Experience in iClone
Q: How long have you been
I've been using iClone since
the end of 2005 when I downloaded the trial version of the
program(I found it by accident and i'm really glad that I
did because its what made me realize I want to do this for
a living). I had never animated anything before at this point
and I always thought it might be fun to give it a try.
Q: Why have you chosen
iClone as your tool for animating Utada music videos?
I decided to use iClone for
my Utada music videos because I just find its pretty easy
to use and I can get the results I want with it in just a
couple hours of work, you don't have to an experienced animator
to create great videos, and with each upgrade it seems that
the program just gets better and better.
Q: How long does
it normally take to create one of your videos with iClone?
For each video I make, the
time it takes to finish one depends mostly on the amount of
time I have when I'm not working on projects for school. The
overall time I guess each would take if I just constantly
work on it for a couple of hours each day, would put them
at about a week.
Q: What video editor
do you use?
For editing videos, I just
use Windows Movie Maker. Probably not the most professional
tool, but it is pretty simple to use and gets the job I want
Q: Can you explain
your process that you plan your shots inside iClone. Do you
storyboard your videos?
When I start a new video,
I just listen and look at the lyrics to the songs I plan to
use, and just see what comes to mind. I usually make a list
of things that I think would be interesting to do, images
that come into my mind when I hear certain parts, colors,
lighting, and things like that. So I don't necessarily storyboard
my videos out, but I don't go into each video without some
idea of what I hope to achieve.
Q: What do you like
most about iClone?
As for picking one feature
to say I like best is pretty hard, because there are a couple
things I really enjoy about iClone. I really like 3DXchange
and Clone Cloth, I think they both allow for a lot more customization
to the things everyone can create with iClone.
Q: What would you
like to see added or refined in the forthcoming iClone 3?
With iClone 3 coming out
soon, I really would like to see being able to animate independently
more than one character at a time. I think that would be a
great feature. As for other inclusions, I'd really like to
see more types of animals added to iClone like Dogs and Cats.
From some of the things I've heard are supposed to be in iClone
3, I think Reallusion is heading in the right direction.
Videos by John Holland: