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First Steps

Everything is still in the very early stages for a movie about Sparky. I'm currently researching possible mediums, with a strong leaning right now toward 3D animation. Now, I'm not a cartoonist or an animator or a 3D-modeler, so this is going to prove quite a challenge. But I've wanted to dive into this area for awhile now, so this seems as good a time as any.

Tools Research

I'm looking at Poser, a 3D character creation tool. Poser 6 just came out and has a cartoon rendering option that looks interesting. I'm still not decided on the look for the movie, whether it's more 2D cartoon-looking (even though generated from 3D) or more 3D-looking (think Finding Nemo or Toy Story). The character models I'll be using as a base will most likely be from DAZ. DAZ has a product called DAZ Studio I want to investigate for scene layout and animation. They also sell Mimic, a tool for synchronizing voice recordings to 3D character's mouth movements.

Other 3D options include higher-end systems like 3ds max and Maya, but I'm concerned that the learning curve may be too high for those programs.

I'll be using my old favorites, Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects for digital video editing and compositing, respectively.

I'd like to investigate potential soundtrack music from SmartSound, but if I have to I'll get some decent MIDI gear and do it all myself (an option I'll probably do in the long run anyway).

posted 2005-03-22 12:06:00