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Terry Hancock
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What I've been working on this week.
 
Screencap from Kdenlive. What I've done is to create open-GL renders for the entirety of the scene from each of the cameras in my multicam setup. Kdenlive has a nice split-screen mode, so you can see them all playing in parallel. Then I can select cameras, apply effects and transitions, and assemble the scene the way I want.

This will then give us a good previsualization to show us which characters need to be fully animated and which shots actually need to be fully rendered to get the desired final edit.
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Patron Newsletter - January 2015 (EPUB, MOBI, PDF)
This has now been released to the public in ebook format. From now on, I hope to release the HTML & E-Book versions simultaneously for back issues from last year. 

The January 2016 newsletter will be coming out for $3+/episode Patrons this weekend (Yes, still running late -- planning to catch up with a February Newsletter next week, which we're already working on!).
This is the ebook version of the January 2015 (last year). We recently released the ZIP archiver version as well, which includes the wallpapers. This is just the newsletter in EPUB, MOBI (Early Kindle), and PDF formats, which should be suitable for most E-readers or mobile devices. The PDFs is probably the best if you want to print a hardcopy, and is formatted for "US Letter" paper.
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Anybody know what these Russian abbreviations might stand for?

ЩЛК КВП УСК ДЖС

They're on the data display in the Moscow mission control room, associated with beginning and ending "zones" (time periods? mission times?)  КВП seems to be used the most.

My first guess was that they are Russian abbreviations for timezones but I can't find any matches . They could also be abbreviations for spacecraft, Russian space centers, cities, or regions. I tried just doing a Google search for them together, but it doesn't seem to turn up anything useful.
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January 2015 Patron Newsletter for +Lunatics! (Animated Series) is now open to the public. The January 2016 Newsletter will be released to Patrons soon.

We're also going to start releasing newsletters (past and current) in epub format -- I'm working on my conversion workflow for that.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/january-download-1503754
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We're opening up our newsletters to a wider audience.
 
As promised, here are links to the 4 issues of our Patron Newsletter from 2014 which we've just opened up to the general public. From now on, we'll be releasing one year-old issue to the general public each month, along with publishing the current issue for Patrons.

We are also opening up the newsletters to all Patrons at the $3/episode level and up (which is the basic-streaming level). Of course, so far we haven't ever charged for these, because we haven't released an episode -- hopefully that will be happening in 2016, though.

Thanks for your support!
If you've been wondering what's in our Patron Newsletters, now we've made very easy to see. First of all, the 2014 Newsletters (September-December) are now free to view for the public:September: https://www.patreon.com/posts/1069472October: https://www.patreon.com/posts/1069928November: https://www.patreon.com/posts/1221687December: https://www.patreon.com/posts/1367107Also, starting with the January issue, Newsletters will be open to all Patrons...
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A pretty cool tour of an animation pipeline.
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42 years ago tonight Eugene Cernan walked on the moon for the last time. He was the last human to do so. He drove the lunar rover a hundred yards away and parked it so the onboard cameras could show the Lunar module take off the next day.

Before he walked back he looked at the repair he had made on the fender of the lunar rover. His geology hammer had caught on the fender the first day and ripped it off. This had happened on another Apollo mission and the rooster tail of moon dust covered everything. So Cernan used plastic geology maps, a few clamps and a lot of duct tape to make a new one.

Before he walked back to the LEM he ripped it off and brought it back to earth. You can see it in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

For the picky: Gene Cernan spent over 7 hours out on the last EVA and it was past midnight on the east coast. He stepped off the moon for the last time on December 14, 1972. 
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Geologists rule. As ever !
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January 2016 Patron Newsletter available fro $3+/episode patrons on Patreon for  +Lunatics! (Animated Series)  Project.
 
Patron Newsletter for January 2016 (Free for $3+/episode patrons).

This is our first newsletter since we added epub format and opened newsletters to more Patreon patrons, so for their benefit, we're reprinting Chapters 1 & 2 of the serialization. Chapter 3 will appear in the next issue. The promised proposal on the "infrastructure project" has become the "Film Freedom" proposal, and we'll also look into how we use Inkscape, Synfig, Gimp and other tools to produce the many 2D graphics and animations we need.

Includes EPUB, MOBI, PDF, and zipped HTML formats (only the HTML archive incudes the desktop wallpapers).
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December 2015 Patron Newsletter
The serialization continues this month with the second installment of "Lunatics!" by Rosalyn Hunter. We've also got some stills from the on-going animation and production process, along with a project history timeline.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/december-2015-3967077
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Free Software Magazine columnist and fledgling filmmaker
Introduction
I've been interested in space and technology from childhood and in art, writing, computer programming, movies, electronics, and animation for almost as long. 

I've worked as an astronomer, a software maintainer, tech support (never again!), and as a writer. I'm moving into film making (not entirely new -- I was a film student at one time) with a video project called "Lunatics".

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Wrote a book called "Achieving Impossible Things" about free software and free culture. Write a (semi-)regular column for Free Software Magazine. Married for 20+ years, 3 children, 2 cats.
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Writer, Filmmaker, Astronomer, Programmer, Artist
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    Co-owner, 2001 - present
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