Haven't posted in a while. Because I didn't have much of anything to show and/or tell. And because I've been very busy: production is in full swing now, with almost all departments operating at full steam (except for the animation direction department, which starts Friday) and half a dozen episodes or more in play at various stages of development. We've turned in seven scripts so far, with Doc expected to turn in the eighth this week. Doc and I have, so far, only written one together--the premier--but hope to rectify that with the ninth script starting next week. If there's an overall theme to the season developing, it would appear to be the repercussions of the past on our characters' present--flashbacks abound! One trend that's also developed among the stories thusfar is the further exploration of our supporting characters. Indeed, there are a couple of episodes in which the Ventures family are all but guest stars in their own show. On the other hand, we've also been exploring many heretofore unseen rooms and wings inside the Venture Compound, so our protagonists are not without plenty to do themselves, nor are they bereft of surprises.
We've had a few production setbacks, which is par for the course on this show, but we seem to be weathering them and recovering well. This season's team is the absolute best we've ever had--I'm completely confident in their abilities to make this the best-looking season yet--and I'm terribly grateful to them for both that and the fact that I haven't had to pull any all-nighters yet.
Speaking of good-looking, now that we've finally deployed the color department, below are some of the first background paintings from the new season, as promised last time:
The new and improved Venture Compound "master shot"...
...and the Conjectural Technologies bathroom...
That's about it for now. More next time. Oh, and unfortunately, it doesn't look like Doc or I will be attending the San Diego Comic Con. Adult Swim has...I won't say "boycotted" it...but they've decided not to have a presence there--which means they're not sending us out for free.
We Love You Anyway,
P.S. On a sad note, I only this week learned of the passing of Daniel Robert Epstein, interviewer extraordinaire, perhaps best known for his work on the SuicideGirls website (I would hotlink him, but he's done hundreds of interviews--Google him!). I've only met Daniel on three occasions, the most recent being about two months ago when he came by The Astrobase to interview Doc and me, but, as all his interviewees can attest, he was a supercool guy who made you feel more like you were hanging out and having a conversation with a friend than being interviewed. I'm sad I didn't get to know him better, and my heart goes out to his wife.
The secret files of the Ventureverse
- Glorious Extra-Color