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Prototyping KitCAT

As I described in a video last month (A Virtual Studio for Anansi Spaceworks), I’ve decided to adopt the TACTIC project management suite. This will require me to develop a Blender-TACTIC integration Add-On, and today I spent some time learning more about the Blender UI scripting API, as well as starting a mock-up of the […]

Patron Newsletter for September 2015

Patron Newsletter for September 2015 is up on Patreon

Better late than never! We’ve been very busy this month, but we still have good stuff for you: a slightly-tweaked version of the presentation given by Terry Hancock to the Dallas Blender 3D Symposium on Sept 19th, including all of the slides and notes, and some information about fully rigged characters that we have getting […]

Patron Newsletter cover for August 2015, featuring the 2040 Space Station

Patron Newsletter Summary – August, 2015

We’ve published the Patron Newsletter for August, 2015. This is one of the best ones we’ve released, because it’s been a very active month for production. Chris Kuhn and Terry Hancock worked on the model for the 2040-era “Space Station Alpha”, as it appears in Part 2 of our Pilot story, “No Children in Space”. […]

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Beginning Principal Animation

Wow. This week, I’ve started animating We’ve had some nearly-final shots for awhile — the “Earth in Space” shots, but those were kind of trivial. I’m now working on a complex “real” shot for the first time. It’s a particularly tough one close to the beginning of the Pilot (and the “Prolog” and the “Preview” based on the Pilot). I’ll go into some detail on the construction of this shot i our Patreon “Patron Newsletter” this month.

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Free and PD Art Resource Bookmarks List

I’ve gotten requests to publish a list of free-licensed resources used for Lunatics, and I have accumulated a very long list of them in my browser bookmarks collection. I don’t really have time to edit this down into a more digestible format, but i wasn’t too hard to export the bookmarks and import them into my news blog here. So here you go: links to all kinds of free art resources!

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Lunatics Now on Patreon

Today, we’ve launched an on-going crowd-funding campaign on the Patreon platform, which is oriented towards series projects like ours. We’ll be posting updated goals as we go. Our first goal is to raise the estimated $1000/episode that Lunatic will cost us in out-of-pocket cash to keep going (that’s not including anyone’s time, of course). During this first phase, we’re appealing to those of you who have helped us in the past (or tried to!). A new preview will be released on the Patreon page soon, with the updated NPR/anime style and a lot more of the 3D assets that we’ve been developing over the last year.

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Background models for the pilot

We’ve now started working on the asset for the “on Earth” shots in the pilot episode. These models are often not as glamorous, but they take a lot of work, and are very necessary for the plot. We’re also working towards preparing production rigs for animated our characters. We also need HELP on character modeling, if yo have Blender character modeling skills, can follow a modeling style concept, and would like to get involved.