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And here we GO!

I can't believe it! I finally made it! After numerous crashes and set backs after my announcement about the new video I finally actually was able to finish the last few steps. Note: it is almost 6am as I'm typing this and I planned on finishing this at 2am at the most.

I had a little help on the overall project:

Luchs (Luchs on FA) provided a stunning soundtrack to go with it. I suggest you check out his other work too.

The great nanook123 kindly stepped in on very short notice and provided me with a matching logo/icon (as you can see here in this post :)

Long story short: I tried myself in the field of 3D character animation. I have been playing around with Animation:Master for quite some time but always for scenery/props and never for actual character animation. It was quite a learning curve... Took me about two weeks to animate these (about) 90 seconds. And that was after I came up with the character "design" and story/gag idea. I had to get all the tools set up, model the character, rig it (oh boy...), then animate about 20 secons, start over again with a different rig, render in HD EXR format with all the bells and whistles, discover that 15 minutes per frame would be too long and reset lots of settings... Ugh. Adobe Media Encoder and the oh-so-nifty "dynamic link" between Premiere and AfterEffects didn't help by crashing several times and wasting hours of waiting time.

But now it's done. I am proud to present:

Episode 1 of Frucosiadas: On The Wheel Together


available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly4quGwc3RA

I hope you like it! I'll post a "making of" tomorrow.

Now to go to sleep.

EDIT: Also available, a little something that came up during a chat with yamavu: http://atkelar.deviantart.com/art/Frucosiadas-Package-164551172

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blujz6
May. 19th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
NIce! That's some top notch work, as always. I was beginning to wonder what you were up to, video wise, recently.
c_eagle
May. 19th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
THAT'S AWESOME! (nanook is luffly and yamavu is oooyeah too!)

Starfish with a pillow!!
Looks like they are fine in one dimension, but behind the looking glass, they can't keep their balance :D

Nice Jaunt into 3-D !! *hugs*
skoristhestray
May. 21st, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
It's incredible that you can make 3-d animation videos like this by yourself. But really, anthropomorphic cough drops playing on hamster wheels? Can't you be a little bit original?
atkelar
May. 23rd, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback!

Hmmm... I keep wondering what's not "original" about the idea - of course just about anything has been anthropomorphicised by now but I can't recall animated gummy candy (except badly done commercials for said candy of course)
The hamster wheel was just the first episode to get the production pipeline smoothed out a bit and to learn the do's and do not's of the trade and while it was meant to be a chuckle at least, I didn't expect it to be a knee-slapper.
skoristhestray
May. 23rd, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
I was being ironic. I don't think this concept has ever been done before and isn't likely to be done again, so I thought it would be obvious my comment was meant to be absurd.
atkelar
May. 23rd, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Ah - maybe it's a language thing but it translated too serious for me. :)
And you know: maybe there is something similar that I don't know about... It wouldn't be my first idea that somebody else already had before.
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