The Ian Report #450
May 2009 03

Ka-BOOM!

SUCH a rewarding week. There are 5 animations that Nate Taylor did months ago for the big “Breakin’-'Em-Out’ta-Pris’n” sequence, that have just been sitting around gathering dust waiting for their day to be rendered- that day is now! Huzzah!

Paul Spooner got me the fantastically detailed front lot scene, and I’ve been going render-crazy completing shots of the Tankbots firing, rolling around, and the Boulderwake smashing into the lot. It’s been really fulfilling putting together all these pieces that I didn’t even do! It is synergy!

The best thing about having all these little animated robot bits is that they’re re-usable- totally modular. Taylor sent me one animation of the Red Exosuit just marching- I can use that anywhere. I’m heading out to the store, so I’m rendering a shot of it patrolling the front lot just cause I can (and have nothing else ready for render). I figure it could be used as an establishing shot- basically for free!

Nathan Vegdahl will be working on the film full time come Monday- I’m ridiculously excited about that. We’re going to be working on the big ending finale… finally. I’m pumped to see how this will affect our overall progress.

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #67
May 2009 07

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 139
Number in progress: 10
Number completed: 388

Doom: 2AM (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
29 September 2009 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
31 October 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Narcolepsy” by Ben Folds. (See “Doom” above)
Nathan: “Summertime Rolls” by Jane’s Addiction off the Northing’s Shocking album. This song will drop you straight into a summer kind of mood. It is the sovereign cure for a cloudy day.
Phil: “Touch Up” by Mother Mother. I need a touch up right now.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)

The Ian Report #451
May 2009 09

And so concludes the first week of work sitting next to Nathan Vegdahl! He’s spending a few months working with us after leaving his last job working in video games- I’m more than a little pumped. We keep up each other’s motivation.

Tracy sent in some new slides for the expository “crazy history” scene- looking good!

A lot of work is being done on Subject C, from a bunch of fronts: Nathan Taylor’s working on sculpting out the rest of Subject C- adding doodads and such (I’d be more specific, but it’s a kinda a secret?). The file’s 90mb and growing. Paul Spooner is working on a giant eye for Subject C- it’s one of the most insane complex eyes I’ve seen. And Nathan Vegdahl is working on setting up a big rig for the guy.

I’ve been going nuts compositing shots for the big escape scene- lots of robots and explosions. Excellent. As I sit here, a shot of the front lot (modeled by Paul) is rendering, with the Goose skimming past explosions and dodging tankbots; the kinda shot that reminds me why I love doing this CG stuff.

Until next week- Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #68
May 2009 14

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 133
Number in progress: 11
Number completed: 395

Doom: Overly delicious tall mocha milkshake (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
22 September 2009 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
29 October 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “A Man from Argentina” by Billie the Vision and the Dancers. Because I’ve been working with Nathan Vegdahl all week.
Jen: “Castle” on ABC. Nathan Fillion is awesome.
Nathan: “The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver” by Elbow of the “Seldom Seen Kid” album. This song has a slow triplet feel that just simply moves. It’s a rhythmic trance, a boat ride, a slow lope on a horse, an anthem. This is a song that gets in your bloodstream.
Phil: “We Got Time” by Moray McLaren. Put it on. Turn it up. Let it wash over you.
Scott: “Skeleton Key” by Margot and his Nuclear So-n-sos. Listen.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)

The Ian Report #452
May 2009 17

Another good week!

I finished up most of the big lobby escape scene, which was the last big effects sequence that had to be done, excluding the big finale. The only remaining shot is one of the Goose coming in for a landing- fins extended, skidding around- which Peter Kovacs just finished animating excellently. I just need to render it out! It’s the perfect cornerstone for a pretty rad sequence.

Nathan Vegdahl is getting his animating legs back, and just wrapped up his first animation for the intro sequence, and has made most of the rig for Subject C. The shot looks incredible- easily one of the best animated shots in the film (and blows anything I’ve done out of the water).

Paul Spooner is still working on the mechanical eye- I think he’ll be completed soon! It’s ridiculously complex, and will look awesome in close-ups.

Nathan Taylor’s off at an animation competition this week- with any luck we’ll be allowed to see the result.

That’s all for this week! Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #69
May 2009 21

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 129
Number in progress: 9
Number completed: 401

Doom: 25.6% (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
14 September 2009 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
30 October 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 ‘Italian’: 1. Allegro Vivace” by Felix Mendelssohn.
Jen: “Rush Together” by Quiet Drive.
Nathan: “Dark Eyes” by DeVotchKa off the “Super Melodrama” album. This song is filled with violins, accordians and old world Russian pathos. If this song doesn’t bring an emotional response, then I don’t know what would.
Phil: “Show Me What I’m Looking For” by Carolina Liar.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)

The Ian Report #453
May 2009 24

Finished a shot of the Goose landing in the lobby today; a cool shot, and cooler because of the sheer number of folks involved with it. Dolf modeled, textured, and rigged the Goose, Paul made the lobby, Kovacs animated the Goose landing, Vegdahl rigged the small replica of Jerry in the cockpit, and helped me set up a “fly papers” simulation.

Looking at the final shot, it’s a rad culmination of all those efforts.

Michael Gallon did some of the best rotoscoping I’ve seen for this film thus far, and sent it in a couple days ago. It’s a shot of Jerry climbing into the Goose, looking back, and we needed to isolate Jerry in the shot so that the CG ship could replace the real-life helicopter tail. It’s a pretty seamless blend from one to the other- and one of the funnest types of shots to do.

Nathan Vegdahl has started animating like a banshee, a crazy-epic shot from the ending battle, and I’m working on storyboarding out the entirety of the same.

Phil Rogan is in the middle of an incredibly speedy rotoscoping job, rotoscoping some dudes heads for literally the better part of an entire scene- and he’s doing it in just a matter of days? Awesome.

So yes. Pretty rad stuff all around. Rah rah rah!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

Memorial Day Road Trip
May 2009 25

Today, I picked up Ian at 5am(!) to grab some pickup shots (stills) at three locations around town. It was a beautiful morning. We had the roads to ourselves.

Ian Road Trip 2

First, we drove to Ballard in search of vistas that would serve as a reverse angle shot looking out from the tunnel that leads to the hideout of The London Underground. We found it, and a lovely shrubbery on Queen Anne Hill.

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Then we zipped back to Bothell to shoot some more hospital exteriors and then we went back up to one of my favorite locations near Mill Creek. Remember the field with a couple radio antennas where Jerry cooks some crepes, Benin wonders why Chicago is coming to town and Xing asks Nebraska to pose “iconic” like for her camera? The sun was shining, I think we got some great shots, and it was great hanging out with Ian.

Phil McCoy
Executive Producer

The Producer’s Report #70
May 2009 28

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 122
Number in progress: 10
Number completed: 401

Doom: Phil’s new glasses. (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
17 September 2009 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
30 October 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “The Island” by The Decemberists. Because they don’t require explanations.
Jen: “Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” by David Crowder. Because modern interpretations of older hymns are epic.
Nathan: “The Story of Yo La Tango” by Yo La Tango off the “I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass.” album. This song is 11:48 and rules.
Phil: “Dreamworld” by Rilo Kiley. Nice.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)