|Angel was a very advanced CG model and
experimenting with her animation.
Her being so naturalistic had it's own complex
challenges in terms of
animation and character creation.
Very different from those of the more cartoon
style characters we were
|We didn't fall into the obvious trap of
reality, being already aware that many things that
we accept as
believable with people in everyday life are simply
not believable on an
animated character. Lipsinc being just one. Which
is incidentally why I
don't think facial trackers work as the actor ends
up trying to
puppeteer/animate the character with their face.
Lots of better and less excruciating input
|Angel did however very
quickly seem to take
on a character all of her own.
Maybe it was her own?
||At the same time
more strange people started dropping by wanting to
see and discuss
There was a long haired guy in an Army Humvee, a
French Aristocrat and
a couple of very well dressed quiet guys.
One of the pair was very bright but seemed
obsessed with how fast a
trigger finger could be pulled and the other guy
had a very long pony
He laughed infectiously and
smiled all the time.
I only knew these two as very early members of the
'Rosanne' fan club.
we had a phone call out of the blue from the X
Could we go and meet a man up in the Canyon to
talk about Angel.
We did. He described his House as 'OK for a
rental' and that we could
call him 'The Director' adding that he had just
got back from Canada
where he had
been working on an X file himself.
us a coffee, showed us an old 80's movie and we
discussed the merits of
some Bananarama covers.
Just as we were about to leave he gave us some
voice tapes on DAT to
'practice Venus's lipsinc to.'
||We had fun
lipsincing Angel to the tracks and developing
her character further
until one day Medialab Paris asked us to take
the the SGI Computer,
Angel files and tapes out to a large Hanger in
The Guy from the X files
the other strange people we had met earlier
while we were developing
The Guy who described himself as 'The Director'
different though and I hardly recognised him.
They wanted to test Angel as they had 'a big job
We made our excuses and left.
We never saw Angel again.