Animator & Cartoonist

Although not perfect, this begins the story and illustrates what you can do with 2D rendered IRay backgrounds (1000/3600).

I love the LIVE FACE, but it was only applied to the Kerr character and not the slave.

Once I have create a new PREVIEW, I will re-render in IRay and hopefully that will run more efficiently using 2D backgrounds only. Of course, this has required me to re-work scenes in order to accommodate the change over.

Some clothing created by Marvelous Designer 10.

The Bell Dimension Copyright DAVID J SOTO All rights reserved MP4 on Vimeo

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I finally succeeded getting the animatic done and it’s about 18:30 mins long. If you go to Vimeo, you can search on “David J Soto” and the latest video should pop-up. You can also comment on this and I hope you will. I entered the Miami Film Festival with determination by Oct. 19th.

Here’s the link:
Note: Hit Pause and then the icon for full screen as I was experiencing a “flickering” when playing directly from the page in Microsoft Edge.

I also finished “Desperately CRAZY for You!” and I was told that I write convincing characters with excellent dialogue. I fix some spelling that the RTF screwed up, but I was successful in uploading this to and a final proof is on it’s way.

I find both Lulu and Blurb to be pains in order to get everything uploaded and formatted correctly that it can cause you to pull your hair out. CreateSpace was so much easier, but Lulu fixed their Preview and it was almost as good as Amazon’s.

I added a Portfolio page to view images I have created while developing this movie.

After getting several good reviews, correcting a few misspellings, I am in the process of submitting this film to They sure want a lot of information and I got stuck last night trying to upload stills and other photos, but none would upload. This morning I am having success and hope to provide a link in the future.

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I have been working hard trying to get the animatic for this movie up. I think I have finally achieved a story that works. Let’s not talk about the many frustrations I have encountered with iClone 7. I think of this program like it’s a Chevy. It works, but it’s not a Cadillac, so it has its issues.

One thing to keep in mind is to make a backup of the file you are working on as it “might” not be readable. This happened to me twice while creating this animatic. This was for files that were just generated within the last several months, so that’s not good. I was also getting an “fatal error” when exiting the program. Now, even after you have saved the file, it will ask “Would you like to save your file?” Now that’s frustrating!


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The Bell Dimension Copyright DAVID J SOTO All Rights Reserved. KERR Alistair Cheap Punk 100-360 fr 135 PNG
The Bell Dimension Copyright DAVID J SOTO All Rights Reserved.

I recently bought the $229 SkinGen plugin for iClone 7 and I am honestly blown away. The quality of the iRay render literally flew through the frames, faster than ever before, but I digress.

The video link, after being processed through ShotCut, dropped down from 23.2 Mb to 5.1Mb, at 1920 x 1080 with voice over and soundtrack. It is only just a PREVIEW as the settings for iRay were 100/360, instead of 1000/3600. The quality of the output is very good considering the quality level was not lowered and left at 8. The background is a 2D plane of a desert render I did ages ago. I also started with the default Sun and Sky for iRay and then added the 2D background. I added no other lights, nor did I move anything but I did add a camera.

Concerning the SSD implementation, I went through the suggestion provided by a Reallusion tutorial. I believe I accidently tried doing this step, but I did not see system throughput gains until I changed course. When I inserted a 32Gb SSD into my PC, which is perfect for the system (see pic). I did a reformat as it came from a GoPro and selected the “ReadyBoost” option which shows just a bit more added than recommended.

I did a reboot and started processing the first character as shown in the video. Once I applied motion and a voice over I did, I started the iRay render and it was done in 3 hours or so. Amazing! I also did a 4K of the character and I’ve only just started!

Too awesome for words!
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