So, what’s next for “Tormented”?

•July 19, 2009 • Comments Off on So, what’s next for “Tormented”?

We finished production approximately 2 months ago. The film workshop held a screening of the 6 projects on the 30th of June, so we got the chance to see what all the projects look like.

Regarding our film, there were some minor details that had to be fixed (the monitor belonging to the guys doing the final editing was not correctly calibrated, causing the film to look too dark… needless to say the final product included some “tweaking” on the levels and that resulted on a washed-out image when you watched it on the projector).

Luckily the film is fixed now, and everything looks and feels fine (as fine as possible, considering we barely finished on time).

It turned out “Tormented” was the shorter short film of all, running for only 9 minutes, while the others ran for 20+ minutes, and yet it was the one that took the more to produce. Not strange at all if you consider “Tormented” was the only animated short film of the workshop.

So, what’s next? We’re already working on the “Director’s Cut.” We’re pretty much going back to the film, fixing everything that needs to be fixed in both the animation and storytelling realm. The whole thing will be a little longer, although we don’t need to add another 9 minutes just to tell the story.

Some of the renders don’t look as good as they should either, so we’re fixing those. Then there’s the audio, and also the deleted scenes. Since we had to finish on time, one way or another, we decided to remove some of the scenes. Unfortunately, the story was affected by this decision but it was either finish on time or taking longer to produce it (which was a big no-no).

In the end the film wasn’t 100% what we expected but at least we DID finish on time, and that was more important that having the coolest movie ever but that nobody will ever watch because it was never finished.

And that’s where the Director’s Cut comes in. We will be finishing this one by late October, but we won’t be releasing it till July the 1st 2010 as right now the school has the distribution rights.

In the meantime, we’re already working on our next project (well, more like “planning the next project” than actually DOING it…). More on that when we have something to share 🙂

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Wikipedia entry

•July 9, 2009 • Comments Off on Wikipedia entry

I just wanted to let you all know about our Wikipedia page. We’re currently working on setting up an IMDB page as well.

Atormentada featured on the Renderosity front page

•June 8, 2009 • Comments Off on Atormentada featured on the Renderosity front page

This week, our short film is being featured on the Renderosity Front Page. Interview/article by Ricky Grove. You can read the full article by clicking the image below:

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Atormentada is El Salvador’s:
-first professionally made 3D animated short film
-the first non-kids-oriented animated short film (the original idea was to have a film that is not considered a kids movie)
-the first one to use semi-realistic characters
-the first one eye-candy enough to be in par with productions being made elsewhere in the world

New company reel

•June 2, 2009 • Comments Off on New company reel

Somewhat unrelated to the film, although related to our work.

Let us show you why DO Studio is one of the top studios in El Salvador 🙂

Audio editing for everybody, and long road’s (near) end

•May 27, 2009 • Comments Off on Audio editing for everybody, and long road’s (near) end

Well, the 3D part of the film is finished, and we’re only waiting for the final sound mixing to be finished at ProArt’s offices. It’s been a very nice experience and we’ve learned a lot that will be applied on the next project (FYI, the next one is already under development, more information will be made available as we have something to share).

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This project’s had quite a few firsts. This is El Salvador’s:
-first professionally made 3D animated short film
-the first non-kids-oriented animated short film (the original idea was to have a film that is not considered a kids movie)
-the first one to use semi-realistic characters
-the first one eye-candy enough to be in par with productions being made elsewhere in the world

This short is what it is thanks to an amazing teamwork. We at DO Studio try to innovate and reinvent ourselves on every project. That’s why we’re one of the leading companies in our country, and that’s why we simply rock (that was an awful commercial, but unfortunately it’s true 🙂 )

Render of the day

•May 7, 2009 • Comments Off on Render of the day

As soon as the film starts playing (and after the opening credits, obviously), this is the first frame you see.

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We’re a little over a week away from the opening night, and the computers are still rendering at full capacity! Still, we’re going to make it on time 🙂

Mariana’s expression-driven wrinkles

•May 3, 2009 • 1 Comment

There’s been a lot of talk on this blog about the facial wrinkles, and how they are triggered when the character hits certain expressions (mostly Mariana). I figured this would be a good time to show you those wrinkles in action on a finished shot.

The film opens on May 15th here in my country (unless something weird and unexpected happens). Keep your eyes open, as we will be posting more news.