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Production Update #16 – Seven Gates Where Angels Fall – As Darkness Reigns

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The third episode of Seven Gates Where Angels Fall is close to completion. I set out a year ago working on this project, the goal and vision was clear. I was going to teach myself animation and tell a story at the same time. I knew that each episode would  be a major leap from the previous one as my knowledge and skill levels increased. Episode three doesn’t fail to follow that model. Subtle things are sometimes what really seem to be the area of improvement.

I have tried to always keep peoples comments and suggestions in my mind as I move forward. One question I get a lot is , “Why post the episodes while you are learning and teaching yourself this?“. The answer is I learn better that way and If someone else can learn from my mistakes all the better.

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Everyone has an opinion these days on whats the best way to do something. I’m not one of those people. I do what works for me and as I learn more I adjust as needed. I personally work better that way and tend to learn faster. Every one is different  and there is no one “fits all” approach to learning or developing new skills and knowledge sets. So If i were to give advice, it would be this. Do what works for you and learn along the way. Every mistake is not a failure, its just a chance to do it again.

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The above image is a new character concept created in DAZ 3d using Iray render. Iclone will  have this type of render coming in the next few months as well. (Iclone being the software I currently use for animation.) As I continue working on this project I am also planning new episodes and continual story lines, well beyond what has already been scripted and recorded. This is just how I work sometimes, I just keep throwing ideas and concepts around as I work on current episodes. It helps to keep me focused as well as keeping the ideas from being lost over time.

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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

 

 

 

Production Update #6 – Seven Gates – Where Angels Fall.

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The first part of Episode 1 is in the editing phase. Each episode is going to be released in parts ( about 10 – 15 minutes episodes roughly). I wanted to update everyone on the progress and to let everyone know that I am working hard to get this first part out by the weekend or early next week. I just want to do my best to give the cast a platform to shine from, without their voices and ( their Music) this project would be a bunch of boring slideshow images and lots of reading.

This will be a short update since editing is not that exciting. The editing phase is where you see what works what doesn’t work and where you made mistakes. So its fix it time and recreate time for some scenes, while others might disappear all together. In a few instances moving and shuffling around of scenes and lines happen.

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There is three phases of editing, the story, the sound, and the look. These are not the only ones but I just broke many steps in three phases, you do many more and all three at the same time. I know I’m not completely versed in all the nuances of editing and animation. Camera angles, aperture, when to zoom when not to. When to use this technique and so on. I’m learning though and as each episode is released I hope to have those areas improve in the end.

My goal is not to have have a cinematic or photo real animation or even a pure anime look. I’ve tried to bridge the gap and at the same time create a new look as well. There are lots of people who love computer animation and just as many who hate it. I am convinced there is a middle ground that can be achieved. Not by me but by some one at some point. The key in my mind is don’t try to force it to be something its not.

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So in closing the time is drawing near for the first half of episode 1 to be released.

Do not take what others say and apply it to your heart. Learn and grow and realize that the way you traveled doesn’t matter once you have arrived.

 

 

 

 

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.