Hi, I’m happy to announce this podcast I’m making for my YT channel.
It’s launching in 2019!
So what is it? It’s a cyberpunk police drama, that serializes cases from a dystopian 2099 New York city. I’ve been posting it everywhere I can, all my socials, even my snapchat which is just shitposting for me, but that’s not relevant. It’s home is here in my blog.
Best part about this is that you don’t need to go through each episode, you can pick and choose which one looks more interesting to you, there is lore you eventually pick up on if you listen to a lot of them, but you don’t have too, and that’s something I really wanted to do with this series. I was thinking accessibility, and writing it in such a way that each episode feels like it’s own story and it can hold up on it’s own. So, it’s not like LOST where if you miss one episode you won’t be able to keep track of what’s happening. That’s really not the case.
But at the same time, I wanted to keep that mystery and that intrigue of what exactly is this world and how people go about their lives in it. At this point I feel like it’s it own little contained universe. It started like short stories and quickly evolved into it’s own thing. That’s why I think a podcast is perfect for this series.
Aside from obvious inspirations like Psycho Pass, Read Only Memories and Cyberpunk 2077. I’m straying from those things as far as way as possible, at one point I thought about using this song for the trailer, I was going for the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer vibe, because I didn’t know what song should go under it, but then as I started to create the audio for the trailer, it evolved into it’s own soundscape as well. The music comes from Xilent’s Powerpack 2, you need a subscription to splice sounds to download it though, this is great if you’re into music production, here it was only used to create the music for the trailer, which I’m not even sure it can be called that, it works great because it builds up tension and then releases it as the trailer ends. I truly wish I could work with Xilent if this ever get’s any bigger. Imagine this get’s picked up for a TV series or something and they bring Xilent to make the music, I would die, but one can only dream.
One more thing, the effect’s: I studied animation and visual effects, so I wanted to go all out, and make the thing as best as I could so that it really shined and showed off the world as best of my abilities, the gun in the trailer is actual 3D, can you imagine that. For me that’s the selling point for the trailer.
Oh and yes, the rings have lore significance, in case you were wondering that. The gun only fires 3 rings if your EP is over 500. If you see a black ring as the line the gun projects comes towards you, then that means it’s instant death, your body inflates and explodes into a million pieces, no questions asked. The bullet’s have a super compacted nano fiber that inflates inside your body, creating bubbles, they then expand and explode like a balloon. A blue ring on the other hand means you’ll survive the shot, the bullet fills the bullet wound with contact jelly and stops the bleeding. Although the slight electro shocks inside your body will not be pleasant, and a red ring means the bullet will not cover your wound and if not treated properly you might bleed out and die. But your possibilities of survival are far greater than those with a black ring. Depending on which body part the bullet hits, you might just survive, if it hits your shoulder for example, the bubbles will most likely go up to your head, but if an officer hits your leg, you might just be left without a leg and maybe your endowment. Your upper torso should be fine. The Gun itself is just a normal issued police gun, there are other types of weapons with more looking cyber lines, but I haven’t fully deep dived into that part of the lore, as I just don’t want it to look cool, but also have a functionality purpose, so I still have to flesh that out, but I know it’s going to be fun. For now in the trailer I went with a normal looking gun and made the fire look as cool as I could, while still maintaining vision for the universe and lore.
So, Although I am not familiar with Arnold, I’m stuck in Mental Ray, the gun was render using Maya Software 2, I’m not sure if that’s what it’s called. The animation was done inside Maya, then I rendered the gun out in PNG so that the BG was transparent, after that I went into AE and made the effect using pre-made shockwaves from VC, than you daddy Andrew Kramer, which I then applied Twixtor so that it has that slow-mo effect, the bullet is just a photo I cleaned up and the bullet–line was made using shape layers inside of AE, the rings were made using Saber from VC as well, it really saved a lot of time. And without these plugins I would not have been able to achieve the final result. In total it took 2 days to complete the effect and a week and a half to complete the rest of the trailer.
So that I could render the gun inside Maya I placed some lights, which made Arnold go wild, I did not have time to fix this, and it made my pipeline be pushed back, so I just used Maya Software, I do wish they would bring back Mental Ray into Maya, but I think that Nvidia has that thing now, and it’s a whole licensing nightmare. The Gun doesn’t have textures as I justified it to myself that I was going for a minimalistic aesthetic, so I just placed a blinn over it and made it red. Yeah it might seem like I was just being lazy, but in a sense it was justified, maybe, probably, it was a justification for me to be lazy. I don’t know, I’ll have to think about that. The point being that it’s actual 3D, I had some help from someone at turbo squid, which offered their gun model for free, unfortunately I have lost that link, I’ll have to go search for it, that might take a while. Thank you to that person who put the model up for free. Also my videos are currently not monetized, if that’s troubling you. My knowledge of animation and 3D is basic at best, and I had a lot of help from people who I don’t even know, but for that I thank you.
The rest of the episode will not be as fancy as this trailer, this is supposed to sell you on the world, the podcast’s will be me reading the story’s to you, and you using your imagination to fill in the visuals.
Well for now, that’s all I have to tell you, I’m working on more content that will go up here on my blog, but that’s releasing as the episodes themselves release. So stay tuned, there’s more to come.
Thank you, have a nice day, and remember that you’re lovely because you are. 🙂