I want to welcome everyone to our Production team forum for the Summer '04 session. Setting up this forum was Scott Vigil's idea and I'm very excited that we now have a means to communicate before the quarter begins - so thank you Scott!
In this forum, ideas for our group project are welcome.
Some thoughts about the class:
Historically, the Production Studio classes have tried to do a Pixar-like short which has generally yielded unsatisfactory results because of time and man-power constraints (Pixar generally throws 80 animators at a short with a 2 year timeline, we have ~18 people and 11 weeks). I would ask you to keep in mind that we should scale back our ambition from what this class has attempted to achieve in the past.
In my current Spring '04 quarter we are trying something very different and, so far, it has gone rather well. Instead of making an animated short (a la Pixar), we are simulating an ILM-like experience. The ILM studio is only commissioned to make effects sequences for someone else's movie. Baring this idea in mind, we are not telling a complete story but are creating a short effects clip - in our case, a landing sequence in an Episode II-like environment that has only 4 camera cuts and lasts only 20-30 seconds. Our goal is quality, not quantity, and to create a sequence that is as close to the Hollywood quality bar as possible.
So, please give next quarter's project some thought in advance, as will I, and post your thoughts on this forum.
One thought I have for next quarter is to take an old sci fi b-movie and redo its effect scenes a la Star Wars rerelease. This would be an on going project from quarter to quarter until, in the end, we have a complete movie with revamped special effects. I'm looking at this as our way to work on a movie without actually having to film the actors, etc, giving us as near to movie production experience as possible.
The film I'm considering is 1962 East German movie called "First Spaceship On Venus". The project would require us to storyboard new sequences, design new ships and vehicles, and re-invent the surface of a planet and the remants of an ancient, but technologically superior civilization.
Here are a couple of links for the movie (the second one is in German, but has better screenshots):
First Spaceship to Venus