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A faulty metric

BloodSpell Development Updates

A faulty metric

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Ok, that sounds a bit like the title of a Penny Arcade cartoon...

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,308 words of 2,655 in Act 2
(49.3%) complete


One of those days where the metric of tracking word count, which I'm using because this way I don't have to code my own tracker, doesn't really work. In actual fact, we shot a full minute of footage today, one of our more productive days, but it was mostly walking and non-verbal stuff that doesn't show up in the script.

Release date: give us another few days. It turns out part of our sound design is trickier than expected.
  • what bit is harder?
    • That all depends on who you ask - if you ask me it's lipsynching, if you ask ben it's trying to control loads of characters all at once, if you ask steve it's making custom assets if you ask Hugh it's your answer is probably trying to keep an entire film in your head and organising reprobates anonymous (the crew), make sure they all work - don't steal all his coffee supply - do the right thing (according the the grand vision (TM) ) at the right time and still find time for sleep (somwhere).

      I think Hugh has the hardest job... (sometimes)
      • too much to handle

        (Anonymous)
        You might find that storyboarding the film out will help keeping track of things and a shotlist will help you getting your multiple character shots to hold together.
        • Re: too much to handle

          We have a storyboard. Actually, we have a full animatic, and we spent over a year just contructing it. The reason that multiple character shots are so tricky is that there's three people (two on a bad day) trying to control anything up to thirty individual characters, all of whom are autonomous enough to be annoying, but not enough to do what they're told without a lot of virtual hand-holding.

          For me, though, the hardest part of any day at BloodSpell Towers is avoiding being the one who has to make the tea. It's an art, and involves looking very busy and important whilst being neither.
  • Re: too much to handle

    Yeah, but it's your job - so you get to do it anyway.
  • Re: too much to handle

    (Anonymous)
    *lol* Sounds painful.
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