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Re: Walkin' with Dinos
Reply to:RE>>Walkin' with Dinos 9:40 AM
>The new system for Disney Dinosaurs is truly remarkable in the degree to
all of these aspects can be controlled and rendered, but it was
expensive and takes a tremendous amount of time to render each frame. That, I
suspect, is the problem here with the BBC animation: budget and time.<
WORD. I must say, that the animators and modelers at BBC have done an
exceptional job with the money and time they've been given. The walk cycles
are the best I've seen for a T.V series. As Ray Harryhaussen always says
"we did the best we could with the money we had." Thus is the reality of
bringing creatures to life for film and TV. On our movie there wasn't
anything we couldn't do. But we had to be realistic and say "this takes
priority over this, and if we can go back and fix it, than we will."
Good job BBC!
Date: 9/15/99 9:09 AM
To: David Krentz
"Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." wrote:SNIPPED
P.S. As for the _T. rex_: it might look "sluggish", but it is definitely
> portrayed as active. However, one item I encourage the animators to do:
> remember that this is a 5000 kg animal - it is got to look like there is a
> sense of mass to it as it moves. (Part of the problem with older computer
> graphics is that there is no sense of gravity acting upon the objects).
Just to clarify the exact nature of this problem (less the poor animators or
software gets blamed improperly) the "dynamics" of computer animation has a
great deal to do with computing "power." That is to say... in a given amount
time with a given computer processor at a given budget, it may be physically
IMPOSSIBLE to render every aspect of the dinosaur.
A computerized animal is composed of (simply speaking) a skelton, muscle
skin movement, skin texture, movement, "bounce," weight (and more). Each of
these aspects requires a certain amount of "power" and time to render. On a
given budget, often some aspect has to be dropped. Often this is "texture" or
"weight" or "bounce."
My purpose here is to get the criticism focussed in the right place. Perhaps
the problem was ignorance and bad management, but more likely it was a
consideration. Not everyone can afford ILM (not even Spielberg).
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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