A little while back Allied Artists Music Group hired us to produce animated segments for Rocky Kramer’s "Rock Star" music video. We had a lot of fun creating the “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”/ “Space Jam” blend of animation and live-action. Now that the video’s out we put together a little behind-the-scenes video on how we did the animation, compositing and VFX for it.
...And here's the full music video!
Our hearts go out to all the employees of Kyoto Animation, their families, friends, and everyone affected by this horrible tragedy.
Neko’s back to doing her tutorials and today she’s showing her technique for creating dynamic pixel animation as seen in Doggo’s Special Attack.
These techniques actually work for any kind of hand-drawn animation: traditional animation, pixel animation, anime, you name it! Although Neko’s using Clip Studio Paint Ex for this tutorial, the process will work with almost any 2d animation software, or no software at all! Most of this will work just as well with pencil and paper (you might miss having an undo button though). ^_^ Whether you’re an animator looking to learn a new trick or two, or you’re just curious about what went into making the Retro RPG Sequence for episode 1, you may wanna check out Neko’s video.
In preparation for the official launch of PlotQuest, we’re going to start releasing at least one video a month (animation previews, behind-the-scenes, tutorials, etc.) These may come out sooner than – or in between – our bi-weekly updates, so if you’d like to stay up-to-date on the latest Popcorn Sundae stuff please subscribe to our channel… or don’t, it’s a free country, you be you!
Whew… It’s been a long road, but we’re pleased to announce that voice casting for all the main characters in PlotQuest is now completed! Aaaand…
The role of Max Damage will be played by Christian Serrano, Geist will be played by Voice of the City, and SAMM will be voiced by TJ.
One last huge thank you to everyone who auditioned, we were blown away by the talent of everyone who auditioned! Don’t worry, you’ll get to hear them too because we’ll be calling on many of the voice actors who aren’t in the main cast to voice other characters in the show.
In other news: most of the animation for episode 1 is done (except for lip-sync, obviously) and scenes are moving into clean-up and color. Chelsea has been rockin’ out tons of backgrounds for episode 2 so we should be ready to announce a launch date for the series soon. Stay tuned!
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.
We’re pleased to announce our next round of voice casting! The role of Ivy will be played by Bunny Saku, Addie and Amy will be voiced by Anna Donovan, and Paul Huddleston will be the voice of Kitt. Another huge thank you to everyone who auditioned, we loved hearing your work!
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
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