For an original film scroll credit you have to purchase the DVD on the 15th end of day (UTC) latest! Per 16 February DVD pre-orders will still get a credit though, but only on the website here and on the dvds. Gold/Platinum/etc sponsors can get a film credit up to a week before we’re done!
Mango official start is soon! I’ve composed a press release text and a .zip with artwork sketches and banners and the Mango logo. Help us out to spread this info to websites or use it to post on your own!
http://www.blender.org/bf/press-february.pdf (press text, pdf)
http://www.blender.org/bf/mango_press.zip (images, logos, banners, 58 MB)
Camalot AV Facilties is Netherland’s most renowned digital film camera rental and servicing business. One of the owners – Philippe Vié – today confirmed we’ll get their full support for equipment and services. Having worked with our Director of Photography Joris Kerbosch before, they’re confident we’ll make a good use of their Red Epic cameras :) (same camera as being used by Peter Jackson for the Hobbit, delivers 5k)!
Thanks guys, this helps us tremendously!
I’m really proud to have triggered the enthusiast interest of the top fashion graduate of last year’s Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Pablo is currently doing his Masters in London and will be meeting with us second week of March to discuss clothing and costume design.
He’s been showing us artwork he did for post-apocalyptic comic book as well. His style is amazing, and will add a lot of credibility to our project. Maybe he can do some virtual robot fashion for us too! :)
(Images: copyright Peter Stigter)
Nothing exciting to mention really, but I know unexciting news on progress is also welcome :)
Past month’s first half went to getting an application for the Netherlands Film Fund ready. With help from David Revoy (artwork for Mango script presentation) Anja (budget spreadsheets) and Rob (Sintel + Institute report) I delivered two booklets with about 150 pages of content to the Fund 2 weeks ago. (see image). Film Fund budget would be *very* welcome to lift up the quality of our filming work. Fingers crossed!
The time schedule is still same as well. Starting February 18th Ian Hubert and David Revoy will work here for two weeks on a final storyboard for the film. They then present that to the team on March 3, then they’re all here (apart from Jeremy who arrives 2 weeks later). Idea for the kick-off in the first week of March (3-8) is to make a short film together. Complete from start to finish in 5 days. Will be a great exercise together to figure out what we can do, and what Blender can do even! :)
In the past weeks I’ve also done paperwork for contracting, been contacting potential sponsors and studios, booked flights for everyone to Amsterdam, visited apartments where they can live, checked on where to get good bicycles. Also had a meeting with DP Joris Kerbosch, I’ve already booked in several experienced VFX supervisors as consultants, contacted camera sponsors (want Red epic!), visited greenscreen studio, checked on locations for filming (incl old factories).
The actual filming is still depending on a lot of variables. Current estimate is to rather do it a bit later than too early. Instead of ‘2nd half april’ it more is ‘mid may’ now. Final decisions on this will be done with Ian & Joris here, in about 3 weeks.
So; there’s a lot in the pipeline, as soon as there’s tangible news I’ll post it here immediate. Expect more updates here from other team members, and of course from Ian and David when they’re storyboarding. (Ian asked “can i change the script still?” Yeah, sure! Not for long!)
In his spare time – while finishing Project London vfx and getting pestered by me for Mango – Ian worked with his mate Scott Hampson on a crazy funny short film… just because! It’s a real zero-budget film; made with passion and shiploads of talent! Effects and 3d have been done in Blender, obviously.
Have fun watching it, and spread the news.
During a Christmas period is always good moment to challenge your generosity! Here’s the opportunity again to show your commitment to Blender, to support open source development and improve our VFX pipeline, to help realizing a spectacular open film and – last but not least – to get a film credit again!
After you order and pay, the credit then is also visible here on the website.
With Mike Williamson under huge pressure to finish work for his client, we managed to find David Revoy to help on producing concept art again! That’s been a big step forward for us. Ian really could use a visualizer to go over the script, and I wanted enough material ready to present a good application for the Netherlands Film Fund again.
Here’s the four people added to the Mango team!
For the full period:
Each three months:
- Nicolo Zubbini: http://nizuvault.wordpress.com/portfolio-for-mango-application/
- Roman Volodin: http://vimeo.com/32905110 http://vimeo.com/32811891
We also have a handful of artists on the waiting list. If funding goes well… :)
Mugshots, reel updates and short bios will be added to the website soon!
Thanks for all the great portfolios :) Haven’t counted them precisely yet – Sebastian will make a nice spreadsheet – but it’s over 110 submissions I think.
For everyone who sent in an application, you should have had an email from me to confirm it. If you didn’t, send me a reminder! We will try to get the final answers for candidates in a week… will be tough again!
Procedure: we will select people who get invited immediate, and people who will be put on a waiting list… we cannot fully predict yet how much time people are available, how much they’re needed, and how much work and time we are going to spend on Mango in general.
More news: Ian has been producing several crazy insane cool concepts (including robotic Anne Franks). His last proposal seems to have beaten all previous ones though… when I read it I felt like a rabbit caught in headlights. It’s tough stuff to picture yet, needs to be broken down and analyzed well. Now… should I tell more? Nah. ;)