Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for the grand finale. This is the officially the last project I have to post for CAT-111. I have spent the last seven weeks with you, and I have learned much. I enjoyed working with all of you. Through the best and the worst, you people were great. But now comes the end. To me, it is bittersweet. Yes the class is ending, but I wish that I had time to learn more. Anyway, you have waited patiently. This is your reward.
Now to explain. My original idea (see my Project 4, Part A post from last week) was to create a linear story involving our hero, the Lego minifigure “Johnny Thunder”. When it came time to start part B, I wanted to tweak the story a bit. Based on input from others, I weeded out a few images and streamlined the story. For example, the narrative originally ended with Johnny playing Halo, but I decided to cut that part out since it did not match up very well with the rest of the plot. The plot, now that I mention it, is actually quite simple. It follows Johnny as he wakes up, and proceeds to deal with the daily perils of being a Lego, which include wacky computer problems, and calling MacMedics to resolve them. I can definitely relate, as my computer crashed several times just trying to create my 3D environment in Sketchup. I found out the hard way that 2008 Macbooks do not really like the sandbox tools all that much. The environment itself consists of a house, modeled after my own, and the animation I created moves from picture to picture, to tell the story of how our hero got through the day. Simple enough. I know it is not perfect, but I like it, and it was the best that I could do for the time being. The animation is a bit rough (I could not help some of the wall clipping issues, being a confined space, and drawing a path to use as a smooth rail system for the camera was a nightmare), and I had to balance quality with file size when I exported it, but again, I did not have much choice. With all the crazy things my computer did, I should consider myself lucky that it works at all.
Anyway, I hope you still enjoy it, and I hope you I was not too annoying to work with. I guess I should take a cue from Johnny here and relax.
Per audacia ad astra, friends.
“Retreat? HELL! We just got here…”