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Mocha Tracking – Quick Tutorial

The Tutorial is linked in the Tutorials/After Effects Section – Watch it in FULL SCREEN or Windowed Mode for the Best Results!

One of the things I’ve been working heavily on, is tracking.  Mocha, in my opinion is one of the better options for anyone out there with a budget.  Yes, there are many more available and work better, but they also come with a hefty price tag.  All that said, I took some time this evening because as promised, I’m doing what I can to provide more information on the website so this seemed like a decent start.  While trying not to give everything away for free in terms of the film I’ve been working on, it’s still pretty good stuff and I think you’ll like it.

There is one mistake, at least one that I saw in the tut, it’s with the transparencies, I forgot to hit the stop watch to set the keyframe and went back and started it again.  Anyway, instead of trying to make it perfect, I just left it in.  Not because of laziness mind you, it’s just that, I know I’m not the all around pro here, but I wanted you to know, that I know that you know so you know I don’t mind leaving my mistakes in because they’re real.



All Roads – Come to an end… Soon, not yet though.


As promised, going to try and give out more information as fast as I can make it available.  Here’s just a quick snapshot..  We are currently in an ‘unlocked state’ for Despondent.  The reasons are simple, we had clear areas that required improvement that we were both seeing.  Either both seeing the same thing, or differently in different sections.  I can tell you this though, we are very close to having ALL the renders completed and those changes, I count 6 from this evenings meeting that need to be shored up.

So where are we in all of this?  What’s left?

For those following us and for those who have ever made a film, long, short, mid..  we are at a good place productively.  A lot of sound engineering has been done, however almost no mixing.  We have a day or two for foley (I think a day should do it) and about 2 full days of mixing, maybe a bit more.  However, all that can be done AFTER we lock the film.  The simplest definition of a film lock is, once you lock the film edit, you don’t change a darned thing.  Period.  If you keep going back to make changes to your edit, you throw off timing for the rest of the film because music will no longer line up for anything after that point in your timeline.

So this means, once we’ve ‘locked’, I’ll start doing a lot more mixing in tandem with scoring.  Most likely, we’ll break it out that Israel and Roger Hooper will be doing the scoring while I mix.  I’ll be a part of it, however, I don’t understand musical language other than, “how about trying this or that”..  whereas, they talk in “let’s throw a bridge in here, run through to an E sharp”.  I’d be better off studying another language.  That doesn’t mean that your ears lie to you or notes don’t sing, it’s just that I can’t express it in a way that makes much sense because I know what I want to hear in my head, I just can’t get it out.  Make sense?

So as the project is about to reach another milestone, we do have some things in store.  One, a website we’ll be posting shortly.  Two, the final trailer for the film which divulges a lot more detail and is JUST like the film is supposed to be.  No good trailer, crappy film here.  We hope anyway.

All this to say, as we approach locking the film for the first REAL TIME, we are liking what we are seeing, I hope you will to.

The film time is nearly exactly 45 minutes.  So from a 1 hour, 20 minute film including credits, down to 45 minutes including credits.  I’ll just have to go into the reasons and concepts for this deviation at a later date.  I can say, it was the best thing we ever did and I’m grateful for Israel for pushing me that direction to run that exercise.

How to Deliver your Own Baby!


The Title says it all.  Without going into all the nitty gritty details of childbirth, I can say this, it was not supposed to happen this way.

My wife started having contractions which were becoming stronger, closer to the 5 minute time-frame in between contractions so that you know, it’s time to go in the hospital.  However, when you go from 8 to 7, to 6, to 4, to 2 minutes all within about a 20 minute time-frame, there’s not much that you can do…  well, not much you can do except deliver your child who refuses to stay in the womb…

This is what happened with my wife and I last night…  At about 1:50, Lily crowned and I dialed 911.  After I grabbed some towels, the babies head was all the way out at this time but was blue/purple and wasn’t breathing.  So of course I was  a bit rattled and reached in to ensure the umbilical cord was not choking her etc..  It was at this time when I told Charisa, (who was a true Spartan Woman), she gave a solid push while I pulled a bit and out came my daughter..  the fruit of my loins in the palms of my hands 🙂

She wasn’t breathing or moving and was somewhat lifeless, so I flipped her over gently on her stomach in my hand and started rubbing her back.  She coughed up a bit and just “Came to life” and started crying.  The only thing I had was a day old dirty T-shirt to wipe her down with and the 911 person stayed online with us until Paramedics arrived, about 10 minutes later.

It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done and was just absolutely incredible that I can’t even put it into words what I’m feeling right now other than shock and complete joy that my wife and daughter are doing great..  I personally need quite a few drinks.  Just wanted to share.

Project Management….

Ok..  So here is the deal.  If you’ve never heard of Project Management Professional, or PMP for short, let me tell you, it’s a challenge.  I decided that at the end of my project that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years, as it was coming to a close and jobs are somewhat scarce, the number one thing employers are looking for in my field is the ability to manage projects…  so I decided to look into it.

Not only did I look into it, I decided to pay out of pocket for professional training.  Clearly, it is not a test of wits per say, it is a collaboration of a number of knowledge areas, 44, 600 processes and a 4 hour exam that I must know and understand fully.  However, the test itself, has a very low pass rate compared to other disciplines and is intentionally misleading.  To me, that is what cops do..  they mislead and try to trip you up to tell the truth.  This is misleading in that is intentional misinformation or what they call “Noise” in the tests which is primarily meant to give you a bloody nose so you can’t see.

I believe straight up questions, “What is the process for such and such to accomplish example..  “..  That’s what I would prefer, but its not a perfect world.  Knowing the ins and outs of this type of testing environment is challenging to say the least and the amount of information is mind numbing.  I decided to take the week off work, stay at the hotel so I can focus on PMP and not LEFT 4 DEAD and prepare to get certified.  So far so good, but it is VERY challenging to say the least and I wanted to just check in…

I also wanted to point out, there are times when you have to give up the things you want to do, do the things you have to do in order to get back to the things you want to do..  It’s the circle of life.

Thanks Art!