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Eclorc
Posted - 2011.05.31 10:18:00 - [331]
 

Edited by: Eclorc on 31/05/2011 10:20:20
Really enjoyed the first two, the third one's quality and visuals just blow them away. Hearty congratulations on delivering this labour of love to all involved. The storyline is progressing well through the episodes, the Jessica engine just made the visuals far better too.
Awesome job.

Two suggestions: 1. If the original mo-cap files still exist for the first two episodes, would it be a long haul to upgrade them to the higher-quality in order to match the third? There's some potential here for a DVD release methinks.

and 2. I'm stunned at how few (even older) players have never heard of Clear Skies. Many don't frequent the forums, and the CS films aren't discussed much outside of the circles of those who already know about them.
An ad campaign to raise the playerbase's awareness of these gems would be a cool idea. Add links and short details to your bios people, perhaps the devs could add a message to the login page in the little advert window for a week or so too?

p.s. If CCP end up hiring this team, I hope they have the good sense to keep out of storyline and content decisions, the originality of these works should be left unspoilt by marketing goals, the same should go for any future works from this great team.


SuXaR
Minmatar
Appetite 4 Destruction
Posted - 2011.05.31 11:00:00 - [332]
 

Best Clear skies yet!.

Just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work you put into this series JR. You and your team are ****ing Brilliant!. Hope to see another one escaping those jove's =)

Zofe Stormcaller
B4D W0LF
B4D W01F
Posted - 2011.05.31 11:02:00 - [333]
 

Donated,

Epic ending to the series. I can't see there being more without external help which is a shame but I accept that. With external help, I dunno, Clear Skies spinoff series following Cormark, flying around in Harpy HULL: 4A-GE (I have an AW11) trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the Clear Skies... Who can say. It would need someone big enough to back JR doing this full time.

Speaking of which, I was discussing with my partner how the space scenes were filmed... She was thinking rendering in 3d studio but the render didn't look right, so I assumed they were rendered in the eve engine but many separate layers were overlaid on each other in Vegas to create the result. Any comment?

Also we need a count as to how much has been donated ;)

Anddeh McNab
Cadre Assault Force
Posted - 2011.05.31 11:21:00 - [334]
 

Utterly epic finish to the series. Moving and inspirational throughout. Also loved the small nods to the commuity, Otherwold Mining Laughing

Bear Templar
Reality Dysfunction Inc.
Posted - 2011.05.31 11:56:00 - [335]
 

Excellent work! I take my hat off to you for this amazing work.

I burst out with laughter when John said: "It's hot-dop-o'clock!" and all the Caldari Navy ships jumped in. Was epic.Laughing

Shani Khorme
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:09:00 - [336]
 

Next up: Live action Clear Skies.

Quri
Gallente
Bright Side Corp
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:12:00 - [337]
 

Absolutely EPIC!!!

I'm wondering sooo much about what will happen next! couldn't sleep now! :P

Lord Meriak
Amarr
Amarrian Retribution
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:19:00 - [338]
 

Just to say thanx, Me wife and kids sat down and watched 1 & 2 again and the new installment no: 3 Cheers keep up the good work :D

Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:22:00 - [339]
 


Very good indeed, absolutely superb!


Jade MoonStar
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:25:00 - [340]
 

Edited by: Jade MoonStar on 31/05/2011 12:29:44
Edited by: Jade MoonStar on 31/05/2011 12:25:21
Originally by: Zofe Stormcaller

Speaking of which, I was discussing with my partner how the space scenes were filmed... She was thinking rendering in 3d studio but the render didn't look right, so I assumed they were rendered in the eve engine but many separate layers were overlaid on each other in Vegas to create the result. Any comment?



Thanks (4A-GE Wink )and In answer to this, the Jessica engine was used (kindly loaned from CCP) for all the space scenes allowing for all the scences to be setup and recorded directly, so no layering, all good old 3d rendering Cool

Andy

Zofe Stormcaller
B4D W0LF
B4D W01F
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:38:00 - [341]
 

Ah I did wonder what the Jessica engine was as it was listed on the website as being used, but Google told me nothing. I take it that is the same thing that was used for Day of Darkness II? I did have a funny feeling something like this may have been involved...

Excellent results too!

MotherMoon
Huang Yinglong
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:40:00 - [342]
 

glad you have you in the community. you did change my life :)

Bodrul
Caldari
Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:50:00 - [343]
 

cant wait to watch this :D



tek0n
Teknival Info Line
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:56:00 - [344]
 

awesome job!!!

im sure you will win more awards with this!

looking forward to your creations

Scorpionidae
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:57:00 - [345]
 

I love it and I've only watched 6 mins lol. Looked at the time and was like wow going to have to watch this as a film.

Scorpionidae Very Happy

Funzinnu BT
Posted - 2011.05.31 12:58:00 - [346]
 

I need a script.
Please. Where can we get the script?

Jade MoonStar
Posted - 2011.05.31 13:01:00 - [347]
 

Edited by: Jade MoonStar on 31/05/2011 13:23:34
Originally by: Funzinnu BT
I need a script.
Please. Where can we get the script?


Can't say when, but a lot of the stuff will be added to the main movie site once Ian's had a breather and the Cinema screening is over, i'll prod him about the script going on there Smile

Andy

Hakkyou Tenrai
Minmatar
Auxilia Enterprises
United Pod Service
Posted - 2011.05.31 13:21:00 - [348]
 

Edited by: Hakkyou Tenrai on 31/05/2011 13:24:50
Just finished downloading, though unfortunately I won't be able to watch it til after work. You may want to check your eve files downloads, as the torrent gave me an error message saying bad encoded data and the direct download only gave a speed of around 40 kb/s download rate only to quit at around 5% saying the source file was unreadable. If it weren't for that mirror on page 11 I would've had to wait for it to show up on youtube, which would be unacceptable Cool.

Venetian Tar
Wildly Inappropriate
Goonswarm Federation
Posted - 2011.05.31 13:43:00 - [349]
 

Pure excellence. "It's hotdrop O'Clock" had me in stiches.

Donated some towards your cause.

Raven Miner
Red Federation
Posted - 2011.05.31 13:53:00 - [350]
 

Cheers man, another great show. Thanks for all your hard work.

Thodoros
Minmatar
Mythos Corp
RAZOR Alliance
Posted - 2011.05.31 14:24:00 - [351]
 

What a great ending!
Awesome video great graphics, and of course Minmatar Battleships rule!

Miarss Onaplate
Silver Snake Enterprise
Against ALL Authorities
Posted - 2011.05.31 14:40:00 - [352]
 

Absolutely awesome. Shame to see it end, but you've definitely earned a rest.

Willl Adama
Genos Occidere
Posted - 2011.05.31 14:59:00 - [353]
 

Absolutely brilliant!

But man, that tempest fit is a mess!

YaTaMaN
Invicta.
Posted - 2011.05.31 15:15:00 - [354]
 

best part of ]I[ :)

best regards
:)

Zofe Stormcaller
B4D W0LF
B4D W01F
Posted - 2011.05.31 15:17:00 - [355]
 

I think i'm gonna buy a fleet tempest when I get home today. Trust the rust...

Faol'gus
Posted - 2011.05.31 15:23:00 - [356]
 

Great vid.

John Rourke
Posted - 2011.05.31 15:28:00 - [357]
 

Originally by: Funzinnu BT
I need a script.
Please. Where can we get the script?


I have rewritten the script so it matches 100% what the actors actually said and any minor edits that took place, and I've uploaded it here:

Clear Skies 3 final script

I have also updated the first post with this link as well. Hopefully the community can get busy with the subtitling now Cool

Darius Falc
Gallente
FinFleet
Raiden.
Posted - 2011.05.31 15:50:00 - [358]
 

Sent my 5 pounds donation and it's not even downloaded yet. The first two were worth that and the rest. Everyone who watches this should leave you a donation Ian. The fact that you give up so much of your own time to give the community so much pleasure is unbelievable. Much props!

Jade MoonStar
Posted - 2011.05.31 15:51:00 - [359]
 

Originally by: John Rourke
Originally by: Funzinnu BT
I need a script.
Please. Where can we get the script?


I have rewritten the script so it matches 100% what the actors actually said and any minor edits that took place, and I've uploaded it here:

Clear Skies 3 final script

I have also updated the first post with this link as well. Hopefully the community can get busy with the subtitling now Cool


Lol and i did'nt even get as far as texting lol, now get back to resting (i mean work Laughing )

John Rourke
Posted - 2011.05.31 16:06:00 - [360]
 

So hello all - I gather most of you liked it, for which I'm very thankful, what a relief Very Happy

I read every one of your posts, I'm very grateful for all the positive feedback, it makes the couple of thousand hours effort worthwhile! And now to answer a few questions that have cropped up, in no particular order:

(warning - wall-o-text inbound!)

Why wmv?
Without going into a big rant, I personally tried and tested several h.264, AVCHD, MP4, mts, and m2ts codecs and variants thereof, and every single one of them had a problem of some sort - corruption artefacts, bad sound, lack of support for 5.1, or just plain lack of portability. WMV worked first time on a basic Windows XP install, had excellent quality, and the resulting filesize wasn't hugely overboard. And Vegas would render directly to it, so there was no interim processing stage and resultant loss of quality.

Also, I can't cater to the 0.001% of people who use some open source media player on a minority OS at the expense of the 99% of people who want to watch the video without any messing about whatsoever. If your player and OS don't support one of the most popular codecs in the world, perhaps it's time to upgrade Wink


The list of 'dead' people
This is a list of all the people who donated me ISK ingame after Clear Skies 2. There are a couple missed off as that scene was finalised about a year ago, but the majority are there. It's my small way of saying thanks, the same reason people's avatars appears in CS2 as the at-risk population in Teskanen station. Although it's a bit of a continuity fault that Chribba was apparently saved but also gave his life hah Very Happy

Overanalysis of fitting screens
I needed a nice picture, so I stripped my armour tanked Fleet Tempest and chucked in roughly whatever they were going to use during the film. I wouldn't read too much into it.

Canon
Clear Skies is only based on the Eve universe. It is certainly not a documentary or an accurate record of it. If you really need 100% accurate video footage of how Eve Online plays, I believe there are one or two videos of that already available Wink

Stowage
It's a nautical term for where you store stuff, not a typo.

Random Trolling
Not everyone will enjoy the film, that's a given. I'm fine with that, I'd be an idiot if I wasn't. People are different and their tastes are different.

I can, however, recognise a troll comment when I see one, as I believe most everyone else here can judging by the responses to them so far! I'd just like to say that I'm confident in my work and I'm very happy with (and ever grateful for) the positive responses I've received over the years. If someone feels the need to get attention by trolling, well, sadly something must be a bit amiss with your life. I won't personally respond to troll comments. I think you all have it fully under control, thank you.

Hull designation engine codes
Yep, I'm a fan of Japanese cars. I of course have a Toyota Supra, hence Clear Skies' designation being 2JZ-GTE Very Happy Each code sort of matches the ship it's on, e.g. Smith's ship is the Lexus V8, and the Ulysses titan flagship is the Lexus LF-A halo model

Exterior shots
Mostly produced with the Jessica engine, as kindly loaned to me by CCP themselves. Do not for one minute think that this made the spaceship stuff "easy" Shocked As I said to CCP Prawn about the author(s) of Jessica - "I've never so much wanted to shake someone's hand and punch them in the face at the same time before"

The gate battle in CS2 took 6 hours to film in totality. Generating one shot in Jessica that lasted a couple of seconds can easily take half of that Crying or Very sad But of course, the end results were worth it!

CCP hiring me
I actually have a job I'm happy with thanks, although I appreciate the sentiment Cool I have plans to use what I've learned though Wink

-JR


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