Positives: Trains were taken. Snow was trekked through. Parades were watched. Side dishes were consumed. That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving Break! But that didn’t stop me (or my teammates) from tackling some small, high-value tasks over the past week. In my case, that meant spending some time at home in an Oculus headset, making sure the piano cylinders could be twisted together as we originally intended – the coding went relatively smoothly, and I’m really happy with how the interaction came out! It still needs a little juice, but the twist is there and that’s something I’m thankful for.
Oh, and we had fun shooting our promotional video – a parody of a scene from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” There’s nothing to cap off your last piece of work before break quite like Joe Brown wearing sparkly yellow suspenders.
Also, team communication has improved! This makes for a very happy co-lead 🙂
Negatives: FINALS ARE COMING. With concerts and assignments and presentations, my life is about to catch on fire again. The next few weeks will likely be a slog of problems and debugging as we crawl towards the end of term, but I’m confident that our hard work thus far this term has put us in a great place to stay on schedule.
JUICE for the piano cylinders: snapping and sound! These are important from an actual interaction standpoint, so they’re higher on the priority list than regular juice items.
Positives: This week we recorded the video for the prototype of the team intro video. All things considered I think it went wonderfully. I also finished up the modeling of Madeline’s (as she is now known) face mask. It was a simple process but one that I took far too long to get to. Now that it is done I can focus on getting the head done and the chest done.
Negatives: It took way too long for me to get this done. With finals around the corner I have been struggling to get everything done. I need to buckle down and spend this week getting my other work and the work for SPROJ done.
Looking Ahead: Finish concept art for remaining two characters and work on the countess’ chest piece and head ornaments.
Positives: Even though it was a break, I got a decent amount of work done on our video draft. We were able to get together before break and film everything lightning fast, getting a feel for how the final product would work. While the opening is a bit rough (it is a draft) I’m pretty happy with the ending! I need to change out a few shots, but other than that it’s all color balancing and audio work!
Negatives: I didn’t have time to switch out the green screen in these videos for our prototype footage over break. I decided since it was a draft, the green screen would be okay for now.