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A campy SciFi vodcast about a man who thinks he's a machine
A campy SciFi vodcast about a man who thinks he's a machine

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A Few Questions For All Thomas Brin Fans

1. I have a few behind-the-scenes, making of Gardens of Tomorrow shorts already produced that I used to show on the Thomas Brin (TB) website. Is there interest in seeing them? Should I upload these to YouTube?

2. As mentioned in the previous (first) post, Episodes Three (E3) and Four (E4) were shot concurrently over a long three-day weekend. This means that raw footage for E4 exists but the process of post production never began. Do you think that a #crowdfunding  campaign on Kickstarter or Indiegogo to raise funds for post production would work?

3. Do you have any other ideas on how this old project could be utilized?

To learn more about the Adventures of Thomas Brin, see these posts:

Is He A Man Or A Manchine? (https://plus.google.com/b/113515302918497295452/113515302918497295452/posts/1CYnsDUSm7J)

I Have A Secret (https://plus.google.com/112526081195315983895/posts/8DTdVYU5kSp)

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Is He A Man Or A Manchine?

Today we’re launching the official Google Plus Page for the iconic scifi vodcast cult classic, the Adventures of Thomas Brin. The series is no longer being produced. It consisted of three episodes -- although the raw footage for a fourth one is in the can (more on that below).

Note: ”we” actually means me. But it sounds better and bigger to brashly throw around the first personal plural pronoun as if I had a large team of people.

The Adventures of Thomas Brin started out as a single movie-making challenge from DVinfo.net. For that effort, the original 3-minute short was awarded Outstanding Visual Effects! So it is within the realm of fairness and reason that we can boldly claim that Thomas Brin was an award-winning series!

When we first set out to shoot a short, we had not intended to create an iconic science fiction serial (pathetic marketing bravado). We embarked on the movie-making challenge for several reasons: to experiment with new videography techniques, to learn new software, and to broaden our content-creation production horizons. Up until this movie short challenge, the only video projects we had worked on were non-fiction, natural-history-based projects. We looked at this process not as a contest but, in the true spirit of the challenge, an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone and force ourselves to learn.

Two Million Views!

The Adventures of Thomas Brin was created back in the pioneering days of new media, before Google acquired YouTube, before much of the Web-2.0 craze and its social-networking juggernaut took hold. The Executive Producer decided that instead of uploading the series to an untested, video-hosting platform (YouTube), he would create a website for the series and let viewers stream the episodes. Over the course of four years, the series received 2 million views representing people across six of the seven continents.

Production: The VFX, Music, Toolkit

All the VFX, animations, and music were created by the Executive Producer (EP) of the series. Thanks to Apple’s amazing library of royalty-free Loops and the audio-editing ease of SoundTrack Pro (no longer available, boo Apple), the EP scored the haunting and vibrant soundtrack for the series. The animations were created using Bryce, an earlier Mac version of the cheap but powerful 3D-wireframe modeling software from DAZ Productions (http://www.daz3d.com/bryce-7-pro/).

By the Summer of 2006, with just two episodes in the series, the Adventures of Thomas Brin had been downloaded one million times. As we were not entering Episodes Three and Four in DVinfo.net's short-form movie challenge, we took the opportunity to up our production toolkit and focus on the numerous areas of production where we fell woefully short in the first two episodes.

With significantly upgraded our lighting kit, traded up to a two-wall, wrap-around green screen, created (somewhat) better scripts, focused more on directing, blocking, cinematography, and acting, and expanded or studio garage space (a.k.a, the Studiage). We also added a high-end software application for creating more realistic, better quality 3D landscapes and animations (Vue 5 Infinite), and utilized Shake 4.1, an award-winning 3D compositing application -- which was then used by major Hollywood VFX houses. Apple has since discontinued making and supporting this amazing piece of software (another boo to Apple).  

Does Thomas Brin Have A Future?

With Episode Three, many freedoms that were not available for the first two episodes opened up. This is because the first two episodes where part of an online video competition, a competition that was themed and required the work to be done within a single week’s time. For the third episode, we decided that we wanted the freedom and time to really raise the bar on production quality. It was not done as part of a competition.

To be efficient in production, we shot two entire episodes -- episodes three and four -- over a long, three-day weekend. But in the end as it took more than 700 hours to post produce Episode Three, we’ve never managed to find additional time or motivation to post produce Episode Four. So whereas the footage for Episode Four is in the can, it sits on a tape in a box waiting for a far-off day when someone comes along and begins the post-production process.

For more details on what it took to post produce the final episode of Thomas Brin, see Thomas Brin: Episode 3 Production Results ( http://thomasbrin.blogspot.com/2007/03/thomas-brin-episode-production-results.html ).

We (I) hope you enjoy the Adventures of Thomas Brin in all its campy glory!

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