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About LoisHasNerdyThoughts

3D Art Generalist who enjoys all things Creative and Technical

Color Applier/Unity Application

Okay, its been a while but I’ve been working on the above for some time now.  I’m really excited to finish it.  It’s getting closer to completion.  Hopefully it will be finished by the end of February.  It’s part of my monthly goal. This month is to finish a prototype (I did a non-game and a game << more on that later) and an Animation.  I am still working on the animation and will be finishing/posting that up soon.  Next month is 3D Sculpting!


BIG HERO SIX: review


So the other day I went to see BIG HERO SIX with my cousin.  I love watching Animations; whether its 2D, 3D, stop motion, and… really anything animated.  I was so excited to see this and I must say I was not disappointed.  The story, the action, the characters, and the visuals we’re fantastic. The only thing I was a little iffy with was the performance capture.  I’m not a huge fan of it, I like to see animators bring the characters to life its thrilling to see their interpretation of how the character would act.  I mean animators are just like Actors without seeing them or hearing them.  Anyway, it was better to use performance capture because of all the action.  It’s a Marvel comic on the big screen so there is bound to be some really good fight sequences. And the sequences were eye candy. I love fight sequences, animated or otherwise.

I say go see the film, its worth the money and you won’t get bored.


I’m A WINNER!…Unity Pro License

So this post is a bit late but this past weekend I went to a Unity event to learn more about the software and about the new features coming out in Unity 5.x.  I’m most excited about the Runtime GI and HDR. The new GUI system is apart of 4.6 but I’m so happy they have something to make an Interface easier. Anyway, at the event everyone there had a chance to win a free Unity Pro license.  If you haven’t guessed already from the title I won :D. I received the license about a day or so ago and am playing around with it. It’s great that I got the license because I was thinking about getting one but didn’t know how I would pay for it. This perfect for me!

What also is cool is I’m on the beta team for Unity 5.  That’s all I’m going to say on that.

It’s Unity, Unity, and more Unity for the rest of the year and probably beyond.  I’m working on a project for work so I’m probably going to know the ins and outs of the software by years end.  Here’s hoping!


Programming Project for Work

Unity 3D

Unity 3D Logo

So I currently work as a 3D Generalist at a recreational company.  I model, texture, some times light and composite.  Recently, I have been working in Unity to create an application for the dealers/sellers.  Its a relatively large task, which would require me to focus on color changes, part assembly, moving around the space, submit a quote, email customer service, touch screen capabilities, print content, connection to the web (it might be cheaper/smaller to make it a desktop application then a web one), switch through the catalogue, input custom playgrounds, and more.  I already created a prototype for another product line but this application is going to be heavier and more demanding.  It’s a big task that would need to be created by the end of the year but I’ve never been afraid of a challenge.  I’ve been reading and watching as much as I can on Unity, C#, Python, C++, and shader creation.  It’s going to be a lot but I’m more then ready for it.


Doctor WHO Premiere…In THEATERS!

Promo photo

Yesterday, I say the Doctor Who Premiere in Theaters along with Behind-the-Scenes and a short Prequel. The prequel featured the Paternoster Gang, Madame Vastra and Jenny were trying to prevent a ship from crashing into London and Strax was updating his blog.  He was explaining the regeneration (“degeneration” as he put it) of the doctor.  I was hoping to see what was going on in the TARDIS but the prequel was still good.

I missed a few things while watching the episode the first time.  There was some whispering of questions and loud laughter but for the most part it was a lot easier to watch the show in comparison to viewing it at a bar.  This episode has gotten me feeling that there are a lot of dark things a head for the Doctor and Clara.  I’m not sure how I feel about the doctor but if the next episode is an indication then I think I’m really going to love this series!

 


Dr.WHO Season 8 PREMIERE

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Yesterday I went to the DIESEL FILLING STATION to watch the premiere of Dr.Who.  I started watching the show when Matt Smith was Doctor.  I fall in love with the idea that all the Doctors personalities are fragments of the DOCTOR.  I am trying to watch all the episodes starting with the original.  I got past a few episodes (I’m at the Mayans) but am taking a break to get some real work done done.

The episode was pretty good.  I’m not sure how I feel about the new Doctor but as the 11th/12th Doctor said “Give him a chance” so I will do just that.


MomoCon 2014

This past weekend I went to MomoCon.  My first since I moved here to Atlanta (more in another post).  It’s a little different then I’m use to.  It took me about an hour to park and an hour to get registered.  By the time I was in, I missed two panels I wanted to see.  I honestly didn’t think it would be so big and in a hotel until I was at the place.  There were only about two registrars, one for cash and the other for credit.  I thought that could done better.  The cosplayers were plenty but not many were professionals.  Some of them looked like they bought their costumes online.  I’m not dissing it, it’s just an observation.  I love cosplayers of all kinds.  What I hate (I found out while experiencing MomoCon) is when I ask for a picture and they don’t pose.  It turns out it’s a pet peeve of mine.  I asked two Inuyashas for photos and they either sat or stood there with a blank look on their face.  It was very disappointing for me, I deleted the photos right after.  It was bring the experience down 😦

The guests were pretty good, a nice variety.  I missed some panels because of registration but I missed others because I planned my day badly.  There were about 2 or 3 voice actors from Futurama (my favorite show) doing a script reading of “The Matrix”, I missed that.  What a shame!  The panels I did go to were not that great.  Either people showing a video, ranting about something, or just taking questions (though that’s not that bad). I spent a lot more than I wanted to and waited a lot more than I wanted to.  It felt over-crowded at times for such a small venue with many different levels.   My overall experience was okay but I doubt I would go back next year.  They were more negatives than positives at this convention.  ComicCon is next week but I don’t know if I should go.  I know it will be great but I might just wait till next year… we’ll see!


Sherlock Series 3 Finale

His Last Vow

I have to say that the season finale was by far the best in terms of acting(!), staging (production design), story development, editing cinematography among other elements.  I hope next year during award season they take notice because the actors deserve it. I hope Cumberbatch gets at least a BAFTA but I won’t hold my breath, he seems like the Leo Dicaprio of Britain.

My favorite scene(s) was during the moments when Sherlock was in his mind palace after being shot.  Those moments are a perfect blend of camera shots, lighting, color correction, sound design, music, acting, and staging.  Re-watched this episode a couple of times and will probably watch the series (1-3) just to get my Sherlock fixes and to come up with theories; some will seem random and weird.  My main theory is Moriarty is still dead.  From that theory I have three ideas on how his organization could still functioning:

  1. Moran was promoted to run Moriarty’s organization.  He was in the stories and was Moriarty’s right-hand man.  It would be a logical next step.
  2. Moriarty knew he was going to die and set his organization/people to run without him.  There have been plenty of real stories about this. EX. the woman who died of cancer had a friend send a letter to a radio station only after the woman’s husband found love again.  SO, Moriarty is alive in the hearts and minds of the people in his Organization.
  3. Dear Older Brother Mycroft could have faked it to save his little Brother.  I admit I was reading some reviews and I thought this one was pretty good. Mycroft loves his little brother and considering he suggested his brother get sent off on a mission that he would die from then why not fool people into believing the infamous Moriarty is back.

I’m fully aware that my first two ideas wouldn’t work because Sherlock said he dismantled Moriarty’s organization but remember that Sherlock was trying to fool Moriarty so its only fair that Moriarty fool Sherlock.

To be honest I hope Moriarty is really alive.  He was the perfect kind of evil, the kind that wasn’t afraid to die. To me that is something to fear. Magnussen was creepy but I didn’t fear him.  He was terrified at gun point. Moriarty was the right kind of crazy, which meant he could control anyone or anything because he had no fear.

We’ll all have to wait to find out what will happen.  I’m happy that they will be writing a fourth and fifth series.  It sounds like they will end on the fifth but I’m sure they won’t go any higher than a sixth. Based on their turn around the fourth, fifth, and possibly sixth will come out the 2016, 2018, 2020 respectively.  That’s a good run for any show.  You have to end a series at its highest instead of letting it slowly die.  I like the creators because they seem more concerned with story and character development than making as much money as possible from the series.  My examples are House and Monk.  Both characters were influenced by Sherlock and both series went on and on till someone pulled the plug.  I don’t believe the creators intend to do that.  They have Doctor Who but even that will probably end in a few years (I’m thinking before the final series of Sherlock).  I could be wrong but I hope they do it that way.

Check out the interview with Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue: http://collider.com/sherlock-season-4-5steven-moffat-sue-vertue-interview/

And this one with just Moffat:
http://collider.com/sherlock-moriarty-steven-moffat-interview/


Big things this New Year

I know this year is almost a month old but I’m trying to do big things at a reasonable pace.  Most people get burned out after working hardcore on their New Years resolutions.  I want to go at my resolutions at a reasonable pace so that I can carry out everything I want to do in the new year.  First on my list: Be more sociable  online! I don’t do much blogging, tweeting, or facebooking so I’m trying to improve my presence online.  My other goals are to improve my network and get more personal projects completed.  I’ve had a lot more story ideas as of late.  I wanted to be a member of SIGGRAPH for a long time but never put time aside to join. Today I paid the membership fee for the first time.  I look forward to this year and plan to do big things 🙂


CLOUDS!

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Make pretty clouds for free with this wonderful Maya script.  Its really easy to use, however, if your using lights it takes a long time to render (about 15 minutes to render a frame).

http://www.creativecrash.com/maya/script/emfxclouds-cloud-generator