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April 4, 2005

artist's way: week 11

by gl. at 9:44 pm

tonight we did a poetry walk as our very first thing while it was still light. i gave them a choice between an indoor & an outdoor activity and as it only sprinkled a tad bit and wasn't very windy, they chose to go for the walk, which involved walking very slowly writing down in separate columns all the nouns & verbs (only nouns & verbs!) you experience. you can get a lot of words that way: in my case, 165 nouns and 136 verbs. upon returning, you write a poem, share, and -then- get into the chapter check-ins. this is my first time doing a poetry walk here and it turned out to be about the perfect path: the right timing, the right mix of suburban and forested areas, and not too difficult uphill.

only two more weeks left. yeep!

posted by gl. | permalink | categories: artist's way

LSGL work session #10

by sven at 4:54 pm

Time in studio: 2 hrs 30 min


lavaman enters vestibule
lavaman enters vestibule


I'm feeling better about the movie again. Last work session, I was hitting my head against a wall, trying to create new tunnel shots. Today I got the problem licked.

I was on the right track before -- I just needed to review how to use the Modeler tools correctly. Step 1: using the "disc" tool, create a tube 400' long with r=10'. Step 2: use "magnet" tool to create bends and lumps in the tube -- first using top-view, then side-view.

...The trick I'd forgotten was that if set "magnet" to "fixed", I can adjust the parameters (center, area of effect) by holding down the apple key and using the mouse.

Another cool trick I discovered today: I can drag-and-drop my .psd files directly into AE. Very useful for testing backgrounds! ...I just have to remember -- if the shot's good -- to delete the test file, move a copy to the folder where I really want it to live, and then re-import. Gotta keep all the image files I'm using close to my AE file -- don't want them spread out in a whole bunch of different places!

It's been interesting to discover just how differently various programs interpret colors. Looking at the shot above in Photoshop, Preview, QuickTime, AfterEffects, and Safari, some apps make it look like the cave is being lit with black light. ...Not exactly what I was going for -- but I won't complain.

Oh! One other thing: Today inaugurates my new work schedule -- M-Fr, 10-5, in the studio. At this point I'm planning on trying it for two weeks, then adjusting.

[Note that there are other projects besides LSGL that I'm doing in the studio. More about that later.]

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posted by sven | permalink | categories: let sleeping gods lie, movies