Well, 2020 is almost over! I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this year has been an unmitigated dumpster fire train wreck that gives new meaning to the word “cluster” on a global scale. But it has also seen some good things for our fledgling studio. We completed and premiered episode 1 of PlotQuest, as well as two motion comic side-stories. We’re also under contract to produce some work for a feature film… but we can’t say much more than that right now, sorry! We’re wrapping production on an animated pitch video for our upcoming Kickstarter campaign too.
So what’s happening with PlotQuest? One thing we’ve learned is that PlotQuest requires a strange balance of quality and speed, particularly once we start getting the interactive element involved. No one wants to wait a year to find out if the choice they voted for will happen, right? But we don’t think anyone wants to see the quality of the art or animation dumbed down just to speed up production either. This idea is simply too ambitious for four or five animators working in their spare time to produce. That’s where the Kickstarter comes in! With a little bit of funding, we can spend less time on contract work and more time on PlotQuest, plus we can hire more animators, thus speeding production exponentially.
We realize 2020 has been rough for everyone so we’re not rushing to ask for money. At this point, we’re focusing on making a great pitch with some exciting rewards. We’ll keep you posted as things develop with that as well as our other projects so stay tuned!
For now, let’s just raise a glass to the end of this sewer backup that catches on fire for no reason and suddenly spawns flaming murder hornets (a.k.a. 2020). Wishing you a safe, happy, and prosperous 2021!
... it's just time for another PlotQuest motion comic! Motion Comic 2 will be premiering this Thursday, September 24th at 7:15 p.m. Central time on YouTube. youtu.be/zdAb93unFTw Hope you’ll stop by and check it out!
The wait is over! PlotQuest Episode 1 premieres tonight at 7pm central. Chat with the production team and watch it live at https://youtu.be/vcWMhUVhuvI. We'll be on starting around 6:45. Hope to see you then!
Get Ready! PlotQuest Episode 1 premieres this Thursday at 7 pm CST on YouTube! Here's a link to the premiere page where you can set a reminder https://youtu.be/vcWMhUVhuvI The animators and voice cast will be on before and during the premiere to chat and answer questions starting at about 6:45. Hope to see you there!
2020 is shaping up to be a big year for PlotQuest! First off, we have a webcomic mini-series coming out, courtesy of Taylor Gooden. Starting in early January, we’ll be posting one or two pages we week (as it makes sense for the story). Following the webcomic, we’ll have the official debut of the PlotQuest animation including the additional footage we created post-Archon. We’re excited to finally be able to show what we’ve been working on all this time so keep an eye out for that.
Best wishes and Happy New Year!
- The Popcorn Sundae Team
I think Pltnm06Ghost's comic sums it up pretty well. YouTube's new COPPA policy definitely throws a wrench into our plans. While PlotQuest is definitely aimed at an older crowd (not 12 year olds), we've always prided ourselves on keeping the content fairly all-ages. The potential hit to monetization doesn't worry us, we weren't planning on running ads anyway. However, having to choose between comments being disabled or risking a $42,000 fine if someone at the FTC decides that just because it's animation it must be "made for kids" definitely has us wondering what to do.
We're still working on it and we will finish episode 1, what we do with it however... that remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
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