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2012 Nov 8
Let the process begin. Most of the shooting is actually along with
some of the animation but I've got several animations yet to build so
that's where it starts. These will be invaluable for showing what goes
into a spot landing. Visible flight paths will show what to do in a high
or low situation. How to land in a confined area, how to practice with a
low noise footprint, how to use brakes in a clear way.
We've got great live action shots, too, of all this stuff shot from
frame-mounted cameras above and behind the pilot in a way that you can
see brake movements. But the animation is what makes it REALLY clear.
When I was learning how to do this animation (sequestered in my office
for 30 days going through tutorials and building my world) I spent a
hundred hours recreating an actual scene. But then I discovered that
it's LESS clear to have a complicated scene in the background. Looks
cool but is harder to understand. So I abandoned and went to a simple
ground grid. The whole point of using animations is to make concepts
crystal clear and one element is having nothing else in the scene
besides what is minimally required. I added the Enterprise for scale and
just for fun.
May 28, 2013
All the recording is done so it's down to editing and animating. Much
of the animations are finished, too, but there's always more. Plus I
continue to fly, to discover, to get new and better shots that explain
concepts better, and these must all be incorporated. Worse yet, I've
been out flying more than last year, it seems, having fun shooting fun
flights that are, unfortunately, not helping my progress. But work does
continue in fits and starts.
I've gone from 3 completed minutes to 16 out of a planned 75 minutes.
This one will be done a bit different in that I'll not be adding music
until it's been shown to some sample pilots. That saves a lot of time
because sequences always change.
A few weeks ago while at Eric Dufour's training site near Christmas,
FL, I got some awesome new footage that will be used to show the swoop
landing. We recorded it from the wing this time and I recorded him from
my new highly stabilized helmet cam. It looks great. I always enjoy
getting content that is both instructive AND fun.
We had some struggle getting the wing cam to stay in place but got
that figured out after a few flights. My magnet system works great in
one orientation but not so good in the other.
It is Finished!
Sept 6, 2013 the finished master has been sent for production and
should be ready for sale by Sept 15th.
This completes the entire series, realizating a dream that started
while driving with Tim Kaiser southbound on State Route 59 in
Naperville, IL over 4 years ago. It was just one of those things I
wanted to do; sharing the extraordinary amount of knowledge gained over
years of flying, competing, and watching many of the world's best pilots
ply their trade. This series represents an enormous amount of
accumulated knowledge that I hope will be a resource for years to come.
Thanks so much to all who have contributed, encouraged, and
especially to Tim Kaiser who has stood by and helped with entire
process. Also to Phil Russman who essentially got me into it in the
first place and then guided me into a far higher quality.
Next up, "Airspace for Ultralights" which will completely demystify
this confusing topic. It's based on my airspace clinic but now with 3D
and 2D graphics.