I AM NIGHTMARE Production Diary #6

I just animated the first shot with lip sync for the film which is the above wherein two characters (BOG and TEENEE) are talking to each other while walking. I can't say enough about how AWESOME the voice actors I got for the main characters are! I've only done one shot with dialogue but the characters are MORE alive then any I have ever done already ^_^

I'm starting off slow with these shots- with every new project you must adjust to the workflow and allow yourself time to readjust/replan the workflow lest you waste time in the long run

A new thing I'm doing with this film is that I created a bunch of background character animation like these people sitting at this table talking and drinking- they all have their own different looping animations

To populate and make the town in the film seem  more alive- I'm going to have a bunch of people standing around/talking/walking through town- NOW if they are all actual 3d geometry it can really bog down the scenes for both viewport performance and rendering time- so this is what I'm doing

I went ahead and created a bunch of different standing and walking looping animations which I rendered out using different orthogonal views with an alpha channel- the characters from the front, back and sides- I then loaded these rendered image sequences onto single polygon planes which I group like this to make super fast rendering and light background crowds and the like

Here's another new thing I'm doing- so I'm going to animated the entire film first and render the shots using the hardware renderer- then once its all locked I'll go back and do the final renders for each shot- NOW since I'm not doing real renders right now I don't have to care about the lighting BUT I'm going to animate 1500+ shots- Now if none of those shots have finished lighting setups that are ready for render than that means I'll have to create a lighting setup at the end and copy paste it into every shot 0_0 That's really dumb and a waste of time so here is what I'm doing

Inside each shot will be an XREF for the lighting setup like so

See the "xref_town_outskirts.c4d" file? Thats the lighting setup- and inside of that Xref is this

So at any time I can update/modify that lighting setup and it will automatically populate all 1500+ shots with the final lighting setup making the shots ready to render- of course I'll have to add a little additional lighting to properly frame the characters in each shot but thats no problem at all-

I've now created over an hour of new original music for the soundtrack and I must say its the BEST music I have ever made in my life 0_0 BUT I might have created TOO MUCH dark and epic music and there's not that many scenes in the film that need that much intensity- its a good problem to have though ^_^

I feel like I have been possessed lately making this music- my ear is still recovering and I had a migraine yesterday that made half of my body go numb- but I just kept making this music 0_0

During the last 3 weeks of making We Are Strange I was getting migraines daily- I still sat at my PC working, laughing at the ridiculousness of the pain- maybe a part of me went mad ^_^

It feel like all my experience with my other films- all the mistakes I've made- all the battles- its all starting to pay off in making this film fun to do- and all the years I spent making music that no one listened too- now those abilities help me make the music for this soundtrack for a film that looks and acts brighter than anything I've done before- but with this music I'm making there's definitely something  twisted and dark lurking underneath the surface... like that figure with the hat ^_^


  1. definitely awesome, have you seen the adult swim off the air ? it's basically shorts from different people, remixed to be super stoner bait, it be great if you tied to send the some thing for the next session if it gets picked up, any publicity is good publicity you know dude, here the Facebook http://www.facebook.com/offtheairAS they respond to every one so maybe try to drop a we are the strange clip on their wall(if i remember right it couldn't hurt to apologize for blowing them off before, you shouldn't even have to leave the house this time) what do you think?

  2. Is that black kid wearing an SS hat, Mdot?!

    1. 0_o Haha - I just used some "captain hat" as the reference for the model- and the thing on the front is the broken heart from Heart String Marionette.


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