This is a blog following the production of "Merry Melony", an animated graphic novel about a woman in a surreal world.
I'm Eric Drobile, Lead Animator at Reel FX Studios and cocreator of the worlds most fattening webcomic, Hatefarm. Hope you found this blog helpful and/or entertaining! If you have any comments, questions or crits, don't hesitate to use the "Ask Me Anything" link below.
I’m using Flash CS3, which is perfectly fine to use for traditional animation if you treat it that way. Although I hear ToonBoom is more updated/suited for that kind of thing, and is more popular among professional 2D animators. I don’t know that it’s very difficult, but I would definitely suggest a trial of Flash to learn the ropes — it’s pretty simple.
Awesome, I’ll check it out. Last year I did some browsing on a professional VO site, but I won’t have money for that until after the kickstarter (long ways out).
It’s been a while since I posted, but I have been working on MM nearly every day. A mix of drawing and animating the first page, overall story development, script writing and book/movie research! Here’s some stuff I learned:
Now that I have the core story outlined, here are my goals for the end of the month:
Have watched/studied the 8 movies on my research list, have finished reading Robert McKee’s story, have the whole script for the first book at a very decent 1st pass if not a 2nd pass. Have the first page completely finished in animation (no sound design yet).
Looking for a leading actress/or actress willing to do some temporary stand-in dialogue recording!
Once I have the first page done I can begin to experiment with sound design as well as a voice for Melony. If you know any potential female actresses than can have a late-teen to early 20’s sounding voice, can do subtle, subdued acting, with a tired, almost “just haven woken up” sound? It could potentially lead into a full paid gig for 5 whole e-books. Or just be a placeholder for now just to get some stand-in audio as proof-of concept! For the time being however, I’m looking for no more than 10 lines of dialogue preferably free, but we might work something out. For the proof of concept stuff — you don’t even need a great microphone. Hit me up if you’re interested. email@example.com
Thank you!! I realized when I started the revamp that MM fans have been holding on for a really long time. They are way more hardcore than Mall Monkeys fans or Hatefarm fans or fans of anything else I’ve ever worked on — so I wanted to say thank you and make the best damned story I can for you guys. I promise it will be epic! <3
I’ll be adding to this list as I’m sure I’m forgetting a few things.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Salvador Dali/Classic Surreal Art
Alice in Wonderland and other popular classic childrens stories
The Matrix (original)
Beyond (Animatrix short)
What an inspired week it has been! So much on progress:
Of course there is still a TON of story work to do, but I haven’t had the basic broadstrokes of the story down on paper, together and working in the history of…ever.
I wish I could talk more about story discoveries, but unfortunately this department needs to remain the most hush-hush, for obvious reasons. With so much of the framework in place, however, I can begin more aggressively doing environment designs, character explorations (other than Melony, she’s had enough), and even final work on the official first chapter! WOOHOO!