QUICK LIGHTING, RENDERING, COMPOSITING UPDATE
Below is an example of a mostly final frame! I'm going for moody and atmospheric, especially in the underwater shots like you see here.
I've started the 4-6 week journey that will be finalizing textures and lighting in scenes, setting them up, rendering, and compositing the shots.
Nerd alert ( check out now if you don't care about technical things ):
I've set up net render over wifi so I've got my laptop rendering during the day while I set up shots, and when I go to sleep I can add my desktop computer to the rendering. This way I can be rendering 24 / 7 and never reach a point where I have to wait for the renders to have something to composite. This is an ideal workflow as long as I can keep up with preparing shots. This makes me feel way more productive! And, since the laptop is rendering during the day, if I notice any renders that don't look right or I forget to turn on a render setting, I can fix it quickly, and re-queue the shot without having to wait 'til the next morning!
I've scheduled 4 weeks to complete this task, but there are a ton of variables, and something always goes wrong or breaks during this phase. So, I've given myself 1 - 2 additional weeks to be safe.