Saturday, May 2, 2009

Production update on "The Afflicted" or how I learn patience...

Work on The Afflicted is in full swing again - or should I rather say, crawling progress? Since my clever idea of combing the .veg files doesn't work, I'm back to rendering scenes in bits and snippets again, and spent the better part of yesterday and today evening..... waiting.

As much as I love movie making, I could do very well - very well! - without the long waiting-on-something-to-render pauses. Very, very well. I'm not an impatient person at all - I spent hours fiddling on scenes to get them just so - but snippets rendering drives me crazy. Especially as I'm hardly able to watch what I put together beforehand - filming in 1280x720 has it's drawbacks, as my computer isn't even able to show me a preview even when the settings are set to lowest quality - well, it shows a preview, but skips a lot of frames.

Which means that I see imperfections after I have rendered... go back, fix them... render again... wait again.... rinse and repeat.

Sigh.

Nonetheless, I've made a lot of progress. Here's another screenie, with the great city MikeDBoing modded for me... minus one very cool detail I want to keep secret until the film is finally released. :)


More updates soon to come.... if (and that's a big if) I haven't fallen to lunacy while waiting...

7 Kommentare:

Kate said...

God, I remember the frustration, but this sounds even worse than the good old TM days. Is it? (I'm thinking of learning MS or iClone someday.)

I hope your pain and patience will pay off!

sisch said...

I wouldn't say it's worse.. at least you don't have to worry about sound-synch bugs and random black frames. It just eats up an incredible amount of time. The more ingredients the scene has (I'm not talking Moviestorm here, in fact that renders pretty fast), the more effects you put in (moving sky in the background, playing two videos at the same time, greenscreening; just to name a few things), the longer it takes. The 2:15 min scene I'm rendering right now in Vegas takes a bit over an hour..
Once it's finished and you got everything right though you're rewarded with something crisp and gorgeous looking. :)
I would love to see a new movie by you!

Killian said...

Perfectionism (is that even a word???) has it's price, me dear ;)

HatHead said...

I have felt you pain Sisch.

Also, the blog looks great - did you change it up?

Peace!
HH

Guppi said...

Get Norrie to buy you a new powerful computer.
Show him a pouty lip, or some cleavage. That should work.

Richard Grove said...

The pix looks great. At least you have something good after all that waiting. A quad-core cpu would help render times, or a render-farm using an older computer. Of course, that costs money. Maybe for the future.

sisch said...

Aaah Ricky.. I definitely need to find that crook of gold at the end of the rainbow. :)

@HatHead - thank you, I spent quite some time on the new design!

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