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Otakon Day One ::

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

What happens when you get a bunch of animators at a Convention table with nothing to do but talk to fans and doodle? You get a lot of strange drawings. Check out the above. We had a lot of fun making Helsie and Robo do some rather out of character stuff… wait… get you mind out of the gutter.

Look out for us at Otakon all weekend!

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Old Robo vs. New Robo ::

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

As with the first round of Robo, we always want our models to match the art of Scott Wegener as closely as possible. Since graphic-novel-Robo has evolved in his design since we first started, our model sheets had to be freshened up a little before we got to work.

Here’s how we had Robo before…

(Robo 1.0)

…and below, the updated version. Still Sexy, with just a touch more of that new Robo charm. We poured through all six (to date) graphic novels and found that  volume 4 (Atomic Robo and Other Srtangeness) and Volume 6 (the Ghost of Station X) were the most apropos.

(Robo 2.0)

If you don’t know already, model sheets are a very important step in producing a 2D animation! They keep the characters consistent, which is especially good for when multiple animators are collaborating  on a project.

Til next time!

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This Week At The Fictory ::

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Here at the Fictory, we’ve all been buckling down and getting to work. This first week has been the start of a very long project, we’ve got about 12 minutes of material and over 150 shots.

Firstly, this week we have finalized Atomic Robo’s character model.

Nextly, the storyboards have all compiled into an animatic.

Also, some rough animation has been started.

Not a bad week!

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Lately, you’ve been seeing a lot of cool tweets, posts, and various rhetoric showing the progress of the Atomic Robo: Last Stop film.  One of the reasons this is is because we’ve begun! Muahahahahhaha!

Another more important reason for the increased communique is the addition of Natasha Warshawsky to theFictory.  Natasha is a Drexel student, home for the summer and she fell right into our front door to help with the film!  She’ll get some cool experience, industry cred and even some college credit for this endeavor but we are equally lucky to have her here for our production.

When asked why she wanted to hang out with us nerds, Natasha responds, “The Fictory seemed like a perfect fit for me. Its conveniently located about 10 minutes from my house, the work they do is pretty awesome, and I definitely wanted to stay busy this summer.  Robo is such a kickass character that I couldn’t help but love him right away! I also believe that comics and animation are two genres that really go hand in hand, so I’m very excited for Last Stop to put its spin on Robo’s story.”

Natasha is in her second year of school at Drexel in Philadelphia.  She is working towards a Bachelorate Degree in Animation and Visual Effects.  She’s trying to balance education and experience which is a great idea for anyone planning on entering any workforce.  “At school, we are learning the necessary skill sets to be successful in this industry. I’m hoping this internship will show what its like after school, that is, I’ll be working with people who are already proficient at their craft and watching what they do to be successful.”
Finally, I asked Natasha what she thinks she’ll get out of her internship.  “At the Fictory I hope that I will be familiarized with how a professional animator and his team work, which can be a lot different from how a student works. Working like a pro is an invaluable skill!” She also cites strong teamwork as a valuable asset to learn at theFictory as we dive right in.  Look forward to more communication from Natasha in the coming weeks… and heck, WELCOME HER TO THEFICTORY!

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Robo 2.0 ::

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

(working hard at The Fictory)

Initially when we decided to take a shot at a kickstarter for Robo we had modest expectations. We thought that we could secure enough funds for us to put in a few weeks and stitch up what we had in the production pipeline and at the least “finish” what we had. The original $12,000 was meant to bring in the principles for the a short sprint to bring the production to some type of ending.

(Robo’s model sheet)

By the time the Kickstarter had wrapped on April 12th  at $72,941 we had learned a few things. The first thing that became very clear was that Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener have a fantastic fanbase with Robo. They gained this fanbase the hard way, which to say they earned it by putting out kick ass content that people like to read on a regular basis. That fanbase turned out like gangbusters in support of ATOMIC ROBO: LAST STOP. Within 36 hours of launching the campaign, ATOMIC ROBO: LAST STOP was funded by  over 300% at $36,890. By the end of the 45th day campaign we had accumulated $72,941 in pledges. The second thing we learned is that we had drastically underestimated how many folks wanted to see this project finished.

(details on Robo’s head and hands)

After the campaign wrapped we got done freaking out, getting drunk and patting ourselves on the back we had a decision to make regarding the production. We now had a few options.

1.  We could just pay ourselves more for the work we were going to do. We’d just finish what we started.

2. We could make what we had longer. We’d  take what was going to be an animated short and add a few minutes on the end.

3. We could harvest what was working from the initial short and basically start from scratch. We could block out a few months and do a number on this short like we had always wanted to do.

(modelling Helsingard)

The decision was unanimous.
We would turn what was an unruly project that we did in our free time into a well oiled production and make a 12 minute short that properly displayed what The Fictory’s capablities are in 2012. The whole staff was a year and a half nastier then the last time we worked on Robo.

(a few storyboards)

In short, we got better and ATOMIC ROBO: LAST STOP will be a reflection of that.

(Robo, looking cool)

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