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Beginning Principal Animation

Wow. This week, I’ve started animating We’ve had some nearly-final shots for awhile — the “Earth in Space” shots, but those were kind of trivial. I’m now working on a complex “real” shot for the first time. It’s a particularly tough one close to the beginning of the Pilot (and the “Prolog” and the “Preview” based on the Pilot). I’ll go into some detail on the construction of this shot i our Patreon “Patron Newsletter” this month.

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Free and PD Art Resource Bookmarks List

I’ve gotten requests to publish a list of free-licensed resources used for Lunatics, and I have accumulated a very long list of them in my browser bookmarks collection. I don’t really have time to edit this down into a more digestible format, but i wasn’t too hard to export the bookmarks and import them into my news blog here. So here you go: links to all kinds of free art resources!

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Lunatics Now on Patreon

Today, we’ve launched an on-going crowd-funding campaign on the Patreon platform, which is oriented towards series projects like ours. We’ll be posting updated goals as we go. Our first goal is to raise the estimated $1000/episode that Lunatic will cost us in out-of-pocket cash to keep going (that’s not including anyone’s time, of course). During this first phase, we’re appealing to those of you who have helped us in the past (or tried to!). A new preview will be released on the Patreon page soon, with the updated NPR/anime style and a lot more of the 3D assets that we’ve been developing over the last year.

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Background models for the pilot

We’ve now started working on the asset for the “on Earth” shots in the pilot episode. These models are often not as glamorous, but they take a lot of work, and are very necessary for the plot. We’re also working towards preparing production rigs for animated our characters. We also need HELP on character modeling, if yo have Blender character modeling skills, can follow a modeling style concept, and would like to get involved.

Pre-Production Sponsors

Special thanks to our Pre-Production Kickstart Organizational Sponsors
Chamba Luna
... and to all of our Kickstart backers.

Software used in producing Lunatics series

Blender Inkscape GIMP Synfig Krita Kdenlive MakeHuman ngPlant Audacity Ardour Hydrogen Xiph FLAC QDVDAuthor Lib-Ray

Archives of free culture source material

Jamendo FreeSound DogmaZic MusOpen Wacca.fm Trial and Error Internet Archive Sound Transit OpenGameArt BlendSwap Flickr Wikipedia Open Clipart Library NASA ROSCOSMOS JPL LRO NSSDC Astronautix
Software used in project or website infrastructure
Vim Kate Debian KDE Iceweasel Mozilla Chromium Mozilla Plone Zope Mediawiki Python PHP MySQL OpenOffice.org LibreOffice Scribus GNU Linux X.org

Advocacy, Inspiration, & Guides

FSM QCo FSF OSI FreedomDefined CC TechDirt EFF NinaPaley MMM NSS Space Frontier Foundation Moon Society SEDS Planetary Society