The Bell Dimension book available on Amazon.

It’s about 5 mins with credits.

These characters are prisoners who are being “conditioned” to be Time Golems and their minds must be empty in order for this “training program” to work. It is, of course, a flawed approach.

To see the latest Preview, go to menu and click on tBd and this will take you to Vimeo where you can watch previous previews as well.

I am getting good reviews of this Preview, but now that is done, the movie production can continue!

Here’s a picture of my comic book:

This is a character I call Kerr.

Tada! …d

The new comic is called “The Bell Dimension Deux” and should be available to buy or download shortly. It’s about 77 pages and it will cost $9.99 for a paperback/download. Stay tune . . .

All of the images used in this book were created in Reallusion’s iClone 6 & 7. This originally started out as a way of visually telling a story with images rather than just animation. I used free Manga templates to layout each page using only 8 different looks, some of which I modified.

As I worked along using my first book, The Bell Dimension, Part I, as a very rough guide for Part II, I soon discovered a logical layout for each page without worrying about special effects I might apply in Krita. I did go that route in the 2nd iteration spending way too much time creating PSDs and then KRITA files where I applied a “graphic novel” effect to the page. That slowed me to a crawl and I soon abandoned that practice.

Once I concentrated on producing good images, I had to tell the story with not just images, but narration text from one of my reviewers suggested. It then took me about a month to create all of the still images for the storyboard turned comic book without bothering to use Krita.

Total file size is 21.6Gb and the PDF of the book is around 61Mb.

The Bell Dimension Deux Copyright © 2021 DAVID J SOTO FRONT COVER HALF PNG
The Bell Dimension Deux Copyright © 2021 DAVID J SOTO FRONT COVER HALF PNG

I’ve had to change course, for a bit, as I work to finish the storyboard I’m turning into a comic / reference book. This will help keep my focus on doing scenes that only need to be done. I’ve probably created too many scenes, but the structure I’m using will allow me to add or subtract those scenes that just don’t work.

Here’s one page from that storyboard / comic:

Copyright © 2021 The Bell Dimension by David J Soto All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2021 The Bell Dimension by David J Soto All rights reserved.

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This story used “Mining the Story” book to setup the story’s layout.

PDF form-fillable documents coming soon and make it easy to record the story elements.

This sample is rated R for adult content.

Click the link to read in your browser. Enjoy! Send feedback to beeflowerpower@gmail.com

Thanks!

BUY PDF 107 pgs: https://payhip.com/beeflowerpower

0507 . . . d

The pain of trying to sell online with no money is quite a pain, but doable!

I had just finished creating my store only to see Squareup/Weebly do an upgrade which moved my web site to another location. On top of that, my electronic download products of a Cartoon Animator 4 character got zapped and changed into an image only. What?

So I am bailing on Squareup since they got rid of this feature, which in this day, should be an option. I didn’t even get an email about the change, so they suck in this regard.

I did find another site, called PayHip which easily integrates with PayPal, and low and behold I was able to create the electronic download and upload the PDF. It’s now available for just $1.99! Of course, a minor drawback is the 5% charge for their services. I didn’t even have to set up tax, unlike Squareup, so that has made my life easier already.

The story is “Desperately CRAZY for You!” by Ivana C. Moore, a software writer like myself.

Copyright © 2020 DESPERATELY CRAZY FOR YOU IVANA C MOORE DAVID J SOTO PUB preview

I’ll be adding other electronic downloads soon!

0207 . . . d

 So I broke down and bought the Head Shot plugin for iClone 7 as it is on sale for half price. Of course, I should have realized there will be “additional” costs for the capability to customize the skin’s appearance, but I did not think they would throw in the basic skin setup so you are not left hanging, just wanting more.

https://vimeo.com/429799558

I have also finished learning how to use Plotto for my next rewrite and I’m amazed at how through my storyline has become even though I thought I was wasting my time. It’s about 19 pages long and gives me enough information to write with character’s I’m starting to “like”. I also created a psychological guidance of the spectator that helps with each character’s schadenfreude stance and their basic attitude. It also includes conflicting agendas of the character replete with misinformation to stir things up a bit.

While editing PopVideos in Cartoon Animator 4, I padded the output to compensate for the fact that the “editing” capabilities in that program are lacking as you can not see the “popV’s” in the timeline. I did this as I had 2 popV in the scene and I needed one to start later than the other. It would be nice if they also added sound controls as there are none to speak of.

1606 . . . d

I finally produced a decent PREVIEW that will be submitted to the animation festivals once a few quirks are worked out. Theses are mostly motion issues with the characters as they are either “canned” or BVH motion files with some manual edits included. Some not so pretty. :o)

iClone is a quirky program to say the least, but perseverance is key, as well as a lot of patience. The final edit was done using ShotCut video editor, done in 4 parts and then music was added.

https://vimeo.com/397245744

Thanks!

…dave

Finally succeeded in generating a good ANIMATIC. Of course it needs fixes, but it is pretty much there. This expands on the first festival submission and it is approximately 12 mins or so.

This is under review and will be posted soon if there are no major issues with the edit.

1202 . . . ds