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Update #20

The March to the Finish Line for OPP!

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HELLO KICKSTARTER:

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.

STATUS UPDATE:

ANIMATION: FINISHED.

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.

JOIN US:

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

THANK YOU:

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.

ARTWORK:

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! 

 

Update #19

Happy New Year from One Per Person!

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HELLO KICKSTARTER

HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR KICKSTARTER FAMILY! We have been so hard at work lately, and as we recollect after the holidays and run headlong into the final months for OPP, we want to give you our biggest announcements, happiest updates, and most exciting news. Fill your ears with Auld Lang Syne and read onwards.....

STATUS UPDATE:

ANIMATION: We are beyond thrilled to announce that our FINAL PRINCIPAL EDITORIAL MEETING HAS BEEN SET for January 11, which means that we can finally view our cut with 100% of our Principal Animation finished. Did you hear that? ALL PRINCIPAL ANIMATION!!!!!!! We have many milestones set into our production schedule, but this one will be a profound moment for our team. All the difficulties, all the long hours, and the absolute dedication to making the story, timing, and movement of our characters look as believable and lovable as possible will come to fruition when we watch the cut with all Principal Animation dropped in place. We are literally counting the days, and our animators are buzzing about in a flurry, checking and re-checking their shots for any final polish. Fix Animation continues to clip, clip, clip along as well, and we will soon be reporting of that area finishing up as well.

LOOK DEVELOPMENT: "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever know...." is the song ringing in our ears at the moment.... since our LAST asset is being wrapped up! The rest of the team has moved on to support Lighting, as the Lighters discover adjustments and tweaks that are needed on various props, set pieces, characters, etc. to expedite their work. We are so thankful and grateful to have such a rock-solid and positive Lookdev team that has continued to stay on the project and help, even after completing their final assignments. Their support in helping the Lighters has certainly raised our ability to knock out this final department with speed.

LIGHTING: In similar fashion, our top-level TDs have also been hard at work to support the Lighters. They have truly been burning the midnight (and even working through the holidays) to find and correct any issues before our Lighters even find them! With their help, the department workflow has been vastly improved and streamlined. The reason for all this support, from Lookdev to our TDs, is all for a very special reason.... which is our biggest announcement for this month..... RENDERING: WE HAVE OFFICIALLY FOUND OUR RENDER FARM! We are in the middle of negotiating the contract and final details, but we have OFFICIALLY reserved time in late spring for our final render. Final Render means that all shots are animated and lit and ready for that big, beautiful silver screen! With a contract nearly in place and your wonderful patronage paying for a spot on the books, the reality is finally here. Our Lighters have strapped in their seat belts, and the team is behind them with spare tires, jacks, tire gauges, and more....ready to support them in any way they can!

JOIN US:

Are you a Lighter, TD, or Render Wrangler? You only have a short amount of time left to be a part of this fantastic OPP adventure, and we would certainly love to have you! Our energy and positivity is through the roof as we kick off these final few months, and now is the best time to join. If you or anyone you know is available, please do not hesitate the contact us. If you or anyone else is interested in learning more about the project, please feel free to contact us through Kickstarter or e-mail. You can also view our press packet at this address: http://www.jacpiette.com/OPP_Presspacket.pdf

THANK YOU:

Even though you all live around the globe (as our team does too), we hope you know that you really are present in every meeting and every moment of this process. To see this film come together is not only a joy for us personally as filmmakers but also as entertainers. We are making this film not just for us.... but for you too. The thought of all your eyes, smiles, laughter, and happiness watching the film is something that is always motivating our work, our decisions, our updates, and pushing us to work faster, smarter, and more efficiently. As you can see, the full weight of support is being thrown at this final department. We hope you can feel the electricity in the air, as your patronage and support gives us this feeling! Thank you, thank you... as always, beyond what words can convey.

ARTWORK:

One of the iconic pieces of our food court is the Entrance Arch. We took careful time in the beginning stages to develop many designs before landing on our final model. Enjoy seeing the creative process at work!


Update #18

OPP Falls into Autumn with Another Milestone!

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HELLO KICKSTARTER

Greetings Kickstarter friends! Now that Fall is officially upon us, we figured we would send an update on the current status of the project that you can read as you sip on your seasonal pumpkin spice latte!

STATUS UPDATE

ANIMATION: We are so close we can taste it! Principal Animation has only a few shots remaining to be completed (mainly due to their complicated nature), but all of them are in their final stages of tweaking and polishing, so they should be finished within the next couple of weeks or sooner. In the meantime, the Animation Supervisors and a small group of dedicated Animators are still hard at work on Quality Control tasks, going back through each of the over 100 individual shots to check for things such as clothing going through skin, eyeballs going through eyelids, feet floating above the ground, feet going through the ground, etc. This phase is exciting because it means that the project is getting ahead of the Lighting department in diagnosing and fixing issues, so that Lighting does not run into these problems down the line.

TEXTURING: EPIC DRUM-ROLL, PLEASE! Our BIGGEST announcement this month is that we are 100% FINISHED IN TEXTURING! THIS DEPARTMENT IS DONE! Cue the victory dance and celebratory music. Closing out an entire department is an absolutely monumental milestone. Given our dozens of assets, we are extremely proud of our texturing team for whipping out their final assignments with strength, speed, and smiles all around.

LOOK DEVELOPMENT: Now that our Textures are all finished, we can focus even more energy into finishing Look Development, which is the creation of "shaders" (simulated materials and surface properties). Fortunately, we are already far along. Our inventory list is happily dwindling and is on track to be 100% completed very soon. We have five assets currently in development and another six assets yet to begin.

LIGHTING: There are now four key shots for four different sequences in development for Lighting (which means nearly half of our keys are in progress), as the Lighting Artists continue to tirelessly work with the Technical Directors to keep their shots running smoothly through the pipeline. Two of these four key shots are even rounding the corner to completion! Once they are final-ed, their lighting rigs will be copied out to the rest of the sequence and sent out to the rest of the lighting team to tackle (meaning that once we final a key shot, we unlock roughly ten additional shots that branch off that key). Everyone in the production is immensely excited to see the characters in action looking lit and beautiful!

JOIN US

There are still slots available as this project begins to enter into the final phase of production! For those of you interested in a professional project to help expand your resume and plump up your demo reel, we would love to have you! One Per Person is an excellent way to network with other dedicated industry professionals while gaining valuable experience. We are still accepting volunteers for Look Development (shader) artists, Lighting Artists, Technical Directors, and Render Wranglers (data management). If you or anyone else is interested in learning more about the project, please feel free to contact us through Kickstarter or e-mail. You can also view our press packet at this address: http://www.jacpiette.com/OPP_Presspacket.pdf

THANK YOU

High-end animated productions can take a lot of time and effort to develop, and we appreciate you being willing to come on this wild ride with us. We are truly enjoying this unique experience to create an independent short film that we hope will entertain and inspire people for generations to come. Your contributions have allowed this film to happen, and we truly thank you for your support and encouragement.

ARTWORK

​With Texturing COMPLETED and Look Development nearing completion, we can finally see the entire set coming together in spectacular beauty. As we assign out sequences for Lighting, one thing we do is Lookdev test renders in preparation. Our lighting changes quite dramatically throughout the course of the film, so we like to see how the set looks at varying times of day. Check out these two tests, one which we call "Happy Sunrise" and one which is our "Sunset". Enjoy!

Happy Sunrise
Happy Sunrise
Sunset
Sunset

Update #17

OPP Has 100+ Reasons to Cheer!

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HELLO KICKSTARTER 

We hope those of you who celebrated Labor Day enjoyed a relaxing long weekend in these final dog days of summer. We also thought now was an appropriate time to discuss all the laboring we have been doing on One Per Person!   

STATUS UPDATE 

ANIMATION: IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! Cue the music. 10…..9……8…….EIGHT SHOTS LEFT. We are down to the SINGLE DIGITS. The incredible feat has been achieved…. over ONE HUNDRED shots have been completed in Principal Animation. This accomplishment is made all the more impressive since each shot takes a single Animator between one to three months to complete. We are continually amazed as our animators kick out these shots and come back hungry for more. Each and every editorial session is more exciting than the last, as we watch the final animations drop into place. 

LOOK DEVELOPMENT AND TEXTURING: HOORAY FOR RECRUITMENT! The word has spread like wildfire, and our Look Development team has exploded on the scene. We have welcomed some truly talented people to bolster this department across the Finish Line. Chuck’s signature chicken hat, those tasty chicken samples, our cute little dog, and more are receiving much-needed Lookdev love. We enjoy seeing the painted textures receive an extra layer of dimensionality and detail. 

LIGHTING: Lighting continues to fly at exponential speeds. Multiple key shots are now in progress, as our pipeline is continually optimized and perfected. We are so happy to have many hands on deck to really push this pipeline and challenge our expert technical team. As soon as our key shots are finished, we will bring in additional Lighters to fill out the ranks and help with “support” shots (e.g. where they can use the key as an artistic reference). 

JOIN US 

We still have seats available on this wild ride! Let this project be a fun and exciting conduit to your professional goals. OPP is a fantastic way to expand your network, develop your portfolio/reel, and learn top-of-the-industry knowledge very quickly. We are still accepting volunteer requests for Texture/Look Dev artists, Lighters, TDs, and Render Wranglers. To join, please consult the project's FAQ on how to submit your material. If you know of anyone beside yourself, feel free to send them a link to this page too! We welcome your friends and colleagues. We have also placed a digital version of our Press Packet at: http://www.jacpiette.com/OPP_Presspacket.pdf

THANK YOU 

Crossing the 100-shots-finished mark is a milestone that truly deserves to be celebrated, and we invite you to virtually join in this celebration! Pat yourselves on the back, give yourselves a round of applause, and toast a drink in the air. Every hour worked, every asset finished, and every shot completed is made all the sweeter with the love of our Kickstarter family behind us. Your contributions, be them through financial donating, artistic volunteering, or simply supportive cheering, are recognized and appreciated every single step of the way. We truly thank you.

ARTWORK

As our Lookdev/Texturing team is growing, we wanted to share some of the amazing work coming out of those departments. Take a look at each character's tools of the trade for giving away chicken samples....Nancy's silver platter and Chuck's cart! 

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Update #16

A Joyful July of One Per Person Updates

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HELLO KICKSTARTER

Happy July to everyone! We hope that sunshine and happy summer days are pouring down upon each of you. When you step inside to enjoy a minute of air-conditioning, check out the latest on OPP:

STATUS UPDATE

ANIMATION: THE RACE TO THE FINISH LINE CONTINUES! Full production shots continue dwindling downward to the bottom of the barrel (only 12 out of 107 remain) to the great excitement of everyone involved. Production and directors are pushing notes out with extremely high expediency to keep animator turnaround speeds at TURBO level. The progress in Principal Animation has also allowed Quality Control to now expand on a larger scale. A few of our wonderful animators are now full time on QC/fix work, volunteering their talent and time above and beyond to help the film. They are true team players that continually impress us with their perseverance and attitude.

LOOK DEVELOPMENT AND TEXTURING: In this arena, we have brought another Texture Artist to the team to help finalize the tiny handful of final props remaining (only 7 out of 47 remain), and she is working with dedicated speed and enthusiasm. Look Development also continues strong work, currently focusing heavily on the PIER DECK (otherwise known as the floor, one of the largest and most visible assets in the entire film).

LIGHTING: Our biggest update in this department is that the Lighting Team has rapidly expanded. We now have FIVE LIGHTERS available to tackle our ten sequences. Some are still setting up their machines, and others have officially moved into their Production sequences. We are thrilled to have gained strong lighters from across the industry at some of the biggest animation and VFX studios. Their experience will undoubtedly allow for quick and high-quality work. Recruitment is still in effect for the other five lighters, but we hope to fill the final few slots soon.

JOIN US

If summer has allowed you some additional time in your schedule, OPP would love to meet you. We are still accepting volunteer requests for QC Animators, Texture/Look Dev artists, Lighters, TDs, and Render Wranglers. To join, please consult the project's FAQ on how to submit your material. If you know of anyone beside yourself, feel free to send them a link to this page too! We welcome your friends, colleagues, and family into this wonderful adventure of OPP.

We have also placed a digital version of our Press Packet at: http://www.jacpiette.com/OPP_Presspacket.pdf

THANK YOU

One of the reasons we love writing these updates each month is because they give us the chance to connect with this amazing audience and following that we have here at Kickstarter….and also to remind us that you deserve only our very best! Our gratitude for your support knows no bounds, never waning but growing stronger and stronger the harder we work. Your love and understanding motivates us to a degree you cannot possibly realize, and we continue to thank you not only in these updates but every day in between them.

ARTWORK

Chuck sure loves his smiley faces! Not only does he have a pin....but stickers as well! They make an important appearance in the film, and we are so glad to have such beautiful ones to showcase. 

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