For the sake of clarity, I thought we’d just post all the sprint-related info to the blog.
First, to answer some questions. The sprint will be taking place this weekend. We will be sporadically available throughout all of Saturday and Sunday. This is the time when we will be monitoring progress, giving feedback and direction, assigning tasks (if necessary) and hopefully maintaining a live stream on ustream!
However, we know this work takes time to do well, and we will be accepting submissions all throughout this week, ending at the end of next weekend, on the 5th of April.
An important instruction for everyone:
When you start working on something, please add your name and what you’re working on to this wiki page:
This helps everyone keep track of what everyone else is doing. Also feel free to link to WIP images/animation next to your name.
Also, for now we’re holding off on animating kids, because we don’t have a rig for it yet. So please stick to animation of adults.
Keeping the modeling focus on adult characters is also a good idea. If there are kids in the market, they will be in the minority.
A little background info about the world our movie takes place in to get your minds going:
The world of the film is sortof a medieval fantasy. So technology-wise, we’re talking 1600′s or earlier. Dragons, obviously, exist in the world, as do other fantasy creatures. But these creatures primarily exist in legend. The city is populated only by humans.
The city of Ishtar is decaying. It used to be grand and rich, with a prosperous population, but it was destroyed by religious war and drought and the following famine. Apart from the wealthy few, most people who live there struggle to survive. They are a hardy bunch, a bit possessive and curt.
We need city background characters modeled! A bit of common details in David’s character designs:
Crossed belts/leather, patched clothing. Only basic jewelry. Simple tools, simple weapons for defense. Uncut hair and tattoos are common.
- Market Vendor/Seller
- young or old, boots/leather equipment/armor okay. Like Sintel’s design.
- Loud and busy.
- young or old, maybe primarily women doing the buying
- simple clothing
- Ishtar guard. Man of authority.
- Religious man.
1. Download simple biped adult rig for proportion and size reference. If you like, you can also download a couple of our character files as a starting point (links provided below).
2. Hop on IRC #blenderdurian on freenode.net.
3. Look at the example concept art and reference
4. Create your model based roughly on the size and proportions of the simple adult rig, and based roughly on the concept art. Variation is strongly encouraged, but try to keep the size and proportions within the “adult” range, and keep the pose similar to the simple rig.
5. Post progress to the IRC channel. Pasteall.org is a great site for uploading your images.
6. When you’re finished, rename your blend file “description-name_for_credits.blend” Replace “description” with a simple 1-3 word description of the model, and “name_for_credits” with the name you want us to use to credit you in the movie if we use your model.
7. Upload the file to blendswap.com under the Durian Category (IMPORTANT!). Note that by uploading to the Durian category, you are licensing your model under a Creative Commons Attributeion “By” 3.0 License.
Don’t worry about fitting your character to the rig. We’ll be building custom rigs for the characters we use. Just use the rig size as a reference point.
Where possible, minimize multi-layered flowing clothing (skirts, dresses, capes) as this is tricky to deal with on our side for animation.
If you add hair, do it with particle strand hair.
Model Downloads for Reference and Reshaping:
Final Sintel Model: sintel_model.blend.zip
Ishtarian Woman (by Jonathan Williamson): ishtarian_woman_01.blend.zip
Tanner (by Jonathan Williamson): tanner.blend.zip
Simple Biped Adult Rig: simple_adult.blend.zip
What we need:
- Kids (lower priority)
Misc market place stuff, for example:
- Person browsing at a market stand
- Person tending a market stand
- Person paying a vendor
- People sitting on boxes, resting their legs
- Two people bartering
- Anything else you can think of
- Person pulling a cart, coming to stop (cart model provided below)
- Person startled by Sintel run/dodging around them (video clip provided below)
1. Download simple adult rig (link provided below)
2. Hop on IRC #blenderdurian on freenode.net.
3. Look at the list of animation tasks/ideas (listed above)
4a. Pick one and work on it. You can ask one of us if there are any items that we don’t have enough of yet.
4b. If you pick a “specific shot” (above), please ask for further instruction. The requirements for these are… specific.
5. Animate the character directly in the rig file. Please *no* NLA. Work within a single action (NLA is difficult for us to transfer to other blend files). If you don’t know what any of that means, you’re probably fine. Just animate.
6. Post progress to the IRC channel. You can upload videos to youtube or vimeo, or upload video files to our public ftp (information below).
7. When you’re finished, rename your blend file “AN_description-name_for_credits.blend” Replace “description” with a simple 1-3 word description of the animation, and “name_for_credits” with the name you want us to use to credit you in the movie if we use your animation.
8. Upload the file to blendswap.com under the Durian *and* Animation categories (IMPORTANT!). Note that by uploading to the Durian category, you are licensing your animation under a Creative Commons Attribution “By” 3.0 License.
Walk cycles can either be animate in place or moving forward. We don’t really care. We can use it just as well either way.
All animation should be 24 frames per second. Non-looping animation should be 3-4 seconds long (our longest shot in these scenes is 4 seconds).
And here’s a short clip from the market scene. Each of these shots should be pretty much filled with people.
market.mov Alt: market.ogv
(Spoiler alert. But it’s really not bad. You won’t have any idea what’s going on. )
Public ftp info
ftp to: download.blender.org
password: your email address
When logged in, go to the directory “incoming”. What you put there is visible here:
Please keep files to reasonably small file sizes.
OKAY, I think that pretty much does it!! Let’s do this thing!
–Colin & Nathan