Thursday, April 17, 2008

Status report

Hey everybody, nothing new to release yet, but here's the lowdown on what's been happening:

A big reason there haven’t been any Civil Protection releases lately is because I’ve been contracted by Noesis Interactive to make a supplemental machinima video for a tutorial they’re making. It’s a short comedy that will be released as a promotion when the guide is closer to done. The guide itself will be on using the Source engine to create machinima the way I do. As it turns out, I’ll be creating most of the tutorial as well. It will be a video tutorial with me writing and narrating it. It’s my hope that when the guide is done, anyone interested in creating their own machinima will be able to with it. I’ll make an update here when it’s done.

I was contacted recently by to make a short video for them that will be part of a collaboration video they're making. It won't be very long, but it will have Mike and Dave and it should be pretty enjoyable.

Work is still in progress on what will be the longest CP episode so far. Unfortunately progress is slow due to all the other stuff I'm dealing with, but I haven't given up on it.

1. I'm still in dire need of someone (or two) who is proficient at the program "Face Poser" for the Source SDK. Your main purpose would be animating Mike and Dave within the game. You don't have to be an expert, but you do have to be patient and reliable. Some knowledge of Hammer is also a plus.

2. Alternately, I need someone (or two) to work on the head-bobbing animations you see when Mike and Dave talk. Honestly, this is a pain to do and very repetitive. You need a lot of patience in order to do this, if you have obsessive-compulsive disorder you might be perfect. You do NOT need to already know how to use Face Poser for this position; I have made a tutorial that teaches how to do this. You probably will have to redo some of your work at first, but it is not difficult to learn.

As always, this is volunteer work. If you're interested in helping out, please email me at


JOe said...

Looks like you're getting some well deserved fame around the net!
Thanks for the status update. Good to know that you haven't given up on CP.

Otto said...

Oh, I knew about wanting a film from you, but not the Tutorial Guide. Good news, Ross.

Anonymous said...

Thats pretty cool, being choosen to make a tutorial for that, keep up the good work!

Kaijudomage said...

Alright, thanks for the update, was getting a little worried there.

The Silent Ninja said...

Thats pretty cool that your getting asked to do other work as a result from civil protection. as for wanting help, i would love to volunteer but i already have so much work to do for college.

Anonymous said...

"You do NOT need to already know how to use Face Poser for this position; I have made a tutorial that teaches how to do this"

Could you put the tutorial here.SO I can see if I know enough of Face Poser yo be of use to you.

Robster1234 said...

hey ross,

when youve done this super long episode of civil protection.. can you make a few more freemans mind episodes.. they truly kick serious ass.


PS: GT = Robster1234 [add me]

karanjhala guy said...

hey ross, u know doom 3 rite? is it posibl to make a series of doom 3, for exampla the xbox live one........ i have the limited colecter edition for xbox and its a tite game!!!!! P.S. ALL OTHER COMMENTS AFTER THIS ONE,,, IF UR A DOOM 3 FAN SAY "H E L L Y A H !"

stupidity loves company said...

fremans mind does KCK ASS!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

H E L L Y A H!

Ross Scott said...

anonymous guy: It would probably lead to people emailing more questions if I were to put it up

karanjhala guy: I don't think Doom 3 has good animation tools. I'm sure you can find better places to talk about your xbox version than here. Why are so many of your words misspelled? It almost looks deliberate.

karanjhala guy said...

idk really, i mispel cuz i dont relly like typing very much... it does build finger strength though

Mike&Dave Fan said...

hey MIKE! :P Nice to see you got contacted for doing a video tutorial, I'm sure it'll be a blast! keep up the great work and say hi to DAVE aswell ;)

all the best mate!

Anonymous said...

H E L L Y A H !

Anonymous said...

I really like the Civil Protection! Keep 'em coming! You rock man! Awesome job!