|Angel was a very advanced CG model and we enjoyed
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 simply mimicking
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 devices.
|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 and
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.
|Then we had a phone call out of the blue from the X files
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 East Hollywood.
The Guy from the X files was there
the other strange people we had met earlier while we were developing
The Guy who described himself as 'The Director' looked completely
different though and I hardly recognised him.
They wanted to test Angel as they had 'a big job for her'.
We made our excuses and left.
We never saw Angel again.