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toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
Posts: 113

What kind of rules would you like to see in Ultra next time?

Hey, we made 2 films! Was fun, but also quite difficult, so definitely a good idea for ultra.

We actually decided to do the same genre twice, because with two genres and free entry there is always the opportunity to game the system by only filming the genre you wanted. I guess with ultra you would have to finish both or be DQ'ed so that wouldn't be an issue. We didn't really have a problem with picking up discarded ideas for the 2nd film either, there's a reason ideas get discarded!

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

What kind of rules would you like to see in Ultra next time?

in reply to jjosland:

Maximum run time 30 seconds. Even some of the 3 min films really dragged things out. Less is more.

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

Gems of the Screening Room Lockdown Edition

MEGA SOCK FORCE

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

Gems of the Screening Room Lockdown Edition

Escape From Planet A4 is my kind of jam. The kind of paper puppet stuff we used to do except this is actually good.

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

Lockdown genre numbers (a math nerd's theory)

We used a random number generator to avoid this nonsense, ended up with #3 anyway.

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

2020 Lockdown Poster Thread

I always enjoy seeing people make posters for their films. Here's mine!

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

After Effects Render Issue

You can try edit > purge > all memory and disk cache if you find AE is hogging more space than it should. Save your work before doing this. Exporting to .mov in general doesn't work well out of AE, you'll find most containers and codecs are now only available by exporting through Adobe Media Encoder (ctrl+alt+m).

Personally, I prefer to export to png sequences, as they're lossless and compress really well when doing clean animations with lots of solid colour, and if you have issues half way through a render you at least get all the frames up to that point.

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

2020 Lockdown Roll Call

Hypothetically, if we do make two solo films within the same bubble, should we pick the same genre to keep things fair, or different genres to keep things interesting?

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

2020 Lockdown Roll Call

in reply to FromAnnabelsBrain:

Agreed. We're now debating whether we have time to make one film each.

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

2020 Lockdown Roll Call

Trying to convince the wife that it'll be totally stress free, and we can totally make a film in the 30ish min a day that baby and toddler are asleep at the same time. At least we'll have plenty of time to come up with an idea.

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

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.

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

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.

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

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/

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

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

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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: 113

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.

2020: Taste The Happy (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
2020: Seven Eight Nine (Whodunnit) LOCKDOWN SOLO
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)