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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

 

 

 

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.

Dawn of the Fallen – Episode 2 trailer for Seven Gates Where Angels Fall

The trailer for Episode 2 , Dawn of the Fallen has been uploaded and ready to view.  I hope to have the entire episode finished in the next month. As I noted before all the new episodes are now going to be 10 to 15 minutes in length so that I can produce more at a faster rate.

Special recognition goes out to Maria Usher for doing the voice of “Vixen” in this trailer.

 

 

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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Production Update #7 – Seven Gates Where Angels Fall.

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I want to start this post off with thanking everyone for the responses to the first part of Episode 1.   I started teaching myself animation in April and learned fast that their is a lot more to it than just creating the “story”. As with any other art form, there are lots of little nuances that one needs to keep in mind.

The roles you end up  playing are numerous.  You are the producer, editor, screenwriter as well as the sound engineer and animator and so on. A large scale production company with a large budget would have several people doing these individual roles. I’m not complaining at all, mind you. I’m just pointing out many of the things I was aware of but not fully aware of the complexity of each role.

With all that said I have taken the suggestions offered by many people and will do my best to incorporate them and make sure I pay attention to them moving forward. Part two is in the works and once that is finished I will post it along with a combined version of both parts into one episode.

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The learning process is part of the journey and I appreciate each and every person that has joined me on this adventure.  The goal is the same, move the story and the presentation forward, progressing with each step. Learning and improving so that when looking back the progress can be seen.

So now to the what was learned part of the production post. Lots of technical things for sure as well as a need to look at fine details. It’s easy to not notice little mistakes or oversights when you are working on a large project like this. You are thinking and creating one thing while at the same time trying to look forward to what comes next. You are trying to do something new and different but at the same time want to make sure you are following what is familiar for the audience. I’m not sure if that makes sense but there it is.

Basically, remember that when you create something not everyone will like every aspect of it or see it as you do. That is human nature, I don’t like certain types of movies or tv shows, just like the next person. So when you create something and work on your own projects keep in mind you have a target audience as well as the worse critic in the world sitting next to you, yourself.

 

The two included work in progress screen shots are from the  upcoming episode 1 part 2.