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.
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
We're back with another production update! Animation is coming along nicely. We've got most of the scenes animated and Neko is hard at worked getting them cleaned up and colored. We'll be getting the final vocal tracks soon so we can start the lip-sync process then we'll be ready to go. So stay tuned and in the mean time, enjoy some finished animation from a few of our favorite scenes!
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.
Welcome to the production blog for PlotQuest. Here you'll find all the latest news, artwork, and updates about the project.