Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The film that wasn't

Last night was apparently not the night to film the final scene I need for my first trailer. The scene I envision takes place at a community bus stop (since the bus stop is supposed to be a few blocks from Arthur and Mitch's house). It is raining. Mitch shows Arthur a bruise on his arm and says, "I did this to myself because I couldn't stop thinking about you."

Problem #1 was that none of the Sims sites I checked out had a downloadable arm bruise. I did find some nice-looking (if you can call them that) shoulder and knee bruises, so I downloaded that. Then I loaded up the Sims and used a cheat to get enough Aspiration Points to buy a weather-changing machine or whatever that thing is that's supposed to change the weather. I also downloaded a neat looking community bus stop... I figured since I only needed the outside, I'd throw the weather machine and a clothes changing rack into the terminal.

I should add that I have Sims on my old PC but do all my downloading on my Mac because the Mac is way faster at accessing the Internet. I don't have a working flash drive at the moment, so I have to email downloads to myself, get them off the PC, and install them. The PC is also missing half the bottom row of keys, courtesy of one of the cats, and the space bar only works half the time. So it takes longer than you'd think to get things set up...

Anyway, I figured it would be a simple change at the mirror to get the bruises onto Mitch, but I couldn't find the option. I suspect I'm going to have to go to Body Shop and create an all-new Sim to be bruised Mitch...aargh.

The bigger problem is that it won't let me use the Weather Machine on a community lot. I packed it into Arthur's inventory, but no go. You can't take it out except on residential lots.

By the time I figured this out, it was already 9:30 or so, I was exhausted, and I just didn't feel like trying to find anymore workarounds. So I turned off the Sims and went back to the Mac to look at podcast-safe (i.e. public domain) music. I want some kind of rock chorus to play under the main action in the final scene and some incidental music for the rest of the trailer. I only found one site that had songs with WORDS, and you couldn't preview them... so I now have about 45 downloads of songs I don't like sitting in my ITunes folder...

Today is a new day, and I am off from work because of a mid-afternoon doctor's appointment. So hopefully I'll be able to get the trailer put together. Then all that's left is the voiceovers.