Hello one and all! And welcome to the production log for my next project, a fantasy/action/epic short called "Once Upon a Kingdom".
I've always loved fantasy, and I even started my brickfilming career making lego versions of scenes from the Lord of the rings. This project is meant to be sort of an homage to all those fantasy films and books that I love, set in a fantasy world created by my younger brother when he was like, eight, at the most. So in a way, I guess it's an homage to him and my other two brothers as well, since we all developed the world with him.
So what's it about? Well, I don't like to spoil things, so I'll keep it vague. But the story centers around Ilaine, a young squire in service of the Kingdom of Rikland. She's part of an entourage travelling through dangerous lands constantly raided by the villainous trolls. When they make camp for the night, they're attacked, and the unexperienced Ilaine has to try her best to survive the ordeal.
The script is currently sitting at a hefty 37 pages, although I tend to be very descriptive when I write, so the final length of the film should end up at around 25-30 minutes. Still quite a long film, and considering that half the film will be the battle at the end I'm definitely upping the challenge for this one. I do like challenges however, and I learned a lot from my previous project "Isolation", so I'm feeling confident I can actually finish it. I also like to try different things, so I wanted to make something different from my last film. The goal is to start shooting during december, and have the film done by the end of 2021.
I've just recently started building the first set, and some of the assets. Examples can be found here:
I'll try not to keep this first post too long, but I'll update more in the future as the project moves forward! Lastly I've set up a casting call for the project over on Casting Call Club. All auditions are welcome, so feel free to audition yourself!. Signing up is quick and easy, should you want to audition!
https://www.castingcall.club/projects/o … tion-short
That's all for now!
Last edited by Monday Pictures (dec. 24, 2020 (12:13am)).
Phew, the last few weeks have been quite hectic, mostly because I was fortunate eonugh to recieve over 700 auditions for the project on the site "Casting Call Club". As you might imagine, it took A LOT of time to listen to all the auditions, reply, and of course, decide on the actual casting. I managed to do it all eventually though, but I did have to enlist the help of a friend to act as sort of a casting director (a profession I have newfound appreciation for, I might add). I'll try to record basically all the actors during call in sessions so I can direct them live, which will also take a bit of organizing. But we should start recording during the last week of January if all goes according to plan!
Principal Photography has also officially begun! I'm still writing the shot list, but the sheer amount of shots I've decided on so far has really spurred me on to really pick up the pace with the animating. Four shots are done so far, which equals to about 25 seconds (about 1.2% of my estimated length of the final film). Yeah. This will take time. I'm counting on animating for the rest of 2021, and probably the last few shots during January and February 2022. So strap yourselves in, it's gonna be a long ride
A quick taste of two finished shots (slightly edited and re framed
And to finish things off, I ordered a bunch of lego off bricklink specifically for this project, and all the minifigs have arrived! This is the current bunch (yes, some are missing heads, those will come in a later package).
There are 52 trolls, for those of you wondering! Not quite enough for the big wide shots, so I might have to do some crowd-dupliaction-trickery for those. But for the rest of the shots these guys will do just nicely.
Coming up, I'll animate the other half of the scenes in the current set, and then start building the next one.
Last edited by Monday Pictures (jan. 16, 2021 (01:31am)).
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