Thursday, November 20, 2008

3DX Festival Singapore Day 2

today is my 2nd day, n also the last day for me in this event x)

in the previous post i said tht the 3D tht we're doing is actually 2D, sorry, i was wrong.
i asked someone today how do they categorize it, the 3D tht we're doing is still 3D, n the other 1 is called as Stereoscopic 3D aka S3D.

the topic for today was mostly about the programmes, projectors n cameras used for making 3D Stereoscopic.
i dn really understand wat they talking about, cz i dont know all these stuff. LOL

but Autodesk gave a sharing on the pipeline in making S3D.
we start our usual pipeline in Maya, then import it into our compositing softwares, like Combustion, n then put it into Autodesk Lustre n done.
k, from wat i heard, for S3D, we need to composite TWICE.....1 for the left eye and 1 for the right eye. n Autodesk Lustre is a software where u work on the S3D editting.
So, it is Maya---->Composite softwares------>Lustre------>render.
i hope i didnt get the wrong message. LOL

then we have sharing from Dan Glickman, Chairman of Motion Picture Association of America(MPAA) and Jim Gianopulous, CEO of 20th Century Fox. * u see how many big time ppl i meet in this event?lol*
k, basically their sharing was basically kinda same as ytrday, about the new film era, Stereoscopic 3D n how is this new era gonna help the world economy, especially at such time. After all, ppl still need entertainment!!!
besides that, Jim showed a very short preview of Titanic 3D!!!!!woo-hooo
guess u all cant wait to c the hand+window part in 3D eh? LOL

there was some discussion n argument on PIRACY n this is a BIG BIG BIG issue in our industry. it's OUR ENEMY! 1 said tht with S3D technology, nobody can do a pirate copy of it. but, he was disagreed by another person saying his new released S3D movie has ben pirated and it has the same 3D effect O_O!!! LOL pirates' technology damn keng also. HAHAHAHA
sooooo the only solution is, consumers, pls pls pls dn buy pirated cds. LOL

ok, thts all about the sharing.
in these 2 days, i had 2 new experience.
1st, imagine....u get to watch Bolt together with the President of Walt Disney inside the same cinema hall. LOL and also watch Journey to the Centre of the Earth with Brendan Fraser too!! LOL it was a good show. alot ppl say Journey was a bad 1, but i don't think so. i watch it in 3D at home...erm..pirate DVD, ahahha! but when i saw it in S3D 2day, it's really really, DIFFERENT. i'd say the director is good. the story isnt draggy, everything was straight forward. i dn feel bored at all. n fyi, i actually dislike adventure movies like this.

2nd experience is watching a U2 concert in cinema. lol.
yes, it's U2-3D. a U2 concert, shot using 3D cameras. and u really feel like u're there in the concert.

Anywya, today i asked someone whether my eye which is cacated will make me being left behind in this new S3D era, and he said : for an animator, story is the most important. nothing to do with 1 eye or 2 eyes.
i was happy to hear that x)

so my fellow CG Artists and animators, let's move on to the new CG era, Stereoscopic 3D!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

3DX Festival Singapore Day 1

i learned alot from this festival. i meet big people. as in really, really BIG BIG ppl.
Brendan Fraser, i was sitting behind him oni. LOL Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks Animation SKG; n Mark Zoradi, President of Walt Disney Studios Film Entertainment.

im gonna share with u what had they said here. it really got me start thinking more deeply in the CG industry in the future and inspired me.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks Animation SKG -
The film industry is turning into 3D. Dreamworks Animation are all gonna start producing in 3D starting from year 2009, Monsters VS Aliens.
His 3D doesnt mean those 3D stuff tht we did n produce in Maya n all, but the 3D tht u need to watch with the special glasses. The 3D that we're all doin now in Maya is consider as 2D. haha
He said, in 7-8 years from now u will see all movies in 3D. From films,to TV series, dramas, ADs and so on. Being asked y is he so sure bout that, he said : when movie 1st started in many many many years ago, there's only pictures, but no sound. n Later on, there's sound. movies without sound were left-out. After that, colors were added. Then B&W movies were left-out. n Later on, 2D(the Maya 1) was created. n now, ppl wanna feel the movie, ppl wanna be in the movie. and 3D was created, sooner or later, the films u'reall watching now will be left-out as well...
1 day, 3D glasses would be a fashion trend. Everyone will own a 3D glasses that can be use as sunglasses when u're outside.
He then showed a lil bit of Monsters VS Aliens in 3D. it's more than the trailer u saw in cinemas. Nobody have seen it b4, besides the ppl in Dreamworks of course.
Basically he's trying to tell us to start making 3D movies. the CG world is changing. u can watch 3D from IMAX, cinemas or even, AT HOME. this is the important thing i take note of. x)
he also showed an 3D Animated film which will be release in 2009, Coraline. guess what, it's from the creator of Nightmare Before Christmas!!! MUST WATCH.

Mark Zoradi, President of Walt Disney Studios Filmed Entertainment -
He said, when we make a film, STORY is very important. ppl always go for story story story story but that is not wrong. but now, d demand has changed. start thinking bout story story technology technology. demand is high now,ppl wanna experience the movie. From motion pictures, now is EMOTION pictures. *wow,i love this statement*
He didnt talk much, but he SHOWED alot of Disney Pixar's future films' trailers. There's Beauty n The Beast 3D, Tron 3D, Toy Story 1 2 3 in 3D, Boltz 3D, Up 3D, GForce 3D, Cars 3D, and some concept arts for Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton and the Christmas Carol. ALLL these, none in the world has seen it b4. n another privilege, they showed Bolt 3D, the whole movie. it's not release anywhere in the world yet. haha! it's nice tho, LET IT BEGINNNNN!!!!

after all these, i guess u all know what this festival is for right? TIME TO CHANGE TO 3D!!!
n this is where a BIG question appear in me. how am i gonna watch? i got 1 eye cannot see 1. n 3D needs both eyes for the glasses. hhahahah! no answer still. LOL nvm, ill stick to 2D larh. xD

so these are the important thing i wanna share, and if i can recall anything tht i've missed out, ill update over here. x)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

random WIP

planning on a new shortfilm, n this is a render test to make myself feel the mood. LOL
this is still WIP, work in progress...done during free-time in office x)
will add on more details later let u c ABIT ABIT 1st. ahhaha

i very sien. thts y i blog. LOL waiting for time to pass in office -_-

and now, i'm off to Singapore for 3DX Festival for 3 days...
will come back n feed info x)

-stay tuned-

Monday, November 10, 2008

3D Bites : A Shortfilm Competition

a competition organised by Autodesk and ACA Pacific and the event was today, at Avenue K, Quattro.

Team 4+1 took the chance to enter this competition.. a team consisting of 4 guys and 1 girl..

we started 2gether as the left-outs in class. when we group ourselves together, we knew, this is gonna be real hard. cz we're considered the weakest team among all. we don't have someone who's really strong in art or technical in the group...all of us are just...normal. but this doesnt bring down our team spirit.

we came out with a concept and characters

we started off with a story and Chris made changes on it until the whole thing gets reallly complicated and harder to do...LOL. we kinda lost faith in ourselves tht moment. thanks to Seng Han, we got a new idea. same characters, same concept, but new story. and it's like..few more days left to present the storyboard to Chris...

one of the storyboard where Thief is running

so we came up with the new idea and proposed to Chris. he doesnt advise us to do so at 1st, cz we dn have the time...but i promised him that we sure will vomit it out for him 1. we had a war for the whole night...and we showed him wat we promised...x)
our spirit was building back up edi this time...
then we had another war again another night for the final animatic presentation. tht 1..we vomit blood. AHAHAHAH

but, we screwed that presentation up. we kena bad comments and feedbacks from the people we presented it to. we were the worst again. LOL
nvm, we moved on with what we have and c what can we do in 3D stage.

after seeing the 3D characters we start to feel the film already. our spirit grew again. but we still lack of an ending. we do not know how to end the story...lotsa ideas we came up with, but it sounds..just not the right one.

after seeing the entire rendered still mood of the background, we totally feel the whole film already. we were on high spirit that time. so eager to c the final outcome...
we started together, worked on it together, finished it together,







and finally, we won together... x)

believe it anot, we did not have any conflicts among ourselves throughout the whole project...we're very straight forward. we always have an open discussion to voice any unhappiness in the team. i LOVE this team. x) even if we didnt win this, i still love this team. you guys feel me, i know. hahaha

here, i take the chance to congrat Zhi Kyu's team, Samuel's team and also Junn Tseng's team x)
for ur info, The One Academy's team all were shortlisted in the Top 5 and 1st 2nd 3rd place were sweeped by us. i am truly proud of The One Academy and thank God i didn't go to the wrong place. x)

here, I present to you The Chase.......!!!!!

and here, you can take a look at Berbird's team, Squeak n Franky:

enjoy!!!!! xD