Thursday, October 15, 2009

Zviz -

Filoni is more comfortable with Zviz, the interactive previs tool, which allows quicker proxy models, greater texturing and better composition.

Bill Desowitz: What's it been like for you using Zviz and how has that tool evolved?
Dave Filoni: When it first came about, I wasn't quite sure how it was going to work. As a storyboard artist, I said I could just draw these in half the time, but what happened was I bought into the concept. George wants to try this, so let's do it. We started talking with a team of developers behind the tool. And I think what they had never had before was a bunch of artists like me and my story guys who actually had to use it, so we started saying, "We don't need these functions here -- we don't need these buttons; we need very simply to pose the character." And then they would show us all of these more Maya-centric technical devices: a curve editor and cameras and lenses.

Bill Desowitz: Was it designed for more photoreal intentions?

Dave Filoni: That's part of it. The other thing was we were all such 2D storyboard artists and it was a real team effort to get this tool to work, and now I use it for all my functions, even for posing characters. I'll stick them under a lens and see how it affects the models as a reference tool. Once George taught me, I really learned to enjoy it, like blocking characters on a set and really shooting it like a film and now if I have a digital set, I just go shoot on it. And you can see a lot of leaps like that around the other studios, with Avatar coming out and A Christmas Carol. We're just using this same kind of digital tool on a weekly basis and on a smaller scale.

Bill Desowitz: What is the latest iteration of Zviz able to offer you?

Dave Filoni: I think for me a lot of it is interface-based: it's the ease of my interaction with the tool; how I can pose a character very quickly, now that we have a lot more automated poses. We have animation saved up that we can drop in and click. We worked out how to get the proxy models done faster and the sets faster, so what you've seen in the past is a lot of gray scale and we're trying to take it so that I have textures on everything. Now we can see the walls and the carpet and the floors and the trees and compose better and better shots with that. I imagine that I will get basic lighting set ups one day.

Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Previz Society

Here's some great news reported on Variety.

It outlines the forming of a Previsualization Society which is a collaboration of the Amercian Cinematographers Society (ASC) the Art Director's Guild (ADG) and the Visual Effects Society (VES). This is great news for all the previz populi!

Three Cheers, Hip Hip Horay.....
You can check out the offical site here



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