Amatures discuss tactics.
Professionals discus logistics
These are the Rules of Thumb that guide my work. Where possible I've included the name of the first person I heard it from.
Deliver or Communicate.
Nicholas Boujeron, CG masters.
While it is never great to be late, giving people a heads up makes all the difference in how we deal with it.
I don't want to hear "she" or "it"
I don't want to hear " they will have it for you next week ".
I want to hear " Kushal will deliver 105_024_137 on Monday for your input.
Organize the shit out of it at the beginning so there is room for the confusion at the end
To create good visual effects, time is more valuable than money.
Perfect is the enemy of Done
I probably say this to myself every day as I work on a shot or a memo or wash my car. I'd noodle it forever, but it will never get done
Everyone in the chain looks at the ridiculous deadline, and then adds an extra day to cover their ass. Before you know it VFX ends up with 3 days to do the shots.
Oscar Dominguez - Hell on Wheels
There are not a lot of ways to make VFX cheaper, but there are a million ways to go over budget
Badly shot VFX go over budget logarythmitly John G
You are feeling chaos because you've created chaos Stef G
We can outsource some of the work, some of the rendering, but yo can't outsource responbsibiity
There is no upside to giving smart people fake deadlines
The sooner you answer their question the fewer questions you will have.
David Yrassari's dad
Truth is like Poetry, and most people fucking hate poeytry
Did you do it the hard way or the easy way ?
Everyone always says " Keep it simple. stupid " and when we are planning that's the best advice. But after something is shot and it's lying there on your desktop, taking shortcuts to getting the work done is normally the worst possible thing you can do. It is no longer the time for simple, or quick or easy. It is time to do the work
CG vs. Models
Build a big model and take it outside, it will look real right away, but it is hard to match the plates camera moves
Build a CG model and you can match the plate's camera moves, but it is hard to make it look real...
It's not my fault but it's my problem. Disney motto
VFX are like French Cooking. If you get good ingredients ( shoot good plates ) everything is going to work out.
Everything before the word "but" is horeshit
Perfection is in the Imperfections
Do I get the DP coffee or do they get me coffee ? Ben FUnk
One part up, Two parts down.
When animating just ab out any kind of beam of death or electrocution, it should fade out in twice as many frames as it came up
when you are looking for a colour to make smome kind of effect, the answer is always in the plate. Look at what was shot - there is your answer.
Halves and Doubles
When I am initially working on a shot I like to see versions, and I don't initially want a few percent - make it twice as bright, or half as big, whatever. I want to see several versions and I want to see it broken. That's how I know how much is too much.
Say what I mean
Mean what I say
Dont say it mean
Cheryl Beyer - SIGAPH
If you have a busy foreground keep the sky simple,
If you have a simple foreground get a busy sky
VFX is like a Basketball Game - it's won in the last 5 minutes
I know all the technical terms too.
Yes, but you don't use them ! Kelly Smith
We have to decide, is VFX doing comes for the camera dept, or does camear shoot elements for VFX. It can only be one way and it determines the way the show will look and how much it will cost.
What's my favorite VFX ? The one I am going to do tomorrow
data is the reduction of risk
I am a big fan of analytics in budgeting, it's seeing the big picture without looking at any pictues at all
Less is More.
I hated sitting in a meeting about a complex shot and someone says " all we have tio do is cut to a close up of their eyes - you know - Less is More.