Argh! So many backgrounds!!
Now I know why so many people choose to do minimalist scenes; every scene in my piece has to be cluttered in some way. thats a lot of background time. really there's no file setup involved since I'm not doing cutout; all my time is in rendering backgrounds and frame-by-framing the final animation.
luckily I got all the tutorials done over last weekend so I'm homefree with that. Now its all this project from here on out in this class. Coupled with the rigging class and I have a decent workload. Not that I'm complaining (I missed not having 12 hours of work a day), but after a few weeks of relative downtime its a bit of a chore getting back into the swing of things.