Archive for the ‘Atomic Robo: Last Stop’ Category

THE FICTORY get’s a VIP visit! ::

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Not surprisingly some of the most popular rewards for the ATOMIC ROBO: Last Stop Kickstarter were the signed copies of Atomic Robo volumes. We expected that they would be popular but we didn’t expect them to be 540 copies of ATOMIC ROBO Volumes 1-6 popular.

Last week co-creator of ROBO, Scott Wegener was on a family vacation with the Wegener clan that happened to bring them right into the neighborhood of The Fictory.

We all decided this would be a great chance to get this half ton of comics signed by one half of TEAM ROBO.

Scott, like the stone cold pro he is sat down and signed all 540 copies of ROBO the studio procured  to fill rewards once production is complete. Crippling hand cramps aside a good time was had by all!  Everyone was excited to meet the man whose character’s we’ve been drawing for so long and talk comics and animation.

Now we just need to to get Brian Clevinger to visit sunny Lancaster, Pennsylvania and we’ll be set.

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Robo Stank ::

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

We never really talk about the sucky part of animating in a studio. This weekend our HVAC unit started showing signs of fatigue. It’s been a particularly muggy summer here in the great North East. Yesterday, we officially had no AC. Today, sucks. It’s muggy and smells like animator (even though we wipe down our animators daily with Clorox wipes). And have you ever tried animating on a screen while your hands are sweating? Not recommended. But we shall carry on bravely, till the glorious condensed cool air has been restored.

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How To Make a 2D Background ::

Monday, August 13th, 2012

With only a few exceptions, the majority of Atomic Robo: Last Stop is old school, hand drawn 2D animation. Even though we use computers to draw, paint, and animate, we are still using a fairly traditional workflow to make our short.

This week we’re gonna look at  making one of the backgrounds to a shot, from start to finish.

We start off with a storyboard of a shot. The storyboard gives a rough idea of where the camera is and where everything is positioned in the frame. In this case, we are looking down at a traincar.
A background artist interprets this into a quick sketch.

Once the sketch gets approved…

The artist cranks out a more finalized digital painting.

The main traincar is actually a separate element. Notice only the exposed portion of the floor is painted out.

Out of the 150 or so shots in the 12 minute short, only a few of them have similar backgrounds that can be reused in more than one shot.  We’re talking over a hundred unique paintings before we’re done with Atomic Robo!

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This Week At The Fictory 02 ::

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

We’ve got a few work-in-progress shots to share with you. It’s only because we like you.

(Getting ready…)

(Jenkins, with some reading material)

(Robo on the run. The green lines are guides for perspective)

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Otakon Wrap-Up ::

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012


It started with a bunch of tshirts…

and a whole lotta buttons…

And then, TheFictory packed up their gear and headed off to Otakon 2012!

Overall, it was a success. We got some off the wall commissions, met new faces, and sold some limited edition merch.

To everyone who came out to see us, we send a big atomic THANK YOU, it was super fun to meet our fans.
After a fun weekend, we’re back to work.

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