“We are the ones who have taken the watchers place. We defend against the darkness and the fallen. Our duty is to protect humanity and preserve the secrets of old. The lost knowledge and forgotten ways, are our shield and the truth of creation and the beginning is our sword.”
The first episode of seven gates is entitled – “the Order of the Isle”. The above screen shot is an actual shot from the episode of the order of the isle and their warehouse headquarters. The characters shown are from left to right. Dee, Liam,Nikki,Jemma and the team leader Malik. I wanted to give everyone a quick look at the core main characters of the series as well as an actual look at a scene from the first episode.
This current update is going to be focused on where I am at in the production and my next steps. I’ll start with a few timeline adjustments and the reasons for them.
The first episode is looking to be completed by October as opposed to a September completion date. The reason for this delay is two fold. The first reason is Reallusion, the creators of the ICLONE 7 software that I am using, will be releasing a faceware plugin sometime in September. I want to take advantage of this new feature for the facial animations to deliver a more realistic presentation. The following video is a quick overview of the system, which uses just a standard PC webcam to track and record facial movement
This leads to the second reason, I am in the process of looking into having several voice actors perform the dialogue for the series. I want to give them time to record and refine the performances as well as use this new function of the software to highlight and enhance the experience. I still have to get solid agreements on this and forward the scripts to those that end up coming on board.
I am currently looking at a facebook group that is centered around voice actors and am in the process of looking at how they approach this and what they expect from the creators and so forth. Since I’m not able to pay anyone it will most likely narrow down the field alot.
So that is the reason for the shifting time line. I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to present this project as it is developed and share the experience. One part of the experience is the ever changing time line. So with that being said something of the first episode will be released in October even if its the first few minutes. I will have something posted for everyone to see in October just not sure if it will be the beginning or the end of October. I am leaning toward the end of October, since we dont know the exact release date of the software enhancement in September.
I will also be posting several posts between then and now to update everyone. The series is coming along well so far, both from a story perspective as well as the overall learning experience.
Someone just asked me the other day ,why approach the project this way and just not wait till its all done and then release it. My answer was this. It’s a learning experience and I wanted to share it with others and hope they can learn from it. There maybe someone who has been dreaming of learning and creating animation out there. I want them to see that it can be done and that even if mistakes are made and things are not going as expected its the journey that matters. Plus its free, so no one can complain about it that way.