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 !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construct 2 : an amazing software to start becoming a game developer !

Hi guys and welcome !

I am so excited today to tell you about this amazing game development software I have just discovered ! It’s name is Construct 2 and it is the perfect tool to use if you are a beginner that has little or no experience at all in game dev ! With this software you can quickly create fun and awesome games in very little time, no coding or programming language required ! Don’t think this software is a piece of joke because it really isn’t, you can create seriously cool stuff !

So if you want to start creating video games, jump in right now !

BlackthornProd is going to start of using Construct 2 to create small and fun video games and then later on, once we feel we have mastered this software we will get into UNITY which is much more complex and bigger game engine ! 🙂Logo01

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 !

Pumpkin Dash : Assets !

We wanted to show you the cool assets we have created for BlackthornProd’s very first video game : Pumpkin Dash !! We used Autodesk Maya and Mudbox and we are now going to use Unity to assemble all these cool models ! First we have the walls ( simple black stone with some cracks ), we will use these assets to assemble our Maze ! Next we have a strange lopsided human skull and a grinning Jack O Lantern, these cool little props will be placed on the Maze floor to give an extra spooky little Halloween feeling to our game ! And of course we have our character, the Pumpkin Man, up and ready for take off !! We will of course create some stones and rubble to give a more believable feeling to the Maze !

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Pumpkin Dash – Skull
Maze wall pieces
Pumpkin Dash – Wall pieces
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Pumpkin Dash – Jack O Lantern
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Pumpkin Dash – Jack O Lantern Render
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Pumpkin Dash – Pumpkin Man

That’s it for this post, stay tuned on BlackthornProd and get very excited because lots of crazy things are coming up !! 🙂

PS : click on the images to get a better view !

Big announcement : BlackthornProd’s Halloween maze !

Hello guys !

Only one more week to go and then it is the Halloween holidays, and Halloween holiday means lots of time, and lots of time means lots of cool, exciting projects to create ! 🙂

First of all, we just want to tell you that we have 6 videos on our YOUTUBE  channel so if you guys want to learn how to get Autodesk softwares, create cool characters and environment and learn how to bring your creations to life, I definitely urge you to check out our channel !

Next, our Sweet Pumpkin project is advancing wonderfuly, we are now at the animation stage and we hope to finish our project by the end of our Halloween holidays ! 😈

We are also super exited to tell you that BlackthornProd has started getting into Unity 3D, a super game development  tool that we are going to use to create super cool games ! Our first video game will be called Halloween Maze, our little pumpkin character will be running around this spooky maze, trying to find his way out with a time limit at his back !

Lastly, BlackthornProd are brainstorming on a portofolio character, we are currently at the sketching and drawing out ideas stage but we hope that we will come up with a character cool enough to go on CG society , a beautiful website where artists, both 3D and 2D share their Unity Logowork ! 🙂Y Logo

Susy Wizz & The Pumpkin Man

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Sweat Pumpkin – models – BlackthornProd
Sweat Pump textures
Sweat Pumpkin – textures – BlackthornProd

Today we wanted to show you our two very new characters, the little witch girl and the Pumpkin Man ! As Halloween is coming up we wanted to create a Halloween theme based project to celebrate this spooky time of year ! These two brand new characters were created using Autodesk Maya, we then painted them in Mudbox and we are now currently working on their control rigs ! BlackthornProd is also preparing tutorials on how to rig the little girl, these videos will be for beginners in Maya so I definitly urge you to check out our YOUTUBE channel ! One last word, for those of you who are fans of 3D animation and character creation I am very exited to inform you that we are thinking of creating a Udemy course, in this course we will create a stylized character from scratch, we will go threw the modelling process, painting, rigging and finnaly create a couple of cool
animations !! The hole course will be aimed for beginners who have never used Autodesk Maya or Mudbox or who have very little experience ! Oh and don’t worry, we will show you how to get a free and legal student version of Maya and Mudbox, all you need is a computer and you can get cracking on creating YOUR dreams in 3D !! 🙂

Midnight bunnies

Hi everyone and welcome back to BlackthornProd !!

Our Haunted Mansion Series (HMS) are progressing wonderfully, our two main hero characters are fully modelled and textured, the barbarian is ready for animation and the wizard is half way through rigging, things are running nice and smoothly. 🙂

On top of that, we are happy to inform you that our very first monsters from HMS have been created, the midnight bunnies !!! These are the creatures that our two heroes will encounter in the first episode has they walk towards the spooky haunted Mansion.

Even better news, if you are interested in creating them, I propose that you visit BlackthornProd’s Youtube page where we do full tutorials on how to use Maya fur and where we bring you through step by step on how to create a Midnight bunny !!! 🙂

See you all soon and stay tuned because real exciting things are coming up on BlackthornProd.

Midnight bunnies
Midnight bunnies – Maya – BlackthornProd