HAPPY NEW YEAR, KICKSTARTER FAMILY! Ringing in the new year 2015, we are thrilled to share with you the progress from December as we look forward to the MOST EXCITING year of OPP. Light your sparklers, don your party hats, and read onwards:
RENDERING: Rendering is FLYING. Pure and simple. FLYING. We are moving SO FAST that we do not even need exclamation points to describe the speed. Boom. Drop the microphone. In terms of exact numbers, we have 77% of the entire film rendered!!!!!!!!!!!! (Okay, we could not help ourselves. We are just too happy.) We are OFFICIALLY in the final 25%!!!!!!!!! Our mini-farm continues to churn out shots even faster than we anticipated, and our fantastic volunteers are switftly pushing through inventory with their donated machines. We even had artists rendering over the holidays to move faster, and the payoff has been fruitful.
LIGHTING / TECH QC: With the mini-farm and donated machines working at TOP NOTCH speed, we are quickly working to prep the remaining shots for Render. We have reallocated the majority of our team into Lighting and Tech QC to throw as much force into this department as possible. As a reminder, this stage involves last-minute tweaks needed before a shot can be sent for Final Render. We have fifteen high priority shots in this area remaining, and our team is working through them to keep our hungry mini-farm fed. To give an example of the type of Quality Control notes being addressed, they might include:
1. Making sure the characters' skin matches across all the shots. Sometimes, they look too pink or yellow/orange. No one wants a sun-burned Chuck or ill-looking Nancy!
2. Adjusting lights to make sure set pieces or props are not blowing out or over-exposed. We want you to be able to see everything in the shot, not big white splotches!
3. Fixing noise issues so that each shot is crisp and clear and not fuzzy / low-resolution looking.
Although the above list only demonstrates a few of the matters being addressed, you can see that such tweaks are vital and essential to address before sending into the final film. We are diligent and judicious, however, in addressing only Mission Critical matters to keep the total number of QC and Tech Fixes low.
COMPOSITING: We are now formally ramping up our recruitment of After Effects compositors for the show. As renders finish, they are reviewed to ensure no errors or technical glitches are visible. From there, they move into the Final Compositing inventory for 2D adjustments needed. On the whole, Final Compositing needs should be minimal. Compositors will take the shots from the already "sweet" status they are to "super sugary call-the-dentist sweet". They are the cherry on top of the amazing sundae of hard work from all the other departments!
EDITORIAL: As we close in on the last chunk of shots to render, we have scheduled our next Editorial session for the end of this month. We will be dropping all the completed renders into the cut and be able to review them in continuity with each other. Every session with our editor makes us more giddy than the last, as we come closer and closer to actualizing how the film will look upon that big, silver screen.
Mentioned earlier, the DOORS ARE BACK OPEN! We are openly recruiting for After Effects compositors. We are ready for you....and yes, we have digital sundaes with cherries! If you have been watching and waiting for your long-awaited entry into the film, your opportunity has arrived. Please send us a message with your information and reel if you are interested. Spread the word!
Once again, we find ourselves happily and gratefully looking around at the incredible support circle that surrounds One Per Person. Looking into the face of 2015, we have been taking the time to look back upon 2014 and all the help, love, generosity, and kindness that you have displayed to us on this journey. YOU have made this production filled with so much joy and inspiration. You truly do inspire us to a measure you cannot imagine. We make special time to review all your comments received via Kickstarter, email, and Facebook. They bring us such smiles! We are indebted to you for your patronage to this project, and we cannot write enough to demonstrate how much we thank you and want to finish this film for you!
For this month, we would love you to tell us what you want to see for artwork!
A. A Lighted Shot
B. Concept Art
C. Happy New Years Photos of our directors
D. Early Storyboard Frame