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Final Video Update

So earlier this week i had a little panic, the video render was soo slow it would not have finished in time for the show, and the size of the video would have been far to big to play smoothly even with my media player box thingy. So i did what everyone would do in the situation: i asked facebook for help, and it worked just like i knew it would, because i have great friends, and some of them (or rather alot of them really) are film people.

So with the help of Matt King I came up with a plan: Basically my film has way to many layers and most of those layers are far bigger then they need to be. When i started making the videos that the piece is put together of i did not think that far ahead, and they are all like super big, and then scaled down in the final look, its too much for my poor computer to handle. So i rendered  together some of the components of the film before i did the whole thing; so the 50 individual raspberry time lapses became one raspberry time lapse. I did the same with the butterflies, the meat and various other bits and pieces. The majority of my piece is mirrored, and only needed to be half the size of the final comp size, so after i had rendered all the components in to videos, i put them back in, and then i reduced the size by 50% and rendered again. It was going much smoother then before thanks to all the work i had done, but when it had 2 min left to render it failed, due to some error with keylight, the plugin i used to remove the green or blue background on the animations. So after a bit of tweeking i figured out how to get it to render again, and luckily the first 18 minutes of the film was already rendered and saved. I rendered the last two minutes and then put the piece together again. So now, instead of being made up of more then 5o different layers, the final film was made up of 10, so i doubled them up and reversed half, and its been rendering all night, and it 8 hours it will be ready! Its very exciting. Also i have rendered it using a different compressor, so hopefully its a much smaller video then the original attempt would have been!

Look at all the help i got!

Also here is the video rendering!! 6 hours to go!

Bank Holliday Monday? No Thank You, Not For Me!

According to my trusty calendar I am suppose to have everything finished by the end of NEXT WEEK!!!! EEEEEK!!!!!

Somehow i think ill be fine tho, if i stop sleeping and eating.

Anyway I made a plan, an almost complete plan for this week! It goes as follows:


-Put together new strawberry animation (done!)
– Sort out the 50 words, emails and websites for the postcards (almost done!)
-Set up new meeting (done, it will be on Wednesday at 11)
-Blog (in progress)
– Go to the supermarket and get new strawberries for time-lapse (Done!)
– Look up prizes for CDs and stickers for the Final Show Catalog
– Start new strawberry time-lapse!
-Work on the final video
– Bake a Cake (why? Cuz i takes my mind off all the crap i need to do today!)


– Write the 300 word statement i have pestered everyone else about writing
– Write the 50 work statement that I have pestered everyone else about writing
– Blog about last weeks meeting
– Work on film
– Go to post office!
– Look up prices of postcards printers in the UK
– Work on the film some more


– 11:00 meeting about cds, postcards, budget etc.
– Forward all the 50 and 300 word statements and pictures to Kevin for the website, to JB for the postcards, to Yui for the catalog and to Susan for the Zine
–  Try to work out a budget!
– Organize a tutorial with andy for next week
– Work on film


– Blog about wednesdays meeting
– Work on the film


– Work on film all day!
– Start a low quality render of the at that point final film!

If i am still alive after that i will celebrate  at the launch party for Awkward Magazine nr. 2 on Saturday!

reflections and plans

I need to lay out a plan for the next few days, i should do this all the time really, im bad at being productive.
And very good at procrastinating.

Thats probably why I like this blog so much, and the final show preparations: they are both ways for me to feel productive without actually doing anything (other then writing)

Today i walked to uni to cancel my print time. I am booked in at 11 tomorrow morning, but when i was there on tuesday he had no paper, so i had to source my own, that sounds easy enough but its not. I needed A1 paper, the right kind of paper with the right kind of coating and feeling. Most places sells rolls and sheets, but the sheets are only up to a3, maybe a2. and that just wont do. And a roll is a good 100 squids. So i went there to cancel, but then he found some paper after all! I was gonna go to The print space to get it printed, but I save much more money this way!

I’m printing a 60 x 60 cm print for the red gate gallery where i have a show its starting next week, i have to invite everyone!

I wanna apply for more exhibitions too, but thats probably a bad idea! At least for the moment.

Anyway, i was talking about a plan, and now im gonna make one!

at the moment im shooting a time-lapse of some white flowers dying, they will be dead enough by tomorrow so then i can get on with things.

This is what i need to do:

– finish white flower time-lapse.
– print print for exhibition
– do another octopus animation (i got a new one today, he is big, im gonna do one arm at a time)
– do stop motions of  toys (the bugs, the little animals, the soldiers etc.)
– stop motions of sweets (marshmallows, gummibreas etc.)
– do more time lapses of meat
– scan and animate the last of the drawings

I need to get one with putting it together the video. I think ill have it so that one animations is put on top of another, one will cover another up, that way it can be longer and still be interesting. I wanna find out how to use one of my drawings as  a particle in CC particle world in after effects too.

ok im gonna go distract myself again.


At the moment im working on some new animations, of meat!

I have got some beef, and just doing some stop motions of it spinning around, and some short time lapses!

Sadly all my videos end up being like 5 GB each, so i cant upload them to the internett, and i dont really wanna scale them down, its not necessary at the moment, and you will see them in the end!

Symposium and stuff

Ught i am sooo knackered! I have been working non stop for days and im not even sure why!

I was very unsure about what to do for the symposium so i changed my mind about 5 times, i have ended up with a 6 min video that i will talk on top of, i was gonna record a voice over for it but i just messed it up! I did one like this before but i got someone else to do the voiceover, so i didnt have too .I tried to record but ended up deciding against it, ill be able to say more in person anyway, as long as i try not to speak to quickly.

I have made a list of things i need to mention when i am there so i think it will be ok, ill write it all on the blg later, im so tired now im not going to do it for a while! Im putting the video up on Vimeo now tho.

I made what might be the start of the final peice, it is a 5 min vid, its mostly background stuff, and some timelapses. Im having a bit of problems tho, with the whole rendering this and getting all the specs right, i have made a copy in HD 1800p so the file was almost 19 GB, so not very handy, but anything else just looks so shitty, ill have to figure out a way to get it right, also how to show it, if i get an HD projector ill need like a blue ray player or something, and ill need to get my video on to a blue ray and i cant do that on my imac withut buying a player burner thingy to connect to my imac and mose sort of app for my mac aswell. Ill look in to it all soon though, and get it fixed as soon as i can .

I video i made is what im gonna show at the symposium, it was a lot of work but i know how ill have to do the final peice now, i have to start with the foreground ,the timelapses like i usually do with me printed work, then add the background later. I the video i did it the otherway around and it does not work as good. It still looks ok though. ill add the viedo here as soon as it is online!