Sunday, 1 January 2017

I'm back, baby :)

Geez... was it really 5 years ago that I made my last post here??

After many years of external issues interrupting my machinima making efforts, lost data, disillusionment, family, birth of a new daughter this year and flirting with WoW again, I've finally ended my self-imposed exile to reconnect with my love of 3d animated movie making.

Sadly, as my one and only PC now has Win 10 installed on it, my days of The Movies are over and done with (as the program won't run under Windows 10, which is a major ball-ache but not unexpected after such a long time).

So, it's back with Moviestorm with a vengeance, it would seem (although I have iClone 5, it's both a little long in the tooth now and I'm no further along with learning it than I was 5 years ago and I don't have the freetime I once had to spend most of it learning how to use it again from scratch!)

Odyssey; well, as much as I'd like to carry on with this, there are a lot of near unsurmountable issues with carrying on where I left off -

1. I lost all the scripts and part finished work on my PC following a burglary a couple of years ago, and would have to restart from scratch... a pain in the arse, but still not completely a write-off (although trying to remember where I was originally going to go with it is a none-starter after so much time!)

2. The loss of The Movies; would mean having to completely redo all the props, costumes etc (which I have little time for, and what meagre modding ability I DID have for MS is loooong forgotten through disuse!), and also precludes some of the alien races as they had specific looks that are probably undoable in MS anyway. Luckily, I have all the original mesh files for the TM props I had, but no way to convert these into MS props, so that's a none-starter.

3. Cast; probably the biggest issue, as most of the incredibly talented cast have drifted away from the machinima scene over the years and are probably no longer interested in spending hours of their time to voice a series that started and never got finished.

4. Time; with a new daughter, new responsibilities and a lot more constraints on my time nowadays, I've got nowhere near enough spare time to devote to filming and writing as I used to, which means a lot less time to devote to such a long term project; again, not a completely unsurmountable obstacle, but one that would delay further production significantly.

So, what IS next for me?

Well, I was toying with the idea of a kind of "documentary" to tie up the loose ends of the Odyssey story and lay out where I envisaged it going over the remains of Season Two and onto Season 3 and 4 to deliver some closure to the project; quite how I'd do it, I dunno (as I lost all the props etc that I originally had on my PC that was half-inched and as mentioned above, without assistance in recreating them, it would be difficult to do without them).

Other than that, I have a couple of other ideas in the fire for movies, just to get my hand back in again after so long, but we'll see what the next project is, as again it would require some specific props I no longer have (and some new ones), and that is something I don't have the time or the skill to come up with these days!

So, I'm back on the doorstep, backpack in hand and looking at the big, open, blank field ahead of me again and wondering what's next; kinda exciting!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Captain's Blog: "We were on a BREAAAKKK!!" Update

...and still am...

Just dropping a note to those who read the tripe I scribble on here and have passed on their good wishes, and those who have mailed me over the last few weeks inquiring about how I'm getting on and so forth; hearty thanks to those goodly folk for your thoughts and support; it's much appreciated.

So, an update... where are we?

Still in the Slough of Despond, I'm afraid!  Life is mad as a brush right now, so I still don't have the time to sit down and write or film or practically anything right at the moment.

Following the estate sorting issue I had to contend with (which left a bitter taste in my mouth and is something I could really have done without; family... jeeeez), there came a mass of stuff from out of left field at work, coupled with trying to find a new job so I can move (as some of you may know, my missus and I have been trying to move back to the North West (my home region) for over a year and, as the wife has already been working up there for a year while I've been trying to get myself something that pays at least as well as my current job (not easy in the current economic climate), we've had precious little time to spend together and the whole thing has been taking it's toll), as well as outside work I've taken on to give us more "pin money", as well as my PC gasping out it's last and being now practically fit only for propping up the shelf in the corner, it's been an irritating and taxing couple of months.

I've made commitments to people for lines for projects they've started (some quite a while ago, mentioning no names... :P), which I'm honouring, along with lending my weedly skillz to Team Wartechnica where I can again this year, but other than that I'm not in a position either time or technology wise to do any animation work or take on any extra "work" outside of what I've already got.

As far as projects go, everything on my side has come to a screeching halt until the situation improves; no time for writing means no further scripts for Odyssey at the moment (and, if I've got no time for writing, I damn sure can't sit down and try to string a movie together right now), so we're still on hiatus.

I do try to drop in here and there when I have a spare few minutes, but I literally have very scant time free at the moment, so if you're wondering why I haven't posted or responded to emails, that's why (when it comes to emails, right now I'm wading through a ton of stuff I haven't had a chance to catch up with in my "general" mailbox, as well as my "personal personal" mail and that's a ton of stuff to go through!)

Because of the lack of free time and the general slow down at this time of year, the Ollies has also gone into hibernation this time, unfortunately (as if you hadn't already guessed :P).  It does mean that, given the extra time, we'll hopefully bring it back next year in a leaner, meaner full-fighting trim (look on the bright side!); although it's fun, it's bloody hard work for all involved behind the scenes, and I just haven't got the time to take on what is effectively an extra full-time job this year with everything else on my plate.

So, there we have it.  I'm not around right now and for the foreseeable... annoying, especially when I was approached about Eldritch considering being shown at Dragon*Con this year (which was a massive surprise, an honour and a tribute to Mac's scripting and the acting talents of Bezzer, Mac, KV and Tom).  Once things settle down, I'll be back with a bang... or a whimper, dependant on whether I stub my toe or not!

Aloha; auf wiedersehen, adieu, fare thee well, etc until next time!

UPDATE: Eldritch IS being shown at Dragon*Con this year :)  I'm immensely proud of the this fact, more for Mac's work on the script and Mac and Bezzer and KV and Tom and the wife for their work on the voices than anything else; congrats, guys!

If you happen to be there, it's being shown in the block between 10:00am-12:30pm on Saturday, September 3rd at the Sheraton Hotel (MMO Track room - check the program booklet for exact room).

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

I'm taking a break

Real life crashed in this morning in the form of a phone call with some bad news, meaning I'm taking a hiatus from movie making and community involvement for a while in order to sort it out.

I won't have the time to do half of what I had slated and this couldn't come at a worse time for me, for a variety of reasons.  I'll try and do lines for anyone that I owe them to, but even that might be a stretch time-wise, I'm afraid.  Sorry if this causes an inconvenience to you, but that's how it is, I'm afraid.

I'll be back when I can; in the meantime, in the words of Bill and Ted, "Be excellent to each other!"

Ciao for now...

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Captain's Blog: The Sunday Show... with K and K :)

Yes, I succumbed to a huge bribe (well, it was more of a small bribe... ok... it was a teeny-weeny bribe... ok, it was a barely veiled threat, but still...) and the mission I chose to accept was co-hosting duties with Big Ken White tonight on The Sunday Show on TMOA.

Tremble in your boots, all yea who read...

Actually, it should be some fun, as we are kicking off the first full "Knights of the Round Table" discussion this evening (hopefully with those movie maestros Gabe (AKA Animatechnica), JosephKW (Star Recruit, et al) and Harb40 (he of the Passion Competition which, I have to say, is shaping up to be bigger and better this year than ever before)).

We'll be chewing the fat over some of the subjects suggested in the TMU Forum thread, along with whatever else we segue into or is thrown at us from the baying hordes in the chatroom, so come along and join the fun!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Captain's Blog: Eldritch - Apocalypse Then (Part Two)

Eldritch is on the trail of the mysterious girl. A meeting with Rafferty leads to a dangerous encounter...


Chris Ollis

Contains occasional swearing.