Preproduction has begun in earnest for the Animus: Rites of Passage second comic issue, and with it comes the promise of working with another artist in a much bigger way than on the first issue.
This leaves us with a great opportunity to develop a team, and potentially quite a bit more synergy and forward momentum than we've had thus far. One thing that's required, is a common understanding of the (now artistically) shared world of Animus. As such, it's been necessary to visually define some basic elements. One of these things, involves coloring characters for this world for which we're laying a foundation.
Although work has been creeping forward towards the goals of Animus, very little has been updated on the blog. It's time to get focused.
Here are some of the things that are happening in the world of the Animus behind-the-scenes "workshop." Read on to discover more! :)
The image above shows me with a box of my printed Animus: Rites of Passage comics—a bit of a pun, but also a serious a visual metaphor for where we are right now.
You may have heard me say, if you were at the convention at least, that the Animus storyworld contains an outlined, planned story arc of 25 years.
How and why would I do such a thing? Isn't that a lot of work? Aren't there pitfalls to doing it that way? Well, fair reader—dive ahead to see what exactly I meant when I said that Animus has 25 years of story ahead.
I use the word transmedia now much as I used to use the word multimedia, though the key distinction there is that the word multimedia tends to refer to various media formats being present in a single project, while transmedia refers more strictly to various media formats in multiple projects—joined by single over-arching storyworld or franchise.
So, what does it mean?
Transmedia storytelling occurs across a variety of platforms and artforms. Today's article examines this, as the third pillar of the Launch Your Universe brand and focus (the other two being Storytelling and Worldbuilding).
Many people are a bit confused by the term, but if you tell your story in more than one medium, then you are working in transmedia. It's as simple as that.
So how do you choose the media to use in your transmedia campaign?
The three pillars of creation that this site is designed to talk about include making a story setting, telling that story, and finding ways to package and deliver that story. When I introduced the Launch Your Universe show, it dawned on me that I would somehow have to explain what I was trying to create. The best way to describe it seemed to center around this triad of terms: worldbuilding, storytelling and transmedia.
Each of these three things encapsulates a part of the process.
Let me explain!
Welcome to the beginning of the journey… not my journey, for I've gone that alone, and with others for quite some time, but the beginning of the journey we'll take together. Here is the first video in the vlog series.
Transmedia, storytelling, sci-fi and worldbuilding are all things I touch on in this show, while I journey towards creating my own storyworld--Animus—and launching my own webseries, Rites of Passage.