Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

30
Jan

I created a movie in 10 days

   Posted by: Jon    in Film, Producing, Production

Second Chances Movie Poster

From concept to wrapping on post-production. I recently wrote and directed my first film in 5 years.

Like any film project I’ve worked on, after it’s all said and done, you look back on what happened to get it made and find it hard to believe you made it. For me “Second Chances” was a miracle and last minute project. Created for the 2013 IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge, I waited a full two weeks from the kick off before I decided last minute to try and make a movie to enter. I started on a Thursday night with registration and getting my theme for the challenge. Afterwards, the story outline and script were completed in less than 24 hours. All my casting was done between Friday and Saturday, with a table read on Sunday. One of my support leads became ill and I had to recast her the night of the table read. Then there was the locations, I didn’t have those until Sunday as well, the day before we shot. Shooting was over the next two days and by Wednesday, we were finally in post-production, to have this project completed and turned in by Sunday four days later. Oh what a ride it was! This is my first time working with any of the cast and most of the crew and I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish at the last minute. I hope you enjoy the urban fantasy drama “Second Chances” as much as I did making it.

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I’ve tried this now a few times in the past, with not so much movement. But this time, I’m setting this as my primary project for 2012. Like my “Drawing a Day” was my main project of 2011, this one will take over where that one left off. I’ll be using the name Fantasy Adventures as a working title for now, until I can come up with a better one. I plan to hire voice talents for this along with the possibility to bring in other artist and writers for the stories once I’ve got an establish set of characters. The animation style I’ve chosen to follow will be somewhere between modern day cutout puppets as seen on the Cartoon Network, the only 1 tone colored “Scooby-Doo Where Are You?”, “Dragon’s Lair”, and “Dungeons & Dragons: The Animated Series”. Already, before 2011 was over, I’ve begun research on animation styles, what it takes to put together a cartoon show bible, how to write screenplays for animation, and nailing down the 4 main characters of my stories.

The show will follow the misadventures of four unlikely heroes who each try to pull the party apart by going their own ways, only to end up needing one another to survive. The character classes will be made up of the classic four: fighter, wizard, cleric, and rogue. The plan as of now is to create 12 22-minute cartoon episodes and produce it to a quality that it could be broadcast over TV or sold direct-to-DVD.

Update: After some initial tries, this project will have to await awhile long. I’ve since moved an even bigger project to the front of my focus: digiLARP. This is what I will be spending most of my time working on this year with the addition of writing a full-length feature film screenplay in April as part of my New Year’s resolutions.

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Gateway to a New Era. The Wizard stands guard to the gateway of the dawn of a new era of as the Three Moons of Destiny align in the heavens above.
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With this drawing I have competed what I set out a year ago to do, drawing something every single day of 2011 and with this drawing I accomplished that feat without fail!!! It’s been a long and rough road to get here, especially with life that tends to get in the way and being sick from time to time, but no matter the obstacle, I overcame all those challenges to get a drawing done and uploaded to hold me accountable. Although I still have a ways to go to achieve the status of a professional Fantasy artist, I now have this tomb of work to show I can meet a challenge. I also feel I have improved greatly from where I started and my speed at drawing is amazing! Throughout 2012, I will still be drawing, but at a slower pace and working on one piece for much longer than 30 minutes – 3 hours as was done with every drawing in this project, with the exception of a painting or two.

Regarding how it felt to do this crazy project, the first two months I was excited and couldn’t wait to draw something everyday. The possibilities were endless as nothing came before. However, as the days stretched into months, the volume of my work increased and I found little themes to keep me going through the dry time. The last three months were mostly hell, with me wishing most the time I never had started this project. Just imagine, you can not sleep no matter how tired you are, until you have completed a drawing and uploaded. The drawing became easier as I went and trying to decide what I would draw took the longest. Sometimes I would pass out after getting home from work and set my alarm to wake up and draw something before midnight, which happened a few times. All in all, I’m glad to be done with this project and look forward to starting up a new original animated cartoon series in 2012 with 12 (22 minute) episodes for season 1.

Happy New Year 2012 everyone!!!!!

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30
Dec

Drawing A Day – Day 364

   Posted by: Jon    in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Watcher of Time. When your time is up, the Watcher of Time appears.

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29
Dec

Drawing A Day – Day 363

   Posted by: Jon    in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Dancing Flame Elemental. He is called forth from the campfire from which a circle of drummers play. He dances to the beat the of the drum and carries the wishes of the players to the gods above.

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28
Dec

Drawing A Day – Day 362

   Posted by: Jon    in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Drow Rogue. Abandoned as a child out at sea, she has made her way back to the Dark Forest in search of her tribe, to repay a debt to the family who abandoned her.

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27
Dec

Drawing A Day – Day 361

   Posted by: Jon    in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Barbarian Warrior. Among the tribes of the Northlands, there is legend of a brave pack of female warriors brave as any man and just as fiercest in combat.

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26
Dec

Drawing A Day – Day 360

   Posted by: Jon    in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

Man-At-Arms. Was a heavily armed and mounted soldier in medieval times.

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Santa & Coal. Santa with his Bag of Holding and Everlasting Torch to light the way. Perched upon his shoulder is is trusted pet dragon Coal. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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24
Dec

Drawing A Day – Day 358

   Posted by: Jon    in Artist, Digital Art & Graphics

The Night Before Christmas. Twas the night before Christmas and the Red Cap Gnomes were fast at work making merriment among the Christmas Tree. With blades, spell books, and wizard caps, underneath, it was a night of celebration for the gnomes as the rest of the household slept.

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