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 !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dungeon Breaker : BlackthornProd’s first 2D video game

Hi everyone and welcome back to BlackthornProd !!

It has been some time since our last post, about 12 days I think because we have been going through what I like to call a learning phase. We are currently following an awesome course on UDEMY that is teaching us how to use the amazing game development software, UNITY 3D as well as how to programm in C# !

For now we have just created a simple text adventure game and a simple 2D game called Block Breaker that I after made my own version of called Dungeon Breaker !! Theses games are very simple but they have taught us a great deal about the basics of how to create video games, we are currently working on our third mini video game following this course called Lazer Defenser, a new version of Space Invader, with this game we will learn how to make ennemies, animation, health, score points and much more  !! So you all just wait and see, BlackthornProd is going to be creating games that get better and better !!

Finally, just to tell you that our World of Blackthorn movie number 1 is being worked on, we are currently creating on paper a detailed story board of the characters, environment and storyline, very soon we will finally start modelling our main character, a young ghost hunter named Howard Curdle, that is going to try and prove his worth by entering a mysterious cave…

Here is the link to Dungeon Breaker : http://gamebucket.io/game/d00d242c-d650-48e3-908a-b0376a5dec73

Please try it out out and tell us what you think !

Dingeon Breaker PLAYDungeon Breaker 01

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

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 !

BlackthornProd’s BIG news 2

Hi everyone and welcome back to BlackthornProd !!

A lot of very exiting things are happening at the moment, first of all we have finally finished the animation for our haunted Mansion Serie episode 1 !! All that there is left to do is add some lights to the scene and do some clean up work, once that is all done we will render out our mini movie and send it to Youtube for all of you to see ! This was our very first BlackthornProd animation, it was challenging but very fun and the result was cool even though we still have a lot to learn before we become masters at 3D animation. 🙂

story board HMS
Story board – HMS – BlackthornProd

Secondly, we are very exited to inform you that we have begun to sketch out some ideas for a completly new project “Sweat Pumpkin”, this funny little animated movie is focused on Halloween 2015 and is going to bring to light 2 new BlackthornProd characters, a little girl called Susy Wizz and an evil Pumpkin Man.

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Susy front – Sweat Pumpkin – BlackthornProd
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Susy side – Sweat Pumpkin – BlackthornProd
Brainy Frank
Brainy Frank – BlackthornProd

Next we wanted to show you the cool character we are working on, Brainy Frank, a disgusting Frankenstein Monster that is leaving half of his body parts behind him as he runs for his life

Finally we also wanted to tell you that to celebrate Halloween we are also going to do a Pumpkin Party, in other words, each one of BlackthornProd’s characters will wear an original and funny Pumpkin Head !

So keep following BlackthornProd because tons of awseome things are coming up, if you are interested in the wonderful 3D world and industry I also recommend you to look at BlackthornProd’s Youtube channel where we launch every week tutorials, animations and much much more ! You should also check out CG society , a beautiful website that offers you inspiration and great forums !!

That’s it guys, see you all very soon and remember, Halloween is coming … 😈

HMS Animation controls !

We have finally completed the rigging system of our characters for the first episode of our Haunted Mansion Series.

The scared wizard, the courageous barbarian and the fluffy midnight bunnies are ready to be animated in our spooky little movie. 😈

For the wizard, we added a stretchy arm feature that will enable us to do cool and funny things with him, as for the barbarian, we did a quick facial rigging system that will enable him to do an angry and sad face !

The bunnies rig was easily done, very soon a video on our YOUTUBE channel will come out, explaining the hole process of how we rigged our cute furry monsters.

Barbarian rig
Barbarian rig- BlackthornProd
Wiz rig
Wizard rig – BlackthornProd
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Midnight bunnies rig – BlackthornProd

So that’s it, stay tuned and get exited because lots of really cool and exiting things are coming out on BlackthornProd, tutorials, tips and tricks, our small animated movies and much MUCH more…

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

BlackthornProd’s Youtube channel is out !!

Hello everybody !

This is just a quick post to inform you that our Youtube channel is out ! Its name is BlackthornProd and every week, we will release tutorials, little animations, step by step projects of how to create some of our characters and much more !! Our first videos are aimed on learning about Maya Fur, the first part just introduces you to the basics of fur, how to apply it on an object, change its colour… The second and third video (that will come out this week-end) will bring you through the process of creating a midnight bunny, a little furry creature that will be part of our Haunted Mansion Series !! By creating this character you will learn some awseome Maya Fur tools as well as some cool and simple Maya modelling techniques ! 🙂

Big News on BlackthornProd

Hello everyone and welcome back yet again for a post on BlackthornProd !! 🙂

We are very excited to inform you on 3 major events coming up very soon. First of all, we will be sending our animations, little tutorials and more on our YouTube channel as soon as we get our microphone !

Secondly, we have started to prepare a course that will be sent on Udemy, which is an online training library. This course will consist on the making of a little cartoony barbarian character, this series of tutorials will be for people that are interested in creating 3D characters and that have no experience whatsoever in using the amazing softwares Maya and Mudbox. We will teach you how to get the free, student version of the softwares which are almost the same has the complete versions of Maya and Mudbox, we will then bring you step by step in creating a little barbarian, learning the basics of how to model in Autodesk Maya and how to paint and texture in Autodesk Mudbox !! So stay tuned, we promise to inform you as soon as our course is published on udemy !!

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Heroes sketch of the Haunted Mansion Series – BlackthornProd

Finally, we are thrilled to inform you on our next project, The haunted Mansion Series !! This project will be cut in five episodes, so five little animated movies of two heroes and a faithful cat adventuring themselves in a spooky and dangerous haunted house ! The barbarian that we will make in our udemy course will be one of the heroes and with his good friend, the strange wizard Vorax, they will ward of strange midnight bunnies, scare bloodthirsty vampires and fight a mighty dragon in a deadly duel… Very exciting  stuff, so continue following us on our blog and look forward to this new, super cool project, The Haunted Mansion Series !!!!!!! 😈