Creating a Virtual Opera in Moviestorm

Now that our family has relocated to Buffalo, New York, it is time to finish animation production for Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. For a number of reasons both stylistic and practical, the animation team for Libertaria: The Virtual Opera are using the machinima animation program Moviestorm in conjunction with Flash, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Bryce, and iClone. The small dedicated team has been working on everything from creating original animation mods for Moviestorm (courtesy of Lucinda McNary), opening credits in a graphic novel style by Art Director Caroline Damian, and lip sync work with Moviestorm animator Kera Hildebrandt. 

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Concept Art for the genetics Factory "Brain"
I am contributing my animation chops for a couple of surreal sequences including a lovely song about drugs and evil genetic factories and another that takes place during an explosion on a futuristic bullet train. It's opera, you can sing through anything! 

Other fun recent projects included the premier of the Presenter's Mix 60x60 that included both my work  Nano Opera: The Rise, Triumph, and Fiery Demise of Robotika and the original video art called "Timeman" that arched over twenty minutes of the work. Timeman was created using Moviestorm and follows the story of a digital man in a video game environment. The images matched up to twenty 60x60 works in the middle of the Presenter's Mix concert. 

Easy Ear Training published my article Life After Ear Training: A Drummer's Tale, a fun take on aural theory and a very tone deaf percussionist. 

Check back for February's Freebie later this week! 




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