So making a dress form didn't really work out. It came out like crap. But I've wasted enough time and money, and ruined a nice, expensive pair of scissors on this damn thing, so I'm not going to bother starting over. I'll just work on other parts of the suit, suck it up, and buy a damn dress form next month.
It's fine, I can use a dress form for other things down the road, like cosplay, Halloween costumes and whatever so it's not like I'll be buying it just for this project.
I'll add details for making a dress form to my plans so that if you don't want to have to buy a dress form, but are making your suit from scratch like I am, you don't have to buy one if you're better at making the dress form than I am. I apparently suck ass at it, and can't get anyone to help me without dragging someone almost a hundred miles for it.
I guess it's not really that big a deal. I couldn't finish the suit this month even if the dress form came out perfect. I had to loan some money to someone, so I can't afford the materials I need to make the markers anymore. Not without potentially starving to death, anyway. The only store in my town to buy food at is stupidly expensive. I also bought a stupidly expensive pillow. If I'd been smarter with my money, I could have finished this month, but I wasn't so I can't.
That's alright, though. All this bull with the dress form made me realize part of the studio plan needs redesigning. This will give me ample time to rethink how I'll do it. This also might just give me enough time to think of a way of making the studio rig adjustable. Originally, the cameras were just going to be stationary. But what if I could design it so that the cameras could be adjusted and adapted to any studio space? What if devs would like to be able to have the flexibility to move their studio between projects? Not all indie devs have the luxury of having a huge, dedicated studio, and sometimes if they are able to rent a studio, maybe after their project, they have to end their lease on their space at some point. Sometimes, for one reason or another, you just can't mount cameras to the walls like AAA mocap studios want you to be able to do.
Like me for instance. I'm not allowed to put anything larger than a thumb-tack in my walls. And I'm definitely not allowed to hang anything from the ceiling, or the window frames, or put anything out on my back porch, or set items in my window sills.... I hate this place. Fucking authoritarian ass-hats.
Sometimes you can't mount things to walls or ceilings. It would also be a pain in the ass to move wall-mounted cameras to another location, especially if that location was in an asymmetrical room. Not going to help to have cameras that need mounting if one half of the room is retarded.
There are tripods, but the most advantageous position for mocap cameras is high up off the floor. Higher than any tripod I've ever seen. I'm sure they exist, but I bet they're expensive, plus tripods seem to break easy. My old microphone stage stand doesn't even come all the way up to my head, and it's a rickety pile of crap. It was a rickety pile of crap even brand new. I want the cameras to be up near the ceiling, which is like, 9 feet up or so in my apartment, and I want to be guaranteed that the cameras aren't going to just topple over if my cats walk by them. Naturally, they'll knock them over anyway, because they're cats, and cats knock things over, but I want to reduce the number of times my cameras crash to the floor. I'll think of something.
As you can see, I put a lot of thought into this project. I'm not going to be half-assing this. (Well, half-assing it in its fashion anyway. Really the entire project is a half-assed mocap studio already, but you get what I mean.)