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Critics' Lounge / Re:character: old doctor type
« on: 19 May 2003, 12:47 »
It's a nice picture, but if he's a medical doctor he could have one of those reflector things on his brow, or a stethoscope hanging from his neck - just to identify him as doctor rather than patient.

Also (unless he's mad) give him brown/black leather shoes, he looks a little like he's wearing slippers.

Critics' Lounge / Re:point of view on the view
« on: 18 May 2003, 16:47 »
You're using a really wide angle lens there and its perspective looks a little distorted - like CCTV.

I find myself doing the same because it's really difficult to get in the whole of a room at a narrow angle lens.

If you set your lens angle to 28 degrees you'll be simulating the level of
depth of human vision, but it'll be so narrow you won't be able to see the floor or the roof. Ah the fun of lenses.

Don't do that, but do use a somewhat narrower lens than that screen-shot shows. And don't worry about not showing the ceiling or a wall. Try looking at the placement of cameras in Grim Fandango or a similar game: sometimes you don't even see the door.

But don't listen to me. Netmonkey's idea could work really well - like looking in on a proscenium arch theatre.

General Discussion / Re:The Matrices
« on: 15 May 2003, 10:31 »
The matrix doesn't have enough gay robots in it.

General Discussion / Re:help please with 3D faces?
« on: 14 May 2003, 21:39 »
Poser is a 3d program, not an insult. I think it's particularly good for modeling and animating figures. Some people seem to hate it though....

General Discussion / Re:help please with 3D faces?
« on: 14 May 2003, 21:12 »
Hi, I don't know much myself.
My avatar face was the first head I created by building up polys and subdividing. here are some good looking head tuts for truespace:
not very gothic, but a nice head.
oooh he's nasty

Here are some tutorials for different programmes which are useful because you can follow the pictures (Which is what I have to do because I can't afford any explensive 3d programs):

Other people will probably know much more than me.

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General Discussion / Re:Whoaa, weird picture ;)
« on: 14 May 2003, 14:54 »
3 whole minutes! Damn I'm annoyed, but more patient than I thought.

General Discussion / Re:Your idea of Hell
« on: 10 May 2003, 16:56 »
trumpet solo. agrh....I hate trumpets

I think all that bamboo has gone to your head, Mr. Panda. Trumpets are the most heavenly of instruments. After bagpipes.

General Discussion / Re:What are you reading?
« on: 10 May 2003, 15:50 »
has anyone played the "Black Dahlia" adventure game?

I have. Jim Pearson is my idol. I hope one day I might be alive in the forties...

The guy who plays the english postal clerk in that game plays the bum in Twelve Monkeys, and that's a great film. Bet you didn't know that! (Bet you didn't care).

I think 2d cell animation will make a comeback in games and in films eventually. Photorealism can only take us so far before it loses it's novelty.

It's like Terry Gilliam said upon the release of the Final Fantasy movie. What's the point? Animation can be about creating something which *isn't* real, not something that looks exactly(?) lifelike.

General Discussion / Your idea of Hell
« on: 10 May 2003, 15:23 »
Hi, I was just wondering what people thought of when they think of Hell.

EDIT: I don't mean what you really believe hell is like, just how you imagine it might be.

General Discussion / Re:Morals anyone?
« on: 10 May 2003, 15:11 »
By making the statements they do, religions leave themselves open to questions and perhaps criticism. That's just fine, if you want to have a laugh with what you see as the absurdity of a religious law or practice no problem. As Billy Connelly pointed out, if the Catholic Church can't handle a hairly Scot taking the mick, then they have bigger problems than him.

Ridiculing or criticising a religion is not a problem, unless by doing so, you infringe upon the rights of another individual to practice that religion.

Critics' Lounge / Re:Quest for a title
« on: 08 May 2003, 11:52 »
Words on the theme of creepy movie theatres/ circuses, probably won't help:
vaudeville, nickel odeon, side show, picture show, camera obscura, zoetrope, carousel, wurlitzer.

Nope, not much help.

Critics' Lounge / Re:Quest for a title
« on: 07 May 2003, 12:54 »
You're right about it being easier to think up joke names. If this were a spoof, you could call it "in the can" because of the double meaning.

Nt3Graph definitely has the right idea. If you can come up with a good title for an early hollywood film it'll work brilliantly. The only thing is that some of the best names came from the 20s and earlier: Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Doctor's Secret, Dream of an Opium Eater.

I'm about to run to the library to see if I can find those last two. Good luck, your game sounds really interesting.

PS: Is the Premature Burial by Poe? I've heard the name before somewhere.

General Discussion / Re:What are you reading?
« on: 07 May 2003, 10:21 »
I'm reading Cervante's Don Quixote, but I had to take a break from that to read Marlowe's Dr Faustus. Faustus is soooo good. It's a play, but it's still worth any of you reading. Here's a quote from the doctor:

"Divinity, adieu!
These metaphysics of magicians
And necromantic books are heavenly;
Lines, circles, letters and characters:
Ay these are those that Faustus most desires."

Just read them out loud, It's fabulous writing. (Although according to the play, saying that kind of stuff summons devils, so you might want to be careful).

He walks into a pot store:  "Man, that's false advertising"

It's called Stoner's Pot Paradise, I think.

General Discussion / Re:what's your nickname?
« on: 03 May 2003, 16:17 »
I'm starting to wish I'd never said that thing about putting "y" on the end of your surname. That's just how nicknames were done in my school.

Anyhow Harryy is a cool name.

And remixor, I needn't fear the 40 thieves, they work for me. They do my bidding.

General Discussion / Re:what's your nickname?
« on: 02 May 2003, 14:56 »

what IS your name then?

Ali Baba? :P

Your words hurt me. I'm going to go hide in my enchanted cave.

Critics' Lounge / Re:Reactor-room. Or something...
« on: 02 May 2003, 10:40 »
The barrels are supposed to pe painted in a bright yellow 'warning' -colour, but maybee they are a little to bright?

Hey, nuclear waste barrels can never be too brightly coloured. Also, they can never have enough guys near them yelling: "Look out for the damn barrels!".

General Discussion / Re:what's your nickname?
« on: 02 May 2003, 10:32 »
Does nobody have a nickname which is just a shortened version of their name? And what happened to just adding 'y' to the end of your surname? Nicknames these days...

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