I suppose this is probably a better question for PM, but that feels too covert and un-community-friendly, for a fan-community project. Besides, this place is looking a little dead, which is depressing
Anyway, why I was posting, right... Casey, I was planning on redoing some of my auditions for various characters since my loud roommate is finally gone and I have time, I was wondering if you needed anything from me that might be of slightly higher priority? Last time I checked I was caught up, but who knows now?
For auditions? Anyone is welcome to submit more than one audition for any given part, and if they want me to leave both auditions up I can do that (for instance if someone wants to offer two different concepts of a character) or alternatively, I can replace the existing audition with the new one if you feel it is completely better.
This is a good opportunity to also remind everyone who has auditioned for any part that if you're not 100% completely satisfied that the audition you submitted demonstrates the absolute best of your ability, you can submit a new audition. The assumption at voting time is going to be that the audition you have submitted is 100% your very best effort and quality and you'll be voted on as such. So re-record unless you're absolutely sure that what I've got is your very finest work.
Mr. P, I'm not familiar with those specific locales, but I can say that most of the people who submitted an audition stored somewhere other than YouTube, those auditions are now dead links.
Evil A, to partially answer your question, I just drag sound clips into WMM and place them where I want them on the timeline. Then make an intro title and that's really all you need. You don't really have to have visuals in your audition... like Mr. P said they really should be judged on the voice alone. However I will say, in defense of those who have put comic panels in as their visuals in their auditions, I think it does help to demonstrate what emotion the audition -should- be aiming for, so the listener can judge whether or not the actor got the point across.
You guys have almost all the voice roles for the early bits selected, right? And I don't mean to be disrespectful of these guys' roles - they do good work - but it seems like recording the parts would be fairly quick, especially with so many characters divvying up the text. Do you have an estimated release date for an alpha of the first few chapters, with only the voices?
No. It's more than just hashing together the voices, of course. I haven't gotten a report from the visuals team saying whether they have each frame slide prepped, or from the SFX team saying they're ready to go with all the SFX either. I know they had a fair library built up though. And for the music... I can't ask Sand to try to compose it until after we have the voice and SFX track done, so that he can follow the timing. I understand that if we were trying to do a poop job, we would probably be done with something by now. But a combination of high standards and real life priorities mean that production is slow. Admittedly much slower than I ever would have imagined, but still. One of these days though we're going to surprise you all (and show up a few naysayers) by actually turning out some content.
I haven't gotten a report from the visuals team saying whether they have each frame slide prepped
I have the frames for chapter 1, and Miri went loco and has the frames for chapter 2 and loads more. I've let the visuals team down a bit, so I shall start doing more chapters this evening. We can't really add any effects to the frames (panning, zooming, whatever) until we start attaching them to the audio though, although we can start getting an idea of what we'd like to do with them, playing about with them.
Half of the SFX for chapter 1 is done since.. I don't know.. long time ago, back when I was young. Honestly: I just stopped working when it became clear that nothing would happen anytime soon. In particular since I can't arrange them before I got the final video anyway.
Is there anything I can do to help out despite not being very skilled? For example, trawling free databases for sound effects or something (unfortunately most of the sfx we need seem to have to be recorded)?
Well, as far as I know Miri's put all the voice clips together for each page. Right now the main thing that's being worked on is sound effects. So...hopefully close? I think there's just that and visuals (if we're having any) left to do.
Evenin'. As of right now, yes, I have every page put together vocals-wise except for the Robot-and-sfx-only pages, and I'm working on some sample sound mixing for the first half of the chapter. I must thank you all again for your patience.
I think that was the idea, yeah. I love that clip, by the way...that's why I hope we will have visuals as well as audio.
I have a question now. Do you guys think it would be a good idea to set a tentative release date for chapter one, or future chapters? Something vague like "this summer" would work...just a goal to work towards.
Is there teaser or something which has all the voices, sound effects etc?
Here's a teaser of chapter 1. I don't think the sound FX are attached yet, apart from a SNAP at the end which might just be coincidental.
What programme was used to create the Bullbot Test, does anyone know? I'm thinking particularly about the swishing between frames while keeping the page as a whole unit e.g. when the Bullbot appears. I can't figure out how to do that on either of the Windows Movie Makers, so I assume it wasn't made on them. That would be a very useful effect to have.
By artefacts do you mean background noise? Because there's a bit of that near the beginning. I tried getting it down but the vocals became really flat, sounded like Annie had a cold. I expect Miri had a go too as I got the audio from her. Unless someone here is really good at playing with audio I don't think there's a lot we can do, but it's been minimised.
Would still love to know what programme the Bullbot test was made with. That 'panel flow' technique will be really useful later on e.g. in etheric scenes, flowing with the hair.