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Scazzino
04-28-2009, 01:22 PM
I've finished the 3D characters for Fault Effect (http://www.dreamlight.com/media/graphics/insights/autitons/images/DLI-AutitonInstanceBF.jpg), the pilot webisode of The Autiton Archives(TM) web series (http://www.dreamlight.com/insights/autitons/).

http://www.dreamlight.com/media/graphics/insights/autitons/previews/DLI-AutitonInstanceBF-Prev.jpg (http://www.dreamlight.com/media/graphics/insights/autitons/images/DLI-AutitonInstanceBF.jpg)

The development of these characters (including wires) was outlined in the following WIP threads.

Anomalous Autiton unit 0090 WIP (http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18284)
Generic Autiton Units WIP (http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24985)
Butterfly Effect WIP (http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25454)

The entire production process will be further detailed in the book about the production (http://www.dreamlight.com/media/graphics/insights/autitons/images/DLI-Autiton-Cover.jpg) which is scheduled for release later this year from WordWare.

:beerchug:

rezman
04-28-2009, 04:15 PM
Dude! You are the master of self-promotion. :D

Scazzino
04-28-2009, 05:00 PM
Dude! It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. ;)

Scazzino
04-28-2009, 05:01 PM
It looks VERY cool Mike. There's a sale here for that book! :thumbsup:

Thanks Megalodon, much appreciated! :thumbsup:

rezman
04-28-2009, 05:07 PM
Dude! It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. ;)

You might want to mention that Wordware is no more, and that they are owned by Jones and Bartlett. Oh wait...I just did.

www.jbpub.com

Scazzino
04-28-2009, 05:37 PM
This particular thread is really about the image of the characters for the short.

The book about the short is mentioned because it is related and may be of possible interest as well. I just don't want the book to take over the thread though. I'll update the book information as necessary if the acquisition of the publisher has any affect on this particular book or not. Too soon to tell right now since the acquisition just happened a month ago and I'm about 75% through the manuscript. I should have more information about it shortly though once I see how everything plays out.

Here's a press release (http://www.jbpub.com/showcontent.cfm?id=231) about the acquisition.

:D

Scazzino
04-29-2009, 08:46 AM
Hi Rezman,

Not to belabor the book here, but I've just confirmed with the publisher that the acquisition won't affect the book. WordWare is now an imprint of Jones and Bartlett and should reach a wider audience through the additional sales channels that Jones and Bartlett enjoys.

:thumbsup:

Scazzino
04-29-2009, 10:07 PM
That's good news!

Sell more books... make more money... do more animations.... write more books.... sell more-... etc. :)

Whatever it takes to be able to do more animations. ;)

Sarford
04-30-2009, 05:24 AM
Good stuff Mike, it looks realy realy good! Can't wait to see the pilot (so stop wasting time on the forums and get on with it ;) )

Scazzino
04-30-2009, 12:21 PM
Good stuff Mike, it looks realy realy good! Can't wait to see the pilot (so stop wasting time on the forums and get on with it ;) )

Thanks Sarford! :thumbsup:

Oops... can't say any more... need to get back to work on it! ;)

I'm currently starting the Instance Generator effect, testing particles and hypervoxels. :D

adamredwoods
04-30-2009, 03:08 PM
You should give LW users a sneak peek :) -- word of mouth is the best advertising!

Scazzino
04-30-2009, 06:37 PM
You should give LW users a sneak peek :) -- word of mouth is the best advertising!

Hi Adam,

Sure, I've been giving sneak peeks all along the way and will continue all the way up to and including release in my various WIP threads, including the following:

Butterfly Effect WIP (http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25454)
Generic Autiton Units WIP (http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24985)
Anomalous Autiton unit 0090 WIP (http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18284)

Stay tuned for more "sneak peeks" :beerchug:

Scazzino
01-29-2010, 01:12 PM
I've posted the initial version of the pilot webisode Fault Effect™ on The Autiton Archives™ series Web site (http://TheAutitonArchives.com) along with the book Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short: The Making of The Autiton Archives Fault Effect - Pilot Webisode and initial line of The Autiton Archives merchandise.

Once the Special Edition DVD is finished I'll begin the next webisode: Basic Training :beerchug:

http://www.autitons.com/TheAutitonArchives/images/TheAutitonArchivesWebPrevSM.jpg (http://TheAutitonArchives.com)

OnlineRender
01-29-2010, 01:31 PM
been following this wee dude since I seen him on YT talking ................looking swanky

peace

Scazzino
01-29-2010, 01:32 PM
Just pre-ordered the book!

Can't wait to see it! :thumbsup:

Thanks Megalodon! That's very much appreciated! :thumbsup:

Since I just posted this, you are the first book sale that I'm aware of!

The publisher said the books were being printed this week and should be rolling off the press shortly. I can't wait to see it printed myself!

Thanks,
MikeS

Scazzino
01-29-2010, 01:34 PM
been following this wee dude since I seen him on YT talking ................looking swanky

peace

Thanks for your support! :thumbsup:

I'll post a version of the pilot webisode on my Telebites YouTube channel too as soon as I have a chance... :hey:

Scazzino
01-29-2010, 02:21 PM
That's great!

I'll be reading it the same day it arrives. :)

I always TRY to support independent filmmakers - I aspire to join their (your) ranks one day and what you have done is an inspiration to all of us.

Thank You!! :beerchug:

Thanks Megalodon! :thumbsup:

There are a lot of 3D artists out there that have toyed with the idea of creating a 3D animated short, and many more have started but failed to finish than those who have actually finished one, on their own.

That's a key focus of my book. Since I was in that exact same boat, I go through the entire process of how to simplify and focus the project to make it "finishable" and describe many strategies to blast through the myriad of obstacles that will invariably present themselves, and stay on course to follow the project through to completion.

Don't think of your first short as the be-all and end-all and shoot way too high, or you won't finish, I can pretty much guarantee it (unless you have a much larger resource pool than I had available). Think of your first short as just that, your "first" short. It's just a jumping off point, a launch pad to get you going. Then each successive short can be made better and better as you gain more and more experience...

That's why I numbered Fault Effect webisode 000, it's just the starting point and will only get better from here on out... ;)

I hope this book will inspire and help others out there set out to start, and complete, their own 3D animated shorts too. It's an enormous amount of work (especially if done while simultaneously writing a 500+ page book about the process ;-), but it's also an enormous amount of fun too...

:rock:

Scazzino
01-29-2010, 02:27 PM
Besides, all those shiny new Apple iPads are going to need some new digital media to gobble up... The time is ripe for 3D artists to produce their own animated Web series... ;)

Scazzino
02-19-2010, 02:53 PM
Thanks Megalodon,

I just checked with the publisher yesterday and they said the books were shipping from the printer to their warehouse today. I'm not sure how long it takes to get them to Amazon, but they should be on the way shortly! I'm still waiting for my copies too! ;)

:D

Scazzino
02-19-2010, 02:56 PM
BTW: Megalodon,

Send me your address in a PM and I'll send you a free copy of my BlastOff! Special Edition DVD since you were the first to order the book that I was aware of. :thumbsup:

OnlineRender
02-21-2010, 02:30 PM
BTW: Megalodon,

Send me your address in a PM and I'll send you a free copy of my BlastOff! Special Edition DVD since you were the first to order the book that I was aware of. :thumbsup:

hows that for customer services ! signed aswell ? :P

Scazzino
02-22-2010, 10:29 AM
hows that for customer services ! signed aswell ? :P

Sure! :D

I can sign any of the ordered DreamLight® DVD's (BlastOff!™ DVD available now (http://dreamlight.com/webshop/entertainment/blastoff.html), Fault Effect™ DVD (http://TheAutitonArchives.com/sedvd.html) once finished) if desired (send me an email (http://TheAutitonArchives.com/contact.html) if you'd like a DVD signed when ordering) because I ship them from my own studio. I can't sign the book (http://TheAutitonArchives.com/book.html) or merchandise (http://TheAutitonArchives.com/merchandise.html) however, because the publisher ships the books directly to Amazon (and other booksellers) and the one-off merchandise printer ships the prints/posters/merchandise directly to you and they don't pass through my studio.

Scazzino
02-22-2010, 10:32 AM
Absolutely! :thumbsup:

Of course for me the book is a no-brainer. How often do any of us have access to this kind of info? Answer: hardly ever. And considering the quality of the animation, I'm sure this is going to be VERY good. REALLY looking forward to getting this book! :boogiedow

Thanks Dave!

I appreciate your support. I'd also like to hear what you think of the book after you have a chance to read it! Feel free to post a review here.

:thumbsup:

Scazzino
02-22-2010, 10:50 AM
been following this wee dude since I seen him on YT talking ................looking swanky

peace

I've posted the initial version of the Fault Effect™ pilot to YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek88q-RtO70) on my Telebites YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Telebites). The YouTube compression is worse than that on my own TheAutitonArchives.com (http://www.autitons.com/TheAutitonArchives/) of course, but it's not too bad. I'll see if I can re-encode it a bit better once I have the updated "Director's Cut" version ready.

Scazzino
02-23-2010, 09:34 AM
I just received my advance copy of the printed book today. It looks good! The cover's a little dark, but not bad, especially if you haven't seen the original it was printed from you probably wouldn't notice. It weighs in at 526 pages, not counting the index (Amazon lists it at 450 pages). Now that the books are shipping, Amazon should be getting them shortly (http://TheAutitonArchives.com/book.html) for all those who have pre-ordered or have yet to order. :D

OnlineRender
02-23-2010, 10:33 AM
Goodluck dude >

Scazzino
02-25-2010, 10:33 AM
Excellent!

I'll let you know when Amazon says it's shipped. :dance:

Amazon has now changed the listing from "Not yet released." to "Temporarily out of stock." So the books (http://TheAutitonArchives.com/book.html) should be arriving very shortly. :hey:

Scazzino
03-01-2010, 02:36 PM
Thanks Dave,

It's just now starting to show up as in-stock at a few book retailers, so it's finally making its way out there.

Thanks for your patience! :beerchug:

Scazzino
03-09-2010, 02:51 PM
Got it today!

I didn't really look at any details at Amazon - just hit the Buy button, but this book is FULL of great stuff - at first glance anyway. I will start reading it tonight and every night until I'm finished. I only get to read a few pages each night, but this looks VERY well-written (at a glance) and I think it will help a great deal with my short. I haven't started any rendering yet, but it's getting close!

Thanks again Mike! :thumbsup:

PS. And thanks for the Blast Off! DVD - cool little story. I'd just love to see even more behind-the-scenes stuff - but then you never can get enough of that! :)

Thanks Dave! I'm glad it finally arrived. The book is now showing as In-Stock at Amazon and other booksellers. There's more behind-the-scenes stuff about BlastOff! in the book too, in the early chapters before it moves on to The Autiton Archives because BlastOff! was really an early dry-run test before starting the series...

BTW: I've also just posted a new Telebites facebook fan page, which is where I'll be posting updates about The Autiton Archives series and other DreamLight brands. Check it out and be sure to become our facebook fan!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Telebites/10150095512095324

:beerchug:

Scazzino
03-11-2010, 12:09 PM
Great read so far Mike! :thumbsup:

I'm only about 50 pages in, but it's definitely an easy read AND informative.

I know you used MorphMixer sliders for the facial expressions in Blast Off! Have you tried using TAFA at all?...

Hi Megalodon,

I'm glad your enjoying the book! :thumbsup:

Since I wanted to start with a baseline and I was keeping with a very limited amount of lip sync for my first webisode, I still only used sliders in morph mixer for The Autiton Archives™ pilot webisode — Fault Effect™. If TAFA eventually comes out with a Mac version, then I may try it for future webisodes though... ;)

I'm now in the process of further refining a lot of the shots for an updated director's cut and HD version for the upcoming Fault Effect Special Edition DVD (http://TheAutitonArchives.com/sedvd.html). :beerchug:

Scazzino
03-12-2010, 11:07 AM
My new book, Creating a 3D Animated CGI Short (http://TheAutitonArchives.com/book.html) hits #1 on Amazon! :D

But that's in the CGI Programming category... which is funny because the book's about "CGI" Filmmaking, not "CGI" Programming. I'll see if I can get the category changed on Amazon... ;)

Scazzino
03-12-2010, 12:04 PM
Actually it looks like that's where they put all the books that have "CGI" in the title... Advanced RenderMan: Creating CGI for Motion Pictures was listed at #4 on that same list... with some others below that... I guess Amazon doesn't know that "CGI" can stand for more than one thing... ;)

Scazzino
03-12-2010, 03:03 PM
Congratulations!!!

Just one more thing you can add to the resume.... best selling author!

Okay... now where's the next book. :D

Thanks! :thumbsup:

I'd love to write another, but that'll really depend upon how much this one sells... it was much more work than I had expected, so I'd need them to sell a lot to justify undertaking such an enormous effort again... ;)

OnlineRender
03-28-2010, 05:49 AM
yeeeeeeeee 10th fan on Facebook yeeeeeeeeeeee-----

edit lol 60,005 viewer lol cr/\ppy Youtube counter :P

Scazzino
03-29-2010, 12:11 PM
@Megalodon:
Thanks for the kind words! :thumbsup:
I greatly respect Tim and his book, so I'm honored even to be mentioned together.

As for the Mac/PC recommendations in the book, keep in mind that I said to use what you have and are comfortable with rather than switching. Avoid the "grass is always greener" syndrome. I recommended the Mac for those who don't already have hardware/software and want to have a seamless, enjoyable platform with which to quickly get up to speed to create CGI short films (not just for 3d) since the Mac comes bundled with most of the supporting apps you need including Garageband, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb and more as well as since it requires virtually no maintenance/hassles.

I'm very encouraged that you are able to find things in the book to help you with your own short. That was my ultimate goal for the book, to help others with their CGI short films, by showing how I managed to create mine in a manner that's quite a bit different than "industry standard" practices used by larger teams for larger productions. Once you finish the book I'd be honored if you'd write a brief review that you could post to Amazon and the book page on my Telebites facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Telebites/10150095512095324?v=app_7146470109) for others to read.

@Onlinerender:
Thanks for being the 10th fan of my new Telebites facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Telebites/10150095512095324). :thumbsup:

Since you were so close to being the 60,000th viewer of BlastOff!™ on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWy76Q_BsrY) and it's tough to use YouTube's viewer count anyway since its slow to update, and since you were the official 10th fan... I'll consider you the winner of the BlastOff!™ 60,000 viewer and send you a free BlastOff!™ Special Edition DVD. Congratulations! Just PM me your address.

:D

OnlineRender
03-29-2010, 12:27 PM
@Megalodon:


@Onlinerender:
Thanks for being the 10th fan of my new Telebites facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Telebites/10150095512095324). :thumbsup:

Since you were so close to being the 60,000th viewer of BlastOff!™ on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWy76Q_BsrY) and it's tough to use YouTube's viewer count anyway since its slow to update, and since you were the official 10th fan... I'll consider you the winner of the BlastOff!™ 60K viewer contest and send you a free BlastOff!™ Special Edition DVD. Congratulations! Just PM me your address.

:D

EDIT :

I feel like have won the lottory ! yeeeeeeee BlastOFF FTW ! i'll leave it a day before I PM my contact details , just so I don't look too eager :)

Scazzino
03-30-2010, 09:23 PM
@OnlineRender: You're BlastOff!™ Special Edition DVD's on the way! :)

@Megalodon: Amazon actually has the book listed twice. The one without the picture is an older entry (January 2009) from before WordWare was acquired by Jones and Bartlett Publishers... I'll see if I can get them to remove that old listing.

You can always get to the correct listing (Feb. 2010) by going through my Telebites™ facebook page for the book (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Telebites/10150095512095324?v=app_7146470109&ref=nf).

BTW: Thanks for the excellent review on Amazon! Much appreciated! :bowdown:
Feel free to post any comments on the book's facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Telebites/10150095512095324?v=app_7146470109&ref=nf) too. ;)

Scazzino
03-31-2010, 06:48 PM
Hi Megalodon,

I used 24fps. That's the speed for film so you get a more film-like look as well as saving 6 frames every second, which adds up.

QuickTime (QT) is just a wrapper. You can use many different formats and codecs within a QT file. Since I was on the Mac, QT provided a seamless integration through all the necessary steps and I could send the files from Shake to GarageBand, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, iPod, etc... (or for a more pro setup you could of course use Apple's Final Cut suite, but I wanted to keep the book with the easiest setup to help get new independent filmmakers going)... :hey:

Scazzino
03-31-2010, 07:04 PM
You'll never go wrong rendering to frames and then compressing to a video format at the end of the pipeline. That way you can compress to various formats and compression settings for various distribution media...

OnlineRender
04-07-2010, 09:35 AM
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeee my DVD came threw the post this morning ! Yeeeeeeeeeeee
I'm too scared to play it , incase your signature for some reason eveporates :P "thanks " .
if I was an EBUYER :

5 STARS
Rapid Deliverly
Well Packaged :thumbsup:

will watch tonight :P

Cheers BLASTOFF FTW