My Hard Drive’s Time Draws Near, I Discuss Graphic Novel Movies

First, an update on my PC situation; well OK, not my PC, but yesterday my girlfriend’s brother had been affected with the same virus on his computer. Since he didn’t have any work of import to back up, he wanted to go ahead and reinstall Windows, which I did for him. It cleared the virus and now their computer is well again. Since it looks like that was the only real solution, I guess I’ll have to do the same. I just need to find my Windows install CD – I think I either hid it away somewhere or lost it a long time ago in a move – not sure what to do if I can’t find it, as I can’t afford to purchase it again at the moment.

It’s really tough having my home PC out of commission. Not only can I not check email at home, but I usually get Internet bank statements online so I can monitor my balance. I can’t print up directions, work on my personal Flash projects, play Team Fortress 2, or watch game videos while I eat dinner like I normally do. G4 will have to suffice for now.

I don’t have install CDs for most of my home work programs, like 3ds Max, Photoshop, or Flash, since I got those in college at a discount from an online school store. However, I believe I have the license keys backed up in emails or text files somewhere, so if I can find those, hopefully I’ll be able to re-download them.

On a completely unrelated note, the trailer for The Watchmen movie looked so awesome that it prompted me to finally read Alan Moore’s incredible graphic novel. (Thanks Melissa for letting me borrow it!) I watched the trailer again now that I’m more than halfway through the book and I’m amazed; nearly every shot is an exact recreation of its corresponding panel in the book. I’m blown away at how faithful recent graphic novel movies have been to their ink-and-paper counterparts (300, Sin City) and even when they are not exact, I’m stunned by the quality that goes into making them (V for Vendetta is a good example of that.)

What is different now that allows these comic movies to be so faithful to their original versions, that wasn’t present say, ten years ago? Quality video production technology. We have the tools now not only to recreate stunning, fully CG backgrounds that perfectly match the environments originally drawn by the artists, but also faithfully recreate fantasy elements in these books that would have been horrifically cheesy in the late 80′s or mid-90′s. Now, directors can use the original graphic novel as a storyboard for their work, something which would have caused a major problem before computer graphics, 3d animation, and digital keying allowed them to add in the crazy stuff that previously could have only been done within the pages of a book. I’m happy to be in the VP department of a company like DDA, which allows me to see how these processes work, and gain a better understanding of the modern world of digital video production.