I get by with a little help from my friends_soggy edition

This post is dedicated to all the people that have gone the extra mile, given up their sunny weekends and their time to help me out.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt is that it takes a village to produce proper animation, and I couldn’t have done this without them all!

Here’s a breakdown of the amazing humans that helped me in this painstakingly slow process:

Big big shout out to Maria, aka Marie Err the best friend an animator could ask for <3 Maria has been coming to my house religiously every weekend to help out in whatever needs to be done: character development, backgrounds and a hell of a lot of colouring! She didn’t know that much about animation, but I think after this I’m ready to open a studio with her hah! <3

Sayaka, she started as my little intern for the 2 weeks work experience. But not only she flawlessly animated a full shot on my film (which took way longer than the 2 weeks) she kept helping me with colouring and cleaning up. Always super nice and with a smile on her face! I can’t even, words are not enough!

Tomás, the most patient boyfriend ever. He’s literally helped me with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, including putting up with my mood oscillations, doing laundry, cleaning and cooking for me, colouring and some graphic design art direction he can’t avoid but to share 🙂

Image may contain: 1 person, beard and glassesZé, the 3D renders Santa! If it wasn’t for him there would be no cows on my film. He’s a wizard and puts all his office’s computers working for me during the weekends. uaaah!

No automatic alt text available.Phomer gave up on a very hot Saturday out, to help colouring Sayaka’s shot with gouache.

On top of these ones there’s Lily and Liam that have contributed with a bit of their time to help out colouring and cleaning up a couple of shots.

3d cows 4d blackhole

The last post I’d done before this neverending-dump-of-posts-in-a-day, lightly referred to the decision I took to do a shot of my film using cinema 4d – a program that is not taught in this uni but that most small animation studios use, and mographers as well. Having a background in mograph I always felt like I was less than others because I had no knowledge of Cinema 4D.

It’s not like I’m a superstar now but I think I can manage to survive if I get thrown a c4d task, so in that regard..

(let’s imagine that explosion to be a C4d project, look at me surviving – wow)

however, apart from having learnt the basics and stuff, everything else involved in this decision has mostly been a traumatic living nightmare.

Let’s start from the beginning..

First there was the problem of finding someone that could help me out/give me a quick intro to the software/would be there for me for troubleshooting. I’ve tried all my friends that I know are proficient in it: one didn’t know anything about animating, the second one just said he couldn’t do it and then ghosted me until now, the third one is away in a 2 months trip so no luck. I don’t have that many friends, so they were my options.. all busted.

I started panicking and thought maybe I could get help from the first years. To my knowledge, none of them knew how to use c4d, but at least I could’ve employed their 3d skills to navigate this whole new world.

(sorry, couldn’t help it!)

The only person I knew of in the first year that could do 3d had already been taken as a helper to one of my colleagues and unfortunately, when I asked my colleague wasn’t able to give me a couple of his days to help me out..
It was a major set back.

I had no one to help me out and I was going to have to figure the whole thing out on my own

However(!) Sara came to the rescue and linked me to a friend of hers that works for animade, Ricard Badia. And suddenly..

I have no words to describe how awesome Ricard was!
He came to my house on a Saturday and spent a whole afternoon shoving c4d knowledge into my terribly hungover brain. He basically saved my life and showed me that 3d can be fun! I am literally owing him big time!

However, even with a proper intro and all.. I had estimated I would be able to do the whole 3d shot in a week but it actually took 3..

Obviously, time estimates when you have no idea what you’re doing are useless and it’s always going to take longer. This cows’ shot is the main reason I’m not handing in a complete film but again, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and I am quite happy with the result so..

also big shout out to my friend zé, that has rendered all my 3d bits. I had no idea 3 d would take such an eternity to render without a literal render farm.. Thank dog I have friends that have access to them

no regrets

We’re less than 2 days away from handing in the final project. Mine won’t be finished. It’s the first time in my life I haven’t been able to hand in a project on time.

Was I too ambitious? maybe.. But if not in uni, where am I supposed to try new things and have the time to learn and experiment?!

Next steps will be getting this presentation done and hand in whatever I have. I am not looking at this assessment as my deadline though. I’m trying to have the film ready for the final show, but then again.. here I am in the library writing on a blog that no one reads and planning to spend the next couple of days researching theory that will back up a film that I did without the slight concern regarding scholarly references. This is frustrating and annoying. I’d rather be finishing the film.


(kind of) midway reflections

I’ve got to a point where all I can think of is the film. I wake up thinking about it, I go to bed and I have a really hard time falling asleep because I am constantly thinking and rethinking everything. Yesterday I even installed google sheets on my phone so I can update my production sheet every time I have an idea – without risking forgetting it.

I have also been burning that midnight oil this last week and yesterday I decided I want to animate a shot using Cinema 4D. It’d be good to contextualise that I have close to no experience on the software (why Inês?! why?!) so I am naturally panicking a little bit. However, I do have some very valid – and hopefully logic – reasons to do this:

  1. I have always wanted to learn it, and the shot I decided to do will actually be very simple shapes wise if I use C4D.
  2. I am hoping that the time I lose learning what I need to get the shot done will still be less time than animating the whole shot in 2D.
  3. No need to go back to colour – it’ll render completely finalised so (fingers crossed) yay!

It’s all really hectic at the moment and I cannot really find the time to stop to think and write, but I’ll try to come back soon with more stuff!