Space Drone wip for my short film

So… I’ve been thinking about making a live action short. With everything else that’s going on I can’t image shooting until much later in the year. I’ll post some pre-production stills as and when I make them.

This is version’s kinda half finished. It needs another manipulator arm and more detail around the engines.

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So the extra arm is in place. Next will be some fine detail, Bolt heads, pneumatic, piping wiring. This robot is meant to be working an asteroid belt, so with no planet to reflect sun the lighting’s super harsh. Materials are placeholder. I kinda like the glossy look. But I’ve noticed the real thing seems to be more matte. I’ll try some variations and see what works best.

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Words of wisdom from Neil Gaimen

‘When people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.’ ( Neil Gaimen )

I found this quote in the guardians article ten rules for writing fiction. In it several well known authors listed their personal do’s and don’ts for writing in a few paragraphs. There are some gems of wisdom for any artist. Philip Pullman simply says.

‘My main rule is to say no to things like this, which tempt me away from my proper work.’

Which is kind of a cheeky way of saying don’t get distracted. For him it’s about rhythm. He writes 3 pages a day, no more, no less, and keeps going until it’s done. As an animator I appreciate this point of view.

Processing

The open source community never ceases to amaze me.

Openprocessing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions.