Well, it’s been a busy couple of months. We’ve been working steadily on the commercial for the DC Anime Club. We’ll be presenting it to the club this Saturday, so we’ll get to see what they think.
It’s weird. This is the first time we’ve done an animation for an actual client, so it’s a bit nerve-wracking to wait for Saturday. The president has been watching our progress, and he’s had positive feedback, but it’s still…a little weird.
Exciting news! We’re working on a commercial for the DC Anime Club. I’ll be posting our concept artwork over the course of this week.
Meanwhile, as Mama-san rests from the birth of Little Max, we have a new episode of Inbetweens.
We’re not dead! We’re on hiatus while we re-jigger our financial situation. We should be back to normal within the next month or so.
We got the first couple of backgrounds scanned into the computer this week. They’re beautiful watercolors, which is both good and bad, as they raised an interesting question: what would a traditional 2D character look like, standing on top of a watercolored background?
Thank goodness for digital. We layered a colored cel of Catherine on top of a background, and woah. She looked like she was floating on top of an ethereal world. Which is kind of interesting in itself, but not an effect we wanted for Summer Storm. So Christina sat down at her laptop and quickly re-colored the cel using an airbrush effect. We layered that on the background, and it looked much better. Boom, problem solved in about an hour. Cool.
Our last meeting was a good example of the advantages and the disadvantages of running an ad hoc animation company.
Brent pointed out that we’re quite behind schedule. We’d hoped to have about half of the shots “keyed” by now (that is, the most important drawings done), but we’ve only completed about one minute’s worth of keys, out of seven minutes. Also, while we’re starting to produce backgrounds at a better pace now, we’re not producing enough to be done by our scheduled completion date of June 2006.
So, we talked about it. Nobody was angry or upset. People offered options and opinions, and when we didn’t have any immediate solutions, we agreed to think about if for awhile and talk more about it next time. And Brent made the point that we can always change our expected completion date.
So, yeah, we’re not moving as quickly as we’d like. But we can react to that quickly, respond reasonably, and change course with a minimum of friction. Good things all around.
In other news, there’s a new episode of the manga, which is now titled “Inbetweens.”