• May 2023

    As we continue to make progress on our demo, we are also making more 2D shorts. The latest is the intro for the first movie starring our very own The Hand. You can find that on the carousel at the top of this page, or on YouTube or TikTok. You can find the live action version we filmed years ago HERE. There’s also a comicbook that we plan to digitize and make available. We’ve got some other 2D shorts planned, too, so keep an eye on our YouTube and TikTok channels for periodic updates.

    This time, besides using Noitom Perception Neuron 3 for motion capture for the humans, we also used Manus Polygon and our Manus PrimeX gloves to capture The Hand. We used Reallusion iClone 8 and Unreal Engine 5.1 to put the animation together and Final Cut Pro to add the opening and closing graphics.

    As for the demo, Jose has upgraded our server to handle multiple private rooms and our avatars have gained the ability to display usernames. Likewise Giovanni is enhancing our blueprints and interface to include a keyboard, so viewers can enter a room name and username. Our graphics are coming along as well: Meescha has created the Dark Alley Diner food truck for BWAHAHA (our Bacon Wrapped Avocado) and his pops. It’s well on its way to being finished and fitted out. Mum just arrived today to join BWAHAHA in running it–keep an eye out for him in an updated cast list soon! Also, Laurel is getting better at mixing mocap with standard animations in iClone and Unreal Engine, so moving characters around the scene is much easier.

    Keep watching! There’s more to come!

  • April 2023

    We continue to make progress on our demo, but took a break this last week to create a short for our social channels using our new characters, the Directors, who look a bit like Jose and Laurel. That was so much fun, we’ll probably start posting those on a regular basis.

    For this video, we used Noitom Perception Neuron 3 for motion capture, Reallusion iClone 8 to put the animation together and Final Cut Pro to piece the live action and animation into one video. We laughed so much making this! We really hope you enjoy it, too.

    You can check it out on our spinner at the top of this page or on our channels:

    Digitize Us! TikTok     YouTube

  • March 2023

    Ooooh, it’s been a fun couple of weeks! We added 2 more layers of animation to our story, fixed the audio so that characters get louder or quieter as you move closer to or farther from them, dropped Zoe’s house onto the set and added intro logos to the movie. We even had our team meeting on set via our Meta Quest 2 headsets.

    It’s so much fun meeting online in the world we’ve created. We can explore and find things that need tweaking, talk with and even “see” each other. Too many meetings might be a bane to productivity, but it’s definitely good to celebrate our progress together and plan next steps.

    Getting closer every day to having a shareable demo!