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Challenge Timeline: 10 June 2009 - 13 September 2009
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Milestone: Finished Video
Date Submitted: Sunday, 13 September 2009
Title: FINAL: Trailer + Making Of + Finished Film
Notes: Here is our final submission, including an exclusive, never-before-seen theatrical trailer for Neil Sterling's classic adventure, The Bronson Maneuver.

As you can see we were highly influenced by old Bond trailers. We also took inspiration from Kevin Dart and Stephane Coedel's amazing 'A Kiss from Tokyo' trailer. Hope you like it!

HD Film: http://vimeo.com/6531040
HD Trailer: http://vimeo.com/6553172

Thanks again for all the support everyone.
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Milestone: Finished Video
Date Submitted: Friday, 11 September 2009
Title: Finished Film + Making Of
Notes: Alright... the last few days have been a little grueling, but, here is our finished film!!

We had to make a few cuts but overall, we're extremely happy with how our first stop motion film turned out. Hope you enjoy watching, and let us know what you think!

It's been a really fun 12 weeks. Thanks everyone for all your feedback during that time. And if you aren't finished yet, good luck!

We'll be posting a trailer sometime this weekend.

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Milestone: Finished Video
Date Submitted: Friday, 11 September 2009
Title: Finished Film + Making Of
Notes: Alright.... the last few days have been a little grueling, but, here is our finished film!

We had to make a few cuts but overall, we're really happy with how our first stop motion project turned out. Hope you enjoy watching, and let us know what you think!

It's been a really fun 12 weeks. Thank you everyone for all of your feedback during that time. And if you aren't finished yet, good luck!

We'll be posting a trailer sometime this weekend.
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Tuesday, 08 September 2009
Title: LASERS
Notes: The same shot, now with 100% more lasery goodness.

Thanks for the encouragement!

Entering panic crunch mode officially, now.
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Monday, 07 September 2009
Title: Dancing animation
Notes: Thanks! Loved your image entry walrus.

Ryan just finished animating our first dancing shot - check it out! Make sure you crank the music : )

Mike
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Thursday, 03 September 2009
Title: Intro... getting there!
Notes: This is the intro... it's pretty much done now and we're moving on. 7 days, 7 shots, easy : )

Crits welcome!
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Thursday, 03 September 2009
Title: Title
Notes: We have a title now. : )

Intro is almost done, will post soon.

Mike
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Monday, 31 August 2009
Title: Intro - getting there!
Notes: This is the latest cut of our short. The intro shots are fairly close to done, and we're starting the next set (which you can see the storyboards for here.)

Note, obviously the first shot is very WIP.

10 days... we're gonna do it!

Mike
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Thursday, 27 August 2009
Title: First SFX pass! + new shot
Notes: Here is Danny's first pass on audio for the intro.

Video link: http://vimeo.com/6291060

Obviously some of this will change as we finish these shots. Hope you guys like it!

Once again, title: NOT laser waltz. Laser waltz is a godawful title.

Mike
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Title: Reveal shot (WIP)
Notes: We're getting close to done with this shot I think.

Video link: http://vimeo.com/6277323

Some details still need to be addressed... For example matching the yellow lights between these 3 shots, and a bit of roto for his hands in the new shot.
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Title: Background WIP
Notes: This is a WIP of the background plate for our spy's grand entrance shot. It's both the environment and character reveal, so really trying to get this one right! I think I'm getting close... crits welcome.

Mike
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Saturday, 22 August 2009
Title: First shots!
Notes: Ryan officially started animating a couple nights ago, and here are our first shots!

Video link: http://vimeo.com/6227457

I know it's only a little bit, but it's really exciting to have something. Would love to hear what you guys think!

Oh yeah, once again - Laser Waltz: NOT the title. The real title will be much, much better.. hopefully...

Mike
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Title: Mini stop motion studio also reporting for duty
Notes: Ryan is done setting up! Apartment stop motion studios are ALL the rage these days...

He's ready to start shooting, and I think we can have a finished shot to show by the end of the week.

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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Monday, 17 August 2009
Title: Special Agent Clifford Bronson, reporting for duty
Notes: He's ready to go, with 24 days to complete his mission. Wish us luck!
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Milestone: Storyboards / pre-visualization
Date Submitted: Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Title: Intro previz
Notes: A new (much better) animatic of our intro shots.

Video link: http://vimeo.com/6066014

We are going to be (fingers crossed) starting these shots this weekend!
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Title: Spy emerges from carbonite!
Notes: Our guy is ready! Well almost. Just needs paint and a head now.

He's made of foam - Ryan builds the armature first like shown, then adds the foam and bakes the guy 'till it sets right.

Thanks pierzak - only Ryan knows the secret & mysterious ways of stop motion puppet building... it's a pretty crazy process though huh?
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Friday, 07 August 2009
Title: Character mould complete!
Notes: Ryan finished our character mould last night, turned out well!
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Milestone: Storyboards / pre-visualization
Date Submitted: Thursday, 06 August 2009
Title: Rough intro animatic + music
Notes: Here are some boards Joon did for the intro sequence, to a groovy spy theme Danny put together.

link to video: [url=http://vimeo.com/5979664]http://vimeo.com/5979664[/url]

Anyway this is still really rough as far as timing goes, and only covers the first third or so of our short.
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Milestone: Work In Progress
Date Submitted: Wednesday, 05 August 2009
Title: Mould-making
Notes: Ryan is busy making a mould of our character now... this is all voodoo magic to me but it looks pretty crazy huh?
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Milestone: Storyboards / pre-visualization
Date Submitted: Monday, 03 August 2009
Title: Environment design & stopmo integration test
Notes: This is a test scene we put together to figure out how our pipeline is gonna work. The ball character is just our animator's leftover model from his animation mentor days, so just a simple chroma key test with him.

Video link: http://vimeo.com/5904733

Our story is about a 60's era spy who's really full of himself. He's sneaking into the villain's underground to retrieve the MacGuffin. Between him and the MacGuffin is a nasty network of deadly laser beams. However, this is child's play for him - he switches on his trusty cassette player and proceeds to dance smugly through the lasers to a classical waltz. Before long he's even pulling tricks with the cassette player, like passing it behind his back and rolling it between his arms.

But oops - he fumbles the player, catapulting it into the air and changing the song to a disco beat. For the next few seconds, he frantically tries to recapture the player but it keeps flying out of his hands (and he proceeds to change the song again a couple more times.) Finally, it's heading for the ground, he dives for it, and riiiiiight as it looks like he's successfully caught it - the music goes to static and he gets zapped into a pile of dust by the lasers.

Anyway, hopefully this gives you a better idea of the style and story we're aiming for with this short! Crits & comments appreciated.

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Milestone: Storyboards / pre-visualization
Date Submitted: Monday, 03 August 2009
Title: Character sculpt
Notes: Hey guys, our animator Ryan just finished sculpting our stopmo character's body - here he is so far!
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Milestone: Storyboards / pre-visualization
Date Submitted: Monday, 27 July 2009
Title: Here we go...
Notes: Hi everyone! We're entering into this challenge a bit late... but better late than never right?

We think we've got a pretty cool idea for a short involving a spy, some dancing, and LASERS. Our plan is to film stop-motion for the character and greenscreen him into an environment influenced by the Erin Esurance commercials.

Here are some concepts of our spy character that Joon did, for starters. We'll be posting more progress soon.

-- Mike
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