Last week I received the news that my latest Brackenwood project is officially an Epic MegaGrants recipient!
Since finishing the Prowlies short at the beginning of 2019 I’ve been steadily working on “The Last of the Dashkin 2” (temp title) on my Twitch stream. In fact, Prowlies was a test project to see if I could bring my 2D animation skills together with my experience in Unreal Engine. The end result was better that I’d anticipated, the short was even featured on Unreal Engine’s Twitch Community Spotlight. Even so, there were areas that I thought clearly needed improvement, especially in the realm of technical art.
So the past 7 months has seen solid, uninterrupted progress on the new, much larger movie, starting with the storyboard, which is now complete (at 16 minutes long!) and for the past 2 months, the opening backstory sequence. This is being told in the form of journal illustrations, taking up the first 2 minutes of the movie. Just like the Prowlies short, I’ve streamed 100% of the work on Twitch, followed closely by Brackenwood’s fans and patrons.
In all of my previous Brackenwood movies, cost has never really been a huge issue. Sure I pay for music, voice-over, assets and software, but Brackenwood supporters have been along for the ride for more than 15 years now. Newgrounds sponsorship, crowd-funding, PayPal donations and more recently Patreon supporters and Twitch subscribers. But this latest movie has always looked like being the biggest ever undertaking for me. As I aim to submit to film festivals and treat this one as more of a pitch project for many more Brackenwood things to come, I know that there are bigger costs associated, particularly in specialised areas of CG, VFX, music, audio and tech art.
This grant changes so much, not only for this specific project but for the future of Brackenwood. I want to thank the people at Epic MegaGrants for seeing its potential and judging it worthy of this incredible boost. Of course none of this would have happened without the undying support of Brackenwood’s loyal base over the past 15 years.
Join us on Twitch every weekend for progress and story spoilers!