Here I am, still trying to wrap production on this short film.
You would think that if I did a live action short film with some animated elements, that the animation would be the easy part. Well, I kinda shot myself in the foot when I got delayed with the editing. Since I was borrowing time on the machines to import my HD DV, it took longer than I would have liked. And much longer than if I had just ponied up some cash.
Anyway, by the time I finished my edit and got the live plates to Keith Lango to add the animation. His schedule had become too full to donate time to my cause. Not only does he conduct his full time animation tutorials, he also builds medical clinics and provides water filters for villagers along the Cuiaba and Paraguay Rivers. He really tried to squeeze me in, but I told him I wasn't going to stand before God, trying to explain why these people couldn't get clean drinking water so I could finish my film. "But Lord, it's funny! See? Just watch it again. Maybe the humor gets lost on you. No?.... Oh, I see...."
So, a few weeks ago, I handed off all the groundwork that Keith had laid (rigging, texturing, and general pipeline stuff) to my friends and former co-workers, Thom Falter and Nathan Tungseth. I even called on Richard Gouge, whom I haven't seen in over 4 years to light the shots for me.
Yes, things were humming right along, as well as a production stretched out over 2 continents and 4 states could be. Then I get an email from Thom: Bike wreck. Bad bike wreck. Bike wreck involving a big dog, unconsciousness and a concussion.
Ironically, a bike wreck is also a major plot point in my film. Kinda funny, Thom, right? Guess you had to be there. I mean... um...
Long and short of it it, the doctor ordered Thom away from work until he recoups, which I hope is soon - for his sake, not mine.
This week I am calling in back-ups, and re-doing my credit roll... again.
Get well soon, Thom. Everyone send him a card, ok?