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  • Rendered in C4d then worked on in Affinity photo to give it more painterly look.  There will be close ups on it so I thought it merited extra attention. 

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  • Another small detail to the set. It was fun to design the label so I hope it's somewhat visible in the final cut. 

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    18 hours ago, CApruzzese said:

    Another small detail to the set. It was fun to design the label so I hope it's somewhat visible in the final cut. 

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    Me too, with the pentagram it has a creepily authentic look for a bottle of Absinthe.

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  • Still moving on this. Last week I recorded the narration with my voice actor and this week I've spent about 10 hours  editing that and adding sound effects and music. At 9 minutes this will be my longest project. I noticed in the poem the chair is violet, not green so I changed that. Still working out how literal to take some things. 

     

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    Hi - one thing that stands out to me - you've got this roaring fire in the fireplace, but it seems to be giving off absolutely no light.  The inside of the firebox should be glowing and that should spill out onto the floor.  You can do some nice spooky lighting and shadows with this. Keep going!

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  • That's all true! I am going for a different look, I did a more realistic fireplace in this film:

    https://youtu.be/xg3T2Bfamm4

    If you advance to about 1 minute 20 seconds you can see what I did. For this one I wanted less frenetic lighting effects but I might change my mind as I advance. There is a very strong spotlight in the fireplace but it's not casting shadows for some reason. My goal was to reduce the importance of the fireplace visually but you have me thinking that might not be the best idea! 

     

    I tried something else and you changed my mind.  I can keep it less real but still have some dramatic effect.  Merci! 

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  • Up to clip # 10. I have snow falling outside the window which works in this scene but in at least one other where the window isn't in shot, the shadows for the snowflakes looked like flies are something buzzing about so I nixed the snow in those shots. I have just finished 5 shorts with an over the top platypus character, so it's little hard to be so restrained in this one! 

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  • The whispered name "Lenore" 

    I decided early on that Lenore would appear as a ghost/memory and I had sone ideas on how to do that, which I think worked out well. 

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    I like the idea of the snow, for me snow (few times I have seen it) give a comforting sense yet at same time the cold dark of winter.

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  • 9 hours ago, bobc4d said:

    I like the idea of the snow, for me snow (few times I have seen it) give a comforting sense yet at same time the cold dark of winter.

    Many adaptions  have it raining, but since it "was the bleak December"  snow was more likely I thought. The snow is a bit of an issue with the shadows it casts from the hard shadow light source outside. Unless you see the snow in the window I turn it off so avoid it looking like there are bugs are something running over everything.  I am at the point where he will open the window and let the raven in and I think a blast of snow will look more dramatic. I also forgot to turn off volumetric lighting my last render when it wasn't needed and it rushed the render time to 17 hours for a 16 second clip! I started it before bed and it was still going at lunch the next day! 

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  • Moving ahead despite the holidays. "Perched above my chamber door." A little over 3 minutes into my 9 minute animation. The raven has finally showed up and next shot it is on the bust over the doorway where it says for the next 6 minutes. I lit in in a blue light, like comics do when they want to show black but not make everything too dark to see. 

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  • A little more progress. Keeping the raven itself in shadows mostly. Partly becuase it's a good way to hide minorprblems with the fethers when the wings are folded, most more becuase I think it's more mysterious that way. 

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