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Yesterday, I skipped Making Of JF because I was so lazy that I forgot. I watched Traffic on DVD and I searched the web for anime until 2 AM and Making Of JF totally slipped my mind. Accept my apologies as well as Scene 5 Page 3. Page 4 is finished, laid out, and compressed. I just don't want to let people who read JF daily to miss Page 3 if I post Page 3 and 4 at the same time. We all know that's a big no-no. I'll post it tomorrow at 6 PM. I'll also tell the people to look at this page, so that hopefully they don't skip this wonderful scene. JF came together a bit tonight. I sat down and did some work after watching Muppets from Space on DVD. Yes, I own it. It is one of my favorites. Duh, JF is 3d puppeteering, The Muppets are a huge inspiration for me. The audio commentary on the DVD is not any good. If the director would have given his secrets, I'd be very happy. Not that lack of good commentary detracts from the high value of the movie. But back to JF, I decided to really put in effort. It's mainly because I feel so bad about not giving Making Of JF last night and not doing Page 3 as soon as I could. Page 3 has been possible for a week at least. All I did tonight was: add death animations for DA 3 and DA 6, do the directing in AS3D Manga Director, and do the page layout in AS3D Manga Producer. It took a good three hours, but it was not too hard. It was extremely rewarding seeing all of it come together. I often am afraid of trying to get someting fleshed out too soon and getting it all wrong. Work in AS3DMD does no good unless all the models are really well done and ready for action. Same with AS3D MP. Making a page layout is hardly useful if the pictures look terrible. The lesson for today is get those silly animations done quickly, get into AS3DMD and make it happen. One of my main problems was overexposure and underexposure. That's a huge problem in 3d. You can see how some images are all one color, very overexposed. Some images, though are very dark, very underexposed. The problem is that the light model is very unrealistic. Believe it or not, the physics is too "real". When I say real, I mean true to simple equations. The reality is that very few real light sources act like point sources. That's all I use. So imagine a scene with a 100 Watt light bulb in your room and look at pictures of people taken in that room. There's very little room between underexposed and overexposed. That's what I'm having trouble with. So what I try to do is make it a pair of 20 Watt bulbs across from each other. That way, it actly more realistic with dull lighting all around instead of a bright light in the center of the room. It also gives a decent shading system in my opinion. It's not Jet Set Radio, but maybe one day.

Doing Making Of JF is going to be tough after April 1st. I'm going to be taking 24 credits, I believe. I don't know if I'm going to graduate this June. I don't know if I'm going to go to school next year even if I don't graduate. It's a pretty messed up situation. I want my Bachelor's Degree in Physics, but I don't want to go to school next year. Dillemma. I'm going to have to think about it. Getting my way will not be easy, but not getting my way will be very hard.

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