I won’t pretend to be a great writer (or even a good one), I know my own limits, after all. But something I can admit to at least being somewhat effective in is presentation. Even if my story or plot is somewhat weak (by my own admission) I can usually zap it up a little bit with some loud colors, big explosions and fancy special effects to supplement the story. In a perfect world, I would be an expert story crafter, but I honestly don’t feel like I am, so if I can “pretty things up” to overcome those shortcomings, I’m all for it. Because I tend to use some more elaborate special effects, I’m often asked how I do certain things or accomplish certain tasks. I really only have one answer all-encompassing answer: Lots of time, lots of “on the job learning” and almost ten years of experience at this point.
There are no easy answers, but there are definitely easy “processes” and I figure now that I have this more open-ended format, what better way to use it than to finally give so many people what they’ve been asking for?
So I leave the first step up to you. With my current camera difficulties I’m relying on things I can help with that don’t require picture taking, so keep that in mind. Also keep in mind that I hope to cover anything and everything you want to know, so please don’t think that if you don’t vote for a particular option this time around that you’ll never get to hear more about it.
But enough of that. I basically took a few of my most asked questions and created a poll for readers to decide what THEY want to see. This poll will last for one week, and I’ll make sure there’s a link on the front page for easy access. Help me help you. 😉 Let’s get this rolling!n
Keep in mind that this is my first time playing with this “poll” plug in, so have patience if it doesn’t work quite right.
Everyone who writes, for work, pleasure, whatever could use a good lesson on the editorial process.
I agree with paul. Let’s start out with the story writing process and work our way from there.
Conversely, I DEMAND to know about speech bubbles. DEMAND!!
Nah, what those two guys said works for me, too.
Ditto, I voted for script/storyboard as well. I generally write stories, but, I’d like to know what your process is when the visual is involved.
I sometimes write dialogue out beforehand, but I usually don’t do any pre-writing at all.
That being the case (and now that I have Comic Book Creator to take care of the speech bubbles), I’d find your writing process fascinating…
This is a great idea, Justin. I’d love to know more about pasting the word bubbles to the pictures (It’s my weakest point right now).
I would be interested in the way how to arrange best the physical dio itself, maybe material hints to modelbuild D.I.Y. or generally, which plastic-acrylic-natural gear you can recommend, if Marauder is mostly the only resource to get from 1:18 scale accessories and things like that.
I mean bubble positioning and Photoshop effects (if now good or bad) – you gotta have the settings first, the pictures taken. Next to photographic stuff like lights and shadows, angles, if it is best to take tons of pictures from 1 scene to have a wide choice for photoshop later.
For me, I love doing photoshop and comic-vector stuff. Maybe it is this why am not asking for the bubbles first. Dios are great and seem fun to experiment with, but I couldn’t find that much intel how to get there.
Forgot to mention.
The guy staring at Courtney like here in the background, keep details like that coming. Great humour mate =P
Thanks for all of the feedback, everyone…this seems to be leaning a very specific way, but I’ll leave the poll running for a bit just to make sure.
Very cool feature, man. I hope we get to see the entire process. Its too bad about your camera, you could do a making of on a current or future dio, like a dvd extra.