TACTIC Replication & Backup

TACTIC Replication & Backup

I’ve been considering how we want to set up our virtual-studio asset-management system. There are a number of problems I’ve wanted to solve to plan for the future: The source archive is already around 15 GB. This is the original art, Blender models, sound effects, and some rendered video. There’s another 47 GB in the […]

 

Ansible School

After several abortive attempts to write an Ansible script (“playbook”) for installing our server repeatably, and thus it making it possible to maintain properly, I realized that I clearly do not know what I am doing. So today is “Ansible School”. It turns out there are a lot of tutorial videos on YouTube about it […]

Central Market Build-Up ("Lunatics!" Project / CC By-SA 3.0)

Central Market – Layered Set with Backdrop

We don’t want to waste our effort modeling every detail possible in every set. Some are only used briefly in a single episode, shot from only one angle, and therefore don’t need to be as versatile. In this situation, we can create an impression of greater realism and complexity by using simple models in front […]

Drawer Faces for Render Cluster (Terry Hancock / CC By 4.0)

Beginning 2017 Asset Review

For 2017, I’ve decided to set a goal of updating this production log much more frequently. I’m hoping to get at least one post a week, and possibly 3 or 4. Most of these will be much shorter and less formal posts.   What’s Old: The technical infrastructure project continues, albeit interrupted by various things […]

Test render of toon materials for "Anya" and "Sarah" characters (no rigs yet).

Project Updates for November 2016

Lately, I have been investing a great deal of time in infrastructure development, so there hasn’t been a lot of new stuff to post about (Reports that can be summarized as “today I made another bookcase” could get kind of tedious). This has taken months rather than weeks, but things are improving: This building now […]

Rendering of Moon model

Moon Day 2016

Happy Moon Day! This is the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We are still involved in renovating our studio space and setting up the server upgrades we have planned. It’s a lot of IT work and I’m still learning how to use the tools to do it. I’ve successfully created two offline […]

Partially installed framing for office extension.

Infrastructure Projects Update

Most of my time lately has been dedicated to remodeling work on our office here in Texas.¬†This will give us more work space on-site, including a dedicated voice-recording booth (possibly we can also use it for some foley recording, although at about 3×6 feet, it’s a pretty small space for that). You might have noticed […]

KitCAT UI Mock Up screen capture

Prototyping KitCAT

As I described in a video last month (A Virtual Studio for Anansi Spaceworks), I’ve decided to adopt the TACTIC project management suite. This will require me to develop a Blender-TACTIC integration Add-On, and today I spent some time learning more about the Blender UI scripting API, as well as starting a mock-up of the […]