The intro video is up!

Yes, I wasn’t slacking off all this time!! Thank you for being patient.

So obviously I have been MIA for more than two weeks. Sorry about that. By now I have broken my promise to post at least once a week. That’s ok, I’ve learned a little about myself and about my work recently, and I’ll be posting a bit about that soon.

Friends, Aliens, Proximans!

More importantly THE INTRO VIDEO IS UP!๐Ÿ˜† “Why you shouts, Sapling?” you ask, exasperated at your own bad grammar… Well, I underestimated the task, it’s that simple. It took me sooooo much longer than I thought it would that, despite being a bit disappointed in myself, I am very excited to have this first part of the project done. This is why I am shouting.

I’m actually really pleased with how the video came out. I know it may not seem like much, but there were a lot of animation tricks and techniques that went into it. The spaceships jumping in, the motion of the stars in the map, pans and fades, all were new for me.

The tactical overview took the longest to coreograph and animate

I knew what I wanted the video to look like and implementing it was a lot of fun. I encountered some bugs and stepped on my own toes a couple of times (erasing the previous keyframes ๐Ÿ˜ฉ). But I emerged from it with lots of experience and best practices to apply in the future.

All the while, the story of Free Drove is alive and well. I’ve been adding plot points, imagining character interractions, and just generally loving creating this world in my head. Can’t wait to share more.

August City, our home

As I noted in the video, the first actual video in the series is Due March 20 (2020-03-20). Don’t worry, I’m not actually over-estimating my abilities on this one, I actually have most of it done. And I have a surprise coming with that video, you’ll love it!

Talk at you soon!


Published by Sapling

I am writing/illustrating the work-in-progress novel "Free Drove". I am a science fiction and animation fan. My mind latches on to trivia readily and creates it just as easily.

10 thoughts on “The intro video is up!

      1. Of course! I use Adobe Animate (previously known as Flash). It has lots of features like tweening and auto lip sync. I actually use it for drawing, too. Itโ€™s basically a one-stop-shop for me.

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      2. Go for it! Animation can get pretty intricate what with multiple moving parts, so there is a learning curve. But it is a lot of fun ๐Ÿ˜‰.


  1. Your art is really good. I would suggest that you calibrate your expectations with what you’ve learned so that you can get into a production groove that you can sustain. Don’t flog yourself. You’re doing great.

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    1. Thank you! Iโ€™ll work on finding that groove. Right now just putting in my time every day, even just half an hour if its all I can spare. Itโ€™s great to see small amounts of work build up to a finished product. I really appreciate the encouragement!

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