A Furry Face & Two Birthdays


I thought you might enjoy seeing the full size, hand-painted texture map used on the close-up model of The Black Cat. (Click on the image to see it full-size.) There are different layers that can be added to manipulate the look of the fur and to reveal the progressively damaged and wounded state of our hero as he continues to wage his lonely battle throughout the story.

Today happens to be Mr. Neil Gaiman’s birthday, which by happy coincidence he shares with my good friend (and sound guru) Rob King. Rob will be helping with the audio design and mix (when we get to that point), and is featured in this production Videoblog, “The Recording of Neil.”  He has been a constant source of support and encouragement throughout this project, is a master craftsman and a legitimately great guy!

The first time I met Rob was to direct a voice-over recording session for a video game I was working on. Forgetting to compensate for the different time zone, I arrived at his Sherman Oaks, CA studio from the airport an hour early. Realizing my error before actually knocking, I figured I’d wait on his porch and watch the rest of The Fellowship of the Ring on my laptop. I had barely pushed ‘play’ when I heard the sound of a door being cautiously opened behind me. To Rob’s credit, he appeared unfazed as I began my stammering explanation of who I was and why I was watching Hobbits on his steps, then graciously invited me to step inside; the rest, as they say, is history.

The happiest of birthday wishes to both of you fine gentlemen — may you watch a fantastic movie and eat something truly wicked!

About Xtopher

Director of The Price, and Owner/Creative Director of Silver Fish Creative, LLC.
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5 Responses to A Furry Face & Two Birthdays

  1. Violet W. says:

    It seems like whenever I get a random urge to check up on this blog, it’s the same day that there’s a new post! It’s so good to be hearing from you again, Christopher. I continue to look forward to this project’s completion. I’m leaving on a mission for my church soon where I won’t be able to check for updates for a while, but hopefully it’ll help the time pass a little quicker for me, haha. Please remember that there are a lot of people like me who are rooting for you. Good luck!

  2. Jordi says:

    I love the detail on the cat fur.

    Belated happy new year, Christopher! Hope you can get some great work done in 2020.

  3. John B Brown says:

    That’s great and all but it’s been a YEAR since the last update.

    How about another update?

  4. stefan says:

    i hope i get to see this movie before i’m dead

  5. Wendi says:

    Hi, you really should stick a link to this blog on your Kickstarter updates section when you post here. Over there it looks like nothing’s happened since Nov 2018, and when people have been waiting 10 years already…

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