Presentation at 3D-Con 2018

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.

Work in Progress #1: Go Away I Like You Too Much

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!

New Simple Carnival video: The Problem with Friends

Finally! Here’s the newest Simple Carnival music video, The Problem with Friends.

You will need red/cyan 3D glasses to view this video properly, with the red lens over the left eye. If you want to view this video in 2D, you can do so here.

Heidi Engel provided background vocals and appears in the video. Chris Belin played the drum kit. I (Jeff Boller) played everything else and created the video.