“That should just about do it!”, said Wendy Pollreisz triumphantly as she clicked the publish button in tank and began the snappy publish to go through down through pipeline. “That’s one shot down, lets move on! I’ll be done with all my shots in no time at this rate. Happy Feet 2 is definitely going to be much better than number 1.”
Let me check off my list in my head quickly:
- My lead likes it, and he’s pretty sure the anim supervisor will like it too. That’s good enough for me!
- The feet are on the ground like I was told by FX. Well, not really but at least through the camera it’s looks that way;)
- I’m pretty smart, I had troubles getting Lovelace framed in the camera everything so I moved and scaled her down a bit to 0.94 and moved her down a bit. I had to unlock some stuff, but they said the were not looking for just some “button pushers”, so this should really impress my lead Mark.
- Some other artists who just started with me told me to just scale down the hat to 0,0,0 and hide inside Lovelace’s body but I think might cause some problems so move it out quickly to just behind the camera in one frame, too. It happens so fast that nobody will ever notice it! See, I have some tricks up my sleeve and I’m just a year out of SCAD.
Six hours later when this publish is done, I imagine the rest of the glorious pipeline, jumping happily and dutifully to work: from character finaling (thank God for them), to cloth/hair (such sweet guys), to lighting (it’s so good to really see what I’ve animated), fx (ugh, those grumps) and finally those amazing compositors that bring it all together, how do they do what they do?! Quite a process! But really, after it’s all and done, we’re just storytellers and I count myself lucky that I’m one of the fortunate ones to help bring it all to life.
I’ve heard some people really complain about tank (No, I won’t repeat those words here!), and they keep saying tank2 will be lot better, but I don’t know what they’re complaining about. It seems to work just fine for me, and I can just get busy finaling my second shot while it publishes – maybe I can get another one mostly done before trying out the ping pong table next to the kitchen… Version 37! Hee hee, I’ve heard some people go that high, can you believe? Sure, I can respect that a story change or something might push it to version 3 or 4, but version 37! That sounds just cuh-razy!