New Resolutions

Hi guys and welcome back to BlackthornProd !

BlackthornProd has many ambitions, a huge amount of plans for the futur, I want to acheive everything, from building amazing games to lauch on the app store, creating my very own Udemy course to making super fun movies filled with characters and worlds that were born from the very fruit of my imagination !

Here are the two main plans BlackthornProd has for the near futur :

First of all, i need to learn much MUCH more about animation in Maya. Animation is very hard, when I started out doing 3D animation with my brother Liam in the Summer 2015 we thought we could make long 3D animated movies with multiple characters, huge environments, complex scenes with fights, explosions, adventure… That is the reason why every single one of our mini animated movies were a bit of a flop. True the characters were quite cool and interesting, we always took a very long time modelling them, painting, setting up their control rigs but when it came down to animation we did it so fast, in a matter of 2-3 days we tried making extremly complex animation and then, realizing that what we were doing looked crap, we rushed the animation even more just to get it over and done with and so we could say : “We finished the movie !!”. Also, every one of our mini animations had no story, there was no storyline, we always jumped into a project with a very quick little idea, very primitive which made the movie boring !  So the fact that we had no story, that we tried projects that were to complex for our beginner level and that we rushed the animation part of the pipeline has done that we have now ended up with 4-5 short, very mediocre animated movies ! We didn’t take enough time on our work, we quickly got fed up of the project and wanted to start of with a brand new one and that is quite normal, the digital world is so exciting, there are so many possibilities, so many things we can make up and do ! But now we figured it is time to change the way we do things, BlackthornProd has took a large step back, we are going to watch many tutorials on Autodesk Maya, from learning how to better texture our worlds to making simple but really GREAT animation ! For now we are going to do a lot of learning but we can guarantee that the next mini 3D animated movie of BlackthornProd will not be another on of those ” ” relatively good ” short films with ” coolish ” characters but a crappy story and even worse animation, nop, the next animated short will be BlackthornProd’s first OFFICIAL 3D animation movie, it will be small, simple, but the content will be first class quality !

BlackthornProd’s second project for the near futur is also about a lot of learning. Above I mentionned that I wanted to make amazing video games that thousands of people will play around the world but for that to happen I am going to need to get through the painful and very complex task of learning how to programm in C#. Programming, for me anyway is extremly hard, you need to be really focused and not give up because once you get over the technical side, once you have a solid foundation  and know how to programm, you can start making any video you ever dreamed of ! That is why I am working hard and digging my brain to learn about programming and Unity software, because I want to get to the point where I can create my very own video games filled with my worlds, characters and stories, and for me, that is a dream come true !

For now I have created 2 mini video games, Dungeon Breaker and Hero’s Destination, ceating them was challenging but seeing my games come to life like that has made me hungry for MUCH more, so here I go, lots of learning to be done and I can promise you that one of these days I will launch my very own video game on the app store and share it with the entire world !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hero’s Destination !

Hi everyone and welcome back to BlackthornProd !

We have been very busy for a while developing our first video game, Hero’s Destination, a fast paced game where you play the role of a small wizard trying to make his way throught a dungeon level surrounded by traps and monsters ! Of course to make the game a little more exciting we added a time limit, if you don’t reach your destination in time (a glowing chest), you lose ! You can also die by falling down to 0 health !

This video game was created using Unity but we are far from finished, a lot of things need to change to make the game really fun to play (like the graphics, levels, difficulty and much MUCH more) ! But we are really happy with the progress we are making, we have learned a great deal about C# and Unity and we are more motivated than ever to make wounderful games and graphics !

That’s all, stay tuned on BlackthornProd to see how our first video game unfold

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Level 1 of Hero’s Destination : The goblin Cave

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Howard Curdal : World of Blackthorn movie number 1 main character !

Hi guys and welcome back to BlackthornProd !

We have just finished our main character for the world of Blackthorn movie number 1, the young Howard Curdle ! He was a pretty simple character to create, now we are going to make a solid control rig so we can then have a huge amount of fun animating him !

The goal for this project is really the animation, we want to create a short (about 1 minute) but quality animation where the audience understands what is going on and actually likes it, we want them to have a good time watching it and see a large improvement compared to our other mini animated movies like Haunted Mansion Series episode 1, UFO Landing and Sweet Pumpkin !

PS : Very soon we are also going to share with you some very VERY exciting news so stay tuned !!

Also, just click on the images to get a better view of the character !!

World of Blackthorn

Welcome everybody to the last post of BlackthornProd for the year 2015, an amazing year because it was only just this summer that we started out our journey into the amazing world of digital art and video games !

But I am telling you this guys, the year 2016 is going to be a no joke year, it is going to be a CRAZY year and hopefully a very successful one  !

First of all BlackthornProd has decided it is time to create our very own world. It’s name is Blackthorn (inspired by the name of our community :)). It is set in a fantasy world filled with dangers and horror. Glowing red eyes in the dark, green mist hanging by a strange and rundown cabin, thick green slime in the dark grass, the low and dangerous growl of a beast you can’t see, that’s all everybody know in this world. The notion of fun, joy and happiness are unknown, here, in Blackthorn all everybody can think about is SURVIVAL. It’s a world ruled by terror and fear of the night, a place where people shiver and crawl under their beds at the sound of a bird… well you get the picture, this is not a cool place.

We really want to make this a vibrant world with it’s own history, lore, monsters, towns and more ! We are also thinking of making epic comic books of this world, just know one thing, we are looking for a dark and mysterious world but with an edge of fun and cool cartoony sort of style !

To start off we are going to be making the WORLD OF BLACKTHORN cinematic #1 which is going to be a very short animated movie featuring one or two characters of our world ! We will probably post you very soon the storyboard of  this mini movie so stay tuned !!

Here is a little 3D character we created for the WORLD of Blackthorn, his name is Squish, a small abomination, he might be used as the pet of one of our main characters ! (He can’t walk, only hop around or slowly move like a snail/slug). We are going to of course rig him very soon !

Just one last word, we will surely resume creating our Youtube videos in another one or two months, right now though we are too busy learning about game development and creating the world of Blackthorn to create YOUTUBE tutorials, we are also brainstorming on a UDEMY course, a massive step by step tutorial series where we will bring you through the process of creating your very first short and simple animated movie, with characters, textures, rigging and animation !

Dragon Rock, a new BlackthornProd project !

Hi ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to BlackthornProd !

Today, I wanted to share with you the plans we have for our brand new project, Dragon Rock ! In this short animated movie, a thief is going to sneak up a mountain to the den of some cute and chubby little dragons, he will then try to snatch the eggs and the chest. He won’t get them though without a fight !

For now all BlackthornProd has created are the dragons, we still need to create a full story board, the dragon thief  and the mountain ! The next big challenge will be rigging the dragons and doing all the animation, we really want to put a lot of hard work into this animation to make it both funny and believable !

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CG society : a dangerous toy

Hi guys !

Today I wanted to show you the image I made for my second portofolio piece on CG society, the dangerous toy clown character ! To create this image I had to play around with lights, a few rendering settings and I used paint effects to get the cool red mist you see in the background !

Also, I would like to ask you to stay tuned on BlackthorProd because in one or two days I wil be telling you about my massive new animated project, Dragon Rock, I will aslo show you the cartoony dragon models I created for this project !

Finally, just a couple words about Christmas, I am going to be working on a very cute Xmas scene featuring extremly white fluffy bunnies that will be under a Christmas tree covered in sparkly lights and snow ! I might even make Christmas cards out of this scene !!

PS : my brother Liam, member of BlackthornProd has started out a wordpress blog talking about his journey into Web Development !

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CG society : A dangerous Toy

 

Projects coming up …

Hi guys ! 😉

Just to tell you all what BlackthornProd is working on at the moment, first of all  “The dangerous toy” project is at the animation stage ( to see more about this project check out the previous post, we are working hard on this part of the pipeline and hope to give this toy clown a scary feeling !

Secondly, BlackthornProd is very exited to announce that we are going to do a Youtube Dragon serie ! Very soon we are going to create tutorials that will be available on BlackthornProd’s YOUTUBE channel, in this playlist we will create from scratch a cool cartoon dragon going through the modelling, texturing and maybe even the rigging process ! We still haven’t completly decided wether the dragon will a pure BlackthornProd character ( designed and imagined by Noa Calice ) or a Dreamwork Gronkle dragon, in any case though check out regularly our Youtube channel to see when the first tutorial will be out !!

Finally, just to say that we are still brainstorming hard on our first christmas project, we will tell you all about it as soon as we come up with something that is funny and full of Xmas cheer !

The dangerous toy

Hi guys hope you are all doing well, today I wanted to talk to you about the different projects that are going on inside  BlackthornProd !

First of all and I am very exited to introduce you to “The dangerous toy” project. It’s the story of a ball that is going to bounce on a small colourful box, the box is going to open and a strange toy clown is going to pop out laden with fancy, pretty, deadly little props. After the contents of the box have spilled out and unsquashed the little clown will explode ( a challenging training in dynamics for BlackthornProd ). For this project we want a cartoony feeling,this toy clown has to look innocent, flashy, NOT dangerous, even the bomb that he is holding and the rockets he has strapped to his back have to look “toy like”, plasticky, unreal. And yet very soon everybody will realize that this “toy” is in fact a deadly bomb ready to blow up, before it explode’s in a thousand pieces though we want to give some tension, there has to be a sort of strained feeling, like the smiley ballon that come’s out of the box might go POP, the ball that triggered the box to open will slowly roll on the ground, the clown will creak slightly on his spring, going back and forth, back and forth, nice and slowly… That’s when everybody start’s realizing that something is wrong, that something is not quite right around here.

That’s all for now about the dangerous toy project, stay tuned on BlackthornProd to see how this animated 3D movie is going to unravel because it’s really exciting stuff ! 🙂

Nabolos aliens

In this post I wanted to show you a Nabolos, a squat little alien creature that populates the world of Nabulu .

This particular Nabolos will be the main character of our World of Nabulu project. The modelling and rigging was done in Autodesk Maya and the texturing was done in Mudbox.

We wanted to give our alien a wet skin texture, a bit like a snail or a slug, to do that we created a specular paint layer, took a stamp and painted over the head and hands.

We also created a complete facial rig for this character so he can smile, look sad, angry, cruel, crazy…

The next big challenge for our project is too duplicate this Nabolos character and make different variations of him so we can then make our Nabolos town look more lively and real.

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Cool Nabolos – BlackthornProd

That’s it for now, come back soon to see how the Nabolos town will look, what space ships the Nabolos will fly in and what adventures our alien characters will get in as they travel the Nabulu world !!! 🙂

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Scared Nabolos – BlackthornProd
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Evil Nabolos – BlackthornProd

Big News !! The Nabulu World !

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World of Nabulu (For now) “Zommed out version”

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Hello everyone and welcome back yet again on BlackthornProd ! 🙂

Today I want to share with you BIG news, now that Halloween is over and our (Halloween projects) our completed BlackthornProd has planned out a massive new project called “The Nabulu World”. In this project we are going to create a small world from scratch starting by a “zoomed out version of the world” and going on to create a small town; the Nabolos which are squat little alien creatures that populate the Nabulu World as well as their different cool space ships !! As you see there is a lot of work to do but it is going to be extremly fun ! This is going to be BlackthornProd’s second “official” animated movie and of course, we want our animation to be better than last time, our characters more fun and exiting and the story more interesting ! This project has a lot of challenging aspects to it that we definitly think will help BlackthornProd to progress in many different ways so if you are interested in seeing how the Nabulu World project is going to progress I urge you to stay tuned on BlackthornProd ! 🙂

PS : If you want to see Sweat Pumpkin animated short, check out BlackthornProd’s YOUTUBE channel !