July and the Final Stretch
Dear Insane Children,
"Are we there yet?!" Almost there! The animations are complete and the disc factory has been reserved. We're just waiting on Ed to put finishing touches on the DVD/Blu-Ray menus. Don't blame him for being slow - he has two good excuses for not yet finishing: First, he's just moved house from Shanghai to New York (just in time for the 4th of July). More critically though, *I* screwed up and gave him an incomplete list of backer names for the credits! Oops :(
As soon as the menus and backer credits are done... off to the factory with the DVDs and Blu-Rays! (Hey, Ed... psst... hurry, the children are getting impatient!) ;)
Last update caused a bit of stir with the art style in Ed's animation of Alice's adventure through the mind of Jules Verne. While everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions on art (of course!) it's also worth keeping in mind (pun intended) that each journey into a new mind would-could-should be represented in an art style fitting the narrative and tone of that particular mind.
Anime-style Alice is, to my mind, unique, fun, and well worth exploring. She even brought to life a range of new dresses, which I hope we'll see make their way into the cos-play community...
And that's the beauty of Otherlands. Each mind is a different expression of materials and influences. A chance for a director or artist to bring a fresh perspective to Alice's world. Troy's stop-motion adventure into the mind of Wagner plays in stark contrast to the anime style of Verne's mind:
My only hope is we're given an opportunity to explore even more styles throughout a wide range of other minds. What I wouldn't give to see all these minds opened for exploration on a VR platform like Oculus! Ahem, EA?
Beyond the animations, serious progress is being made on the "Art of" book. Alex says, "...all is going according to schedule. I'm on track, will be working and polishing it off this week/weekend. Should have no problems supplying a complete (or near complete) proof for next week. (pending Ed's copy and the Bio's at the back). "
We have another test-print of the book being made this week. I'll send along pictures of that as soon as it's delivered from the factory.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Otherlands Storyboard poster, which a handful of backers will receive. (Special thanks to backer Matthew for his input on the design and content on this reward).
That's it for the July update. As always, your comments are questions are welcome in the feedback below.
CRITICAL REMINDER: As we are getting very close to shipping items, please take a moment to check your profile on BackerKit to ensure we have your current address and PHONE NUMBER. I cannot stress how important it is you include a phone number with your contact details. Here's the link:
From Shanghai with a Stinky Lulu in my lap,
(Literally, this is how I have to work all day, she doesn't allow any other way).