I have done a rough draft of my lamp video. Although it looks like I am looking through a frosted glass window, I am happy with the results:
The biggest problem I see is that when the audacious lamp plummets off the desk, his light is still visible in an unproductive manner. I need to do something about the lighting since it sits there and does not help convey the hidden action behind the desk.
Once I tweak that I will be doing some touch ups on a few models I have in the scene: Books, pictures, maybe the desk. I might keep the desk orange, I kind of like the colour contrast. I am thinking of adding a few impact animations to emphasize the disastrous fall of the lamp: slight movement of one of the pictures on the wall, the pen might roll off the desk, nothing too big.
Then when all is said and done, and I am at the end of this section, I will pull out the big guns and render this beast using higher settings. I do not know how much my machine will heat up in the process, so I plan on rendering it out a section at a time rather than all frames at once. Depending on the estimate time, I may space it out over a few days. It will also depend on the temperature where I live: on one of the days we got +40 or more Celsius, with an average of low to mid 30’s these last few weeks, and it is only starting to cool off.