Despite missing our Kickstart goal, we
just completed our cast reading for both the pilot “No Children in
Space” and “Earth”. This went very smoothly — even better than we
hoped. We’ll now be working on recording the lines and putting together
an animatic to guide the animation production process. It’ll probably be
pretty quiet for awhile as we work on this.
It was very disappointing to fall short of our
Kickstarter goal — we made it to 72% before the deadline, which is in
the dreaded “so close and yet so far” range. And of course, Kickstarter
is “fixed funding”, which means we don’t see that money at all. Sad, but
we’re not stopping the show over it. It means we’ll have to re-group a
bit before doing any more fund-raising.
We are, however, still working. We had a very successful read-through
of the scripts for both the pilot episode “No Children in Space” and
the second episode “Earth”. We decided to do both at once partly because
they were both ready to go and also because they’re very different
scripts which show the different extremes that Lunatics episodes will span.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be recording the lines from both
principal and supporting parts and assembling rough cuts of dialog.
We’ll then give the actors a chance to re-record some lines if we feel
it’s called for. Then we’ll be adding sound effects and music to make
completely-mixed finished sound for the show.
At the same time, I will be finishing up my animatics for these two
episodes — these will be made from hand-drawn storyboards by me
(“sketchy-matics”), and I’ll also be picking up on the animation and
modeling work in preparation for the final animation phase.
That’s a lot of “head-down” time, so the website is likely to be
fairly quiet for awhile. I will try to get a few posts put up here to
let you know how it’s going.