MAKING THE PILOT
"The Riverbank Scene"
The aim of the Feedback project is to create
South Africa's first computer-generated full-length film.
The Riverbank scene, featured in this website, is a pilot for
the full 80 minute film. It was created through an experimental
collaboration between Philip Boltt of Sickpixie Animation and
the students of the Wits University Digital Arts Postgraduate
Animation course of 2003 under Professor Christo Doherty.
We created one scene from the award-winning
stage play, Feedback, by Andrew Buckland and Lionel Newton.
The scene happens about a third of the way into the play, and
is an extract rather than a well-rounded story in intself. Our
focus was on creating engaging characters, using live performers
to animate the characters through motion-capture and testing our
production pipeline to see if it would hold up against the rigours
of a film.
Many thanks to our primary sponsors, the
National Film and Video Foundation, Hewlett Packard, The Shuttleworth
Foundation, Direct Distribution Services and ScreenAfrica for
making this project possible.
This “making of” website has been designed
to give you an insight into the making of a computer-generated
short film. The information varies in complexity , from
beginner to advanced, and focusses more on the flow of production
than computer specific tasks. We hope that some of the insights
we've gained in the process are useful to you too.
Additional information in the form of reports,
articles and tutorials are available on the Feedback
This is a database-oriented website containing documentation that
was generated during the year.
On the next page
is a flowchart that depicts a rough outline of the workflow that
we followed. Use it to navigate around this website and see for
yourself some of the magic involved in creating something out