Production on the additional scenes is going well. We have all the dialog recorded (big thanks to Anna, Saku, and Paul the quick turn around) and have started clean-up and color on some scenes. Here are a couple of our favorite stills from the new sequence. It's all coming together!
Thanks again to everyone who came out to our panel at Archon, we had a great time! The pre-release screening went well, we got a lot of wonderful feedback. It’s great to know we’re on the right track and that people enjoy episode 1.
After having a moment to step back and look at it critically however, we realized that the ending was a little weak, so we’ve decided to extend the episode slightly to make it as strong as it can possibly be. Of course, that has kept us plenty busy. At this point, the storyboards are complete, and dialog is being recorded. We’re looking forward to cutting the animatic together this week and then it’s down to animating. I know it’s a bit frustrating to delay the release, but we want to make sure this thing is as solid as it can be before we put it out there.
In the meantime, we have a surprise in store in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
It’s been a while! Apologies for the radio silence these past few weeks. We’ve been incredibly busy putting the finishing touches on lip-sync and animation. We’re pleased to announce that we’re nearing the finish line! Our plan is to release episode 1 in October so stay tuned for an official date. In the meantime, here are some screenshots of what the finished show will look like.
Also, we’ll be doing some panels at Archon again this year, so if you happen to be there definitely stop by and say hi. Here are the details on those:
Friday, Oct. 4, 8 pm – 9 pm, Salon 4 (Gateway Center)
Ever wanted to make your own anime or cartoon but not sure where to start? Animation Professor/ Animator, Neko Pilarcik-Tellez, will give you an overview the tools and technology you’ll need PLUS a demonstration of animation techniques.
Presenter: Neko Pilarcik-Tellez
PlotQuest: The Challenges and Triumphs of Making an Interactive Animated Series
Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 pm – 8 pm, Salon 4 (Gateway Center)
Part web series, part interactive fiction, PlotQuest invites the audience to shape the narrative of this animated story by voting on what we animate next. Join the creators of PlotQuest as they discuss their production process, happy accidents, and lessons learned along the way. As time permits, we may show an episode or two (surprise, they’re short!) and take questions from the audience.
Presenters: Neko Pilarcik-Tellez, Pltnm06Ghost, Tommy Benoist, Taylor Gooden, Chelsea O'Bannon
That’s all for now, more to come soon!
The Popcorn Sundae Team
Name: Kitsune-sama (but don't call him that.)
Level: Sorewa himitsu desu.
Likes: Money, mobile games, relaxing
Dislikes: Formality, Getting involved in other people’s problems, People who can’t solve their problems on their own
Favorite Color: Green (‘cuz ya know… money.)
Favorite Food: Pizza
Fun Fact: The mustache is fake. It's meant to trick gullible Humans into thinking he's older than he actually is.
Class: (Phantom) Thief
Likes: A challenge, rare and unusual objects, manipulating gullible newbies
Dislikes: Wasting time, confined spaces, easy tasks
Favorite color: Magenta (note: because it technically doesn't exist and I figured he'd think that's cool in a hipster sort of way :P)
Favorite food: Cake
Fun Fact: He likes the title 'phantom thief' but is actually scared of ghosts. His near perpetual grin comes from a time when someone told him his face would freeze like that if he kept making it and he took it as a personal challenge.
Name: Max Damage
Likes: Saving the day, helping his friends, and ridiculously over-sized swords.
Dislikes: Bad guys.
Favorite Color: Blue, it’s the most heroic color!
Favorite Food: Mochi Ice Cream, it’s the most heroic food!
Fun Fact: Max keeps a journal filled with dramatic attack names and catch phrases handy at all times.
Name: Safety and Monster Monitor
Class: Safety and Monster Monitor
Level: One billion!
Likes: Inventing really cool monsters, watching those monsters crush noobs, watching those noobs get mad.
Dislikes: Routine, boredom, loud-mouthed heroes.
Favorite Color: Do you know the color of the infinite void created when a game world crashes? No, I guess you wouldn’t, but it’s that color.
Favorite Food: Food? Food is for lowly humans. Do I look human to you?
Fun Fact: SAMM was voted “Most Likely to Destroy the Universe” in high school.
A huge “thank you” to everyone who sent in auditions for PlotQuest, we’re all really excited to hear your work! We’re having our casting meeting this Thursday, so you should hear something back by the end of this week/ early next week.
All the background art is completed for episode 1. Here’s a look at a few backgrounds Pltnm06Ghost and Tommy Benoist created (back from before Chelsea joined the party).
Also, Neko has completed the animation on the Retro RPG sequence. This is how she’s feeling right about now…
Don’t worry folks, she’ll be back up and drawing in no time! When she is, expect to see some more tutorials on pixel art and animation too.
Best Wishes and a Happy Cinco de Mayo!
- The Popcorn Sundae Team
We're doing a little bit of a late update this time due to the holiday. First off, here's a look at Taylor's process for creating the lovely backgrounds for the PlotQuest webcomic. As you can see, they're coming along nicely. Keep up the good work, Taylor!
We've been keeping plenty busy around here! Josh and Tommy have been cranking out animation for episode 1, Chelsea's been tearing through the backgrounds about as fast as we can give them to her and Taylor's working on the second PlotQuest webcomic. Meanwhile, Neko has been hard at work creating the surprisingly time-consuming Retro RPG sequence. If you'd like to see how that's going she's produced two videos on the subject: This one shows her illustration process in creating the background for the battle screen: https://youtu.be/dhjw2z6TQ-c And this one is the first in her tutorial series on animating pixel art: https://youtu.be/CKYR_EWRyGM
Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more inside info as our quest for animation glory continues!
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