Well a lot has happened behind the scenes this past few months in the circumstances of the team. Suffice to say we're back on course again and there's a few images from the first episode to keep you in the loop. We have given ourselves a deadline for episode one which is a VERY positive step for us. We all know what we have to do to ensure it is met.
news and news archive from the production
Just a bit of fun. Whilst we met last week (three of the trio of four that is Devious) (? yes we know) - Mark decided to pass round his mobile (cellphone to you guys in the US of A) and take some daft images of us at
work play. So we thought we should share them with t'internet as not all of you are unfortunate enough to know us on the bookface. Ashley assures us he wasn't picking his nose...
More soon - honest
That's a question we often get asked. Planet Devious? Well, mentally we may be. It just occurred that the planet where the main action occurs in Devious has no name. Anyone got any ideas?
We have various methods for naming characters in the story, with most names having a hidden meaning or derivation. At some point we will explain a lot of them, but until you get to know them on screen they are just names.
One thing you can be sure about with Devious. There's corridors, loads of them. And other cliches, sci-fi touchstones if you like. When you see something that looks like something else the chances are we know, and its our way of making a homage (or an homage). For instance, in the spin-off "The Never Was" you may recognise some of the movements in the space scenes where the Tardis suddenly ducks out of the way and the dalek ships collide. Star Wars aficionados David and Mark were well aware, and added that movement just to see who'd spot it.
of movement. Yes, we finally have the power of movement. Not "Power of ..." sorry not that.
We've been playing around with motion capture last week. Mark had an old Xbox Kinect thingy which is able to sense movement in a room (as it does normally for games of course) and by the use of some dinky software we've been able to capture Ashley's (quite bizarre) movements around a part of David's DVC office without the need for Ashley to wear anything strange or have ping pong balls strapped around his frame.
We think it better we put little news items up now and again showing we are working on the project, rather than nothing until we are ready to show more, as it at least gives us all a sense that Devious is moving on. It has grown like Topsy (did anyone ever meet her) of course, and we think that we need to do the footage some justice in making it work as we had intended it. Below is a shot of us working last night, after Mark and Ashley met at David's to see how his effects had been coming along.
During our meeting tonight one image really caught our imaginations. David has been working heavily on the visuals for episode one, and whilst showing us the fruits of his labour a shout went up (from the usual quarter) of "export to jpg and put on the website". Well it might have been just "quick - shove it on the website to show we haven't died".
So there you are. Is it a flower? That's certainly a planet below. But is it earth?
Spotted this earlier whilst looking for a Jon Pertwee picture...
(see link to Warped Factor website after text, below) A great blog article about Jon Pertwee's last appearance in Devious which caught the eye. Nice to know the world of geek is aware of us! This article was a year ago, but like a sleepy tortoise we're often slow in spotting things!
Just to let you know the video of The Pool by the David Cross Band that Mark directed (effects by David, additional camerawork Ashley) is now up on youtube... The Devious webmaster thinks this is the right one to link to !
And in other news we're meeting on Devious again this week... Hopefully some photos from the meetup...?
Occasionally to keep us on our toes as part of the Devious Project - Mark springs a new task. Nothing to do with Devious but he gets these calls you see. This time instead of The Never Was it was to produce a music video. It was to be filmed and produced all within a couple of weeks. And of course the challenge was accepted, with David knowing that the effects needed for some of the shots would assist in the completion of Devious as it meant he had to make decisions re which software (Blender, Cinema 4D, Lightwave etc) and how to attempt the various shots.