2018 City of Rott: Otherworld Update

City of Rott Otherworld is still progressing as I work on it in my spare time, fine tuning it and feeling motivated to complete it hopefully this year, 2018 as I get closer to the finish line with all aspects of production. The action scenes are fun, but with all that is happening in each scene, it takes a while to complete. The dialog scenes also take some time since you have to sync each mouth to the voice’s sounds, then fine tune it with animation afterwards for the character talking. Here are a few new pics from the animated horror movie.

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City of Rott: Otherworld – Slide Show 2018 Preview

Published on Dec 3, 2017

City of Rott: Otherworld – Slide Show 2018 Preview. As a glimpse of the upcoming animated horror-action movie, this series of images from the cartoon zombie feature length film offer a preview of the visuals. The gory cartoon with some humor included, is intended for grown-up audiences, but will not have a rating. Contains animated blood, gore, violence and some language. The film is developing, but no release date is set at this time. Hopefully sooner than later though. I’ll do my best with the limited free time I have to work on the major project. Thanks! – FSudol

City of Rott: Otherworld Update

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City of Rott: Otherworld Update October 18, 2017

City of Rott Otherworld is still in development, though my available spare free time with art projects and work has diminished, so your patience is much appreciated. I hope to have a new trailer available by the end of 2017 if possible, but I’ll see how much I progress with in the next month or two.

This project is being made entirely just for the fun of it with zero funding, and there are times that it’s not always fun. Life itself can be a major distraction too. During challenging times, it takes a firm focus to sit down and push ahead with the next scene to advance things. It requires a lot of work to complete each feature length movie in all aspects on your own, and a major commitment since it takes up so much of life and my free time. In that sense, City of Rott Otherworld might be my final full length movie for a long while anyway. There are times it’s fun thankfully, and that is probably what keeps me working on it in the long term since I began work on it in 2015. I notice the less lip syncing I have to do, the more fun it is to work on. 😉 Dialog is important for the characters, so I will keep only the important dialog in there, to progress the story and cut out the unnecessary words. That makes the project easier to tackle.

Though I lip synced for the South Park Movie in 1998, 1999 for Paramount Studios, even back then it wasn’t much fun, since you’re just timing mouths to sounds and then scrubbing back to see how it matches. Not all that exciting, but it is satisfying when you see the mouths match the words spoken in terms of timing. As a general lip sync tip, I find it’s better to start a new mouth a split second earlier than later in many cases. If mouths appear after a sound is spoken instead of at the same time or slightly before, then it’ll seem like the lip sync is off and delayed. That’s why it’s better to have the mouth either on time or slightly before than delayed afterwards.

As far as the film, it’s probably about 60% complete, but I will still have to go back in and add sound effects and the final music score, while adjusting the volumes for the spoken dialog. For the sake of getting the project film completed, I may be aiming for a 50 minute runtime instead of padding it out unnecessarily at 90 minutes. I’ll see how much I can complete within the next month or so before my free time disappears in large part. Thanks again for being a fan and for your patience as the film progresses. No release date is set at this time, depending on how things go with it.

 

Creating an Original Music Track (Aggressive Electronx by FSudol)

Creating an Original Music Track (Aggressive Electronx by FSudol). This video demonstrates a sample of how I create each song, through step recording. This is created on Garageband. As far as my next AE album, it’s getting there, though I would like to incorporate some songs from it into my animated feature film, City of Rott: Otherworld, which is in development, so that may delay things in that regard. Thanks for being a fan.  -FSudol

City of Rott: Otherworld Progress: July 2017

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UPDATE: July 2017: COR:O is progressing, though it’s still going to take a major effort to complete everything. The good news is, I am having fun again working on it after refining the script and dialog not too long ago, while also enjoying the animation process. The lip syncing is tedious at times, but with Anime Studio Pro 8, it’s really easy to do compared to prior films. The film is roughly near the 40-45% mark in completion, but has made some big progress recently after I earned back my motivation.

Thanks for your patience, as it’s a ton of work and I want to enjoy the process but also realize this takes a huge chunk of time in life, so I can’t forget about other daily stuff too. Guessing late 2018 and will try to get it on blu ray, dvd and digital. Thanks! -FSudol

George A. Romero dies at 77.

Steve Barton’s Dread Central offers many tributes to George A. Romero, The King of Zombie movies, who passed away Sunday night at the age of 77 (1940 to 2017). Here’s a link to the heartfelt memories and influence George Romero had on the horror genre. It’s a great list of contributors, and I was able to add my own experience in there too (thanks Steve.)

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/240872/remembering-george-romero-collection-tributes/

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/240806/remembering-george-romero-frank-sudol/

 

Here’s a video tribute I created for the legend who inspired me to create City of Rott back in 2005, 2006.

While it’s not easy to say goodbye to someone meaningful after they die, it’s important to keep all of the good memories in mind, because that is what matters. The end is part of life, but so is the journey. It’s not so much about the one day they left, but the many days they were here for us to enjoy. As they say, the journey is the main experience in life, not just reaching a destination. To realize being sad won’t bring them back, and they wouldn’t want others to stay depressed for long, but instead, celebrate the life they had the chance to live and the good memories and influence they left behind. In this case, George A. Romero’s films and great personality. He will be remembered.

Originally Published on Jul 16, 2017

George A. Romero, the King of Zombie Movies, dies at age 77. 1940-2017 – Short Tribute Inspiration Film by F. Sudol.

[It was reported that George A. Romero died from his short but sudden battle with lung cancer, stemming from his years of smoking.]

The reason I created City of Rott was because of one movie. George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead from 1985. Without the impact that film had on my imagination and love of the Horror Genre and zombies in particular in my youth, the inspiration and challenge to create an entire, feature length zombie movie on my own in 2005 (completed 2006) would not be the same. Day of the Dead is still my favorite zombie movie of all time for the pure, unleashed Living Dead Horror created by George A. Romero and his brilliant Tom Savini team. They say it’s not how one dies that matters, but the life they lived. I believe that is most important, and even though a legend is gone, his Living Dead Films and other classics will live on, haunting the minds of all who watch. Rest in Peace, George. -FSudol

List of Films Directed by George A. Romero 2009 back to 1962
2009 Survival of the Dead
2007 Diary of the Dead
2005 Land of the Dead
2000 Bruiser
1993 The Dark Half
1990 Two Evil Eyes – segment
1988 Monkey Shines
1985 Day of the Dead
1982 Creepshow
1981 Knightriders
1978 Dawn of the Dead
1978 Martin
1973 The Crazies
1972 Season of the Witch
1971 There’s Always Vanilla
1968 Night of the Living Dead
1962 Expostulations (Short)

George A. Romero – 1940 to 2017 … His legend will live on.