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So I just came back from Atlanta for the frist of many orientations at Georgia Tech, which is where I'll be suffering for what I hope to be a 4-6 year period as I get my PhD. Man, am I overwhelmed... and a bit excited all the same. I'm absolutely going to give it my best and good things always come when I'm in that state of mind. Hell, I didn't even start animating until my first summer as a overwhelmed undergrad.
I finished FallOut 3 none to long ago and am now just exploring around the world. My character is noble yet demanding of money to the degree that I find myself asking "What Would Baltheir Do?" before I commit to any challenge.
I'm also playing Fire Emblem for the DS--which is GREAT! It's kind of like chess in a weird RTS kind of a way. Maybe I SHOULD give Valk. Chronicles a chance after all...
F L A S H N E W S
Professor Layton 4
I've got about 3000 frames left to animate at about 30 fps. I want more lines from Ty though and I'll be seeing him tonight. I should work on not listening to the audio a thousand times before I start animating because then all the jokes wan and grow dull and I waste motivation on working on the project. But after this nice break, I've returned pretty nicely to this 4th episode. I think I'll be more motivated once Luke makes a return too.
The Love I'm Searching 4
I passed the half way point in February, but the file has gotten mad corrupted. So, I'm using back up .fla's to piece together a working file to continue from. The whole process takes about 3 hours, but it's just so troublesome when it happens. I finally decided to--FOR NOW--split the animation up into "slices." I'm thinking 5 slices should do it, each with 1/5 of the animation allocated to a stable and relatively much smaller .fla file. Doing this will even let me post some of the finished slices on my DA account so you guys can see bits of what I've been working on for so long. I'm really proud of this piece so far and how it's coming out.
BABY: I Love You
There are A LOT of songs with "Baby, I Love You" in it. xD
I've gotten some character models done and I have a pretty good idea of how I want the animation to start and finish. Middle parts are still kinda iffy in my mind. I won't officially start this project until The Love I'm Searching 4 is at 80% at least as to not spread myself too thin.
Pick UP Act 3
I'll only have 6 minutes to tell a compelling story that can completely describe what Blue Box is as a company, get Patrick back into the story, introduce a series of new characters, and still be interesting to newcomers to the Pick UP series.
But I can't attack this animation like a music video like I had for the first two Acts. I'll be drafting a script before i really start. Right now I'm brushing up on some indie films to develop a more poetic style of telling this story.