update as I work through Scene 2.  I just spent close to 2 days on a single, 5 second shot (crafting an animation that I couldn't find a "pre-made" version of).  And when I went to edit it in Vegas (yes, I edit the film as I produce each shot) I then cut that 5 second shot in half and took out about a second in the middle.  Was it worth it?  Well, yes, but man, it's those fiddly little things that really suck my time dry.

 

That's it for now!  Thanks for reading!

 

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 06:04 PM

Hey TMU!

 

Another update for you!  I have miraculously finished Scene 2 AND Scene 3!  (Please, no gasping...)  Kind of helps that I had a week of vacation and nothing else to do.  :)

 

Scene 2 (the action one) came out pretty nice.  Got some cool arty shots in it.  One thing I find amusing is that, when filming, I find myself straying from what's written in the script.  Whether it's a technical reason (it's too hard to do that!) or an artistic one (oooh, doesn't that look cool!) I sometimes have to force myself to re-read the scene and make sure I'm not losing the original intent.

 

Scene 3 was fairly short, yet poignant (and I like to say the word "poignant" enough to say it twice).  Had a slight technical issue with refraction of an object and an embedded video file, but nothing a little tweaking couldn't resolve.

 

Now I'm on to Scene 4 where I use a little iClone Physics to swing a corpse from a tree.  Fun!  (Did some testing before building up the set dressing .  Glad I did as I clearly didn't know how to use Physics very well.)

 

That's it for today!  Back to work!

 

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 06:08 PM

I can only apologise, but I did a bit of awed gasping, despite being told not to!
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Posted 17 July 2016 - 11:08 AM

There will be a slight pause in production due to the iClone 6.5 upgrade that contained the undocumented "feature" where the UNDO functionality was removed.  (It's a little more complex than that, but I'm sure they'll fix it next week...)


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Posted 21 July 2016 - 08:34 AM

This is looking very interesting. I'll keep an eye out for the casting call.


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 12:33 PM

Thanks Artorious!

 

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Reallusion have finally released the fix to the UNDO problem in iClone, so now I can continue my production after about a two week pause.  I have a couple of Particle Emitters that I want to finish up and put on the Marketplace, but that should only take another day.  Then I'm back into iClone 6.51 and 'Under The Shards Of Athena'.


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 01:29 PM

Bring on Under The Shards Of Athena.

Can't Wait To See It.


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Posted 06 August 2016 - 08:48 PM

Bring on Under The Shards Of Athena.

Can't Wait To See It.

 

Thanks Chris!

 

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Today I cut a rope.  Took me ALL DAY.  And the result is 2 seconds of footage.  But that's life, and, well, I enjoyed it.


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Posted 07 August 2016 - 01:38 PM

http://www.urbandict...term=cut a rope

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 01:47 PM

 

No, no, no no... and No.  lol  Although that WOULD make for an interesting scene.  But no.


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Posted 07 August 2016 - 01:52 PM

Gives a different take on the "shards" of athena


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Posted 07 August 2016 - 11:14 PM

Gives a different take on the "shards" of athena

 

And re-reading my post, know what "cut a rope" means is quite disturbing...


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:51 PM

Well, it's taken a while (mainly due to the two weeks of iClone being broken), but I have now finished Scene 4!  It was the first scene with dialogue, and as I have not yet cast the film and have no VOs to work with, I had to used TTS "stand-ins" to get a feel for the timing of the shots.  Sounds bloody horrible, but it works for now.  I guess I better start thinking of casting this film!

 

Onward to Scene 5!


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