OK, its almost 1am, and I have to call it quits for the night, even though I'm not done. My headache is mostly gone, though!
I tracked new footage, brought it into max, animated the ball, lit it, and rendered it out in a few passes. I comped it together, but as of right now, it has no roto work done, so the ball isn't really integrated into the scene, just laid overtop. Plus, I still want to add some particle smoke on the ground as it rolls by.
No need to extend the deadline anymore just for me, though. I don't want to hold things up (like I always do!) Hopefully I'll have it done by the time Tyson edits together the big video. I'm hoping I can finish it tomorrow after work, if not, then over the weekend.
Here's a screenshot.