Well I arrived at my new destination, but I may move again as I’m going to need a place where I can be sufficiently loud to do recordings. One of the animators helping us is going to be quite busy too, so I’m afraid that means we’re going to postpone the 20+ minute long episode again (yeah, I know).
The good news is that I’m going a little batty from not working on anything more creative, so I’ve decided to start a shorter Civil Protection episode that will be easier to animate. With everyone helping on it, it should be out sometime mid to late September. After that, I’m going to do everything in my power to finish the original episode I meant to release for Halloween 2007 I ended up postponing; except now it will be in time (hopefully) for Halloween 2008. This one is already partially completed, but there’s still a lot to do on it. It will be at least 15 minutes and I hope will be the scariest episode of CP yet.
For everyone waiting on Freeman’s Mind, it’s still going to be kind of sparse until I finish the Noesis tutorial, then you can expect a big increase in its frequency. Thanks again for everybody’s patience, we’re going to be producing some good stuff over the next couple months.
Hey everybody; well as I mentioned before I’m going to be moving, except it’s going to be quite soon now. Starting Monday I’m going to be driving over 1000 miles to seek my fame and fortune, or at least to get into a situation which will allow me more time to make videos. I’m really hoping my car won’t break down by the side of the road and I get killed by raiders, but we’ll just see what happens. Assuming I make it to my destination, my internet access will be kind of sketchy for a little bit until I get everything straightened out.
The first part of the Noesis tutorial is done on my end, I’m told it will be coming out soon. I was hoping to have them both done at about the same time, but it looks like there may be a couple weeks delay. This one coming out will definitely be the more technical one. It’s going to cover how to animate with the Source SDK, the other guide is going to cover everything else I do in machinima EXCEPT that. I’ll give more details about them once they get closer to release.
My new mantra is going to be “August”. August is when I plan to finish the Noesis guide by, and will consequentially be when I really start getting back to work on CP again. I’m excited about this since it’s been on hold forever and now I’ve got more good people helping than ever before. I’m not making promises at this point, but it is my goal to be producing at LEAST two videos a month once the tutorial is done. Most of these will just be Freeman’s Mind, but it’s my goal to get all the groundwork done on the CP episodes, let other people take over the animation/mapping work in different areas, then while they’re working on it, I should have time for FM.
Finally the new website is making progress, but the person helping me with the code is going to be moving too and won’t be available to work on it again until mid-August. If I’m lucky, we should have the website up in late August, but it could take as long as September depending on how everything goes.
640x480 WMV download link (66MB)
EDIT: Download link now fixed
Well I’m still very busy with the Noesis tutorial, but I made enough time to get another Freeman’s Mind episode done. This will be the last video I make before I finish the tutorial. I realize things have been pretty slow, but once the tutorial’s done you can expect a BIG increase in the frequency of video releases. Speaking of which there’s going to be so much covered in the tutorial it’s actually mushrooming into 2 different guides. One will cover nothing but Faceposer and Hammer, the other will go over everything else (writing, sound editing, camerawork, etc.).
Also I was interviewed a month or so ago for an online magazine article. I’ve been informed it’s been published and you can check it out here. I thought it was a little odd that he seemed to focus most of his article on my stuff, but he mentions some other good machinimas in there as well. Notably “The Monad” by Sam Goldwater (which is the best machinima drama I’ve seen) and “Hey Shipwreck!” by Patrick Hrabe, of which I really enjoy his series.
Finally I haven’t forgotten about the website, subtitles, or Civil Protection itself, I just have a big juggling act going on with all the work I have to do. Good things are coming.