I've been totally buried with other stuff, so I haven't had any time to work on the movie lately.
Fortunately, Brad's been hard at work figuring out our CG fire and CG smoke. Here are before-and-after comparisons at the Carinda homestead:
The original fire and smoke effect basically used bubbles, but it resulted in very circular-looking smoke and fire which looked totally fake.
Brad's new CG fire and smoke effect uses a completely different approach that actually mimics the behavior of real-life fire and smoke. As you can see from the screenshots above, the fire looks way more realistic.
Hopefully my schedule will free-up soon so that I can re-render our background animations for the Carinda homestead scenes and update our animatic with Brad's new-and-improved fire and smoke.