“Dear, Sweet Emma” by Cernak

  • ©John M. Cernak


SIGGRAPH Video Review:




    Dear, Sweet Emma




Company / Institution / Agency:

  • Out of Our Minds Animation Studios, Inc.


    As the search is given up for Emma’s latest husband, Tucker, a private look reveals that Emma has a secret and uncontrollable dark side. The sweetest angel and favorite citizen of Fishtickle would indeed pose an uncomfortable dilemma for all if her problem were ever found out.


    HARDWARE: PC 3 dual CPUs, rest single 900 MHz-2.4 GHz CPU, 512 MB-2 GB
    RAM. Rendering farm: 4 CPUs.


    SOFTWARE DEVELOPER: Modeling, animation, and rendering: Lightwave 7.5c. Compositing:
    After Effects. Additional software: Video Toaster. Custom software:
    Worley Labs Sasquatch plug-in for Lightwave for Emma’s Hair. OS:
    Windows 2000.

Additional Contributors:

    Producer: Out of Our Minds Animation Studios, Inc.
    Contributors: John Cernak, Danny Oakley, Keith Hobgood, Derek Cernak, Rebecca Cernak, Lori Cernak, Ian Bloom, Gene Johnson

Additional Information:

    PRODUCTION Modeling: Subdivision surfaces. Rendering technique used most: Lightwave. Average CPU time for rendering per frame: 10 minutes. Total production time: 60 days. Production highlight: We really busted butt with this one. From the initial drawing of the storyboards to a fin- ished piece was 60 days. Not bad, since there were only six people working on it, and of those six only two were able to work on it full time.