The next steps
So, we have reached our first milestone by releasing the Demo. Though, it’s not time to relax - there are still a lot of odds and ends to finish before we can proceed with the production of the next episode. Here I’m going to outline our main priorities for the next two months.
Synfig development. Synfig Studio is an important and vital part of Morevna Project. So we are strongly interested to be in sync with its development and contribute back. When working on the Demo we have made some unofficial modifications (plugins support and disabled keyframes). Now we have to incorporate those features into the official (master) branch and release a new version of Synfig Studio. With the release of new version we also plan to rework terminology of Synfig Studio by making it less exotic. This is a small change to the code, but with huge influence to documentation. So we have to work hard on that.
DVD and Artbook. Besides watching Morevna Demo online, some people would like to have a DVD-version to hold in their hands. That’s why we plan to make a DVD-version available for purchase. It will contain the Demo itself, together with a lot of extra data: all sources and software to recreate the movie from scratch, video tutorials, complete ora-files for all paintings and many more. Well, in fact DVD medium looks kinda old-fashioned nowdays, so I’m considering to use SD-cards instead. Also we want to publish an artbook illustrating the process of creating each scene of the Demo with some useful notes and comments.
Website. As the project growing, our website needs a lot of love too. We have a lot of interesting stuff here, but it’s not visible due to the lack of good structure. Also I would like to have a nice and attractive frontpage, highlighting the main things from the start. So, it’s time to redesign and restructure the stuff. Be prepared for changes.
Alternative soundtrack. Previously I have mentioned a music band from LaGrange who wrote a very nice rock song for Morevna Project. Unfortunately they didn’t managed to finish it to the Demo release, but I think it will be a waste to drop the song in its current state. They have provided all the source tracks for me so I can make my own changes and they are willing to give their further support. I’m very interested to work on the song and bring it to the finished version according to my vision. So it will be another interesting challenge! BTW, the music band members are happy to publish the song under the terms of our beloved CC-BY.
Remake release and rewrite. We have to release the new version of Remake with our latest changes. After that I’m going to fully rewrite it into Python language. With the practice of rendering Morevna Project Demo it become obvious that we have significant performance bottlenecks caused by current implementation in bash. Rewriting the tool in Python also make it much easier to develop and maintain, opening a great perspectives for further improvements.
Well… In fact I’m pretty sure it will not be possible to fit all the work above into the tiny two months. But at least we have chances to complete some of them.
Why I’m sticking with 2-months interval? Because on February 1st we plan to launch the donation campaign for the next episode (most probably using Indiegogo this time). That surely will take some time to prepare too and by that time we will see how much of our plans will come true. Well, at least you won’t think that we are plan to have lazy days here. ^__^