Finally a new progress bar appeared on dreamsofluisa.com, displaying my progress with the new story “Luisa B.”
I have often installed such a toy when i was working on new stories. It’s a nice way for the fans to see that things are going to be done.
This new bar is by far the most detailed i ever had. It features 7 categories and counts them together to get a total result. Here’s a description of the 7 categories:
It’s always the first thing that’s clear. I don’t write scripts anymore, did that often in the past. Today, a rough line is enough for a start. I build the story dynamically during the whole production process. At one moment it’s clear how it will end, but there’s always space for further walks to the side.
2. Characters / Outfits
A typical pre-production job. Pimp up the models and find the perfect clothes/make up/hair styles/textures for them. Heavy, funny and expensive part.
3. Sets / Objects
Heavy task. Luisa B. will feature scenes in and around Luisa’s house. I found a nice one online, but customized it heavily. I also needed to collect numerous accessories and also created some custom 3D-Objects. Most annoying part is, when you already can see the final scene inside your head, and you want to pose and render it, but there’s still an important object missing.
4. Rendered Pic
The actual shot. Also super heavy, the main work. Posing, lighting, cameras, test renders, loading time, processing time, software crashes, fixing of little details… it’s all there. To come up with a more or less accurate number, i count the final pages, not the single renders. Because in Luisa B. one page can hold up to three pics. I calculate with approx. 100pages/150pics.
5. Post-Production / Artwork
The final renders often go through Photoshop, i also create special versions of some pics. Artwork is what i release every now and then as teasers, posters and stuff.
The text bar always stands lower than the rest. That’s mainly because i release my stories in two languages. That’s much work. Also, sentences and dialogues develop during the production and can be changed quite often later on.
7. MXMD / Website
Luisa B. will be presented via the MXMD. Though the software is ready, there are still features i want to add. Not to talk about the content, which needs to be hard-coded. That sounds harder than it actually is, but it takes time. After all, the website needs to be well prepared for the new release. I like the current one-page layout of dreamsofluisa.com, but the promoted “White Angel” and “Wicked Game” episodes will be outdated soon enough. And with the new “eraXXX” way in mind, a relaunch would make sense. Not sure about it yet.
Thanks for reading, check out the prog bar and see it moving :)