VF48Hours Forum

Forum > Posts by toowit toowoo

Posts by toowit toowoo

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

Animation computer workstations

Also, I'd love to see what you're up to with the 2.5D paper cutouts! We used a similar technique with paper puppets in our 48 films in 2011-2012, it's such a fun aesthetic to play with, but ultimately a bit too time consuming for 48 hours.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

Animation computer workstations

After Effects is mostly processor and RAM intensive, so you'll want a good amount of fast RAM. I have 32gb in my desktop, and 16gb in my laptop. By default you don't need an amazing graphics card, but some of the best plugins for AE won't run without one, so if you're wanting to get into VR or use anything from Video Copilot, you'll want a decent gfx card with plenty of video RAM. This limits your options for laptops, so I just use a desktop for that stuff, and the laptop for simple animation and editing when I'm out of the office.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

Review Pyramid Scheme (is anyone stilll here?)

Yes please for the pyramid scheme.

https://reviews.48hours.co.nz/read/2019/dunedin/02/toowit-toowoo
https://www.48hours.co.nz/screening-room/2019-1/dunedin/banana-split/

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

2019 Prayers

The flip side of this is people who 1 star every other film because reasons.

My favourite review we ever got was: Very clever animation. 1/7

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

2019 Thoughts

Ultra this year I think was the first year it felt like what ultra should be: hard mode. Sequels are easier than making something from scratch, animals and children was tricky but fun, split screen is a massive challenge both technically and story wise.

For us the forth wall break felt natural, as plenty of coming of age films have narration to camera, but I do wonder if it was thrown in to give teams a push to play around with the way the frames interact in a split screen film. In the end we didn't take it in that direction, as there was just so much else to do.

We definitely felt challenged this year. Very funny when the ultra wheel landed on prequel first, I was looking forward to a chill weekend and lots of rage on the forum.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

2019 posters

Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

Solo teams past and present (and duos if you see this)

We have a script. All is well in the world.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

Solo teams past and present (and duos if you see this)

Split screen animation is a bit much... I think we might be doing some live action.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

Thread about anything else!

I think about half of our sequel was flashbacks, so I feel called out by this thread! We actually had enough time to play the entire first film as a flashback, but I cut it down to 50/50 for the sake of sanity. I feel the extensive flashbacks were justified, as we'd just moved across the country and nobody at the screening would have seen the first film. Also, animation is time consuming, we really struggle to get close to that 5 minute limit (it's not a target), so a bit of extra footage is a huge bonus.

Animals/children was definitely creatively more interesting. Especially as we spent the previous week rigging adult characters! Dinosaur musical that spans millions of years would not have been our first choice without Ultra. It's always good to have constraints to help the creative process, I don't think we'll ever not do Ultra.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

Solo teams past and present (and duos if you see this)

Animation is great for solo/duo teams. At least, we enjoy it! I'd still recommend writing a script though...

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

Thread about anything else!

Toowit Toowoo are back. We're on holiday overseas, so naturally doing Ultra Duo as an out of town team. Will be a bit of a weird vibe not going to launch/hand in, but we're hoping the extra time not stuck in a Dunedin traffic jam (AKA two red lights in a row) will be useful.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

PJ Wildcards 2018

Nice one Super Furious Ninja Dragon. Theirs was my favourite film from Dunedin (Invercargil) this year!

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

2018 Pyramid Review Scheme

It took a while to review them all, but I'm done. Hoping some teams will return the favour, as we never get any reviews from Dunedin. Thanks Rastinha and Mista Teas for our only reviews so far!

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

2018 Pyramid Review Scheme

Done. I've watched all the films in this thread and I'm working through the last of the reviews. As best duo nominees we're reviewing as a duo, so perhaps another review is incoming. I know she's seen it and likes musicals!

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)

toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 103

Ultra 2019 (and why you should do it)

Ultra really helps you refine your ideas and strip away needless complexity. Although I think it was harder for live action teams, it was a real curve ball for us this year because we had rigged a bunch of adult human characters.

We had to decide if we would adapt the human characters into children or into some kind of zootopia type environment, which would have been a musical + antro animals in human situations + another genre. In the end it just seemed too conceptually layered, so we went back to basics.

What I'm saying is that without ultra we wouldn't have made a dinosaur rap, so I'd totally do ultra again.

2019: Banana Split (Coming of Age) ULTRA DUO
2018: The Land Before Rhyme (Musical) ULTRA DUO
2017: Glasnost 2: Blood Moon (Supernatural) ULTRA
2016: Chasing Tail (Cat & Mouse)
2015: Glasnost (Buddy)
2014: Entropy (Time Travel)
2013: Lights. Camera. Wasteland. (Reunion)
2012: A Grave Mistake (Horror)
2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
2010: aVatar : A sign from Guarana (V48Seconds)
2010: Alex's Puddle: The Peequel (Ghost)
2009: Alex's Puddle (Big Twist)
2008: Lucky Break (Drama)