From ArmadilloCon 34

Despite a somewhat hurried start, we are having a wonderful time at ArmadilloCon. This has been a good opportunity to get to know Daniel Fu (Character Artist) a little better in person, and to discuss our projects. It’s also been a great chance to present our work face-to-face and get some immediate reactions on it (pretty much all positive so far, which is good news!). It’s also been a good chance to get away from the computer a bit to work on sketching storyboards for the pilot. That’s a lot of fun once you get started! We’ll be here until Sunday, and then I’ll be back to work on production on Monday!

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We’ll be at ArmadilloCon 34 in Austin, TX this Weekend!

If you’re in town, you might want to come see us at Armadillo Con 34 in Austin, Texas (it’s at the Renaissance Hotel Austin ). Terry Hancock and Rosalyn Hunter will be there (we’ve got a small table reserved in the dealer room). Our character artist, Daniel Fu, is also going to be at the convention (although I haven’t tried to rope him into manning our table), so it’s just possible you might see him as well.

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We’ll be at ArmadilloCon 34 in Austin, TX this Weekend!

If you’re in town, you might want to come see us at Armadillo Con 34 in Austin, Texas (it’s at the Renaissance Hotel Austin ). Terry Hancock and Rosalyn Hunter will be there (we’ve got a small table reserved in the dealer room). Our character artist, Daniel Fu, is also going to be at the convention (although I haven’t tried to rope him into manning our table), so it’s just possible you might see him as well.

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More “Soyuz-SF” 3D Model Renderings

Three more renderings of components for the “Soyuz-SF” interior set. We are creating this set for our “Teaser Trailer”, which is also an animation test and an opportunity for our modeling team to practice working together on the project. This is the periscope (Soyuz uses a periscope for piloting because the Orbital Module is in front of the Descent Module — from which the pilot flies the spacecraft). ( Flickr Image) Completed main controls for the orbiter (These models are by Cosmin Planchon with display graphics by Timothee Giet). ( Filckr Image )

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Optimism and Rationalism

Two of the guiding principles in the writing for Lunatics are both rationalisn and optimism . We feel these are trends that a lot of modern science fiction media has strayed away from, and we feel it’s time to bring this more positive vision back to the field. “Darker and grittier” may have its place, but after awhile, it starts to seem a little excessive, and really it’s not as realistic as advertised. In the real world, bad things do happen, but there is also usually a very positive human response to those things, and we’d like to focus on that.

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“Lunatics” is not a “kid’s show”, but will be fairly “family-friendly”

I get these questions a lot, so I’m answering it here and including it in the FAQ: (TL;DR version: “NO” and “PROBABLY, but with some qualifications”) IMAGE: Georgiana Lerner in the “Kazbek-Compatible Child Seat” for “No Children in Space”. The original Kazbek design won’t accommodate someone as small as a 7-year-old child, so the International Space Foundation had to commission a specially-engineered solution. Her spacesuit is also custom (derived from a US design) and requires an adapter (integrated into the seat) to interface with the Soyuz-SF life-support system. (Couch model by Sathish Kumar, character model by Andrew Pray).

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Pilot Episode Kickstarter Launched!

We’ve just launched our second Kickstarter — this is the BIG one: we’re hoping to fund the production of the pilot episode for the series! Please come see and support us if you can!

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Moving on to Production for the Pilot Episode

Hi all! I wanted to let you know that we have launched the fund-raiser for production of the pilot episode, “No Children in Space”: Lunatics Animated Series Pilot – “No Children in Space” We really wanted to launch on Moon Day, July 20th, and we have. This is of course, the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. We were working really hard to make this deadline (really important, because we actually advertised the date this time). So, I’m really happy we made it.

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Work’s continuing on the Teaser Trailer now

We have extremely busy working on the Teaser Trailer for “No Children in Space” for the last couple of days and the collaboration seems to be working out. I think we’re all learning a lot and getting the team together. And I want to show you this cool model…

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Announcing our Core Animation Team

We are pleased to announce our core team of seven very talented artists for modeling, rigging, and animation: Andrew Pray, Cosmin Planchon, Guillaume Côté, Sathish Kumar, Vyacheslav Yastrebcev, Timothée Giet, and Gorka Mendieta. They will be working on the “teaser trailer” for “No Children in Space” and some animation tests, all of which will be released during our Kickstarter campaign (which launches THIS FRIDAY – JULY 20TH – “MOON DAY”).

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