I think its a good idea to use the Nerdlog a bit more to keep everyone updated with the current status of the new episode. In the last podcast, I mentioned that we were about 30% done. That was slightly misleading I suppose. The original idea grew and took on more material (which I think will be pretty darned good if I say so myself). So we have about one minute of final animation done at this point, but we got a bunch of new stuff to get in there.
We have the new short all storyboarded out, and an animatic is cut with the dialog in place. Again, an animatic is basically the entire short timed out to the length of its final run-time. Watching it in this stage gives us a good idea of what the final picture is going to look like. As of right now, it has a run-time of 4.5 minutes. That’s about on par with “Ninja”. However, that isn’t taking the titles into account, and even now I can tell that its going to need some trimming. Some of the shots run a bit too long. However, its ready for animation to begin on it which I plan on doing tomorrow night. The new episode has alot less drawn aspects to it and more puppeting. Plus, both Phil and myself will be animating on it at the same time, so hopefully it’ll be done in the next few weeks.
Tonight, I spent some time prepping some images that Jim is going to make into a new t-shirt design staring our good friend, Man-Bot. Look for them soon. Or later. You guys know how we roll around here. Bloop!