Its been a busy week, I’m painting full time again. I’m starting to fall back into the routine of things and it feels good. Painting isn’t an easy way to make a living, but its given me back a certain degree of freedom to pursue what I want, and if you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, then you know what that is ... the movie!

Yup, its probably impossible, probably crazy and a big waste of time ... but I’m not ready to give up on all my hopes and dreams just yet, so lets get on with the update and I’ll tell you how its going.

The armature has legs (at least thighs) these little joints were tougher to figure out than the others. One side is stable and can’t move, its for things like knees and elbows.

After some experimentation I settled on using a 1” piece of aluminum that I cut and mill into shape using an angle grinder. I drill two holes to attach the ball and socket set up, and tap a hole in the end that accepts the 8/32’ threaded rod that I’m using for the bones.

My goal for this week is to take this new armature all the way to completion. Hopefully I‘ll do it, the feet still have me a bit stumped, but I’ve got a few ideas.

I’ve also been busy working on the SFX for the first shot. Specifically, cutting in the tiny little flames on the ends of the candles. I’m using an editing program called Sony Vegas to composite in the live footage of burning candle light. So far, I’m pretty happy with the results, even though its been a real cluster fuck of moving mats, and key frames.

I also wanted to thank everyone again for all the kind words and congratulations that Tanya and I have received about the baby. We’re very happy about the ‘coming’ new addition to the family, so thanks everybody.

See you next time


Anonymous said...

Jeff, I’m happy your finding a way to follow your passion & congratulations to you and your wife!!!


JON said...

Hey man,
Armature looks great and that video still is AMAZING! Looks absolutely professional! Lighting, composition, puppet, and set... Impressive!

Jeff Lafferty said...

Thank you very much Deanna. I'm feeling good about my decision, and Tanya says hi and thanks too.

Thanks Jon, but I'm just following your lead :) keep up the good work dude

Ethrendil said...

Wait is there a video? Of the puppet in motion? I can't wait to see some animation tests! That armature looks crazy complicated, best of luck Jeff!

M-Flem-Jr said...

SWEET, SWEET, SWEET Jeff! Looks amazing man! Like Jon said that Video still looks fantastic! Looking forward to seeing it! Nice job on the armature front too.

Jeff Lafferty said...

Yup, there is some footage finally. I'm planning on putting it up in the next blog post (probably Saturday night) Thanks for the comment Brandon

Thanks Veronica and you too Mike.


Sean Tiffany said...

That screen shot of your guard looks AMAZING. The lighting alone looks great and I can't wait to see him moving!!!

jriggity said...

congratulations you guys!!!

and man...I cant wait to see it.


Jeff Lafferty said...

Thanks Sean and thanks Justin