A major milestone is reached !
I have the visuals done for scene 1, 15 shots in total. There may be minor tweaks along the road but nothing serious any more.
Finishing the shots for scene 1 was a testbed for me to discover the needed workflow and techniques to bring the shots to life. It wasn’t clear that I would ever be able to achieve what I had envisioned, but to my delight I am very pleased with the results.
This shows me that the short can be done (with a lot of work of course) and that gives me the motivation to keep on working. Further on I have now the techniques in place to tackle the remaining ~45 shots in an efficient way.
See here for some frames taken directly from the shots.
And here are the first 103 secs of Ara’s Tale. 3 shots in the inner-eye sequence are still from the animatic as they require set 2 to be ready, which it isn’t yet. The shots were rendered at 50% resolution (960×540) so you can easily scale the video up to see more details.
I will now slow down a bit after the heavy workload (and long nights) during the last few days. After that its time to start the modeling and texturing of set 2 and sculpting and texturing the dragon.
That means that updates will most probably be a bit less frequent for the coming weeks.
I also won’t show full shots from now on, but only stills, but I hope to get a trailer/teaser ready sometime early next year.