Friday, February 13, 2009

Another Lucky Viewer hears from THE CAPTAIN!

Hey Kids,

Dirk Rogers, lead singer of BAD ACID TRIP and a fervent fan of PHANTOM HARBOR, read the announcement on the blog and wrote the Captain, asking for a greeting. It took some time (what, with all of the bad weather Phantom Harbor has been experiencing these days) but soon, young Dirk received his message which I am sharing with you below!

Don't forget! Send those birthday and greeting requests to Captain McAllister at:

Until Next time, I'll see you at the Harbor!


Monday, February 9, 2009

Miniature Set Tour!

Hey Kids,

I know, I know, I's been far too long since you've received an update and believe it or not, there has been a very good reason. I'm building, drawing, recording, and calling in favors to get this next episode done! I've included above a very brief tour of the miniature set of the hold where the action between EELKA and The Captain will take place. It isn't much to see right now, but once the slats are in place and it is painted, dressed and lit, it should be VERY effective.

Who is EELKA? She is the Sea Witch that has cursed our poor Captain for reasons that will become evident as the show progresses. Here is a charcoal sketch of the make-up design:

On a sour note, my trusty laptop took a dump and now I have to get the harddrive out of it, retrieve all of my precious data and continue with a new computer. TECHNOLOGY! UGH! Still, without it, you might NEVER see an episode of PHANTOM HARBOR.

Lastly, a talented Britain-based artist, Steve Noden, is finishing up a design for the Phantom Harbor T-Shirts. Hopefully, we'll get that sorted out before the end of the month.

Until next time, I'll see you at the Harbor!


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Progress Report - February 1, 2009

Hey Kids!

So by the look of the photo on the right, you can see that building has begun for the next episode of PHANTOM HARBOR - "If At First You Chase a Ghost." This is going to be the port hold of the Sofia Maria.

It is a foam-core, cardboard construct and the scale is bigger than an old fashioned G.I. Joe Doll. As you can see the depth of field is going to work out fine. The live action elements will be shot green screen and composited into this environment.

The goal is to expand the locations of this episode so that it does not have the same confined feel as the first episode. What this translates into is much more prep work that has to get done before the episode is filmed.

The animation audio has been taped and the performances are fantastic. The artwork for the animation should begin this week. If you are hankering for more behind-the-scenes photos, check out my FACEBOOK page. If you're not a friend, send a request and you can access all of the making of materials that I post. Until then, I have to get back to work!

See you around the harbor,

Shannon Shea