Too Many Ideas - Archive for March, 2007


Friday, March 30th, 2007

Went to see 300 a couple of days ago. I enjoyed it and was surprised because it was less styalised than I’d expected from some of the reviews I’d read. It’s success shows Gladiator wasn’t a one off revival of the epic. I did find it a little uncomfortable in places with the violence a […]

Thursday Thirteen #3

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Thirteen Things about where I (Mark Caldwell) get too many ideas Cutting the grass with my hands are full of gardening implements so I can’t write them down Reading magazines especially New Scientist, history magazines and back issues of New Internationalist Overheard snatches of conversations on the bus, in a bar, in a cue or […]

Cell Shading Tutorial from Brady Mac

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

I got a sneak peak at Brady Mac’s new Toon shading tutorial for Poser and Vue this week. It’s a very simple and effective way of bringing the two applications together to produce a different type of image. The picture above is the first one I made following the tutorial after a few quick test […]

Taking a Moment

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Just been watching Life on Mars. Despite the way their trying to cram every possible social issue in the 8 episodes they’ve got before it’s all over it’s still some of the best TV around. It set me thinking how if in the 70s when I saw a computer that occupied a wall of a […]

Sherlock Holmes And The Baker Street Irregulars

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Watched the first part of the new BBC two part Sherlock Holmes And The Baker Street Irregulars while running a render this afternoon. Not another adaptation of a Conan Doyle but a new story inspired by his work. I’d been a bit nervous they might have gone all Robin Hood Men in Gap on it. […]

How Much Does a Character Need to Explain

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

The main character of my Noir Fairy Tale is given to contemplating the nature of the universe he’s experiencing and the impact of the plot on that reality. I’ve started wondering if he may be explaining a bit too much sometimes. I can see it’s going to be an interesting edit process deciding when it’s […]

Thursday Thirteen #2

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Thirteen Things about Mark’s graphical workflow… 1. Vue 6 Infinite: for creating landscapes and producing 3d images. 2. Poser 7: to create characters that I use in Vue. 3. Paint Shop Pro 7: for post work and texture making. 4. Expression 3: for creating vector art, post processing and texture making. 5. Serif Page Plus […]

When Muses Go Bad

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I cracked on past the 45k words of my Noir Fairy Tale last night. The hero had a chance encounter with a group of toga wearing, gun packing Greek Muses who had little sense of decorum. The nearest I can come to describing their attitude would be a fusion of a hen night with the […]

The Futures Orange; the Futures a Distopian Red Tape Filled Hell Hole

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Well Orange it would appear don’t like losing customers. They don’t mind not providing a service. They have no problem with rubbish tech support. They don’t like letting go though. I’ve just tried, again, to cancel the broadband contract I had with them. The first time I couldn’t do it till I’d transferred my service. […]

New Vue 6 Hot Air Balloon Render

Monday, March 19th, 2007

I thought I’d share a recent render I did in Vue 6 Infinite of a hot air balloon in front of a glorious spectral atmosphere. I set up the scene and then created an animation moving the camera vertically at a very small frame size to find the best camera position for the final picture. […]

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