Work continues. I have been at Lightwave a bunch this week doing more effects shots and animations. The puppet sculpture is nearing completion and will be molded starting Friday. A long process and this time we will be using 1630 urathane to cast it instead of ultracal 30. Soon after the mold is made an aluminum armature will be made and placed inside the mold. Then we will cast it in foam latex.
Great day at the studio. John O’Leary worked his last day sculpting on a puppet for our TV pilot, “But Something is There”. Www.butsomethingisthere.wordpress.com John has been incredible to train as an intern and has become our good friend. He went from basic instruction to sculpting for the first time and finding he had hidden talents. Everything we taught him he learned well and excelled at. In the half year or more he has been with us he has learned the craft of Créature effects, makeup effects, props and more that he has recently been hired by a major Créature shop.
This is why we have the internship program at SNG. I have heard it said we are just taking advantage of people to use them to get free help. That is not correct. Taking classes for what we teach will cost you thousands of dollars. Check the facts online if you don’t agree.
John now has a career. By helping us and learning he is now being paid to do something he loves and is inspired to do. Money can’t buy that. We are so proud of him and of our studio. He will be missed. But as he was leaving the universe graced us with yet another amazing human being Jim Wolf. Ironically on that same day Jim started as our new intern.
Isaac and I are continuely working on the post production and effects for the pilot. Here are a couple of very raw image frame grabs from current animations yet to be highly processed. There will be a soft look to this sequence, dream like and surreal once we finished the animation. There are current 4 layers and have 6 more to add. Every creature is a separate layer.
As always be sure to click on the images for the larger full images.
We have so much going on at the studio that I have to do bits and pieces each day. But the primary drive is the TV pilot because this will end up being a series that brings in constant income and keep our people working.
We met Isaac Blair not too long ago but I have to tell you this man is awesome. And that’s his his nick name, “Awesome Isaac”. This man is quite a film maker, editor and visual effects junky like myself and we work together like a well oiled clock.
The submarine is nearly ready to test in the pool next week. You’ll get to see it all right here and then I build two more for a client.
If the money is right we still do client builds of anything from props to models. We also will make Creature effects and makeup for studios. But it’s my hope that our series will be well received and we will continue to be a full house production company.
Currently a feature motion picture screen play I wrote,”Star Voyager” is in the hands of the beautiful and talented Karen Carlson. She is shopping it to her connections in Louisiana.
in addition my dear friend Whitley Strieber is writing his project that SNG will produce later next year.
More in progress effects. Mostly tests today with 3 layers, boy on green screen and two layers in Lightwave. Hallways and the visitor. Lots more to do but worth posting. Most of these sequences will be given a dreamy look in post.
Effects work it progress. These frames are from work in progress.