Thursday, 14 February 2019

Fan Film News for January 2019


Update on the Fan Film

In November 2018 we did a presentation at Armadacon about the Fan Film and where things are now. A web version of this presentation is now on our updated website so if you weren't there then this is the place to go to catch up. For everyone who was there and saw our presentation, this is a brief update.


Undoubtedly the big question is, here we are in the month of February 2019.  If the fan film needs 10 months of work to finish it then how is that now possible as we were supposed to start work in January? Well, the answer is simple, we did start work in January 2019. 

Prior to Christmas 2018 we had enough finances in place to fund ourselves for the early part of 2019 and so have already started work on the fan film.  In fact, we were working on a commercial project for ‘Carpe Astra Ltd’ whom some of you may know.  That project required a large number of space-based scenes and it just so happened that a number of the assets could be shared between the fan film and this project.

So, some assets that were already underway for the fan film have made there way into the Carpe Astra project which acted as the incentive to accelerate their completion so that they can now feature back in the fan film. A good example of this is our very own planet ‘Earth’ which is now fully complete, and features in the early part of the fan film.



We also now have an excellent set of asteroids and space rocks which were constructed for Carpe Astra and can now do a cameo for the space battles in the fan film too. So, a lot has already been going on including over 80 futuristic building assets that have been prepared and fully textured for use in the New Plymouth model.
So, well under way.


Since Armadacon, Linda has been working on the new website, this has been an interesting time as she had to find new software. Not being a coder, Linda had been using Adobe Muse to create websites, but this has been discontinued so a replacement that didn't require her to do a crash course in coding was needed. After much research she found the perfect solution and at a reasonable cost too. The new site may not be perfect but it does work and it is early days with this software. There is an annoying quirk in the contact form which she is trying to solve, but doesn't stop it working. If you find any other problems let us know.

As to Alan’s health, back in November we mentioned the Interferon treatment that would significantly help Alan’s condition. Sadly, the NHS has seen fit to turn down the funding request by his consultant for the required cancer treatment. We are not giving up and are pursuing other avenues to try and access drugs that will help stabilise his health long term, we will keep you posted.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Fan film update

We are pleased to say that the filming at Armadacon 26 went very well. We managed to get just about everything that we really wanted to get and managed to do it to the schedule too. We would like to thank everybody who participated and special thanks go to the hotel too, all made our job easier. We were very pleasantly surprised by the amount of acting talent there is amongst the attendees, many of the shots were done in one take and I don't think we went to more than four. We certainly gave the hotel something to talk about by ordering a jug of water and six glasses to be delivered to the Gents Toilets, apparently one of the more unusual requests they have every had. We still have quite a lot of filming to do, but it is all stuff that we didn't need to do at the convention, this will all be done over the coming months.

Thanks again to everyone, you are all stars.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Busy start to the new year

Apologies for not having updated the blog for a while, but thankfully we have been busy here at Planet VFX. The film project we have been working on periodically over the past couple of years is coming to an end. There is just the final finishing off and tidying up to do now so it should be in front of audiences soon. We hope to be able to give more details about it and our work on it soon. Sorry I can't say more now, but we take confidentiality very seriously here and won't give out details before we are allowed to.

We have a few other smaller projects in the pipeline, along with continued work on the Armadacon Fan Film. The later should have done principle filming at the 25th Armadacon last November, but sadly this had to be put back to this year's convention due to issues beyond our control. Following all the animation development work done over Christmas and New Year for other projects, we will shortly be preparing for filming later this year.




Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Armadacon 25

Well, another Armadacon has been and gone and in spite of recent events we were able to attend Armadacon 25 this year. Several people made this happen and we would like to thank them all. We were also able to show a teaser trailer for the fan film, the last few scenes of which were filmed on Sunday morning in a quiet room at the convention. Many thanks to Chris and Jenny who were great as usual and made the filming go very smoothly, this gave Alan enough time (just!) to put the trailer together and encode it so it could be shown at the closing ceremony. When he was seen, Alan was beavering away on his laptop just so we were able to achieve this. Hopefully, the trailer will be up on YouTube soon. We also took loads of photographs of the venue, and loads of measurements, so we can do the pre-viz accurately. Filming of the film proper will take place next year so we are now a year behind. However, this will enable us to produce an even better film so may be a benefit in the long run.

Armadacon 25 was great fun as always. The guests were great and entertained us very well. Sadly, Neill Gorton couldn't join us due to work pressures, but we hope he will be there another time. Mitch Benn did a wonderful performance of songs after the Convention Dinner, although I'm not sure it was wise to laugh so much at that stage of the evening. We are looking forward to next year now, although just how much of the proceedings we will see will depend on how well the filming goes.

If you want a gentle(!) introduction to Science Fiction conventions then I can recommend Armadacon. It is small and friendly and you will be welcomed. Come and join us next year.


Monday, 28 October 2013

Survived the storm

I'm pleased to announce that Planet VFX survived the storm intact. Yes, we did lose power overnight and yes, it did stop one of Alan's machines causing it to re-boot when power came back on. But we didn't lose any data, and it only delayed something the machine was working on at the time, it didn't cause any major problems.  I think we were lucky here, other parts were not so fortunate.

Things are slowly picking up now and we are trying out new things. More on these shortly.

In the mean time, we are pleased to say that we will be attending Armadacon this year after all, up until a very short time ago it looked like we definitely wouldn't be able to go but Alan has bounced back so well that apart from a lot of weight loss, you wouldn't know he had been ill. We won't be filming, as I mentioned in the announcement on the Planet VFX website, we haven't been able to do the necessary preparation. We will though, be doing some photography so we can do the pre-viz of the film in the coming months. This probably won't involve cast members, but will concentrate on the venue so we can build a cg version. We are very happy to be at Armadacon and would like to thank everyone who has made this possible. Words just aren't enough sometimes to express feelings, and this is one of those times. The people who have helped us know who they are and should be warned they may get hugged when we see them. Hopefully, next year will see us filming. We will use the additional time to do more work and cut down the time between next year's convention and the premier of the film.

I hope you are all OK and if you were caught up in the storm, that you got through it without problems. Until next time this is Planet VFX signing off.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Armadacon 25th Anniversary Fan FIlm Postponed


Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone the filming work on the Armadacon 25th Anniversary Fan Film until next year. Below is a statement we sent to the Armadacon Committee explaining why we had to make this painful decision. In an update, we are pleased to announce that Alan is well on the road to recovery now, following further treatment at our local hospital. He is able to do post production work now and, although a little weak at the moment, is also able to do location work within reason (no hiking up the sides of Mountains!).

It is with deep regret that Alan and Linda Marques have to announce the postponement of the filming of the fan film until Armadacon 26. Alan has been very ill over the past few months and this has resulted in several admissions to hospital, both locally on the island and on the mainland. He recently had an operation, but then suffered severe complications which led to him being admitted to hospital again. Due to these ongoing health issues the necessary preparation for filming this year has not been done and we have made the painful decision to postpone this until next year. Indeed, we are not even sure if Alan will be well enough to attend this year's convention. We know it is a special year and it would be very sad for us to miss it, but it all depends on his health and ability to travel. Please be assured that we are committed to making the film and want it to be of the highest standard possible. We felt this could not be achieved by rushing preparations and continuing with the filming this year, assuming Alan is well enough. The Committee have been kept informed at all times and we would both like to thank them for their continued support and understanding, this has been greatly appreciated over this difficult time. We know this is very disappointing, we had been really looking forward to getting on with the film, but fate has stepped in and put paid to that. We hope you will understand our reasons for postponing and will still be willing to participate next year.

Alan & Linda Marques
4th October 2013.

 Planet VFX is now back up and running again. Also, Alan is now able to work as a VFX Supervisor again so if you have a project that needs a supervisor please contact him via his website http://www.alanmarques.com/

 

Fan Film News for January 2019

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