After weeks of hard work, I’ve finally finished the video tribute to Dream Theater’s song Lost Not Forgotten. I learned a lot along the way, mostly about how absurdly difficult it is to work on a 30 minute 3D project from start to finish in 3 weeks while working a full time job.
Of course I’m a perfectionist about certain things, which was one of the biggest hurdles to this project. I had to tell myself from the start that there would likely not be a single shot that I was entirely happy with if I was to actually finish the video on time. Then again, who is ever really satisfied with everything they produce? I know that whenever the deadline is, I’d still be saying “If I had just a little more time…”
The scene that I am most proud of is the cloud flythrough at 9:41. I used the emfxCLOUDS script, which was a little odd to use at first, but once you get used to it you can make clouds quickly and easily. The render time was atrocious, but fully worth it. Unfortunately, there were a few problems with it and it didn’t turn out quite as I had expected, but I wasn’t able to afford another 27 hour render just for 19 seconds of video.
There was some fun symbolic stuff that I did, perhaps apparent to Dream Theater fans and less apparent to others. The unicycle wheel did not have a regular pattern of spokes, rather it formed the Majesty logo that the band often uses. The hourglass was literally to show how far along the song was. Time was a big underlying theme of the song, so I figured I’d throw in a bit of that thematically. At a turning point in the song, it changed from day to night. The clouds were a direct play on the front cover of their most recent album A Dramatic Turn of Events, from which this song comes.
Will this video be playing on the backdrop as the band tours North America? I certainly hope so as, I’ve spent considerable time and effort making it something totally original. However, I’ve had a ton of fun working on it, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.