23. Kick-Starter

I’m seriously considering putting DeadMan’s Reach on KickStarter.

The main reason being that I’m starting week 23 of a production that was suppose to be 24 weeks. And I can’t see how I can finish 7 mins of animation in 1 week… So I need to extend the production quite dramatically…

So what’s this Kick-Starter thing?? Well kick-starter is a founding platform for creative projects.

Basically you pre-sell stuffs before  making a project, and you use the money you got from the sell to actually create the project. i.e. For an album, you pre-sell your album, then make the album, then send the album to the people how pre-bought it.

It’s a one month process where you need as much word of mouth as possible to reach the amount you need to do (finish) the project. It’s a all or nothing. If the amount is not reached you pay nothing and the project get nothing!

It’s kind of what I started doing with the sell of the DeadMan’s Reach sketch book, but on a completely different scale. (I would have done a Kick-Starter straight from the start but It wasn’t available in the UK at the time).

For all of you who bought the book already there will be special, cheaper stuff!

Here are the products (Rewards) I would be selling:

The book, obviously:

T-Shirts:

Original Animation Drawings, like this one:

Original BackGrounds, like that one:

And some more surprises!

As always let me know what you think.

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22. Back to Black

I finished the pencil animation for the Bedroom sequence,

Those of you who bought the book had a preview of what the film animation will look like, thanks for your feedbacks!

I switched  back to shading for a few days before starting a new sequence witch involves a different drawing technique…

Here is what 3 hours of shading looks like:


21. Animation GIF

This week I’m planing to finish one of the sequence (BE) in line test.

It should be quite doable, but I’d like also to finish the shading on this sequence…

It’s quite exiting to see a sequence build up shot by shot. It’s the moment where you have to hope that the edit is right!

And because everybody like them, here’s a GIF:

 


20. LineTest

Last week I started animation, I did 200 drawings in two days, tough.

I’m probably going to finish the sequence I’m working on and then change a little bit the technique I’m using.

I will try to find a way to make animation a bite more… expressive, by animating straight with a pen.

It’s going to be harder, but will save tones of paper and hopefully will make the drawings look much more  “alive”.

In the mean time let me introduce you to my LineTest, it’s a setup that allows you to take pictures of drawings with a consistent lighting and framing.

You can check your animation much more quickly then when scanning drawing. When I say my line test I mean the one my friend Lucas lent me, thanks mate.

I’m using a D80 to take the pictures and icarus camera control to control the camera from the computer (Tethered)

Here it is in action: