The Ian Report #475 – Pedal to the Metal!
Dec 2009 02

Whew! That Thanksgiving was a doozy! I had four separate thanksgiving dinners, I think—nice to finally be back in the swing of things (and I have to admit, it’ll be nice to stop being perpetually stuffed).

I’m discovering all my best animating moments are total accidents. Weird results in the IPO curve that somehow result in the illusion of motivated movement;

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Half Acre Day Show! – 11 December 2009
Dec 2009 01

Half Acre Day, which is contributing a number of songs to Project London, has a show coming up on Friday, December 11th at Sunset in Ballard (Seattle). They will be performing a set at 10pm (approximately). Other bands appearing that night include Dept. of Energy, The Attic Graces, and Caleb Thompson. New HAD drummer, Dusty, was once in bands with some of the fellows in Dept. of Energy (Nevada Bachelors, Thistle) as well playing in Paul’s band Valu Pak.

Sunset: 5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107
Cost: $7 – 21+

Lunch with Captain Doug Pine
Nov 2009 30

We have been talking to Doug quite a bit lately after his harrowing experience with mutiny on the high seas. If you didn’t already know, Doug is a real ship captain who plays the captain of a floating restaurant in our film, Project London. Today, Doug took us (L to R: Doug, me, Ian, Nate) out to lunch at Hale’s Brewery in Fremont. Delicious food. Good conversation. Thanks Doug!

Project London: The Most Ambitious No-Budget Effects Movie Ever? Yes!
Nov 2009 28

Ian Hubert is interviewed on Jawbone.tv. The article is specifically friendly to Blender and Project London. Check it out!

Nov 2009 21

Yes, those missles look so cool flying across the screen… a huge flock of missles. All the missles on the planet. Dolf, we love the look of those missles, thank you!

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The Ian Report #474 – Whack-a-Mole Time!
Nov 2009 19

Basically, excluding some radical ideas we’re throwing around regarding the beginning and ending, all the sequences are mostly complete. We’re at the proverbial “puzzle-piece” time, where it’s just a matter of going through, identifying scattered undone shots, finishing em, and popping em in.

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The Ian Report #473 – Ian Loves Nate!
Nov 2009 15

These days, it’s literally enough to just look at the “Visual Effects Remaining Spreadsheet” to get myself pumped to keep going. Every task I look at just makes me go, “I can do that! I wanna do that right now!”—and I do!

We’re not so far off, now.

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The Producer’s Report #93 – Nathan Taylor is Awesome!
Nov 2009 14

Today I saw a shot that blows my mind. It’s an aerial POV of our epic monster with animation by the amazing Nathan Taylor. Wow. Stunning. We sensed Ray Harryhausen looking down and smiling.

Jen Forbes was in yesterday laying in the latest batch of scrubbed dialogue tracks. It was cool to finally hear Josh Truax (Nebraska) and Jen Page’s (Xing Xing) dialogue as they walked from the Goose into Icaria’s. I’m told that the remainder of dialogue tracks will be in the timelines by next weekend.

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The Ian Report #472 – The Week of Awesomeness!
Nov 2009 09

Ah! This is turning out to be a crazy awesome week.

I’m finally hitting an animation groove, where stuff is actually turning out how I want it to. Render, send to render farm, composite, repeat!

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Nov 2009 07

The Japanese Blender Party kicks off tonight in Osaka, Japan. You can see it online live, if you are up late.

We always start our meetings with “show and tell.” We look at the work completed during the week. This week was epic. Jen kicked it off playing dialogue tracks that had been synced and scrubbed by the audio guys. The tracks sounded great. The producers were ecstatic. Yes, they were ecstatic. Listening to scene 53, the Canada scene with a lot of exposition, we were overjoyed to hear it clearly for really, the first time. Ian peed his pants. Moving on. The visuals were off the chart. Ian needed a mop. We looked at shots animated by Ian and the two Nates (Taylor and Vegdahl) and believed we were looking at some of the best stuff yet to be put in the film. We are in love.

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