Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another little test clip

No post. Getting there!

What was that? from eric provan on Vimeo.

Staying Motivated

Lack of Motivation is probably the number one killer of these types of projects. Thankfully for me, the motivation for this project is still very much there. More so then even my last film. I feel very connected to this film. Where my last film was more generic and soft, this one is very much "me". Granted, while still a bit amateurish, in the end, this film is very much like the films Id like to make in the future. It has things that are odd/weird, the comedy is dark, the style is very detailed, dark yet colorful (if there is such a thing), and the story is upbeat. So, what happens when the film is released and no one likes it? Well, then I make another one =) Eventually someones bound to like one.
Sometimes I ask myself why i do this stuff. This film combined with my last have taken about 9 months of my life now. Why spend so much time on something that wont gain income, wont land me a job (heck, I already have a job that I love), possibly wont do well at festivals, wont make me famous, wont help save cancer patients?
So why do it?
I love the process. To me, its like being a little kid again and building a fort with you friends and family. The planning, the building, the result. Its all a blast. I really enjoy developing things. While Im not sure "director" will ever be a job title, I am confident that some day i'll be on the development side of a project. Don't get me wrong, modeling is a blast. I mean I just modeled the Cheshire Cat for Tim Burton's new Alice film. How rad is that? But eventually I really want to try my hand at developing something on a big scale.
Anyway, im starting to blab. Thanks for reading about the film. Stayed tuned for more clips! =)

-Eric Provan

Monday, March 23, 2009

2 milestones!

Ok, the first news is that I have officially surpassed the blog post amount of my last film/blog =)
But the big news really is that I have officially passed the 4 minute mark. Thats animated and rendered content!
With 4 minutes of film done, I'm looking at about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes left to animate and render. That should be no problem to do over the next month with the help of So, the most up to date finish date on animation and rendering is May 1st, Finished film date is June 1st. Thats not to far off!
Stay tuned for some new shots, animations.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Test shot of Exterior

Another Work In progress shot - Letting out line from eric provan on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Animation Infatuation

I really am enjoying the animation stage this time around. After a little over 1 month of animating, I have hit the 2 minute animated/rendered mark. At this point, the pace is going very fast. Im averaging about 30-45 seconds a week. Its looking like the film could be as long as 8-10 minutes depending on how the pacing goes. I really don't want people to get bored, so it may have to be cut down to 5-6 minutes. I want to make sure every scene advances the story. I love that I have the option to do this (no doubt thanks to the renderfarm option that i now have with
The look of the film is coming along great as well. Everything is being rendered at 1080HD. The detail is great. Ive figured out how to do the motion blur in post (something I had trouble with in my last film). Effects are getting there as well. The main two being ocean and clouds.
Thats about it for now. I'll be posting some new animations very soon.