Sunday, July 12, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Checking Sound F/X

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I was just trying to learn to put the right sounds in the right places with the movements of the characters. Also I had been messing with various morphs of Lammy and a new character I call Wikki Wakki. In the first clip, it was really the voice of Sarah Palen, or Palin, however you spell her name.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Camera and Characters

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Everything in the movie is programmed or scripted. I noticed that the camera can be set to move, and one of the settings was to fix it on a particular subject so that when the character moves, the camera moves so it constantly points at her. In the first scene I set the camera to always point at Filthy Fae's head, so whenever she moved her head, the camera kept the head exactly in the center of the frame which made the background move and look sort of strange. I was just curious how that would look. The character's moves are in blocks and the blocks are dragged onto the timeline of the movie with the mouse. We put several blocks together, and can even edit an individual block that scripts how the subject moves. The blocks are from a second to several and sometimes up to ten seconds. The sound is also in little files which I have downloaded from the net. The first one Lammy speaks is from Sex In The City, I think. I'm not sure where most of the sound files came from. Many from movie clips. In the last scene, Lammy, which is an Aiko 4.0 doll, is without her wig.

Monday, July 6, 2009

More Testing

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For these little tiny videos for a post, I used 15 frames/sec and got the video down to under 2 Mb. That uploads fast. But I also made one for dvd to play on a tv. The voices are hard to understand because I was trying a text to speech program along with a voice changer program. My microphone is broke, I spilled coffee on it.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Lip-Sync Testing

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I have a program to lip-sync a character as long as they are still or really from a single photo (Crazy Talk). Now I am trying to use Mimic that moves their lips while the character is moving at 30 pictures per second.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

On Stage At Ugly Grace's

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This is silly stuff. It is really just practice. Like a basketball player might spend hours shooting at the foul line or dribbling the ball up and down the court to sharpen his control. That's practice. And I do this to get used to the controls of the programs as well as see how they look here. They look pretty cool when I put them on a dvd and watch them on a regular TV.