Seven Gates – Where Angels Fall behind the scenes #2

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Behind the scenes post time once again.

In this post I’m going to go into some more behind the scenes story and detail surrounding the series. As anyone already following the series knows the basis of the story is seven gates that lead to hell exist and if all seven are opened than the apocalypse begins. The first two gates that have been opened are located in Sleepy hollow New York and York Pennsylvania. Yes Sleepy Hollow is a real town in New York and it was originally called Tarrytown, hence the image of Tarry town’s map above.

The obvious question is why Sleepy hollow and York PA? No there is no headless horseman in the series, I promise. One of the reasons is I live in western New York and I am familiar with the area and felt it was time to bring these areas into the spotlight. All apocalypse type shows take place in New York city or Los Angeles or Tokyo. I felt it was time the little guys got their turn. Yes sleepy hollow has been in the spotlight many times and everyone knows it. So that was the the second reason its the starting town of the series. We all like a sense of familiarity when watching something, it’s subconscious and we dont even know it.  It creates a mental connection to our feelings and stuff like that. Well that was the super scientific explanation, so we can move on now from there.

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(Character creation in Daz Studio 4.9 – concept for potential future new character)

One of the biggest reasons I choose small towns and areas to start the story was more of a personal story telling hang up I have. Sometimes I get caught up on the “this wouldn’t happen and if it did this and that would happen and nothing you are creating would matter” dilemma. Example if the events in the series happened in New York city the army and FBI, NSA, etc etc would be all over the scene and none of the story elements could realistically happen. The news would have it broadcast in mere minutes and it would be known worldwide. So change the setting put it in a small area and town, one that could remain off the radar for at least a short time, especially if it was a sudden event that occurred with out warning. Now we have a plausible starting point, a bit far stretched but its fiction, supernatural science fiction fantasy storytelling so how real does it have to be to begin with?

 

Writing, animation, any medium of art today seems to have so many rules, dont do this or that and this technique should only be here and not there. Just join any Facebook group or do a simple google search and you’ll see what I mean. You throw your art out there and suddenly its all about the rules or the craft, creativity is lost and the storytelling is forgotten. It’s easy to get lost in this whirlwind of information and lose site of the story or meaning behind your art and chosen craft.  This is one element I wanted to explore in this series. Just tell the story. I’ll make mistakes not apply the rules correctly, do things that people write blog posts about entitled “The 10 things you should never do” and I’ll hit all ten. I will even probably create 10 more for the blogger to write a follow up article on.So your welcome Mr or Ms blogger.

This post was a bit shorter than the last, the render of my scene is almost done so its back to animating for me. I’m hoping to have the first part of episode 1 released in the next two weeks. The planned out production is set for that time frame so either two weeks or maybe earlier if every thing goes smoothly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dan Pye to Narrate for Seven Gates – Where Angels Fall

I am excited to announce Dan Pye will be narrating Seven Gates – Where Angels fall. Dan will be narrating the voice of Enoch as well as the general narration of the dreaming prophet Nathan. I had mentioned a few posts earlier that I was adding a narrator 🙂

Dan’s voice acting is crazy amazing. (Ok that’s not the best sentence in world).  Check out his information below in his own words. Make sure to check out his websites and take a listen.

Dan Pye

I’m a British Voice Over Actor, and I’ve been in the industry for almost 15 years, with education and professional acting training, I’ve worked on projects from commercials, continuity, telephone systems, radio stations and more with some of the worlds largest broadcasters and production studios, such as Universal Studios, BBC, Premier League, Syfy Channel and many more.

Specialising in Animation and Gaming, I love to get my teeth into characters, and develop them from the experiences I have had in life, and people I have met. I originally started out my career as an actor, and been able to act with just my voice, is what attracted me to voice acting. I get to build imagery, emotion, and set the scene with just one tool, which makes it so much more fun and challenging for me, and who doesn’t love a challenge right?

www.danpye.com
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Production Update #5 – Seven Gates Where Angels Fall.

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That time again – Production updates – I have a lot to share this time around, well its a lot to me anyways 🙂 . First off I would like to welcome a new member to the cast, Dustin Brown.  I’ll be posting a detailed post  about Dustin  shortly after this production update since I am a bit late on this one. I’m not sure if it’s really late if I’m the only one setting the time tables. However, the new cast member is exciting news.

Dustin is playing two roles! The role of  a sleepy hollow Detective named  Drew who shows up in episode two, and plays a larger role in episode three and four. The second role he will be playing is the role of the Shadow. The big nasty fallen we see in the opening credits. The shadows role in the story will become evident as time goes on and the reason  for his name as well. Yes its a generic name but there is good reason for it.

Episode 1 is progressing nicely and I anticipate the first part of the episode to be released with in the next few weeks. Part 2 of the episode will then follow as well as the next episodes and so on. I will break the episodes into parts to allow for more frequent posting and give time to work on the future ones as well.

Everyone in the cast has submitted all the lines for episodes 1 and 2 and they are awesome. Everyone involved has amazing talent that I cannot begin to express how amazing each one of them is without taking hours of your time for each one of them.

Episodes 3 and 4 are currently being written and I pray everyone wants to continue with those episodes as well. One of the reasons I will be releasing the episodes in parts to get this out there and show everyone the amazing voice talents involved.

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As usual I like to point out the stumbling blocks as well as the progress. One of the current stumbling blocks I have ran into was second guessing what has been developed and or created and feeling that I need to change or add more “this” or “that” to the project. While this can help and improve a project it can also delay and ruin one. The key is to know when to change and when to not as well as when to ignore the biggest critic in the room, Yourself.

Each day is a new learning experience in the project as well as more development of the story and the quality of the product. The great part is I find I take less time getting somethings done then it use to take months ago. This is something I think everyone can benefit from remembering, and form of progress how big or small is movement in the right direction.

I’ll end this post with a simple idea to hold on to. It’s something I have been learning and dealing with and exploring more deeply. The idea is this, who we have become is not who we are. This is great news because it means you can change.

 

Production update #4 opening credits (rough edit) released- Seven Gates where angels fall

 

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Well, the fourth production update is here. It’s a tad bit later than usual and for good reason! Lot’s of things to talk about and to show. The opening credits(rough edit) has been posted and is available to view. The song in the opening credits is “Torment” by the world will burn of course 🙂 . IT’s a rough edit at the moment have to still adjust some color grading etc, but I wanted to share the progress.

Production continues on episode 1 “Order of the Isle” and the scripts for Episode 2 “Dawn of the fallen” have gone out. A secondary script with narration lines has also gone out. The  narration lines were added recently to the first and second episode. I felt they where needed to fill in some gaps in episode one and round out episode two. They focus on the passages from the book of Enoch that have been used and referenced in the story. The second reason is to allow for additional animations and story telling.

The overall concept of weaving the story, the music and the narration into one piece is my goal. The characters tell the story, the music tells the story of the characters, and the narration bridges the gaps. The narrator will be announced next week.

 

One of the goals of the project was and is to show the progression of improvements throughout the process. After the script for episode 2 was finalized I felt that the goal was being met, in the sense that episode 2 is a better episode than one in my mind. The good part about this is they are just two halves of the same story. So the progression is right on track, each episode better than the last and hopefully the larger story grows.

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Staying on task is my main concern, and I have been trying to resist the redo this part tendencies that I have. I can say I have only redone a few parts for reasons that were legitimate, like mistakes or glitches or ending an animation to soon etc. This seems to happen more in the editing phase when I’m editing I notice things, sometimes I can cut them or transition them in edits but not always. So the key is multi tasking the process. Iclone may be rendering out while I’m editing in Hit film Express and on another PC reviewing ideas in Daz 3d. Set design or model and character design.

One topic I wanted to touch on and this maybe a bit boring for some but those who are working on similar projects and using the same software may find this helpful. I have found that creating sets in both Daz and Iclone has saved me tons of time. An example is is I have a scene that needs walls and streets and trees, I do it in iclone and add elements from daz to fill out the scene. If part of the set is not in the shot I do not convert textures to Pbr, or I hide the models to make things easier. Sometimes the urge to create an entire 3d world for one shot isn’t helpful unless of course you will reuse this set over and over and need that true 360 world established.

 

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.

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.