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Saturday Night’s Alright * February 8, 2009

Posted by William J. Meyer in Jack's Post-Production.

Made great progress yesterday. Saturday has always been the clutch day for this project. I should finish scene seven today, leaving me with just the climax, scene sixteen (number seventeen on the Picture Lock Progress graphic represents the main on end credits).

So what kinda throw-down has occurred during the last year of post-production on The House That Jack Built on a typical Saturday at the Robotika Applied Media Lab (wipes brow ostentatiously)?

Well, here’s what went down yesterday.

8:00 AM – Rising of the dead.

8:30 – 9:30 AM – Breakfast at Bradbury’s. Coffee, roasted potato and egg crêpe. Hold the grits, please. Also did a smidgen of research for the eventual full-fledged Jack website.

9:30 – 10:30 AM – Milling about. You might say wayfaring.

10:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Animation and compositing. Animation using Poser, Trapcode Shine, Trapcode Particular, and After Effects. Compositing and rotoscoping using After Effects. Matte paintings for backgrounds created in Photoshop. Bluescreen compositing using Keylight. Drank Arizona green tea.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Lunch. Takeout from Hong Kong Café. Sesame chicken with white rice and wonton soup. Eaten while watching Battlestar Galactica on Hulu (“Blood on the Scales,” episode sixteen of season four).

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Animation and compositing. Found a pretty solution to lightwrap on the Creative Cow forums. Thanks to Darby Edelen.

6:00 – 6:30 PM – A brief walk around the neighborhood.

6:30 PM – 12:30 AM – Animating and compositing. While waiting for Poser renders, worked for a bit on the Jack poster, added filters to Matt’s ADR, and added subtitles to scenes seven, twelve, and sixteen. Also watched a bit of my classes from this term’s fxphd. Drank several cups of Senseo pod coffee.

12:30 AM – The dead returns to the grave.

End of day shot tally: animated and composited 17 shots for scene seven, an estimated 76 layers per composite (includes precomps and their layer totals).


-William, Director

* (For Fighting)



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