dcr5_script_page_032012 05 02, 20:09 – Cut the fourth panel in the scripted layout and moved the dialogue to the new fourth panel. This eliminates some redundancy while providing continued justification for hanging on to two exterior shots. It’ll also be a bit less work in the line art department.

2012 05 04, 04:24 – Renders complete. Added a line of dialogue to panel four to compensate for some potential pacing issues that may arise otherwise.

2012 05 07, 15:41 – No adjustments for a few days. Ready for line art prep.

2012 05 21, 18:38 – Shadow-matched, dialogue tweaked, etc. Ready for shading.

2012 05 22, 02:08 – Shaded. As per recent practice I’ll sit on the results for a day or two, then spit-shine and post.

2012 05 23, 02:28 – Changed the dialogue for panel three. A huge improvement over “Ladies.”

2012 05 24, 01:17 – More tweaks, primarily focused on the first panel. Pulled out of the jaws of suck by liberally ignoring the hell out of the reference model. Sometimes the shading model doesn’t quite work, and sometimes it’s maddeningly overcomplicated – in this case going off-reference made it easier to fix quite a few issues, and willfully ignoring the hell out more tedious parts of the reference render has simplified the shading process enormously.

Also revised the panel three dialogue a bit more.

2012 05 25, 14:30 – This page already hit the post-production quota. A cursory scrub reveals nothing – I’ve already made all of the changes I’m gonna make. As with the previous page, bringing 5.03 up to ^_^ from o_o involves a level of effort commensurate with the production of new pages. They’re rougher than I’d like and the composition could probably be stronger, but they’re a left and a right, they’re a self-contained two page scenelet, and most importantly they’re done.

King wasn’t drunk in the original script – the addition fits with his behavior as depicted in The Dualist and helps to give some indication as to the present disposition of Templar forces in the area. Something we’d know a lot more about if I’d bothered to elaborate on the month or so of cat-and-mouse that takes place between Leitmotif and Provision. I may yet at some point – but that’s a Templar story and/or a Greg story, and DCR is ostensibly a Whitehouse story. A story I’m now in the process of wrapping up, at long last!

Cast

  • Emily Ashton

    The youngest Templar in the Terran ranks, Emily’s first “real” assignment is a doozy – as a “deep cover” observer tasked to fulfill the Waking God Protocols, Emily finds herself living the complicated double...

  • Jesse Baris

    The older and more experienced of the two agents assigned observational duties in Pittsburgh, Jesse has specialized in Remote Viewing and intuitive information gathering – skills that are particularly useful in the target-rich swamp...

  • Beef Knuckleback

    A black ops field agent who – for reasons unknown – masquerades as a deputy from the fictional Antrim Police Department. Beef is slightly death-prone, and has been killed by Greg and Ornix. Beef...

  • John West

    The first extraterrestrial human to be born on Terra. Home-schooled by Templar, he left the organization in 1997 citing management issues and took the Daedalus with him. John is an incredibly talented Navigator, having...

Glossary Articles

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