Monday, July 29, 2013

The More You Know!



    For today's update, we're spreading the word on our new ongoing tutorial series featuring yours truly! There's a TON of new things in film and cartoons every day so it can be tough to figure it all out in a short 24 hours. So I decided to create a series of video tutorials that range from storytelling basics to animation and film production! Also, I like hearing myself talk, go figure! The first tutorial is for those of you who are getting your feet wet with storytelling and would like to apply these new newfound powers into a scriptwriting program. The popular standard is Final Draft but I personally use Celtx becuase of it's ease of use (and it's free)!

Also, just about all of these tutorials will have some sort of free version to check out for a limited time, like this one here! And if you'd like to purchase the full version of these tutorials, check out my profile at Udemy.com! Our partnership with CartoonSmart.com is still going as well so keep an eye out for an update there too! 

 

 Happy Learning, ladies and gents! See you at the movies!


-- Christopher Wade
Founder, Creative Director 

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Fan Art Contest for Kickstarter Backers!!!!

      
     With only a few weeks left in our Kickstarter, we're getting our backers and fans involved! Our goal this week is to get to $1000 by Sunday! All of the fan art will be posted via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and the Spark-Flow Studios website. 

However, THE BEST fan art will be featured in the book itself!    Here's the catch, it must be appropriate (no yaoi or hentai please) and you must be a backer! Can't wait to see this artwork!

All fan art entries can be sent to eolcomic@gmail.com

--Tyrone Selby


Monday, July 15, 2013

The last piece of the Pai!

            Finally, after MUCH designing and refining we present to you the much-anticipated, last member of our star trio, Pai Hex-Haggle!  

            It's taken quite awhile to really balance out Pai's personality visually. She's a very adventurous and geeky girl, almost equaling Cham in clumsiness... almost. But as an amateur witch, Pai carries a very large burden on her shoulders and will face choosing between the uncertainty of new friends, scarecrows Pumpk & Cham or the popular but destructive beliefs of her own people. However, taking time to decide won't stop her from getting to know a certain little scarecrow with ridiculous sleeves.


         We went through a great deal of designs and artists for Pai, beginning at 
talented Shannon L. Henderson among a few and finally settling on a balance between designs from good friend, Alphatechnogoddess (establishing the more serious expressions and poses) and faved artist Vaporotem (drawing out Pai's silly and haphazard-y nature). 
Also, Pai was voiced originally by the energetic and talented Michelle Allegra Murad and we hope that she'll be reprising her role once the budget finalizes for the PCPai Short Movie.

         As we reveal details of the PCPai Short Movie, we will toss out more character designs both old and new to get all of you awesome people acquainted with how these characters have grown. We also have a new Facebook page for our new comic, 
Elements of Light which you should, like, totally check out if you're into Anime (and KickStarters!!) and all that jazz.

Thank you all for being so patient with us so far. We've more to come so please stick around!

-- Christopher Wade 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Cham-Chaminy, Cham-Chaminy, Cham Cham, Charee!

  


       "A sweep is as lucky as lucky can be!" Gotta love the classics! Another big shout-out to one of my favorite artists, Vaporotem for putting together a few of these awesome expressions from everyone's favorite smart-mouthed scarecrow. 

        I'm just going to gush for a second and say that Cham has to be one of the most fun characters to write and animate. I know it's a bit conceded to just go on a happy rant about one's own characters, but you know what? I also created Pumpk and while he's also very fun to write, he has been a pain in the ass to animate up until recently. I've always found a happy medium with this kid's smart-mouth, adorable design and clumsy demeanor. 

        When I created these two, I felt inspired by the old Hannah-Barbera duo setup such as Quick-Draw & Baba-Looey. And as I got to know Pumpk & Cham, I built a little family dynamic between them. As I finish polishing the shot list for the PCPai short film, the reboot of Pumpk & Cham and Pai, My hope is that their evolution from that original inspiration will become apparent onscreen while still playing an entertaining homage to those classics.




      As we continue delivering you guys updates of our productions, I'd like to tell you a story (bends down real close to your face....... and just breathes). O_____O

      A long time ago, Tyrone and I challenged one another to create different versions of an enchanted, homeless guy as a character. Yes, seriously, a magic hobo competition! Not long afterward, I came up with a couple designs of two vagabond travelers looking for work wherever they could find it and scarecrows seemed the most fitting; their home is always outside and their line of work forces them to scavenge about as much as the crows they're tasked with scaring. 

     Among the new changes to the series, you'll also notice that Cham is classified as "Lorefolk" rather than the more generic term monster from the first PCPai installments. 

     Okay, writer's mumbo-jumbo aside, if you'd like to check out Tyrone's work in creating an anime-inspired story, Elements of Light is the project for you!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Let's Try This Again, Shall We?




  
      Well it sure has been quite some time since we've seen... well, anything hasn't it? I myself have been a bit hard at work creating tutorials that will soon be on sale at Udemy.com and our good friends at CartoonSmart.com. I've also been helping Jonathan Ponikvar lead the charge in updating Peter & Company's pilot episode. However, it's just not cool for me not to update on a regular basis. NAY I SAY!
  
     Which is why I put this model sheet together, thanks to the combined efforts of the mighty Peter Heydt and the ever-so-talented Vaportem! Behold, ladies & gents, a revamped PUMPK 'ERE NICKELE, a theatrical, bumbling but valiant ham who acts as more like a stage-performer than a proper scarecrow, specializing in an assortment of flash-bombs to ward off all manner of crows and fiends!



    So, what does this new model sheet mean? Well you're gonna have to wai-NO! NO DAMMIT. Not this time. You all deserve to know this at least.

    After a long hiatus, I've put our flagship property, Pumpk & Cham and Pai back into production after being retooled several months ago to incorporate feedback from some animation professionals (including Joe Murray himself). With the changes we've made to the designs and storyline, PCPai will now return in one rebooted standalone episode, premiering first as a short film! 

    Why not continue on with what we have thus far on YouTube, you ask? To be honest, while the feedback from fans on PCPai has been stellar, as I began obtaining feedback from professionals in the animation industry, I realized that PCPai, as well as the rest of our products require improvements. There were aspects to the characters' world and storyline I also felt needed to be fleshed out more and my current schedule at the time could not handle another load of fixes as I discovered I needed to rewrite the story once more, hence the serious downtime. 

   Our staff of freelancing artists has worked very hard on our ideas as well and will continue to do so. I thank them all for their help, past and present. Tyrone and I have been hard at work getting these franchises prepared for you all, as well as some new additions to the roster. So my goal now is to update you all every Monday with some progress, no matter how big or how small. It won't be easy but you all have been so kind and awesome, how can I not? That said, thanks for sticking around, we'll have more for you soon! 

See you all next Monday!

-- Christopher Wade



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