Happy Summer, Kickstarter Family! Just like the temperatures keeping rising outside, the OPP party just keeps getting hotter and hotter! Every day shows the "To Do" is shrinking smaller and the Finish Line is moving closer. We just cannot keep our excitement and anticipation at bay!
SCORE: We are HIPPING AND HOPPING AND HOOPING AND HOLLER-ING AND HUZZAH-ING AND HALLEJUAH-ING and HOORAY-ING (yes, our excitement is so big that we have to create new verbs to describe the joy) at the news that our score is FINISHED! We have just received the final mix from Jake Walker and could not be happier with the result. He went above and beyond for the film, even recording a live solo musician for a portion of his composition and also securing a formal studio space for the mix. We are thrilled that his dedication and hard work will result in a fantastic auditory experience in our theaters, festivals, and YOUR wonderful homes!
RENDERING: As seen in our last update, we happily reported that ALL FIRST PASS RENDERS ARE COMPLETE! We are now in the much smaller "re-render" phase that involves re-running particular renders again to fix any technical issues, problems, etc. that were noticed upon review. Re-renders are common to all productions and are most always on a minimal "as-needed" basis. They are the "minute-clinic" of CG films - available to quickly patch up the renders where broken.
LIGHTING / TECH QC: Too bad OPP is not part of a basketball league because WE ARE IN THE FINAL FOUR. Only FOUR shots remain in Lighting QC. Our two Lighting artists are at full speed to deliver and wrap the department. Even though we may not have a basketball team, we strive to be the BEST CHEERLEADERS and are shaking virtual pom-poms for our Lighting and TD team as they both work through their remaining shots.
COMP: Please hold while we pull out our Webster's dictionary to find more exciting exclamatory words to celebrate THAT WE ARE OFFICIALLY 25% FINISHED IN COMP!!!!!! One quarter of the project is locked, loaded, and ready for Final Editorial. We are now breathing down the 1/3 completion mark and are about to launch another new batch of shots to the department this very week. We are also actively reviewing potential new recruits to hopefully expand our team and amp up the progress to an even higher rate!
CREDITS: As we move swiftly through our final major department of compositing, we are in a position to begin our CREDITS SCROLL. We have a very talented motion graphics artist that is pulling storyboards, animating them, and giving a fun flair to our end scroll so that all our artists receive the well-deserved recognition for their artwork and so that YOU can shine in your Kickstarter section! We are more than pleased with the progress we have seen thus far and look forward to ending the film with this amusing and playful segment.
If Bugs Bunny were to pop up while munching a carrot and say, "What's up, OPP?".... we would say, "We are looking for compositors and color timers, Bugs!" Regardless if you are Team Bugs Bunny or Team Elmer Fudd, we welcome your assistance! Our doors are still open for applications for both compositing and color timing, and we are so appreciative of every person that has helped to spread the word to colleagues and friends. If you are aware of or connected to any clubs, forums, classes, speaking events, conferences, or other avenues where OPP could have a recruitment presence, we would love to speak with you. We are ready to hop in with hands full of press packets and information for interested artists.
We are always so happy to end these updates with yet another opportunity to express our thanksgiving and praise for YOU. Please note that these messages are never just a "blanket" form of thanks to a big group but rather a personal expression of happiness and gratefulness to EACH INDIVIDUAL. Please consider these words a DIRECT message to you. We actively think of each individual reading this update. YOU and your personal, individual support are irreplaceable in this journey, and we firmly believe that each piece of financial of support, each vote of confidence, and each expression of patronage for the arts as a UNIQUE and IMPORTANT donation to our film. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support to us, to our work, and to our goal.
For this update, we wanted to reveal a small "Behind the Scenes" photo of the studio used for finishing the score! Photo courtesy of Jake Walker.