My name is Chris George. I originally created the youtube series "FRIED RICE" http://www.youtube.com/friedricetv
and now I have moved on to a 75 minute full feature film also to be released on you tube. My main tool is Crazy Talk animator pro. I also use Hitfilm Ultimate and various video editors depending on scenes.
This is process is extensive. I have a cast of 17 voice actors from around the globe and numerous musicians/bands also donating their skills and time to this project. Originally starting off as a 20 minute short film, I thought, why not go full feature. I can do this.
Crazy Talk animator proved a real success for the series but as I progress further and further in to this film numerous issues arise or limitation that with some creativity I overcome and gets you thinking about what could be done in Crazy talk. I have posted before but as I am working my latest action fight scene I thought I would discuss what would of great use.
Primarily I am using the toons. The realusion toon characters/ builders are best they give the best picture at 1080p. Other content packs work but to be honest do not fit 100 percent. Reallusion need to release more of their own toon packs, bits and pieces for building characters and scenes, from animals to robots. Aliens and monsters.
Althought 2d, the ability to add shading and shadows on the fly would be a nice addition and help giving a production a more pro look. At the moment tests in grading the end footage will allow me to compensate some what but not achieving exactly what I want.
Using hit film, I add various particles fx. This is done by creating a scene and much like I would do in live action I often render the scene with out a character and then render the scene against a green backdrop to allow me to composite fx both in front and behind the character. I even create a green screen prop to stick behind a character remove later for different fxs as well.
Built in particle fx's like smoke, etc would also be a great asset
Since my story has a lot of emotional content/dramatic scenes Eyes and face expressions play a major part. CTA needs a better developed eye system. Pupil control, eye movement would offer animators a huge tool box of emotional direction
The same with hands. having hands hold something realistically is somewhat hard. Perhaps developing this maybe of use.
Different Toon angles would also allow to get better shots.
Iclone has a lot great features lets hope they can move a cross into CTA2. Kinnect for example.
As work to finishing this huge project I have already begun planning the sequel and hope CTA2 will be ready to implement into the work flow
Well I have said enough for the moment. my feature awaits. It wont animate itself...lol.
So any thoughts let me know.
Please also check out the following:Teaser 1Teaser 2Teaser 3Season one of Fried RiceOfficial Site
Fried Rice TV: Youtube Channel www.youtube.com/friedricetv