Happy March to our beautiful Kickstarter family! We know how anxious you are to hear about the project, and we are thrilled to deliver several exciting updates from the past month. The days and weeks are literally FLYING by, and we have our heads down along with inspirational music blasting to hit our render deadline THIS SPRING.
As you know, we finished Principal Animation in the January and moved our full focus into Fix Animation. The big news from February is that we FINISHED FIX ANIMATION! We still have a few animators on board to address any problems or issues with shots as we see them in Lighting or during the baking process (a term for when we prep shots for Lighting), but the formal schedule for ALL of Animation is COMPLETE. COMPLETE. COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!! How many exclamation points does this news deserve?! More than we could ever type!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Endless falling confetti and hip-hip-hoorays aside, this moment is one of honest and joyous reflection. Our animators and supervisors in this department are the ones who truly deserve the praise, as their long hours and dedication above and truly beyond what was ever asked of them is what defines the gravity of this news.
LOOK DEVELOPMENT: FINISHED.
Are you ready? Because….this paragraph…... is……our……. LAST LOOK DEVELOPMENT UPDATE FOR KICKSTARTER! We FINISHED the last asset in production. 100% of the many, many props, characters, costumes, set pieces, etc. have been finished in Primary Lookdev. We are now in full-blown Quality Control and Support and will continue to be through the end of the project. Our incredibly strong and chipper LookDev artists are, just like the animators, supporting the Lighting department with all hands on deck. As Lighters begin placing these items into proper Lighting environments, there are always small tweaks and adjustments that are required. We are blessed to have a Lookdev team with such intense motivation and stamina.
LIGHTING: IN PROGRESS. FULL STEAM AHEAD.
Now that Primary Animation is FINISHED, now that Fix Animation is FINISHED, and now that Look Development is FINISHED (we hope you sense a theme here), our Lighting artists are really burning under the hot, hot glare of the OPP spotlight. Breakneck speed is an understatement. Mach speed is an understatement. The Speed of Light is an understatement. This team is working on a compressed schedule faster than any other department on the project, and they are throwing their hearts and souls into this mission…. the mission to deliver OPP! Every single sequence (ten total for the film) is in production, and we are also working on a highly sophisticated light-rig propagation tool to help automate and quicken the process even more. This type of tool (and more are in development) is what makes this remote pipeline unique and will also allow us to maintain the extremely high quality of the other departments on a much smaller timeline.
Yes, even with all our happy news with departments finishing left and right, we are STILL looking for team members. Lighters, TDs, and Render Wranglers are still on our Wish List. If you or your friends/colleagues/family may be interested, now is the time to contact us! You can also view our press packet at this address: http://www.jacpiette.com/OPP_Presspacket.pdf
There is a certain poignancy as each update we write brings us closer and closer to final delivery of the film. At the same time, the pleasure and delight of knowing that One Per Person will soon be in the hands of people that love this project is all the reason in the world for us to press onwards with equal part urgency and equal part care to deliver an amazing, beautiful film to an amazing, beautiful audience…YOU! Thank you for being a part of this memory and for your endless support. Your continued interest, messages, comments, and positivity is constantly recognized and appreciated. We hope you know how important you are to us and how the simple words of “Thank you” contain more admiration than you may realize. Unlimited fist bumps, smiles, and high-fives to the incredible people….YOU.... that are reading this message! Thank you.
One way to really demonstrate the power and beauty of Lighting is to see some side-by-side examples of the Before (out of Animation) and After (out of Lighting). Enjoy a few still frames of our silly friend Chuck!