Monday, August 24, 2009

Cinematic Trailer - Final 2009

Final cinematic trailer for the film. I'm busy getting the dvd ready and out to the manufacturer, as well as arranging a premier early in October in Toronto. Exciting stuff, stay tuned for more updates. (...just as soon as I know about them...)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Reaktor 3 'Engine' Synth

Here's the reaktor 3 synth I created for sound effects editing. Some of you have messaged me saying you want to poke around with it, so here you go ;)

Animation is easy.

Making a animated film is easy. All you have to do is write the script, storyboard it, create the concept art, design the characters and environments, build the 3d sets, props, models, characters, texture and light, rig the models, animate, lip sync, render, comp, fx, edit, sync audio, music, final comp, and done!

The only difference between a short and a feature is the number of shots you have to do. Anyone who thinks it's too much of a task doesn't know what they're talking about, because I've done it, m dot strange has done it, Jeff Lew has done it, Matt and Dan O'Donnel did it.

I've never heard anyone tell me that I couldn't finish Archon Defender. Guess I wasn't listening. (too busy making my film)

Friday, August 21, 2009 goes live

I've been busy this week: finalizing the DVD layout and DVD extras, getting the DVD print layout done. And working on my film website, which is now finally finished as well ;D Check out for information and trailers. I'm in the process of getting ready for the DVD release.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Some Stills to make you salivate

Now that Archon Defender is done, you are all probably just itching to see it ;) I'm in the middle of getting the DVD ready, and getting online distribution arranged as well ( is looking like the best option so far)

In the meantime, here's some stills from the film to tide you over:

Always room for improvement

Whenever I find myself done a film, I always look back on the different shots and think of ways that I could have done it better if I only had the skills back a year ago that I had now. That means two things:

(1) The next film is going to be way better than this one. If you think Archon Defender is the best film ever (which it is) just wait til I cook up the next one.

(2) There's always room for improvement.

It's always about increasing your skills. Learning from your mistakes. When your HD crashes taking a week of work, you learn that you need to be more paranoid about backups. When you come up with an easier way to animate a character or make something look better, then everything after that becomes better.

I found there's nothing like jumping in with both feet, and always making life hard on yourself in terms of stretching your skills to over 9000% then when you're done it's like you just got a super 0day mad 1337 powerup.

Like when I was starting Archon Defender, I had never done character animation before so I had to jump in and learn how to model, skin, and animate or there was going to be no film. :( and that wasn't an option.

So yeah, armed with what I know now, I should be able to streamline my process, not make the same mistakes that I did the first time, and make the next film even better than the previous ones.

I might even write the whole script before hand too...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Independent Films and You

The Hunt for Gollum is an independent online film created by a whole bunch of fanatic Tolkein who made this in their spare time for fun and no profit. You can watch the whole film online for free... at least until the money interests find out about it and the cease and desist order shows up.

The Hunt For Gollum is a non-profit film being made for private use, and is not intended for sales of any sort. No money is being made from this film, and no one was paid to make it. It is in no way affiliated with, or sponsored or approved, by Tolkien Enterprises, the heirs or estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, New Line Cinema, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. or any of their repective affiliates or licensees. The content is for the private use of the downloader and should not be sold, rented, or used for any commercial enterprise in any way, shape, or form. We make no claim to any characters, storylines, prop designs, names, logos or situations that are trademarked, copyrighted or otherwise protected by federal, state, international or other intellectual property law. This work is produced solely for the personal, uncompensated enjoyment of ourselves and other Tolkien fans.

Now, I'm a big supporter of online film, and making films just for the pure enjoyment of doing it. But one thing I realized after making the Rocketmen vs Robots series, is that I didn't own the copyright / trademark of the lego style minifig characters that I used in those films. At least the stories were original, and for Archon Defender, it's all 100% original and 100% mine. (or more accurately, I plagiarized from so many sources so as to seem original ;)

The Hunt for Gollum falls under the curious umbrella of the fan film. It's cool to be a fan of something, I like the original star wars trilogy just as much as any other geek who grew up in the 70's But I can't understand the motivation to spend time and money on something that isn't your own. They've done quite a job at this (and even managed to get a live horse on screen at one point, keep in mind this is a bunch of geek amateur filmmakers doing this on zero budget) So why not go all out. Why make half a film, that you don't own the rights to and beg all over your website to not be sued because you're not doing it for money etc... Go the whole way, come up with something original, and if it's epic enough it just might take off. The independent filmmaker revolution can't overtake the money studios if we keep riding on their coattails.