Since: May 2011
One of the smoothest years by far for myself, I was expecting the whole thing to turn into a massive train-wreck come Sunday morning but we managed to make it through with plenty of time to spare!
Signed up at the very last minute under the name Bork!, had no actors lined up, and the team I usually work with were all down in Christchurch (I was doing the comp up in Featherston this year) so I was on my own. Felt like trying something different this time around, so decided to give 3D animation a go.
Got the genre and elements from the meetup and thought up the idea while driving back from Wellington.
Didn't bother with a script this time around, just went straight into modelling the characters along with some extremely rough (and messy) placeholders for props and environments. After that I started doing a first pass animation for all the shots. Had the previsualization by Saturday morning.
The goal was to make something no more than a minute and a half long, but by the time the previs was complete it was almost 4 and a half. Ended up cutting quite a bit out by the end of it all.
Midday Saturday I made a few calls and pulled on a few friends to help with props and textures. The three of us put together the small list of required assets throughout the day. I did as much refinement to the animation as I possibly could before the big render over Saturday night, but due to time limitations we ended up sticking with a lot of first-pass animation in the shots.
Spent all of Saturday night rendering and compositing the shots. I thought we weren't going to make it since they were taking hours to render. It wasn't until I turned off the motion blur pass that things started to speed up dramatically (damn you motion blur!) and the mood got a little less frantic.
By Sunday morning all the shots were rendered and composited, all that was left was sound and music. I pulled my sister in from London to help with scoring the film. All the pieces managed to come together relatively quickly and we had a finished short by 3PM on Sunday, an outcome I never expected.
I agree with you dramamike about the curve balls, everything seemed like it was business as usual (minus the 5 minute timeframe, which totally works!), but I'm okay with that.
Will be doing it again next year? Hell yes!
- "Night Shift" - Musical, ULTRA
- "Perpetual Pause" - High School
"Power Down" - Survival, ULTRA (unfinished)
2016 Bork! "LOVE.EXE"
- Rom Com - National 3rd Place, Wellington Winner
2015 Domino "Self Rising"
2014 Domino "Tight Package"
- Race Against the Clock - Christchurch Finalist
2013 Domino "Vic TV"
- Unspoken Words (Silent)
2012 Domino "Shred or Alive"
2011 Domino "Dead Comfy"
2010 Domino "Death Pass"
2009 2E "Red Dot Special"
- Politically Incorrect
2008 Domino "Home Invasion"
2007 42 Below "A Slice of Jehad"
2006 42 Below "Better Late Than Nevil"