I just got back from doing a presentation and screening of "Monster of the Sky" and "Yamasong" to the department of Cinematic Arts at Cal State University Monterey Bay! What a reception and so many curious students!
The local newspaper even ran an article about my work and the event. It's a good read too:
As for the film itself, here's an update - Charles works away at creating the cloud palace interior, with all is incredible faux marble and gears. Here's a mock-up of what he's doing right now. (Try to imagine a few statues, tall stained glass windows and I imagine a waterfall in there too - the classic pouring a stream of salt or sugar against black and compositing in front of the marble walls).
I'm also working on face tests for all the characters. We're dialing in the facial motion capture for the humanoid characters, but I want the Squijj aliens to move differently. Here's my idea - shoot the different mouth shapes as replacement animation, giving them a more mechanical, staccato look. What do you think?
This little fella is voiced by my talented friend Nigel John Southworth, and was sculpted and animated by me (Sam), with mouth sculpts by Michelle Zamora and molding and cleanup by Rachel Mark. Paint by the awesome Robyn Yannoukos!
More news to come, in bits and fits for now, but once we hit June (give or take) and my run on the Amazon Studios/BixPix show "Tumble Leaf" ends, I'll be back on "Monster of the Sky" in full form!