As I reflected upon 2018, I realized that I forgot to blog about one of my biggest film-related highlights. The animated 3D music video I had worked on for the past year and a half, The Simple Carnival – Go Away I Like You Too Much, premiered at the LA 3-D Movie Festival earlier this month and won 2nd Place USA Film!
I was able to attend this year’s festival and had a great time seeing old friends, making new friends, and watching some terrific films.
A heartfelt thank you to the LA 3-D Club, 3-D Space, and the fantastic audience at the festival for this honor!
A couple weeks ago, I gave a talk at 3D-Con about how I’m using Smitten 3D as a self-directed masters in filmmaking and animation. If you’re interested in low budget DIY indie animation, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes fun in this presentation.
The animated segments of this presentation were originally screened in 3D. If you have red/cyan 3D glasses, you can view the animated (and live) segments of this presentation in 3D by skipping to the 55:38 mark.
Here’s what I’ve been working on since July 2017. I’m hoping to finish it by July 2018. (Update from 8/1/2018: Not a chance!)
This is video #6 out of 10 intended for Smitten 3D. The Smitten 3D project is kind of like my personal Montessori school for filmmaking. There are very specific skills that I set out to learn with each video in this project. Some skills are artistic, while others are technical.
For “Go Away I Like You Too Much,” the original goals were the following:
1. Create a film that has a nonstop, kinetic energy and that is dizzying in a good way. Think Mad Max: Fury Road meets The Cat Came Back.
2. Make it look similar to a 1930s Betty Boop cartoon with rubber hose-like animations, but use Tex Avery-like exaggerations wherever possible.
3. The film should appear to be one continuous take, a la Rope, Russian Ark, and Birdman. Use a moving camera through the sets, providing a point of view that was never present in Betty Boop or Tex Avery cartoons.
4. Build the hardware and develop the software for a virtual camera (like the one used in Rango) for Blender so I can operate a “camera” in real time.
5. Learn character rigging and skinning in Blender.
6. Apply my theoretical knowledge about character animation to an actual animated piece; create real “personality animation.”
7. Model everything in the video myself; don’t utilize free CG model web sites.
8. Ditch my homegrown seven computer render farm and figure out how to render on hundreds of computers at a time using Amazon Web Services.
I hope to go into more detail about some of these topics at a later date. As of right now, I need to get back to animating!
Doing a bit of blu-ray authoring. Yes, you’ll be able to purchase this a few years from now:
I’ll be presenting my music video movie, Smitten 3D, as a work-in-progress at the DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery in Greensburg, PA this Thursday (April 21, 2016):
There will be two screenings — one at 7 PM and one at 8 PM. Admission is free. I’ll be on hand to introduce the music videos and demonstrate how they were created. While things will be family-friendly, this event is more for teens and adults since we’ll be delving into the specifics of how the videos were made.
If you or someone you know is interested in filmmaking, animation, 3D, or music, this should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!
Here’s a trailer for Smitten 3D!
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the new Smitten 3D web site at www.smitten3d.com!
Finally! Here’s the newest Simple Carnival music video, The Problem with Friends.
Heidi Engel provided background vocals and appears in the video. Chris Belin played the drum kit. I played everything else and created the video.
Get out your 3D glasses! The video for the new Simple Carnival song “Tornado” is here!
The Simple Carnival video “Everything that Grownups Know” is an official selection at 3D-Con! It will be shown in their Stereo Theatre the week of the convention.
I won’t be able to attend 3D-Con this year, but I’m envious of everyone who is able to go! It looks like it’s going to be the place for everyone who loves 3D.