Production Update #3 Seven Gates Where Angels Fall.

It’s that time once again, the weekly production update. The interest and continued support for this project has amazed me and I am grateful for everyone’s interest and continued support.

The addition of the world will burn‘s music as the soundtrack has inspired me to make new additions and changes that I feel have vastly improved the over all project.  I have started the script finalization of episode II and will be sending that to the cast shortly. Along with those two major developments I have also obviously continued with the creation of the animation itself.

The easiest way to get distracted with a project is to constantly spend to much time tweaking work already completed. There is a major difference between correcting an obvious issue and re-shooting a scene because you think it could be better maybe if you do this or that.It’s needed sometimes especially when you have to make a scene flow better. The challenge is finding that balance between wasting time and actually improving the product.

I have noticed that this happens to me when I feel I am not up to the task of meeting the expectations I feel others have. I want to make sure that I do the talent involved justice. I have to remind myself that I can only do my best and making mistakes means I am trying and learning.  In faith , in charity and in patience is the direction I need to always remind myself to go.  Faith in the vision and direction of the project, charity or generosity in overcoming my own struggles and patience not to rush the process.

I hope that in the end of this project and these updates that those working on their own project etc can learn and hopefully gain something that will help them in their own projects.  So the focus of this update is patience with your project and own work. Learn and move forward. If what you create today is better then want you created when you started, be grateful that you have progressed and do not waste time going back to rework something that doesn’t need reworking.

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The world will burn: Is the official sound track for Seven Gates – Where angels fall.

I am extremely excited to announce that The World Will Burn has agreed to let me use their music as the official soundtrack for Seven Gates – Where Angels Fall.  Their music is perfect for the series and Dale Thompson the lead singer is also the voice of Azazel. It’s like Christmas today. 🙂

Thanks so much Dale and Alan you guys rock! Literally.

I’ve listed the bands bio and official videos as well as the link to their website. These guys rock you wont regret it!

The World Will Burn Official Website

 

A breath of fresh air in the metal genre…”

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THE WORLD WILL BURN

Bringing a fresh perspective to the world of heavy music, The World Will Burn was founded in 2015 as an alternative to onslaught of metal bands that have proliferated in the past decade.  Sensing that fans wanted modern music with key elements found in classic hard music of the past, TWWB released their debut album “Severity” in January of 2016.  The album gained significant exposure and was highly regarded by fans and critics alike.  “Severity” soon rose to #1 on Amazon’s Hot Alternative Metal Download chart had a #1 single on the same chart, with 2 other songs reaching the top 50.
In 2017 The World Will Burn released their sophomore album, “RuiNation”.  This album continued the same formula of success found in their debut release, but added significant texture and more experimentation the band became known for.  A better album across the board, “RuiNation” promises to bring an entirely new audience into the following.
Featuring former BRIDE front man Dale Thompson, TWWB contains gritty, powerful vocals fans have come to know through his past 12 studio albums and live shows around the world.  Joining Thompson is Alan Zaring, a new comer to the genre, who delivers intensity, creativity, and overwhelmingly catchy hooks to the music.  The World Will Burn focuses on raw emotion, and we welcome you to experience a new force in the world of heavy music.

 

Dale Thompson                              Alan Zaring

Seven Gates Where Angels Fall behind the scenes part 1.

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This is the first of several posts that will be highlighting the background and backstory of Seven Gates Where Angels Fall. The backstory itself could easily be an entire series on its own, maybe one day it will. However pieces and scenes from the backstory will be highlighted here, specifically the ones that shed light on episode one. There as several key references and alluding dialogue in the first episode that specifically reference the backstory. However, it is not necessary to know this back story to understand or enjoy the first episode. It does however make the story more interesting and I feel adds to the over all project.

One of the challenges of writing is not creating info dumps. I whole bunch of paragraphs and pages with facts and details about why, when or where something originated from, or why a character does something. It’s one of those sacred “DO NOT DO THIS” rules. In films and animation it’s the same. You can get away with small info dumps, but only in what I see as the expected spots. The voice over in the opening scenes. The star wars scroll text is another example. The history lesson from a character to another character.

I decided one of the elements of the project was going to be a behind the scenes look at the back story as well. An extra element that I hope will be enjoyed somewhat and if not at least help in understanding the projects story in a whole.

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The book of Enoch, one of the sacred texts held in regard by early Christians and Judaism, until Constantine ordered the official scriptures be established, is one of the resources I used.  The story in Enoch establishes the background of the fallen and who they are. I used this book as a guide in creating my fallen angels and source of my demon hordes. I do not follow the book exactly I simply used it a reference and guide to give me an anchor point to work from.

The following excerpts are what I used when working with Azazel, while establishing  who and what he is in the story.

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1. And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. 2. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways.

4. And again the Lord said to Raphael: ‘Bind Azâzêl hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dûdâêl, and cast him therein. 5. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may not see light. 6. And on the day of the great judgement he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons. 8. And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azâzêl: to him ascribe all sin.

 

These two passages highlight the basis of Azazel’s first few lines of dialogue in episode 1.  They are equivalent to “what in his past made him so <fill  in the blank > about <fill in blank> “ that when creating a character you always keep in mind. It’s the basis you refer to when determining what actions a character would or would not take in a given situation.

 

 

Jack Kamionko cast for the role of Shamsiel – Seven Gates Where Angels Fall.

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Jack Kamionko has taken on the role of Shamsiel. Jack has a great range of voices and tones that are enhanced by his amazing talent. He gives Shamsiel that vampire straight out of the Netflix Castlevania anime feel. Which by the way, I loved that anime and cannot wait for the second season.

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Jack is new to the voice acting arena, but has a great array of demo reels that prove he has the talent and skill to go anywhere in the industry. The best way to see for yourself is to head over to his you tube channel and take a listen.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNB0LhSwUuRPhdfc888LfYw

 

Production Update #2 – Seven Gates – Where Angels Fall.

Production update # 2 is here.

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One of the purposes of the updates, besides letting everyone know the state of the project, is to highlight the process and hopefully help others working on the same type of project.  Forward progress, that’s my focus for this update. One of the first things that I decided needed to be a priority was forward progress. Each day something would be accomplished a step taken and something new learned.

This week I worked on the first scene of the episode as well as opening dialogues. One of the first problems or hurdles that needed to be addressed was overloading the video memory.  I knew I would have this problem and when it happened I knew what needed to be done. Reducing the polygons, and items in the scene etc was the stock answer. The problem for me was I needed everything, there was no way around the issue, beyond going out and buying more hardware, which I wasn’t able to to do at the moment.  I eventually was able to work through it by shooting the scene in small segments based on camera shots. I know this doesnt seem like a huge deal, and it wasnt really, but it did highlight for me the need to think around the challenge and come up with a way to still accomplish the goal.

So I have one more cast member to announce in the next few days and the cast will be all set. Several have already sent in the final takes of the dialogue and every one of them are awesome. I just hope that the project and final product does the actors justice, their talents are amazing.

This update comes with a special bonus. The animation testing of the shifter demon and his shifting ability.  The clip is short and meant only to show the animation of the shifting and how it will be used. It’s not a final shot as of yet,  effects and post work are not completed.

 

Hunter Mize has been cast for the role of Malik – Seven gates – where angels fall

 

Hunter Mize  has been cast as Malik for Seven Gates – Where Angels Fall.

Malik was one of the hardest characters to cast for me. Everyone’s talent was amazing and they all brought great presence to the character, I was faced with a tough task. In the end Hunter’s audition of Malik was amazing and he had given Malik a sense of reserved presence that I didn’t even realize I wanted in the character.

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Hunter Mize, is a 23  year old from Mississippi. He doesnt currently have a promotional photo for me to post so, imagine him however you want to.

In Hunter’s own words:

“My name’s Hunter Mize, I’m a voice actor. I took theatre classes at the University of Mississippi. I’m also a part of the group StarForce Media on Youtube, where I act in dubs of Slightly Damned, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IDW,  and the IDW Transformers Audiodrama.

I’m also in an animated project that I can’t give much details about. You can look up Dagon: Troll World Chronicles on Facebook, the film’s not done yet though. Thank You!”

The following links are his demo reels and current voice acting productions.

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Seven Gates – Update #1

Production update:

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Well it’s time for another update. The cast has all been cast and the final script sent out. I’ll be posting the final two cast members this week, for Malik and Shamsiel.  Production has progress well this week. A few set changes, model and look wise, which is normal.

The one constant in animation and a project of this size is things change. There is no way around it, what works in your mind doesn’t always look so good on screen or it just doesn’t translate well. The trick is to be flexible and still stay true to the idea and concept you originally had. Sometimes attachment to a scene or model design can hinder your progress. I found that out the hard way. Wasted time on trying to get something to work because I like the design and the model. In the end I made the change that was needed and moved on. The result was a much better looking scene. I can always reuse the model and design somewhere else in the series. That was a lesson learned, and one that I have to keep in mind.

Editing of the opening sequence was started over the weekend. I am working in phases on this project in order to allow for release in parts if I need to. Episode 1 if all else fails will be released all at once, unless time becomes a issues and then I will release it in two parts. Time would only be an issue if by the end of October I was to far behind to release. As of now everything appears to be on track.

Soundtrack is being complied and the music selected at the moment.  This is usually the last step, but I want to at least have choices and something to work with once I get to that stage of editing. Demo reels for the cast are being worked on as well, as I work on the lip syncing and animation for the dialogues.

Short update this time… Back to work.