I still haven't completed anything, which frustrates me. My computer had to be set back to a restore point, so I lost all my audio. Which I thought I had added to my latest restore point but didn't. Nor can I find the flash drive it was stored on originally, and I left on it in case something like this happened. I had it in the front pocket of my purse, so there is every possibility I dropped it somewhere. I have been all over my place, and my work, and didn't find it. At least I have another source for it, if he still has a copy. But nothing has been done with my recorded audio. I did get myself a copy of Aardman's 3-D Animation book. well, Peter Lord's animation book, but as he is the co-founder of Aardman I guess it can be counted that way. It has a lot of good information. I looked closely at the lighting setups in the book. One thing I have been struggling with is correct lighting. I have decded to make myself some cheap lights using torn apart lamps and coffee cans. I am guessing if I get the right kind of bulb or insulate the outside of the coffee can I can keep from burning myself. I have also been looking at how they animate Wallace's mouths. It is interesting. I think I get it, so i am going to attempt to put my existing mouths into a block of clay that matches the ehad of whatever I and attempt to animate some dialog that way. Just for testing purposes. The book has really got me excited gain to play around with things again. I have a table that currently houses my computer. I have decided I am going to clear it off completely and use it as my new staging area. My old was a card table. This table is much more stable. May make it easier to keep from bumping or moving things until I get enough money for an onionskinning program. And a camera that will allow me to shoot from it directly to the computer. I plan to get a sheet of metal and attach it to a 1x1 frame. Use that for my anchoring floor. Then I will get a piece of plywood and add blocks of wood to the back so I can clamp it directly to the back of the table. I also plan to get a clamp that can attach to my camera to stablise it a bit more. I found one I like online, only to find out they stopped making them. So I am looking for another one that is similar. It is a C clamp with a ball joint and a camera platform on the top. You can loosen a knob to move the camera to whatever position you want then tighten it again to keep it there. I have only seen one other like it, but the web site looks iffy. I thought of trying to make one myself, but a walk through several hardware stores tells me it may be more difficult than I can do right now. Especially without power tools.
this weekend I intend to record more stories and to get them all posted here. We shall see if I actually get it done or sit in front of the microphone doubting mself again. I tried to do itlast weekend, but I just kept clamming up. I do not know what my problem is. Maybe i will invite a friend to listen in so I feel less like a loonatic talking to myself.
OK, I think that'll do for now.
Have a great weekend.