I completed another tutorial for the Reallusion Character Creator software and created a scary vampire character that I thought would be perfect for the annual Halloween video English lesson.
Using iClone 6 I was able to create a crypt scene complete with flickering burning torches and a suitably spooky atmosphere with a coffin and a skeleton in the fireplace. I thought that a vain vampire might make a good character as even vampires want to look good at Halloween.
iClone 6 does not yet do very good reflections, but by shooting the scene from two opposing angles and using a green screen on the mirror, I was able to get a very nice reflection effect on the vampires mirror.
Last year saw a grumpy old skeleton starring in my Halloween video I thought that this year vampires would be perfect. I hope that my 3-D animation technique has improved somewhat since I made last year’s video. What do you think?
I just bought myself the Xbox One Kinect sensor and as soon as the iClone 6 software is complete, hopefully in the next few weeks, I hope to be able to do some Mo-cap of my own.
Mo-cap is a way of recording the movements of objects or people and then transferring the movements to digital characters on the computer. It’s the way that the film Avatar was created.
While I don’t imagine that I’ll get anywhere near the complexity of Avatar, I do think that the technology will allow me to demonstrate aspects of English that would be difficult to do easily any other way. So come on Reallusion and release the software.
If you use my work in the classroom, I’d love to hear from you. I also like to hear of any suggestions you may have as to what I should include in future videos, and any subjects you think might be suitable for this approach.
I hope you enjoyed this Halloween video, and I assure you I’ll be back with some new material very soon so keep coming back to Linguaspectrum.