Im not dead :-)
Hey guys, dont worry ill have an update for you soon, im just putting in a lot of hours, trying to get as much done as possible.
Im in the process of updating the beaches with new details before i start work on a new big section of beach in Jungle Road. This was the site in the original game where the little girl at the start of The Lost World met with the compys. Known as Cathy’s beach, it will be one of the largest beaches on the island and will take quite a bit of time to finish.
I’ve been tweaking the TimeOfDay (lighting system) more and have managed to squeezed more niceness out of it. Colours are more lush now, with a push towards “beautiful photo” as opposed to “realistic game”. Ocean colour, sky, lighting color, white balance and eye adaption have all been improved and it now looks really nice. Particularly with a shallow depth if field, because it makes it look immediately more photo realistic.
Im also playing about with recording video off the screen using my phone. I’ve had pretty good results using my very dodgy “shoved into camera tripod” setup, so i might spend some time working on a slightly less dodgy Lego constructed mount that i can position in front of the monitor properly. If i could find an Android video app that allowed manual exposure control, i could stop the camera from trying to compensate exposure and causing everything to bloom whenever it gets bright. I have to warn you now that the quality is not great, but this method does allow me to actually record some video, that would otherwise bring my system to a crawl. Just watch the video and look at the screens and merge the two 🙂
I gotta go to work now, but when i get back ill post a few glamor shots by deb to tide you over before the next proper update.