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Alien Visitors Survey the Earth 12
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OverLord Carrara World Zim 6 1
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CCMP Year 1: Vote for your favorite Story Line
Posted: 25 January 2013 08:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 46 ]
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No one has mentioned that it would be nice to write whatever is chosen to be expandable, (or shortened). By doing this, the movie can start out short, but scenes can be added to lengthen it.  More scenes as time allows, but not start out as an overwhelming ,(huge project).

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Posted: 25 January 2013 09:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 47 ]
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McGuiver - 25 January 2013 08:18 AM

No one has mentioned that it would be nice to write whatever is chosen to be expandable, (or shortened). By doing this, the movie can start out short, but scenes can be added to lengthen it.  More scenes as time allows, but not start out as an overwhelming ,(huge project).

It has been mentioned. The first story of the Alien Visitors lends itself very well to this ideal of chapters and was the original CCMP idea that first came to me. Because the visitors arrive at all different sorts of locations on Earth, chapters could be built independently and compiled and recompiled as more chapters are completed.

The Duck story on the other hand is more linear, following particular characters through their adventures. Such a story lends itself much less to chapters, but would probably be more interesting to watch.

The Alien Visitors is basically a contrived mode for doing a Carrara environment showcase. Ducks, more of a traditional story. Both have particular benefits and challenges. Alien Visitors would be “easier” to pull off. In the Duck story the audience is expected to “care ” about what happens to these birds. In the Alien scenarios it is unclear how much connection the viewers are expected to have with the visitors.

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Posted: 26 January 2013 05:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 48 ]
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Rashad—-

I agree with your comments. And in many ways to me——if one can get some sort of connection with the audience with a character or two—you really have something. I would think it might be easier with ducks and geese for instance than an alien but obvious there are examples where folks have made even aliens “lovable” .

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Posted: 29 January 2013 05:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 49 ]
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It would be nice to see a few more votes. Smiles .

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Posted: 29 January 2013 07:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 50 ]
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I really think we could try and mix the alien story line(12votes)  with the Ducks go south story. We would probably have more interest from volunteers by the looks of it and that would be nice to involve more people.  I do have a bit of an idea to tie the 2 story lines into one , I will post a Storyboard sometime in the next day or two.

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Posted: 30 January 2013 07:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 51 ]
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Hey ,
Here is my attempt at mixing the 2 stories together in storyboard form.  I am far from a creative writer but I think this works , let me know what you think.

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Posted: 31 January 2013 02:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 52 ]
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what’s up - no ones voting - 12 to 18 - guess the ducks WIN

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Posted: 31 January 2013 06:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 53 ]
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Hey Mike
          —-nice story board and effort to try and mingle the space aliens and duck stories as one . I am not sure about the participation to date with these (33 votes)  ....maybe its both stories are not compelling enough to draw a bigger crowd.

Although——I think one could detail what you did above and make something pretty decent—- I am not sure it drags more folks though which was the point of trying to merge them.

What I do know now is—-Seeing some of your skill and some others with Carrara -I am more confident than ever to think that nearly any story might be made into a pretty good looking movie.  I think the production could match the stories.

Seeing that we have the “easy come easy go ” short—to work upon as a practice as it were——-maybe we should entertain more story ideas—I know this took you some time with this above but—just thinking to try and garnish a bigger crowd of folks maybe we need something else . I have time this weekend to try and if not for here a good story is always handy to have if you can create one.

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Posted: 31 January 2013 11:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 54 ]
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Bit of a concern here - the easy come easy go test now has all the assets required, yet no animator has volunteered to take it further.  If we don’t get animators on board, this whole concept will fade away.

Come on guys - there must be someone who is capable of animating a Carrara figure in Carrara:)

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Posted: 01 February 2013 08:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 55 ]
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Hey ,
  I could take a crack at it but it will be a big learning process as I don’t do animation , although I know the basics.  Maybe I will start a “learning” thread and that could generate interest.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 56 ]
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Roygee - 31 January 2013 11:29 PM

Bit of a concern here - the easy come easy go test now has all the assets required, yet no animator has volunteered to take it further.  If we don’t get animators on board, this whole concept will fade away.

Come on guys - there must be someone who is capable of animating a Carrara figure in Carrara:)

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I see no-one has downloaded the rigged figure with facial morphs yet to see if they can pose it https://www.box.com/s/8o4idk888bxnpzcmfq7w

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Posted: 01 February 2013 12:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 57 ]
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Hey, Wendy, I just did:) - I never got an advice that you had uploaded an update.

Mike - yes, it would be good to get some interest going with an animation learning thread.  Iv’e made a few really bad character animations before I came to the realisation that this simply isn’t my thing and started concentrating on modeling.

If we are wanting to make a seriously good movie that showcases Carrara, we need to do it the way studios do - there are specialists in each field - modelers, colourists, riggers, lighters and animators.  Each of these requires a different skill set and even, possibly,  a different personality.  In this community we have some serious animators, but they do seem to be mainly using outside, pre-made moves - BVH, Poser walk designer, Aniblocks, etc.

Now if an old fart like me, who has never done any serious modeling in Carrara is prepared to take a couple of days to get familiar with the VM and even have a god at rigging, surely the good animators among us could take off some time from importing pre-made and have a stab at doing some good, old-fashioned original key-frame animation?

What is actually required to get this going?  A walk cycle or two, some bending down and picking up, maybe some facial expressions.  Surely not beyond the skill-set of folks who do (or say they do) a lot of animation.

The idea of doing this test short is really good - this way we can judge whether we really do have the depth of interest and reserves of skilled volunteers to make a go of a much more involved story.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 06:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 58 ]
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Mike—I think that would be a good idea a training thread for animation or at least a place to help folks get going. And Roygee——-I think trying is learning. And yes to make a cool movie we need a number of pretty good specialized souls and maybe a good number of super generalists to boot. smiles.

Getting more folks to try things is definitely another plus for the test shot.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 06:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 59 ]
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You want me to mess with some animation work? Tell me what you need.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 06:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 60 ]
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I must say… I didn’t think I’d care for animating a duck. But this is different - and I’ve reconsidered. When it comes down to it, I’m friends with all of our local Ducks. Well, all the birds. I love Ducks and would love to help make your story come alive. I don’t always have a lot of time - many things in the fire… but I could probably turn out an impressive amount of recording in a week. But someone would have to tell me what you want and what models to use. I haven’t been watching, could someone give me a link to the files and story?

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