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Shooting Schedule #3

While I have not been too busy, digitally speaking, I have updated the shooting schedule which accurately reflects the timeline I kept throughout this phase of the project.

Shooting Batches

Schedule Overview

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Supervisor Meeting 01/03/11 (Shooting Schedule #1)

I met with Richard today as it had been a couple of weeks since our last meeting and quite a lot has happened since then. I explained where I was at and how I was getting on. I also confessed that I am almost certain that I will not be able to complete the project to my high standard by the submission date (in about 4 weeks). I plan on working on this project as soon as I finish uni as I feel really close to it and in my head I have things that I would like to spend time on getting right (I want to score a piece of music for example). These things are peripheral though and Richard suggested that I stick to the guidelines that I created in the Learning Contract way back when.

this takes a bit of pressure off as I don’t think it’s humanly possible to finish this shoot, edit it, add the sound effects, score the music, re-address my literary review, write a report on the animation and critically reflect upon it, do user evaluations and other stuff I’m probably forgetting about.

In light of this I have decided that I’m not fooling anyone but myself with the old schedule so out with the old and in with the new! Here’s a more realistic schedule for the shoot at least…

Overview of schedule

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I’m not sure why I numbered the pages 1 of 6. I have no clue how many pages there will be. Maybe I’m going slightly mad. I’ve noticed that spending all day in this room is taking its toll on my health. I try and get out for a run in the evenings and as of a few days ago I realised that I’m listing to one side as I run, almost to the point where I lose my balance! This is slightly worrying. I’m developing some aches and pains in my back and abdomen which I’m going to attribute to the repetitive actions I’m performing hundreds of times in a row. I’m also getting headaches and I’m going to notch this one up to my field of vision rarely being greater than a distance of three feet. My advice to myself would to take a day or two off and rest. My reply to him would not be so kind. My recommendation to both of them would be that we only have a few weeks left so make nice and let’s get on with it. I think I’ll keep the ‘hospital’ bed at hand for when I finish this project.

I took a trip down to Amnesty Scotland yesterday (they’re not far from me, which is why I could afford the time) where I picked up three HUGE cork noticeboards (to be fair two are HUGE, the other one is just very large) They were giving them away for free on of the freebie sites online and I though they would be perfect for organising my storyboards and sequences. I’m finding it hard to keep track of them all. When they advertised three ‘big’ noticeboards I expected, like you, that they would be your average big notice board. What I received was much bigger. Industrial-sized I would like to think. Two more of these and could probably fashion some sort of garden shed. I struggled home with them balanced on the pedal of my bike. But I can see them coming in great use. They didn’t include any thumbtack though, which would have been nice…

"Aw look, he thinks he's 'The Wire'"


Back on track (Shooting Schedule #2)

I couldn’t work on the project the past few days for two reasons. Firstly I ran out of hard drive space much quicker than expected, and secondly I had to write an essay on Digital Matte Painting for another module over the weekend. I have since bought and received a 2TB internal drive and a enclosure to store all my files on. I used my rent money for April to pay for them  but as this project is due for the end of March at least I’ll have a roof over my head to finish it.

I was still a bit confused and panicky about how I’m going to cram the different scenes into the next two weeks so I sat down and planned a rough chart out. I do expect some delays but I’ll do my best to stay on track according to the following:

Shooting Schedule (Overview)

The numbers down the left of the page refer to the earlier schedule I made where I figured out what shots I could group together for a more productive shoot

Shot sequence and continuity notes

To make even more sense I’ll break these days down into daily shooting charts. Here’s the first two I have made up. More to follow…

Detailed Shooting Schedule (Page 1)

Detailed Shooting Schedule (Page 2)

From this chart it shows that today is a reshoot. My drive was only delivered this afternoon and I have only just completed the transfer of all the files to it. It’s 7:45pm so I don’t know how much I’ll get done this evening. I hope to get the alcoholic flashback scene finished by tomorrow so I can move onto the next one.

Gantt Chart v2.0

So here’s a rough version of my new Gantt Chart. It’s gonna change considerably but it’s nice to have an idea of my schedule.

Gantt Chart v1.2

Here is the Gantt Chart, updated to reflect my workflow over the past couple of weeks.

What it doesn’t reflect is the numerous cups of coffee I have been swallowing this past week. I wasn’t a coffee drinker until about two weeks ago and now I can’t work without it. Productivity is up 150%, as is teethgrinding and shaking in my sleep…

Gantt Chart v1.1

I’ve had to make some allowances for running over schedule on the anthropomorphism chapter. Here is an updated Gantt Chart reflecting those changes. I’ve added a new chapter on Sound In Animation (working title) as sound will be a factor that will go a long way to helping me achieve my goal.

Gantt Chart v1.0

I drafted up a Gantt Chart today. It should keep me on top of things, or at the very least help me see the amount of work I’m facing. It’s subject to tinkering but shouldn’t change too much from this version.