Monday, January 31, 2011

Trials of being a Mother/Artist

So, despite the full course release (thank you Chair Eldred Hudson and Dean Ken Lambla!) I'm not as far along in the rough animation as I'd hoped. Tomorrow is February 1st and I still have to try and kill Dove one more time, get her to escape with Crow's help, try to kill Dove off with Vampire/Water Monsters, have Wolf rescue Dove, have Child Services collect Crow, surgically change Dove and Crow into Deer, and then have the Deer "sail off into the sunset", much to the chagrin of Opossum.  Now that I write that, that seems like a lot. 

I'm going to blame snow and the flu.  First, I lost a week of animation time because Quinn (my 2.75 year old) didn't have preschool due to snow/ice.  Now he's sick with something.  His preschool starts at 9am and he's just getting up now... I'm thinking there's not gonna be preschool today. 

Which means Dove will have another day without an assassination attempt.

Poisoning Attempt Foiled

The Opossum (mother) attempts to kill the Dove (pretty daughter) three ways:

1. with a pillow full of sharp objects
2. with poisoned oatmeal
3. by knocking a grocery store on her

So far, Crow (ugly daughter) has foiled the first two attempts and Opossum is still none the wiser. 

Some technical and conceptual problems I need to solve going forward (and back):

When Dove runs away and encounters the Vampires/Water Monsters, what, exactly are they?
When Dove and Crow are surgically changed into Deer, do they sail away on a sailing Nautalus, a winged Nautalus, or something else entirely?

How do I animate Opossum's tail?  So fair I've tried the following:
Puppet Tool
CC Bender
CC Bend It
DuIK Bone Tool
All are unsatisfactory either because I can get an S-curve in the tail, or because it kinks too much.  My hunch is that I need to use the puppet tool with some sort of expression attachd to the pins to connect them together, but I'm just not sure yet.  Still researching.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sheepish Crow

Almost there.

Possible Titles for Animation

The original story is called "Black Caroline, White Caroline" which I'm not that crazy about for the animation. Other title thoughts:

Aviculae (small birds, birds here for, lesser bird)
Avis (bird, aves birds, also eager or ancious, desire, wish for)
Pennipotens (winged, able to fly, feathered, winged)
Velivolus (Velivola, Velivolum - flying with sails)
Volatus (flying, flight)
Volare (to fly, move rapidly, rush)
Volantes - capable of flying (fluing soaring, movable hinged)
Avitium - birds (birds collectively, the bird family)

Right now, I'm leaning towards Pennipotens (hence the name of this blog!) and Aviculae. Velivolus is also good, but I might not use the sails at the end scene, so if I don't it wouldn't make much sense.