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Production update #15: Seven Gates where angels fall.

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Episode 3 production is well underway, roughly a third of the episode is completely done. The remaining two thirds are roughed out and in the works.

Seven gates has been a great learning experience as well as a whole lot of fun.  The creation of each episode, forces me to improve and push my ability. While I know  that I have a lot to learn still, I feel I have learned a lot in the last year. I just hope this improvement is evident in each episode.

There are three things I try to focus my attention on. The first is to take each day and try to improve or learn one new thing, that pushes me a step ahead of the day before. It could be anything new or even a revisit to something old that I needed to refresh myself on.  The idea is to progress and improve in a meaningful way.

The second item is remembering everything takes time. I know where I want to be and I know what I need to get there. However, I need to remind myself that it takes time walking the path and learning the lay of the land on the way.  It’s easy to forget this, we all tend to focus our gaze on the horizon and try to see what the future holds. We forget  to look around in the moment and realize that the journey is just as important as the destination, maybe even more important.

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The third and final item is to continue the process of creating, new stories and new ideas. It’s OK to take a break for a few days and just have fun creating something new or play around with a new idea. When I return to the last scene I was working on I feel refreshed and I see sometimes things that i had not seen before. I may have taken time to study new materials or watch tutorials and that new knowledge now helps me move the project along.

I’m a storyteller and that will never change. The world inside my head is a strange one, full of exotic worlds and creatures. Maybe I never gave up my imaginary friends from childhood, instead I brought them along with me and allowed them to invite their friends.

 

 

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Episode 2 – Seven Gates Where Angels Fall “Dawn of the Fallen” – Released.

Episode two is finally released!!

As I mentioned before all episode’s are now running at about 10 to 15 minutes long. This means that the actual episode two script that was given to the cast is now broken into three parts (Ep 2 , Ep 3, Ep 4).

So if any of the cast are wondering where their lines or parts are in this episode, do not worry they are all there just in upcoming episodes 🙂 .

I hope this episode is an improvement in production and presentation over episode 1. I tried to give this episode a grittier feel to its color and lighting schemes, while trying to not make it appear as if the lighting is to dark.

As always I hope you enjoy this episode and I’m excited to start on the next episode.

 

 

 

 

Seven Gates – Where Angels Fall Update #14

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Only a few weeks away from the release of episode 2 – Dawn of the Fallen.  I’m currently working on the last few minutes of the episode and then just final edits and sound mix.

I personally feel this episode is much better than the first, both visually and story wise. I’ve made so many improvements in various areas since I’ve started this project, it’s wild looking back and seeing what I didn’t know in the beginning compared to what I do now.  However, that has always been the point to improve, learn, grow and expand.

My approach to projects and learning new things has always been just jump right in with both feet. Wrong or right that’s the only way I can personally learn something and enjoy the process at the same time. Many people will tell me that I shouldn’t approach things like that, especially in an area like animation. Sure I could spend years working on small little things, like bouncing balls and faceless characters walking around in blah grey voids. I could also spend years writing short scripts and stories about bears wearing hats eating picnic lunches and stress about trope, and cliches and if I followed this rule or that rule. The problem is that’s not fun. It does nothing to push me forward and want to keep working and creating.

I’ll study and I’ll learn along the way. My stories will be told and new ones thought of as I move along. Those who don’t agree with my methods and criticize my reasons, I understand and honestly nod my head to their opinions. It’s what they feel and believe about creating and story telling and whatever creative endeavor they are involved in. I think that’s great, everyone needs to pursue their dreams in any manner they see fit.  I will however continue doing it my way and offering it up to anyone who wants to see it.

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As always you can watch the previous episodes, trailers and teasers at the following places.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3uayMWWzN9oqvtl5gONkgw

https://www.facebook.com/sevengateswhereangelsfall

 

 

 

Seven Gates – Where Angels Fall – Update #13

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(screen shot of episode 2 edits in Hitfilm Express)

 

Production update time once again. The next episode is well on its way to being ready for release. The shorter time format has made it easier to make progress in a timely manner.  I hope to see a release very soon with in several weeks. I’ve learned a lot of new techniques and skills over the length of this project and strive to continue doing just that.

As always I have taken everyone’s feedback, concerns and criticisms and done my best to correct those things and or avoid them. Somethings I know are personal preferences such as style, music,artistic approaches and so forth. Those areas I take everyone’s feedback on as well and weigh it against the projects goal and vision before I make a change. In general I don’t want anyone thinking I am ignoring their comments and feedback.

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( the above screenshot is an initial rough lighting/placement for one of the sequences in episode 2 as it is being setup in Iclone 7.2 )

I’ve been asked if I have plans to take my Afallon series of novels and create an animated series. I have toyed with the idea and decided that in the future that will be the next project after Seven gates. The two projects will connect in some way since there are references through Seven gates that allude to the Afallon series, in indirect ways. The leap between the two would be tricky but not that hard to accomplish. So that will be the next project in the future after Seven Gates.  In the meantime there is a lot to be accomplished with Seven gates still.

Seven Gates Where Angels Fall Update #12

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Episode 2 “Dawn of the Fallen” is well under way and should be released in the next few months or sooner. The new changes to the time format, making episodes 10 to 15 minutes long, has allowed for a much faster workflow and production cycle. I have also learned a lot in streaming lining this process from my work on the first episode.

Episode 2 so far has a much different look to it, from a color composition and set design, to overall general atmosphere. My hope is the new look will push the project up a notch as I continue to work,learn and evolve in this process.

One of the purposes of this project beyond teaching myself is to also help others achieve their own goals and visions. So I will continue to bring in new voice actor roles when I can and hopefully give as many people as possible something to work with. So anyone interested in voice work message me on Facebook.

I will have a short teaser promo soon for Episode 2 that will be posted to the Facebook page first, followed by the you tube channel as well. So keep an eye out for it.

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Seven Gates Where Angels Fall Cast Change.

I would like to welcome Patrick Worth to the cast as the new voice of Liam. I caught wind of him on facebook in a group page dedicated to voice acting. After I heard his posted demo I was convince I found the successor to Anthony to take on the role of Liam in the upcoming episodes.

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Patrick is an artist, comic writer, Youtube personality and mustache enthusiast. When he’s not drawing or making balloon animals, he spends most of his time making silly voices and entertaining people. A working artist since 2001, he created the webcomic Mob Ties and the Let’s Play channel Patchworthgaming. One wonders when he finds time to sleep.

For Art:
https://pumpkinshire.deviantart.com/
For Video:
https://www.youtube.com/user/PatchworthGaming

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Seven Gates Where Angels Fall – Production update march 2018

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The first complete episode was released three weeks ago. The response has been amazing. I appreciate every comment, recommendation and view that the first episode has received so far. Every step of this project has been both a challenge and an adventure at times.  I have learned from both my mistakes as well as successes in the process. I sincerely hope that the next episode will be a huge improvement overall.

I have one change to make in the casting. The voice actor that played Liam, is unable to continue with the second episode voice tracks due to a heavy project load. I wish Anthony all the best and am grateful to have worked with him on the first episode. Anthony has an amazing talent and I know he will see many years of success.

In response to this change, I will be casting another actor to take over as Liam. The release of the next episode should not be delayed by this change, since all new episodes are currently set to be about 10 -15 minute episodes to allow for quicker releases. Episode 2 will actually become episode 2 – 3 and 4 in response. The actual idea to change the length of the episodes was Jack Kamionko’s idea ( The voice of Shamsiel) and I thought it was a great idea. Thanks Jack!

The project was always designed to teach myself the trade and learn the skills and workflows needed to do animation. This goal has not changed and I hope someone has found the experience to be a help in someway.  If I could point out one thing that I have personally learned it would be this, study and learn everyday. Read everything you can about your chosen endeavor, watch tutorials online classes whatever you can get your hands on. Read the books that courses and colleges recommend and use in the degree programs. Take as many online courses and training sessions that you can.  Overall read and watch and observe what others have done.

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