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Nature’s Perfect Survivor

2 Apr

Upcoming Indie Animation Unveiled
Film Creator: “We’ve tripled the dimensions… against all odds!”
Grand Roach model by Paul Schmitt
Lighting, textures, mapping and pose rigging can go a lo-o-o-ng way.

Things are going well for the Roaches animation production. There are many more tools in the 3d software package that I’m using now than there were just a few years ago. For example, a more well-rounded slider based animation tool set, easier to pre-program Graph Editor and in-scene audio w/wavelength preview for example. I’m also finding that the render engine is much stronger and much more capable of complexity than ever. Good stuff.

As far as this technology has come – it’s still not perfect.

Currently, I’m working out some unique customizations to streamline the animation process with Character Animator Mr. Oliver Simonnet. His portfolio can be found at Oliver Simonnet 3D. Take some time to look at his reel! As you are about to learn – he is very good at what he does.

Are you a 3d Animator with a strong character animation and texture mapping reel? We are always looking for more help. Lip synch animators and architectural modelers especially. Send your demo reels to the Project Coordinator by email.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.
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Roaches Short Production Art

19 Mar

Short Challenges Animation World To Think Small
Film Director: “As long as it’s funnier than Robot Chicken – we have a winner.”
Grand Roach model by Paul Schmitt
This 3d view of the Grand Roach clearly displays this bug’s superior intellect and lofty stature.

People, we have a production crew. I am very pleased to announce this and that the initial stages for animation production began this week. We have gained a new animator and are breaking ground on the film now.

Stay tuned to the blog for clips, tests and promos from this upcoming animated short film. You guys will only see this stuff here before it goes out to Facebook, Youtube and film fests.

Are you a 3d Animator with a strong character animation and texture mapping reel? We are always looking for more help with lip synch and modelers as well. Send your demo reels to the Project Coordinator by email.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Snail Riders

29 Jan


An early motion test made in After Effects for the snail riders.

Roaches don’t have an auto industry but they are ingenious improvisers. There have been many good suggestions that I more fully explore the world of these bugs themselves without humanizing them so thoroughly in regular type human cities. And that is a really good suggestion.

The problem with me not taking it up sooner is because of many, many perfectly valid delays and also lame excuses. There are also some more factions within the Roach culture that I have discovered. Secretive orders and clans that keep the pontificating boob that we know and love, The Grand Roach, in power, are starting to get more fleshed out.

Stay tuned for more tests including some of the main dialogue for the first Roaches short.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

RAW Underground Art Show

17 Jan

Roaches Schmitt Indianapolis Comic
Original prints, art and books at the RAW underground art and rock show in Indy.

Paul Schmitt from Gargantuan Media, here. I’ll be at the first RAW underground artshow of 2013 on V-Day February 14th. I really need to move some Pre-Sale tickets! $5 off the first 20 people who use the promo code “Gargantuan Media” in the ordering menu.

RAW on Valentine’s Day, Thursday the 14th, at Bartini’s 39 West Jackson Place #75 in Downtown Indy. I will be celebrating my first true loves: booze and rock’n roll. Pre-Order tickets are only $10 and that gets you:

  • Two bands including the excellent Chicago Typewriters.
  • Burlesque show from Vegas Showgals PUR.
  • Work from 10 Artists including my newest prints and books.
  • A great chance to network with a wide group of artists and film-makers.

Please Pre-Order tickets to ensure my appearance and those of all these excellent bands! Save $5 on tickets when you buy the Pre-Sale tickets w/this discounted coupon code. Please remember select “Gargantuan Media” when you order your tickets and support small press. See you guys and gals there.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Roaches Storyboards

15 Jan


An early look at the first Roaches animation with the voice-over and some sound effects work added in.

The first few parts of the animation production are nearly completed. The 20-30 storyboard panels are synced up within an “animatic”. This rough animation shows the story and the general timing for this animated short.

And I mean short. It’s four minutes total but that is still pretty ambitious for a small production company.

The performance by the voice actor Julian Mulock, who plays the Grand Roach, is really excellent! His acting skills go a very, very long way selling these “cutesy” bugs and absurd nature of the short itself. I mean, how many bugs go to war anyway? Not a lot I imagine.

In few more weeks I’ll have the next steps done. Next, I’m replacing enough art to post another animatic. Please, if you like this direction then “like” and “thumbs up” this Youtube clip.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

The Great War

7 Jan

Roaches by Paul Schmitt
A character sheet for retro-roach soldiers from the up-coming Roaches short.

The New Year is here and with it the anniversary of Roaches. It was just over two years ago this winter when I started this title. Way back in the winter of 2010. In the beginning it was just a few gags scratched out in a sketchbook. I remember being on a wicked caffeine high in this little coffee shop in Ohio and taking a break from fighting a mean infestation of real-life roaches that were in my apt. building.

I showed the bits to a few people who, much to my surprise, really enjoyed it. So, I took up my first webcomic right there and then.

Since then, the zany Roaches found an audience on-line, a book has gotten published, it’s toured a few cons and now a short is in production. This little title has gotten all grown up!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more mischief.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Animation Art

11 Dec


Updated art for the Roaches with a clearly formatted “gold and bronze” style for the titles.

There have been some developments for an animated short based on my book. I’ve been talking to local animators, voice talent and recording studios about getting some work put in for an animated short based on the Roaches characters. I’m happy to report that this is going really well.

The short’s art direction is called “Temple of Doom” due to the pose of the king of the roaches. He looks like an evil priest. This inspired the gold and bronze look for the rest of the title elements.

Once the next set of motion tests are put together I will post them in order to decide on a direction for the rest of the short. Stay tuned for more on animation news for Roaches.

Roaches Character Sheet by Paul Schmitt
A look at the updated art for the pompous leader of the roaches, Mr. The Grand Roach.

Above is a “turn-around” showing all sides of the character. In this case, The Grand Roach – the pompous leader of the roaches. I have a few more of these character sheets to finish and then I will be able to move on and get some motion tests together.

In the meantime, I’m getting several more character sheets together with a wide variety from the insect world of roaches including Ampluex Wasps – the roaches natural predator in the wild, Pill bugs which work as messengers in the insect kingdom, and a few new roaches species including Blaberus Giganteus and Aptera Fusca. Also there is a good chance of that infamous rock ‘n roller Johnny Rocko will have also a sheet produced in the near future.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Roaches on Smack Jeeves

30 May

Roaches on Smack Jeeves.

Huzzah! The word of the Grand Roach is manifesting in antennae bearing shapes and sizes beyond number. Truly, the time of the Roach is at hand. What more proof do you need than knowing that Roaches: A Graphic Novel is now available on Smack Jeeves Web Comic Hosting.

Commence your de-education. ASAP. Make that: faster than ASAP!

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.