FESTIVAL UPDATES & JENNY LECLUE
A quick update about festivals. I'm still submitting to some of the later festivals like Sundance. So far I've mostly gotten rejections. Ottowa has been the most painful... Read more
FATHOMS MONDAY - SHIPPING AND OTHER THINGS!
Happy Monday everybody! Big news!
OK, So I just gave USPS all the physical rewards to ship out to countries near and far including: The US, Malaysia, Australia, Germany, Austria,... Read more
FATHOMS FRIDAY! A LIST OF 4 THINGS
1) I would be super thankful if you would please share the link to Fathoms today - I've made it easy with handy links for your favorite social media site:... Read more
THIS IS THAT MOMENT - FATHOMS IS LIVE!
After many years of blood sweat and tears, Fathoms is live and online!
I'm so humbled and excited ( and nervous ) to share this very personal work with you.... Read more
A LIST OF 4 AMAZING THINGS
1) I spent a little too long recording and editing the director's commentary but you will benefit with maximum nerdiness. 22 minutes of pure ramble! I even figured out how... Read more
LETS GET PHYSICAL ( REWARDS )
The test prints of the Scavenger Arken submersible just arrived from Shapeways and they are really awesome! I probably need to do some minor tweaking to ensure they... Read more
REWARDS UPDATE AND SURVEY DEADLINE
1) Please, if you haven't already, respond to the reward surveys by tomorrow - Wednesday January 15th.
In addition, please check the previous post for the spelling and... Read more
REMINDER - JAN 15
A quick reminder before the weekend that the information deadline of Wed, Jan 15 is coming up so be sure to:
1) Fill out those surveys so I... Read more
CREDIT CHECK #2
Sorry / thanks for your patience and understanding!
Let's try this again:
1. Please double-check that your name is spelled right.
2. Check that your name was not accidentally left... Read more
I think I have the credits finalized. You can really start to visualize how much support and love there is around the film, which feels great!
I'm attaching a... Read more
FESTIVALS + SURVEYS & REWARDS
I'm very excited ( and nervous ) to share the film with you all in the near-future! I have started diligently working on the rewards as well as... Read more
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED - IT'S DONE!
Happy New Year! Let's start off 2014 with a bang!
It was very very early this morning, but, after years of hope, dreams, sweat, tears, doubt, terror, disappointment, stubbornness and re-psyching... Read more
THE SOUND OF MUSIC...AND SOUND
A little update. I'm trying to finish the sound design this week. Trying to get the feel of nice ambient spaces plus rich sound effects where appropriate. I want the... Read more
I AM THANKFUL FOR...
1) Everyone's patience and support.
2) The privilege and opportunity to take the time to work on a project that has been a dream of mine for many years.
3)... Read more
Memories are ghosts.
Haunting the corners of night.
Headlights receding into the distance.
Faster and faster.
One more drive on the I40.
One more drive before the winter comes...
BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER
I'm just over halfway done with comping. Slow going, but I think the results are speaking for themselves. Attached is a look at the raw playblast render from Cinema, followed... Read more
MAKING OF - PLAYBLAST TO FINAL FRAME
While I continue diving deep in the compositing ( approaching 40% complete ), here's another look at he difference from the rough animation renders to the final composited look of... Read more
COMPOSITING SPEED BUMPS
Confession, I hit a snag in compositing and ended up spending 3 days on 3 shots instead of 3 scenes. Whoops! There are always unforseen issues that arise in any... Read more
COMPOSITING IS GO
Just a quick update, all scenes are raw rendered and look great! I have rough-comped a lot of shots. Now I am going through each shot with a fine-tooth comb, tweaking... Read more
Ok, a bunch actually. So, I just hit render on the final shot! This is not to say we are done. The final scene is still rendering, so, there may... Read more
FINAL WEEK ( OF RENDERING )
I got stuck a little bit on one scene that was plaguing me last week. It had been merged from two different scenes into one, and a few shots still... Read more
I'm down to 6 scenes. I'm on track to finish rendering / compositing next week.
Currently setting up everything for a cavernous scene with a few surprises:
FILL IN THEM BARS!
Just a quick update - I'm 2 weeks into the setup + render + compositing phase and I'm just over 60% complete. I still have two epic scenes left to do,... Read more
RENDER MADNESS CONTINUES!
I've attached a roughly comp'd frame for one of the above-water scenes with Sam. Things are starting to actually look like something now, yay!
Progress is going well. This week... Read more
QUICK LIGHTING, RENDERING, COMPOSITING UPDATE
Below is an example of a mostly final frame! I'm going for moody and atmospheric, especially in the underwater shots like you see here.
I've started the 4-6 week journey... Read more
Of course! I hit a huge milestone, I write up this entire thing, and then my computer freezes...which I honestly cannot remember the last time this happened. Luckily, all the... Read more
THE LAST WEEK...
I'm about 80% done with final animation, which is spot on. I've got about 7 days left to blast on the final 20%, with a bonus day or... Read more
I'm starting week three of final animation, and I'm roughly 67% done with the animation. So, all is going according to schedule! Working six - seven days a week has... Read more
WHERE WE ARE
So, based on calculations, I need to finish a minimum of 28 seconds of animation a day to hit my deadline. This is working six days a week, with a... Read more
THE SHIP STILL FLOATS
I want to start off by stating that the rumors of FATHOMS demise are greatly exaggerated. The truth is that the project is very big. And yes, I may have bit... Read more
Just a quick update, yes, Fathoms is still alive. I'm currently working on the edit, finalizing animations for locked shots and revising (fixing) the shots that don't make sense.
I just have to say that I am so thankful for everyone's continued support and patience with this project (and with me in general). I'm using the Thanksgiving break to... Read more
Getting back on track!
Finally, got my office rewired! So I was able (just this morning) to hook up my computer again. I still have to unpack a bunch of other gear, but, at... Read more
The good news and the bad news
If you haven't been following my blog, I have been hard at work on turning FATHOMS into something beautiful and (hopefully) meaningful.
The good news is, I am... Read more
I am currently wrapping up the animatic. I have been spending the past few weeks tweaking the animatic with feedback from a few trusted sources. The more I do this,... Read more
Hit a new milestone last night! More on the blog:
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED - "OVER THE HUMP"
Wow! What an amazing run it has been. We managed to collectively pledge almost twenty thousand dollars...I've practically pooped my pants on multiple occasions!
Thank you so incredibly much to... Read more
The Final Countdown
You know what I'm talking about:
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo!
It's been an amazing run and I can't thank you guys enough for the... Read more
A new and unique reward for (almost) everybody
We're now in the home stretch...this is the final week. We've had an amazing run so far, and there's still seven more days to spread the word and make magic... Read more
Amazing!!!! On to the FINAL COUNT DOWN!!!
I can't say enough about everyone's incredibly generous support.
We've managed to reach $15,000 and more than 100 backers in only a few short weeks!
I've literally been moved to... Read more
More treats for everyone!
I want to sweeten the pot as a thank you to everyone!
When we reach the $15,000 goal, here's what happens:
- Backers at the $10 level get an SD download... Read more
Achievement Unlocked - BONUS ROUND?!? (Y/N)
wow wow wow! I can barely keep up with this madness!
We made it to 100% in only 12 days!!!
This was due to some really hard work, lots of... Read more
Half way home!
Thank you to everyone who checked out the project and especially to all you backers, your interest and generosity is overwhelming! It feels pretty amazing to have so much support... Read more
Welcome everyone! ...and thank you!!!
Kotaku wrote a kind article on the project as well, and Kickstarter is featuring the project too...so overwhelmingly awesome!
Thanks to everyone for helping to make all this magic happen...I'm... Read more
FATHOMS on IO9
The kind people of io9 have graciously featured FATHOMS on their site today!
CHECK IT OUT!
Wonderful news, we've past the $1,000 mark thanks to some very generous backers! It's very humbling and I am so deeply thankful for all the generous support.
Also, many of... Read more