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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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Early look at Episode 1:

Seven Gates: Where Angels Fall – Episode 1: Early preview.

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Episode 1 is well under way production wise and I anticipate a September or early October release. The length of each episode will vary, since I want to avoid large gaps of time between episodes. I also do not want to create an unrealistic production pipeline that I cannot keep up with, or I have to lower quality because I am rushing. Since this is a learning and sharing the journey type project, I will keep updates as often as possible to keep the flow of new material and progression flowing.

Seven Gates: Where Angels Fall  is a modern day Supernatural science fiction anime. The story revolves around the seven gates of hell and two of the gates already being opened. Once all seven gates have been opened the apocalypse will arrive.  Some say it can be stopped. Its been done before and it can be done again. Others are not convinced, claiming we are living the end times. However that will not stop the order of the isle from trying.

The following screenshots are a few lighting and texturing tests without any post work done.  I’ve been working with new pbr (photo based rendering ) materials and global illumination setups to try and get a unique look to the the first episode. Right away you can see the difference between the preview trailer and these screenshots. My expectations is you will see a improvement of the series in each episode. Each episode, while telling the story will also be a showcase of new techniques as well as new things learned.

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Animating a story as opposed to writing one, is a completely different experience. The action and the scene can change instantly. What appears to work on paper may not work so well once animated. The basic rule seems to be that you will only keep about 25% of what you have animated in the end. The dialogue may sound great on paper but once acted it sounds unnatural or just plain goofy. I enjoy the process more when animating. Rules that apply to writing don’t always translate well to the screen. The challenge is finding that median point were it all works together.  After that you have the entire art concept and approach. The lighting , camera angles, effects all have a role as well as do’s and don’ts.

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The key is to keep learning and applying what you have learned. I try to learn a new thing each day and apply it to the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Wave Has Arrived.

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The first day of the Valderann invasion is nothing more than a distant memory. The nine years of occupation has changed us, hardened us and molded us. We see the universe and our place in it differently now. We no longer fear the darkness, instead we defy it.  We are no longer asleep. We have awoken and  our awakening has given us a new sense of purpose. The universe may rise against us and try to extinguish our flame but we will not go silently.

Our world now faces a new threat and even our occupiers are unable to resist. Undaunted by the long dark night we  will continue on.  Survival is all that we have left, and survive we will.

 

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The second installment of the Afallon series is on it’s way.  The release date is set for early April. Once the editing is finalized I will post more details.

I know it has been a while since the blog has seen updates and that is due to a busy and hectic schedule. I have been running events and working on the next installments as well as more animations.

Check out the news and announcement sections for upcoming events.

The following images are a few screen shoots from the new animation that I hope will draw you deeper into the evolving story of Afallon.

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Forgotten Worlds

 

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There are worlds long forgotten, lost and submerged within the unconscious mind of the awakened dreamer.

The dreamer awakens and the wonders they have seen fade away. The lives they have lived are forgotten. The fears and worries of the day over take them and the worlds they have traveled are but fleeting memories fading with the mist.

There is always hope. It lingers in the back of the mind, speaking softly. It wants you to return to the forgotten worlds that await you once again. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for your journey will begin again. See the worlds and wonders once again renewed. Live the thousands of lives laid out before you.

Dream.

Sleep and dream forever more.

Awaken if you must dreamer. The forgotten world will still remain awaiting your return.

The lone watch at the gates.

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The lone watch at the gates – The Marshall Kaine Journals.

“Always be ready. Keep watch long into the dark night. The end will be sudden,and a great culling will cover over the land.”

The suppression of the truth is becoming more difficult for them each day. The sleepers are starting to awaken. I fear though it will not be soon enough. There are powerful forces are work, that want to distort and control the message. They know they are running out of time. The control of the message and its distortion is now the top priority. The awakened sleepers are now the hunted and the hunter is still unseen and unknown.

The attacks on Senator Calvin have failed and the investigations have garnered nothing. The populous is increasingly behind him. They are supporting him and encouraging him to release more information on a daily basis. The demand for disclosure is echoing through out the world. Governments are being pressured to admit  what they know or face more shaming information releases.

The response from the governments has been severe. Senator Calvin’s supporters have been rounded up in the name of “national security”. They have been branded liars and conspirators, deemed a threat to society and civilization. They disappear never to be heard from. The official word is they are being treated at the federal campuses. They are in need of psychiatric help an thus not allowed visitors. The media has stopped reporting on the senator and his supporters. The disappearance of civilians is ignored and his claims are simply not reported. The news has responded by flooding the air waves with distractions and new scandals on a daily basis. They cannot hide the truth any longer so they try to distract us from it.

The senator has proof of alien contact with the U.S. government. He has gone as far as releasing documentation and recorded footage, demanding the government come completely clean on the matter. He’s become a target. I hope he knows that. This will not end well for him. The government’s denials and counter claims are being believed for the most part and those of us who believe him are being targeted. The senator continues to fight back and has plans to prove to the world his claims are not lies. What he is planning no one knows exactly.

I don’t know why I continue doing this. I want to simply forget what I know and join the masses once again in blissful ignorance. I cannot turn back, once awakened you cannot simply go back to sleep. The nightmares haunt you and force you to continue seeking the truth. I understand Nathan’s story now. I use to get annoyed at his insistence to tell me the story over and over.

Nathan would always tell me about the bright shining light that he saw in the night sky one night. He was walking his dog and noticed a bright light that was moving slowly back and forth in the sky. He stood there watching it, wondering was it a star or satellite. He then would proceed to tell me how it would move slowly back and forth in a circular pattern. In the distance a plane was approaching.  He could see the red and green flashing lights. It was just after dusk so he could make out the form of the plane itself. The plane drew closer and as it neared the light  it just blinked out. The plane continued on its course flying straight through the spot that the light had just moments before occupied.

Nathan would always look at me and wait for me to respond once he finished. I never did. I had heard too many stories like that from too many people before. They never had proof and each story was easily explainable. The last time Nathan told me the story was just a few days ago before he went underground into hiding. He was convinced that someone was after him and he was not going to be the next disappearance.

Nathan’s story wasn’t about proof or experience it was about understanding. Once you thought you understood what the story was about you would stop seeking the answers and your mind would no longer be open.

I’ll continue on. I have all of Nathan’s research and his results. The Senator is who I really need to speak with next. It wont be easy to get a meeting with him.

What is this Madness?

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What is this Madness – The Marshall Kaine Journals.

Madness.

I think I understand that term more now than ever before.  You want to simply turn back time and go return to the time  when things were normal. You yearn for the bliss of ignorance. I was once  living in ignorance and I wasn’t even aware of it. I thought I understood the world and how it worked. I thought I understood the concepts and precepts of this modern society. I even scoffed and ridiculed those that spoke out, trying to open our eyes to  the  real danger.

My awaking was violent and sudden. My eyes were not merely opened, no they were overexposed to the glaring light. I saw the governments of the world for what they were, puppets dancing to an unheard song. The plots and dealings made in the dark of night, not for the benefit of mankind, but for its detriment. All this in the name of greed and the lust for power.

I know I sound like a madman, a conspiracy nut that sees men in suits and black unmarked vehicles at every corner. I do though, not because I am mad but because they are real. They are watching. The sleepers are ignored, for they pose no threat. The awakened are the real threat, for the awaken can change history and derail their plans.

It sounds mad and it is madness.  I wanted to walk away and ignore it. I wanted to fall back asleep and pretend nothing had ever happened. I couldn’t, it wouldn’t let me. The never silent nagging in my mind that pointed me to every hidden truth as I watched the world around me. The suffering and pain of others that should not have been. The disease and famine. The hatred and religious wars. The holding back of cures and technologies for profit and control. I saw it for the first time and understood what it was.

Control.

If you can control the fear and anxiety of the populous you can make them believe and do anything. All of that though pales in comparison to what is coming. The horrors that are just beyond the horizon.

I ran. I knew no other option. I was going mad and the only course of action for me was to run and hide from what I knew. The dreams though, the dreams reminded me night after night. She reminded me every time I closed my eyes.

It has been five years now and for five years I have been dreaming about her. The dreams are always the same and they are always connected.  We are together and on the run, from something or some one.  We stand against this foe in strength and in arms. We are one in both purpose and in mind.

I have known her for many years.  We may be separated at the moment but we are connected. I want to tell her that I have been dreaming about her. I want to tell her about  the danger we will face together. I don’t though, she will think I am mad. I have fallen in love with her, not just in my dreams but in reality. I could not bare the thought of her thinking I am mad. So I do nothing, I hear the warnings and I settle into my madness. I have no other recourse…

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The Journal’s of Marshall Kaine are writings that I never used in the new novel series Afallon.  I have many more and will continue to share them. They set a tone and a background  for the events leading up to the novel and give you a great feel of what the story is like.

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