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    ANIMATION.<br /><br />Also, other stuff.<br /><br />Come on, don't twist my arm here.<br /><br />OK, OK, fine. Music, acting, programming, guitar, piano, Objective-C, Shakespeare, writing, videography, filmmaking, the Beatles.<br /><br />And my kids.<br /><br />And wife.<br /><br />Not neccesarily in that order.
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  1. Darn it; I dinna even know it was happenin'!
  2. OK, it seems that the browser is working better but still not working entirely... it stops just as Week 8 begins, almost as the it can't find the end of the movie. But, given 30 people have downloaded it without complaint, maybe it's just me...
  3. Yeah, twice on the download. But now I'm watching it in the browser and it seems to be doing fine. Strange.
  4. Did anyone else lose the movie past about 1:22? All I get are the last title card and the last frame of the fall in alternating sequence til about 2:22 and then blank white for the rest of the movie. Did I download a corrupted version or should I buy a new computer.
  5. Holy s--- that was good, Robert. Forgive me if this was already asked, but about how long did this take to animate?
  6. Entry fees are (unfortunately) pretty common. (In fact, it's very rare that they aren't used.) I would suggest Googling them to figure out if they're a legit business.
  7. Video only; I can't afford to print to film, nor do I have the memory/disk space to render at film rez. For the new render of Cell-Phone, I used AO for EVERYTHING; it looks really, really good. I also fixed a bunch of animation problems and made a credit sequence for the end (I used a lot of publically available models, and I sure hope I credited everyone responsible). In addition, Jeff did a Dixieland arrangement of a Scott Joplin tune for the end, and Mike gave it all the film grain treatment with a Nattress plug-in. I'll let you know if I ever get famous.
  8. I'm pleased to announce that my short film "The Cell-Phone," winner of the first Mini-Movie contest, will receive its film festival premiere at the D.C. Shorts Festival on Thursday, September 14, 2006. This is a newly re-rendered and revised version, produced with a lot of help from A:Mers Jeff Lee, Mike Stamm, Glenn Antofer, and Rhett Jackson. In addition, my films "<ESC>" and "Soap Opera" will be showing at the first annual Idaho Panhandle International Film Festival in Sandpoint, Idaho. The festival runs from August 24-26.
  9. I don't think I can make it this time. Just too much going on this month.
  10. Re: fades. Although I haven't tried this, Yves once suggested using a Tint post-effect, with both colors set to black, and then animating the percentage from 0 to 100.
  11. In the Buffers tab under Output Options in the render panel, turn the Alpha buffer to OFF. Hey Noel, can that please be made the default again?
  12. In addition, depending on your DVD authoring software, if you're doing widescreen, you may want to render anamorphically so folks with widescreen TVs get the full resolution experience. I use 720x480 with the aspect ratio set to 1.18 (actually 1.185, but I don't know if AM accepts that much precision). The picture will appear squeezed, but if the widescreen flag is set it will look fine when seen on a DVD. You can re-size it to 853x480 to preview this.
  13. Wolf 359 is also seen directly in the first episode of DS9 (it's the battle in which Sisko's wife was killed).
  14. I got burned the last time we did it on Mother's Day, so I'm voting "no" for the 13th. I think any of the other days are good, though.
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