Ahoy! "Animating Deadman's Reach" KickStarter is ready to go live!
I will be launching it THIS THURSDAY, valentine's day.
And it will include Awesome Rewards!
Don't miss it, Thuersday, for 30 days only! I will be trying to raise 7000£.
The preparation was bloody intense, but at least you''ll be able to enjoy making fun of me in the KickStarter video!
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:
Original Animation Drawings, like this one:
Original BackGrounds, like that one:
And some more surprises!
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:
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I have now drawn 56 Backgrounds. I have a few left and my goal is to finish most of them this week and start animation next week.
I will need to make a new planning obviously...
There is a few POV in the film and I haven't decided if they will be fully animated backgrounds and characters or if it will only be a big background with pans.
Anyway, here's what it looks like when I try to review most of the BGs:
and announce it on this page on next monday.
You have until Sunday midnight!
The winner will get the book number 99, signed with it's donkey post card and access to the deadman's mailing list that gives access to special secret shit.
Spread the word, on facebook, twitter, google + (do people use that?), smoke signals, etc...
And if you can't wait until monday, because you really really need to have the book, you can buy it here: Help Finance the film.
Or simply read about it. (you should buy it though)
For those of you who already have the book, It would make a good present for your grandmas, so I'll be happy to send it to whoever you ask me to.
Last week went well, not having any distractions really helped. I have now 14 Backgrounds completed, and I'm feeling a bit more confident.
This week I'm gonna keep on drawing as many backgrounds as possible, but I'll leave the Shading for later.
I'm also planing to finish the film first shot. The background is ready and it has 3 characters to be animated.
In the mean time here is a finished BG, a RANCH:
So last week I did a proper schedule, and as expected, It freaked me out... It came to 45 days of work at a pace far from the one I'm at. So I had to re-think the way I work.
I was drawing one Background at the time. The process was, Print the storyboard on an A3, look for references, Draw a detailed pencil drawing, Ink It and then shade it.
Each process is fairly easy and relatively efficient. However by working this way I was loosing a lot of time, wondering what to do, looking for things on the internet, getting distracted by facebook etc.
I would also lose time in between each steps, out of procrastination or lack of motivation. If It was 8.30 pm and I wanted to work till 9, I wouldn't start a new drawing, other wise it would easily end up being 11...
Plus It meant that I needed to finish every background completely to be able to animate every shot.
The new plan is more efficient because I have lots of task to choose from, and I can turn off the computer during a whole day if I want to.
The new process is print lots of BGs (maybe 10), look for all the references needed for those BG, then draw and ink all those 10 BG. I keep the shading for later. The shading process will run until the end of production.
This way in a few days I should be able to have the outlines of all the background, and so I will be able to start animation at any time.
My animators friends also recommended to keep other things to do while animating, to have something to relax my head with.
I managed to do 8 backgrounds in one day an a Half!
This week I'm in the contry side, without electricity, internet, or even cell phone coverage, so I will focus on shading those 8 back grounds.
Hopefully I'll finish all of them!
Here are this week 8 inked Bg:
As always feel free to comment HERE
Last week was a bit slow, mainly due to the fact that I spend 5 hours colouring A THIRD of an A3 in red. Using a O.4 mm pen... Bloody Diner sits. It felt like Math lessons all over again!
Anyway, I'm one background behind, I will catch up somehow this week.
Mooe sent me the first draft of here Harry Nilsson's "One" cover, and it's brilliant,
I can't wait for you to hear it!
Mean while listen to here other songs, HERE. They're perfect for a monday morning. Or any other time!
This week plan is a bit serious... Apart from the thursday afternoon Old Fashioned Stroll.
I need to sort out a proper PLANING for the backgrounds. I've finished 6 of them, out of 60 and I only have a few weeks to finish all of them.
I started by the hardest ones, yet I need a realistic schedule. Today starts the 9th week. It needs to get a bit more intense.
Any one care to Produce me?
The great news is that I am 20 Books away from adding 1 more month to the production! Making it a proper 6 month production.
Here is one of the new BackGrounds, a Motel Room:
Feel free to leave comments HERE
I've finished 3 backgrounds: a London Tube Station, a Diner and a Saloon so far. And I need to start working faster now, I should draw at least another 4 Backgrounds this week.
I'll need to take a day to set up the animation tools (Line test and animation table) and scan the final drawings.
The sales of the book have dramatically slowed down,
so I'm just dropping a few lines to remind you that you can help finance the film
by buying a Deadman's Reach book HERE or by making your friends buy it!
And Here is the Diner:
You can let me know what you think of it, here.