fantastic! this is AMAZING looking.on
In the last few weeks we have worked hard on the required preproduction of the book. All 42 applications on Windows or Mac OS X are now fully debugged and running properly. After Martin developed the 'image-rendering-queue-program' a prototype of the book has been finished. For each book the calculation takes about 40 minutes (video on vimeo).
Below there are a few snapshots of the already printed prototype images. They were printed in the printing company 'Druckerei Diethrich' under the predetermined conditions. They are printed on a hight-resolution-printer (Xerox iGen4), the same printer the final books will be produced on.
At the moment we're getting the layout-application finalized which sets the generated imagery and all other content into the final book-layout. This layout-program is a self-made application and allows to create unique copies of the Written Images book. It is developed in OpenFrameworks and Libharu.
At long last, we want to thank you all again for the big support. We're still very impressed and pleased about the project's success on kickstarter. It makes the huge amount of work much easier and we are full of pleasant anticipation.
Martin and Pete
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Dearest Shot at Sundown backers, we wanted to let you know your dvd copies are in the mail. After you watch it we would love to hear your feedback/ reviews of the film!
Your reward materials were screen-printed by the talented co-writer of Shot at Sundown Kirk Wells. If you want to check out more of his work, you'll find it here. www.raisenochicken.com
If you ordered a poster, it will be mailed separately at the end of this week.
I can't thank you enough,
I wanted to give an update on different aspects of the book's production over the next few weeks. This one is dry and technical, so if you want the short version here it is: not done yet. : D One of the more time-consuming tasks is the preparation and cleanup of each page's art:
• "digital dirt" (scanner smudges, scratches, the "tooth" of the paper stock and so on)
• sloppy painting
• spelling errors
• continuity errors (a character with pants in one frame but shorts in the next etc.)
I suppose after years of doing this kind of work for my day job, I may have improved my speed, but it still can get pretty tedious. I switch gears every once in a while to the bits of inking or painting I've yet to finish, or re-drawing problem panels (I'll talk about this in a later post). Once this "mechanical" stuff is done, I move on to color correction of skin tones & hair color. This requires making a mask for each of these areas and applying a custom color correction. And now I see you're asleep so I'll stop.
The cuts may be a bit rough, the timing still needs some tweaks, but in general all the animation is there and I can now begin moving the brunt of my production into rendering. :)
Two of the shots have been animated by my good friend and mentor Steve Stanchfield, who will be continuing work on the shots as well as two more in the production. I am beginning to look for other animators to bring onto the project for the tie down phase, and have begun talks with Illustration heads at the College for Creative Studies to try and secure a team of background artists to work on my film.
Work also continues to try and bring in donors to help fund this production in the next 40 days. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, and if you think this project is worth it, tell your friends and family to try and help make this project a reality. :)
To all of you who have funded us and helped spread the word: A HUGE POSTER SIZED THANK YOU!!! We are sincerely humbled by the tremendous response we've already received in a little over a week. A special thanks to our first twenty five pledgers who will receive an additional limited edition print for their brave efforts.
Now that we are fully funded it's time to get the posters printed and send them your way to hang on your wall as they were intended to be. We honestly did not expect such a tremendous amount of support in such a short period of time so please be patient with us while we gear up with our printers and arrange for delivery.
We'd love for you to keep our momentum going, so 'like' us on facebook and tell everyone you know to check out our mentions in design-milk, the kickstarter blog, and trendhunter:
Thank you and read/write/tweet on!
Hi everybody, thanks so much for all the pledges so far!
We did a little interview with Circus bookazine that you might be interested to see - http://bit.ly/g703vd.
They are a great publication, in print and online, and also have a Kickstarter page going to fund their latest issue http://kck.st/ewNSRW. Check 'em out.
We're thrilled to be featured in the Brooklyn section of today's Daily News:
Check out these latest write-up's about The Trash Project in The Austin Chronicle and The Austin American Statesman. Thank you Robert and Jeanne Claire for writing about The Trash Project!
A quick update for today. The source code examples from the book are now available as a github repository:
What's a github repository? In fancy terms, it's a distributed revision control system hosted on a web server. In simpler terms, it's a place online where everyone can have continuous access to my examples as I write and update them.
Have no fear, the examples will always continue to be posted here as downloadable zip files for backers. But if you want to read ahead and get the latest versions first, you can visit the repository.
Brand-new as of today are Chapter 4 examples:
(The simplest way to get them is the "Download" button towards the top right of the page.)
Chapter 4 PDF should arrive next week!