"Lunatics!" Pilot Project Status
It has been six years since you helped us to create the pre-production art and an animatic for the pilot episode for our open-movie animated series about the first settlers on the Moon -- "Lunatics!".
We never managed to raise additional up-front funds through Kickstarter or IndieGogo for production, despite multiple attempts in 2012. That meant no "fast track" to create the show.
We did not, however, give up.
We can currently be found on Patreon, where we are hoping to raise funds to pay the artists who have contributed to our project's first episode when that episode is released.
We now post updates there just about daily, with patrons seeing them about a week early in most cases. Similarly, we intend to make the final edit of the episode available to patrons shortly before its public release.
As you would probably expect, there have been many changes. It has obviously taken longer to get this point than we originally hoped, and we have had to make some adjustments in our expectations, including breaking our pilot up into three parts to make the project a little more feasible.
Celebrated Blender mech modeler Chris Kuhn joined the project in 2013. Bela Szabo created updated character models, establishing the 3D style for the show's characters. And Since 2014, we've had a very talented character modeler, rigger, and animator, Keneisha Perry working on the project. At this point, she is the principle animator on the project.
It has been a very slow climb to get to this point, but we are nearing completion of the animation for the first episode, expected to be about 15 minutes in length, for release this spring (2018). After animation, we have to do some finishing work on sets, rendering, and of course, final sound mix. Voice recording, most of the effects, and the music are already finished (you may remember we did most of that work in 2012).
We are hoping to make the first milestone goal on Patreon: in other words, to raise $1000 for that first pilot episode release, to be shared among the contributing artists when the episode is released (Unlike Kickstarter, Patreon charges and pays after a project's work is completed). With your help and perhaps some friends', we might just make that, although we plan to release regardless.
There will be a "source edition" DVD produced for each individual episode, along with as much of the source material (Blender files, background art, etc) as we can fit. We also intend to collect the episodes for a consumer DVD, with the first possibly released in late 2018, if all goes well. Obviously, sales profits from those DVDs will also contribute to the artists who make the show.
In any case, whether you decide to directly support us or not, I do hope you'll check out our Patreon blog and catch up with the progress we've made on the production. We've come a long way, and we're still taking this project to the Moon.