Sunday, January 20, 2013
A few cool updates. “Leap: Rise of the Beast” is just about to hit 1000 views, so I’m pretty excited about that. As far as Leap 3 goes, I’m in full pre-pro mode. I’m currently finishing what I hope to be the final draft of the script. I’ll then send that to readthrough.com and get my audio version of the script. I’ve also set up the project in Gorilla so that as soon as the script is locked, I can import it and begin the scheduling and budget. I may still use an Excel spreadsheet for the budget, haven’t decided yet. I’ve never used Gorilla before, so I’ll see how I like it. I love it’s project management and scheduling features though. So much better than Celtx. I’m glad to have that off my system.
I’m also starting on previz using Frameforge. I was torn between Blender, Sketchup and FF. Blender is great for moving animatics, but it takes a while to set up the scene right. Sketchup confuses me. Frameforge, however, I found to be extremely fast and fairly straightforward. You can build and save “Sets”, add your actors (minus the right costumes) and then add a virtual version of your camera. For instance, since I know what my lenses are, I set a “zoom range”. I can only use those that I have. I also built a virtual camera with the same sensor size as my 550D and then cropped the top and bottom to 2.40. With the presets made up, you just load a set, add and pose the actors and camera, then start experimenting!
This set took ten minutes to build, having never used the software before.