New Introduction

5 02 2013

    The new and official introduction for Jobert and the Crop Circle Warriors© was finally posted on Youtube last night. It took us several months to finish it, since we were also simultaneously finishing the episodes and there were some conceptual and production problems. It was relief that it was finally done and we could move on to other things that need to be done before we can submit it to our broker who will market it to the international distributors.  This time we are making sure that we do all things properly to eliminate possible sources of rejection from the distributors.

      At first I was hesitant to do the new introduction, because I was kind of comfortable with the old one already. Why rock the boat, its okay already? It was really difficult, because I had to set aside my ego, my comfort zone and I have to shell out money again to make a new one.  Alstaire did much of the old intro based on his artistic inclinations, while I added some inputs and for a time I thought that was already a 3 point shot for our project. We have to learn to make it the right way based on the comment from one multi-awarded producer/writer to Alstaire in a foreign exhibit. When he saw our old introduction, he was puzzled. He asked Alstaire blankly: “Is that your final intro?” Alstaire replied tentatively and said; “Ah er, no.” Although Alstaire had no idea of how to do a better intro nor there were any plans to do a new one.  Sensing the uncertainty in the reply, the producer authoritatively replied back; “There’s a formula for that.”  From there, we had to do some research and it took me a few months before I even started to write the new intro because I need to think of a concept and I had only a few ideas that didn’t inspire me. And it took another few months before we even started to do the story board. It was really inertia on my part, because it involved changing our mindset of what is right. We thought art is art, there is no right or wrong, its just a matter of personal preference. The intro is not urgent, its not that important anyway – was the kind of thinking we had. Of course in the end the multi-awarded producer was right and we were dead wrong. Thanks to him, we now have a new way of thinking for our whole animation project. It moved us to the right direction for better stories in the future. Nobody except him mentioned about this, not our broker, nor any of the other potential distributors or commentators from our old introduction in Youtube.

     The first draft for the introduction was a disaster; I could hardly understand it, even though it was based on the story board we all agreed upon. I really got angry with the director and the co-producer, as the project looks like it was  going down the drain because we can’t produce a good introduction. At that time I had no idea how to fix it, but I later realized that I was not 100% sure  of the concept, so I just let the team do it as they see fit. If I’m not 100% sure of the concept, the team naturally had no clear idea as to what I really wanted. I left the team alone to do what they think is best, based on the story board. So they had their own ideas of presentation and drawings that were very different from what I had in mind. I thought , we could just do it like our Original Bill Board (OBB), where I just added my inputs later on for improvement. I was wrong to expect everything to flow smoothly this time, as I later learned that we have to be as exact as possible with regards to the introduction.

        Shown below are some pages of the storyboard for the new introduction that still needed a lot of changes.

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     I was really worried and anxious that I had to step up and outline the narration with the corresponding images that I had in mind. But before the production even got started, disaster struck as the portable hard disk accidentally fell with all the data lost in the said hard drive. The director also had to attend a training seminar for teaching animation for almost a month for the studio to be accredited by TESDA- a government vocational training center. There were also personal problems that followed the team after that and the holiday season. The delays cost us two months before we could even start the production.

     In the last month of production, I thought I was already 100% sure of my concept, but upon reviewing some cartoon intros on Youtube, I realized I missed two critical areas not in our final story board. I also had to cut the narration to fit in within the standard number of seconds or minutes for an introduction. Finding the narrator was also a problem for the given budget we had, until our director’s uncle was asked to do the part. The music part had limitations based on our outline, as we can’t use the minus one from our original theme song.

     Overall, I’m happy with the outcome regardless of what other people will say, because with the new introduction, we now have a firm foundation to build on our property. We are doing everything step-by-step and it works for us. Without the final title and typography, there is no way we could finish the final introduction. And without the final introduction, we would not be able to do other things such as the sample realistic poster, android games and other properties for the future. Although the official intro in Youtube will still have a correction – namely one character- Jessalaine in one part she still used her original costume wherein her cleavage still appears. We will correct that if the animation is already shown on television.

     There was a lot of effort that we put on the short introduction. Although some viewers, especially the trolls could just dismiss it and say whatever negative things they like. It took me many years to finalize the concept, and I doubt it that any of the critics for our animation can produce an original concept in a year or two that has potential in the market place. It is very easy to think of a new concept, but to produce it and whether they can sell it in the market place is another story. There are a lot of super hero animations out there, so I’m happy to be able to produce a new one for the audience. Further explanation of the concept will be in the pitch bible, the episodes and the prequel and sequels – if any in the future.

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