Shadows in the Grass

First Rewards Are Sent

This week we dropped the first 50 envelopes of rewards in the mail!

Everyone who has updated or confirmed their address in our system before Jan. 1, 2019 (via a special link in emails we sent out) should be getting some swag in a few days.

Left stamps are for Canadian addresses, middle for American, and the right for those further away.

These are the patches that we added very late in the IndieGoGo campaign that we retroactively decided to send to anyone who contributed at least $20 (and the stickers that we couldn't resist making with the same art).

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Posted by Mike Boers .

Confirm your address!

We've just sent out an email to everyone who donated at least $20 with links to update/confirm your shipping address. It would be super keen if you could look for this email and confirm your address; then we can mail out our first rewards!

If you don't see the message, please check your spam/junk folder. If it is in there, please mark it not spam and add to your address book so you get the next ones.

If you donated at least $20 and can't find the message at all please contact us so we can sort it out. We've had a few of them already bounce back so we know a few of your won't get our messages (hopefully you see this here or from IndieGoGo).

In general we're going to be using this email list as our main method to contact you now instead of IndieGoGo. We might send out another reminder from IndieGoGo through because spam filters (Google's in particular) are giving us a hard time.

Posted by Mike Boers .

Slap-Comps Are Done

Swag is coming!

Thought you should know that we've hit another milestone:

We've completed slap-comps with results from the final light/comp pipeline on (mostly) the whole film!

This video is one massive marathon session in which I do the actual slap-comps of the last few scenes in the film.

This means that we have layouts, animation, basic lighting, rendering, and compositing all at least started, and most of the remaining work is iteration of those. It is a huge milestone for us because we're finally working on what will ultimately be the final film. There are a few stragglers, but they are one-off shots that we will pick up later when similar shots are nearing completion.

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Posted by Mike Boers .

Nearly Animated!

We are pleased to tell you that post-production is continuing on this project, and things are picking up momentum behind the scenes. Our fantastic animator, Brian Vowels, has made huge progress in completing 90% of the animation on the film, and Matt and I are slowly checking off our to-do lists as we see more and more of this post-production puzzle come together.

We have also started preparing some of our base reward offerings, so we hope some of those will land in your mailboxes in time for the film reaching completion. We will also be contacting those of you at the various "Colonist" reward levels, who still wish to have their likeness featured in the Hypatia’s crew roster.

We wanted to share a few quick behind the scenes glimpses at the animation process so you can see Conrad coming to life:

Anticipate more updates from us soon, and thanks again for your continued support.

~ Mike and Matt

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Starting Off 2018 With An Update

Mike and I just wanted to wish you a happy new year, and start off the new year with a bit of new information about the project.

2017 became a slightly complicated year for Mike and I, and we are both frustrated by some technical and personal curveballs which were thrown our way. However, the last few months of 2017 were very fruitful, and we are both confident that that this accelerated pace will continue into 2018 until we have a finished product to share with all of you.

We have a final cut we are very confident in, all of our assets have modelled, prepped and laid out for final animation, and further refinements have been made to our render pipeline (including investigating some new render engines to streamline the process and decrease the cost of render time.

We have also engaged an incredibly talented animator to take on the remainder of Conrad's scenes, and are confident that we will have some new content to show shortly.

On behalf of both of us​, I'd like to thank you for your continued support of our project, and confidence in us to complete the film to our exacting standards.

We know that going has been slow, but we have not lost enthusiasm for the movie, nor has our commitment wavered in the slightest. Please stay tuned for some more updates very soon!

Posted by Matt Nayman .