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Posted 10/4/13 , edited 6/23/14
**EDIT** THE TRAILER IS ONLINE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWeq_l4XWSM

You can check our google plus page to see if I'm currently streaming behind the scenes:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/105735774892300825277/105735774892300825277/posts

Also the previous videos have been uploaded to the Behind the Scenes section of our Youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOOAVJQMs6NJMP_XcRIxeZKnxLARwjns8


Hey guys, I figured this would be a good place to share the project I'm currently working on since we're all anime fans here. I'm an animation industry veteran with almost 10 years of experience in feature film/vfx. About 5 months ago my wife and I decided to leave the industry to start our own studio dedicated to delivering high quality anime inspired web series. My wife is an animator and director who has worked in Japan primarily on the anime "Doraemon". This thread will give you an in depth look into the process of making an animated pilot.

"Red Sails"(working title) is a sci-fi anime inspired "one shot" episode that introduces you to the futuristic world our characters live in. We're using a process that utilizes the strength of 3dCG to help streamline the 2d animation process. You can see a demo of this process here: https://vimeo.com/43240269.

Below is development art for our protagonist Jean, a sexy space companion with big ambitions:




Jean Model Sheet 3D


Jean Model Sheet 2D


Currently I'm finishing up her costume design:

WIP Variations 1


WIP Variations 2


More to come!
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Posted 10/4/13 , edited 10/5/13
In the story, Jean joins forces with a band of space pirates. I wanted to give these pirates a realistic backstory and was very inspired by the real story of the Somali pirates who were fishermen until their livelihood was destroyed by corporate over fishing and pollution. Below and in the following posts will be the design work for the pirate captain and his crew of former asteroid miners:

Red Captain Model Sheet 3D


Red Captain Model Sheet 2D


Red Captain Layout


Red Captain Model Sheet Body 3D


Red Captain Model Sheet Body 2D
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the pirate crew:



Techie WIP 002




Pirate/Techie Design




Pirate B Design
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Posted 10/4/13 , edited 10/5/13
While developing the story we imagined that as humanity spread to the stars a new class of corporate nobility arose. Basically humanity's social structure reverted to a feudal system of noble lords controlling most of the wealth with a subservient peasant class doing all the hard labor. Here's our antagonist, the nobleman:



Nobleman Design WIP


Nobleman Model Sheet 2D


Nobleman Model Sheet Body 2D
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Posted 10/4/13 , edited 10/5/13
Obviously a nobleman isn't going to be doing any of his own work, so I had to design a crew to fly him around the galaxy. I wanted to contrast the more casual look of the space pirates by giving the nobleman's crew a uniform style.



Noble Crew A Preview 001




Noble Captain Preview 002


Noble Crew Design


Currently I'm finishing up the model sheet for Jean. Once that's done I'll move on to vehicle and set designs and then storyboards, animation etc...

Questions and comments are always welcome. Until then, have a pirate ship:
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Posted 10/5/13
Wow, this is really amazing. I love concept and development processes for ideas that people have. This is really something! Please post more! I'd love to see how this pans out.
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Posted 10/20/13 , edited 10/20/13
Quick little update. Finishing up the main characters designs. I did a few variations of her outfit before deciding on a final look:


and then some more...



and here's the final model sheet in progress:

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Posted 10/23/13
Character lineup!! Finishing up the main character's expression sheet today. Kick reason to the curb and do the impossible!

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Posted 10/23/13
wow... i must watch this.
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Posted 10/23/13
The show or the thread? lol
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Posted 10/25/13 , edited 10/25/13
Characters complete! Finished the model/expression sheets for the protagonist. On to backgrounds, props and vehicles!!



NSFW:


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Posted 10/26/13
Looking great!!!
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Posted 10/26/13 , edited 10/26/13
Wow this is insanely a lot of work so I admire your determination. I am attempting an anime inspired animation also. Look forward to your work.
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After a few weeks of being sick I was able to get back to work. Mechanical design isn't my strong point, but I think I'm pretty happy with the work I've done so far. Here's the Noble Ship's Bridge:

Top Back:

Top Front:

Top Front Crew Positions:

Captain's Chair Detail:

NavComm Station Detail:

Pilot Seat Detail:


that's all for now, end of line--
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Posted 11/15/13
That's really awesome. It's quite interesting to see the process behind an idea. Keep it up!
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