|Featured Artist - Neil Armstrong|
I started out at a very early age in 1978 as a commercial Photographer. Old Nikkormats that weighed half a ton and dish processed BW prints made the cornerstone of my career thereafter which progressed into Industrial and Specialised Glamour/Portraiture Sepia large format photography like to Ansel Adams (Who Pioneered Photography as an ART form for the very first time!) with old 5x4 and 10x8 plate cameras..... but not the Donkeys.
I was asked to create something that spoke to the client off a web page.
The brief was, "It has to directly address callers. Make them feel as if I am talking to them off the page."
I was shown something like palsite that they liked or something equally as disgusting.
It was an embarrasing little flash head with wild eyes that followed the mouse (yawn!) like a Zombie.
It spoke patronisingly.
I thought it was disgusting and hated the site of it.
It was phenominally expensive then and would be dependant on the sellers server, NOT mine.
If you're a Designer/Artist you'll know how annoying that is NOT to be in control.
Q: What do you use iClone for in the beginning and what are the ideas for your creations?
After the current Chinese Exhibition in Medieval England.... I am currently theorising on and working towards a wonderfully beautiful 5 miniute short where Thi Mai is flying with me and on my shoulder as I walk down a country lane talking to her.
The BioSPhere pack here blends well with real life trees in the background real life footage. Just like the animation enhanced film "Uncle Remus".
I am real life "me" video and she is animated mapped footage made in iClone.
I am currently working hard on a shadow system to incorporate the actual daylight values of the real world system as the basis for the shadows made by Thi Mai in iClone.
I also have a process that allows me to "grain out" the final footage to match the actual video quality of the real life footage, this is 50% of the realism I needed.
The 3D Chinese Painting exhibition came about because I wanted something that was a 10 minute SHORT that I could use as a months project to display what could be done on a months project in iClone to tempt Clients BUT.... to also entertain anyone who called in to see it. AND.... that they'd watch it again and again because it touched the heart and soothed the senses.
My own brief was to make sure it was SO BEAUTIFUL and SO CAPTIVATING that people would be able to watch it over and over again all over the world because of its simplicities and not feel threatened, or see any bias, or find any evil, or see any element that had a negative issue associated.
Something that was simple, fairytale, cute, lovable, quant, DISNEY.
Now, currently I am annoyed at Europes China-Blindness.
Europe refuses to acknowledge China as a Country or have anything of its Art here.
After this contemplation I realised it WAS possible to have a silent agenda within my Movie Short.
To try and make Europe realise that Chinese Art had been around thousands of years before the West ever picked up a quill.
And that China used Writing while we were still slapping our hands on cave walls with coloured mud.
Mix my Traditional Paintings with an Ancient England....... I now have something not loud in message to be TOO political, but it carries as a vehicle my own point. At the same time delivers Beauty and Peaceful entertainment and a Musical Tranquility at a "Disney Level".
Q: What’s the benefit of iClone when dealing with 3D scenes and environments (trees and biosphere)?
Q: What will you suggest to the new beginners in 3D animation?
If they're an animation wannabe? They'll have already downloaded the trial.
But... Don't think about it.
Once you start using it, if you've got Animators blood in your veins, it is not difficult to learn, you'll constantly want more than it can give you.
You'll start sretching its limitations very quickly because the learning curve may be initially steep, but its short. Familiarity is all importantly gained very quickly.
Once you see your Character speaking in your own custom world, if that doesnt set your hairs on end.... you're not cut out for animation.
If it does... you'll have a "DO NOT DISTURB!" sign on your door for the next ten years.
It's dangerously addictive.
The Two pitfalls I see many people fall into are these.
Trying to make a character juggle three caterpillars with one hand, write a letter with the other, answer the phone with one foot while cycling to the shops on a monocycle.
Leave that to seasoned iCloners.
Don't be too ambitious.
Build a set.
Add some props.
Add some colour.
Add a voice recording.
Do it slowly a step at a time.
2 Kisses for you.
Keep It Super Simple!
Singularly the most important thing to newcomers using iClone..... your "takes" should all be between, geenrally, 7 to 17 seconds.
Work in this format, add each clip together afterwards, and you'll see that all Disney animated movies are made this way. Next time you see a Disney ANimation start to count at each take, Thousand and one, Thousand and two, Thousand and...... you will rarely get over 7.
More over, you'll make progress four times as fast. I promise you. Take it from me.
So many poeple I see are daunted by trying for a take way too long.
Way too many Camera changes.
Far too many lighting conditions to keep track of.
Don't do it all in one go..
Another K.I.S.S. for you.
Keep It Super Short.
The Chinese have a saying for this... "The beautiuful Mountain is made of many small stones."
Q: What would you suggest the super use for iClone?
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