Pictures & Sounds

THE 3D Engine

EARLY 2020

As 2020 started to unfold, one thing was absolutely clear - Endangered was not going to be live action. That meant animation. And animation meant lip-sync. Some research led to the choice of Daz Studio as the animation engine, and Shotcut as the video editing suite.

As lockdown came into effect, the cast were able to record their lines at home. Each line in turn being assembled (& lip-sync'd) into a scene.

Endangered is animated using 3Delight which has been used on a number of feature films. Even with a reasonably powerful PC (a 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X) each HD frame typically takes one minute to render. There are 25 frames for every second of animation - and Endangered is 8 half hour episodes. This will take until the end of 2021 to complete!