My life, for the past five months, has been entirely occupied with making this series of seven animated shorts for Trion Worlds/Syfy's new cross-media (TV show and MMO game) happening- DEFIANCE! The action all takes place on the planet Earth some time in the future following a catastrophic event, the human race has now been joined by several races from other worlds, peacefully co-existing... or not if there is treasure to be sought. This treasure is called 'Arktech' and falls from the aurora-borealis-like 'Arkbelt' in an 'Arkfall'... those who seek it are called Ark Hunters... and we chose to follow the progress of three of these as they battle crazed hoardes of aliens, cyborgs and mercenary scum.
We decided to use a distinctly 'motion comic' style of animating the action for the series, to distance it from the polished live-action of the 'Join the Fight' cinematic trailer and the gameplay. Still images were painted using photographic references (the principle actors being photographed on set between takes in Texas filming `Join the Fight'- the rest invented using in-game footage, pre-release cut scenes and existing concept art) and then composited and animated in After Effects by ichi ltd's in-house team.
Painting duties were taken by myself and my brother http://sainty-what.tumblr.com/ and each episode averaged about 20 full paintings plus various extra characters, insets, effects and extra pieces- over 150 digital paintings in total.