Star Trek Secret Voyage: Rise of the Gongdea

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  1. Newtrek

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  2. MikeH92467

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    I'm really looking forward to the second go-around. Watching fan film producers sharpen their skills is for me one of the most fun things about the entire genre! best of luck and keep going!
     
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    I am very much looking forward to this. While perhaps not the most polished of the TOS era fanfilms, I found Secret Voyage, much like Exeter, brought a certain character chemistry that appealed to me.
     
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    While I"m not blind to the rough spots, this project holds a ton of promise. I'm really eager to see how they're doing.
     
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    Well when I say it wasn't the most polished, I mean in comparison to the likes of Phase II, Farragut or Continues. But the rough spots (which weren't that egregious IMO) really didn't detract from the experience, and that's not often something I can say.

    Secret Voyage is certainly one of my favourites.
     
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    My sentiments, exactly...more clearly stated by you than me!
     
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    I'm EXCITED!! :)
     
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    Audio on our first feature was clearly the biggest challenge we learned from. Even though we filmed episodes 1 and 2 as a single production, we learned much and applied the majority of those as we moved in to production on the scenes needed for episode 2 so 90% of the audio captured was better to work with. We've reviews the master audio for episode 2 this past week and have just a few clean ups that were blantently problematic. Having Ralph Millers expertise in post has surely raised standards of our release.
     
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    Audio was certainly the only major stumbling block, at least for me, and it was still better than a lot of first efforts. Our own included.

    As I said upthread though, it wasn't something that detracted from the experience for me, and I really enjoyed episode one.
     
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    When you're learning by doing, issues are bound to crop up and find their way into the final mix. As I've said repeatedly, part of the fun of following fan productions is seeing how they apply the lessons learned along the way. Certainly, those who have followed the adventures of our audio drama (Excelsior) will have noticed that there's a lot more chrome and polish in our later episodes than there were at the beginning...and that's just an audio drama. I shudder when I think how much more complicated a video project would be.
     
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    IN 7 DAYS THE GONGDEA SHALL RISE!
    http://youtu.be/HVKH4kcyLs8

    Star Trek Secret Voyage Episode 02 Rise of the Gongdea to be released Tuesday April 15th, 2014
     
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    I watched it yesterday. I enjoyed it.
     
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    I enjoyed it very much. And audio was very good this time, at least watching it on the iPad using headphones.
     
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    Good job of cleaning up the audio issues! There were some other minor problems, but overall a much cleaner effort and lots of improvement overall! Keep going!

    I have written a brief story about Rise of the Gongdea.
     
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    Thanks Mike, appreciate your take on the episode :)
     
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    You have my admiration for your determination in getting this done and released! Keep going!
     
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    Quite entertaining.

    The CG elements tended to stick out more than necessary, which you could tackle by using image-based lighting and a radiosity approach to lighting/rendering the elements.

    For future use: A decent-sized silver gazing ball with a diameter of 10 inches or so costs roughly 20 bucks new and would make work a lot easier for your CG guys:
    http://gl.ict.usc.edu/HDRShop/tutorial/tutorial05.php
    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro/Creating_a_Light_Probe

    For amateur productions it doesn't need to be perfect and since you already have a decent camera on site anyway you'd only have to invest in a cheap chrome ball and a makeshift stand.