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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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!