The days since my last post have been quite busy in regard to Ara’s Tale.
A lot work revolved around Ara’s Song. This song has always been a central piece of the movie and ever since I wrote this part of the script I dreaded the time when finally the decision had to be made who should sing this song.
My original wish was to have a young female singer ( around 12 years) to match Ara in the movie. I soon recognized that this would remain just that, a wish.
As I had the sequence of Ara’s Song visually ready and edited, Phil could already start to compose the song and he created a wonderful quiet piece which just begs to be sung by a human voice.. He used a computer generated female voice, and while astonishingly good to have an idea for the song, it fell very short in comparison to a real human voice.
Luck stroke again and by sheer accident I discovered, that a coworker of mine has a daughter who sings in a choir as soprano singer. After some quick information exchange I got the agreement from Julia (that’s the singer’s name).
She is perfect, and … she is not yet 12 years old. What more can I say …
Quite some work was then involved to get Phil and Julia synchronized, but now it looks like this will be just perfect. ( there is still this little annoyance of actually recording the song … )
For this reason it took a bit longer to start work on the dragon, but finally I got there. And not only this, I also recorded the sculpting process of the head as a timelapse.
It is always astonishing how much work such side tasks actually consume. Doing the recording, finding the correct balance between length and speed and fiddling with video encoding. And one important aspect also needed its time, but I really wanted this to be in this video.
The whole sculpting process has a music score to it. The score is written by Phillipe Rey, the composer of Ara’s Tale. And while watching the timelapse you can enjoy Phil’s music and get a hint of what he is capable of and how his talent will have a huge impact on the final movie.
Here we go, dragon head sculpting sculpting worth ~ 4-5 hrs packed into 30 minutes. ( one small note: the title saying that level 2 with 1 mio vertices is now active is a bit too early )