Thursday, December 6, 2012
Lots of cool stuff going on! Movie-wise, things are still progressing, just slower than I’d like. I’m still doing some effects testing and I think I’m almost done solving all the issues. I used the Element 3D plugin to do some fighter jets that turned out nice and for the past month I’ve been trying to nail the tidal wave that will destroy a city. Most of that time was spent playing with the fluid sim, but I was unable to get the scale right since Blender maxes out at 10 meters. I made a list of other options like trying multiple fluid objects, smoke instead of water, deforming a mesh with a lattice. None of those worked. I finally decided to try a Photoshop/After Effects combo. Found an image of a wave I liked that didn’t have much spray or foam, Photoshopped out what I didn’t want and threw it into AE. I animated it in 3D space, added a Turbulent Displace effect and then comp’d in some quickie buildings I had made in Blender. Since this shot will be at night, I graded it to look right. While the shot isn’t perfect, this method worked far better than I expected, so I’ll keep heading in this direction for now.
It seems like this movie has got me jumping ship from all my old software to new stuff. First Celtx to Trelby/Final Draft, then Vegas to Premiere, and now I’ve left Mixcraft for Reaper. Yep. I’ll now be using Reaper for any music scoring that I do personally. Since I’m wanting to use only Hymns this time around, I figure I can download some midi’s learn how they’re played, then “orchestrate” them. Should work well.
Also on the software front, I’ve started using Microsoft Office 2013 instead of LibreOffice. With starting the ministry, a major part of my job is to give lectures/sermons about the subject matter of our movies. I’ve recorded six or so messages and uploaded them online, but recently I’ve been able to start doing some speaking at church, which is ultimately where I want to go with the lectures. Unfortunately the presenting program of the LibreOffice suite wasn’t up to my standards, so I went Office 2013 mostly for PowerPoint. I think that the last version of Office I used was 2003. It’s come far in ten years and I really like it now.
One last note, “Leap: Rise of the Beast” is still going fairly strong. It’s been online for a month and a half and we’re almost at 700 views, which isn’t bad when you consider I’ve hardly promoted the thing. God is moving and causing those that need to see it to find it, so I really can’t complain. I’ve made quite a few new friends lately that have seeing either the film, or the messages I have.