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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…
…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.
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.
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.
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)
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
(Art by H. Crawford, @gilesdraws on Twitter.)
Sunday, July 8th, 2012
We’ve been working hard making sure Atomic Robo’s animated debut is as cool as possible. We’ve revisited our character models and even did some all new concept work to make sure our main characters are working well. Check it out!
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
As of today, the Atomic Robo: Last Stop Kickstarter Campaign is officially over. We can’t thank all of you enough for your contributions and support. We will keep your enthusiasm and generosity in mind as we work to finish Atomic Robo: Last Stop. All your donations will go towards making the best possible film for you to enjoy.
Completing Atomic Robo: Last Stop would not be possible without all of you! Thank you for your support and encouragement. Now our team will roll up our sleeves and get to work. Production resumes in June.
Because of slight over funding… we’ll also be developing an Atomic Robo Pinball Game [iOS & OSX] featuring the one and only Dr. Dinosaur. Additionally we are developing a Atomic Robo: Last Stop Game [iOS & Android]! It’s going to be a good year for Atomic Robo Tesla.