We started focusing mainly on our own original films, that didn't consist of film series. We started pre-production for the sequel to our highly successful film 'The Missing Piece' (TMP2) in August 2011. We also released 'Saltman: Burden of Hope' in the same month for the BRAWL contest on BricksInMotion.com. The film ended up as a shallow success, but it is, however, one of our most iconic films to date.
Toward the end of the year, we focused heavily on getting TMP2 done. We began production in mid-December, with a brief halt to create our film '-0' for the THAC competition on BricksInMotion.com. After New Year's, we began to invest heavy time into the film. Here's one of the behind-the-scenes photos:
My brother and I were not satisfied with many of the scenes shot, which required us to re-shoot numerous many scenes numerous times. This resulted in the space on my laptop being heavily depleted, being that the film was being shot with my Nikon digital-SLR camera at 2k resolution. The reason for this is because we (Well, mainly I) wanted the film to be in full HD to provide the best watch possible.
Many scenes in the film required heavy effects-laden jobs, such as masking or explosions. This proved to be rather time consuming, and frustrated the heck out of me. Also, some shots required chroma-keying with CGI models being the background. I never got around to doing it; I will explain why below.
In the first two quarters of 2012, we released a few films ('Family Ties', 'Sour Taste' and 'Firework'), all of which were released in full HD. All of the films are short, under a minute to be specific. One interesting thing to note about Firework is that it is our first film at 24fps. While most people responded negatively toward its use, I personally think it's better animated than our 15fps films.
We decided to shelf TMP2 in the summer of 2012 when the completed scenes did not meet the image we were looking for. Therefore, we decided that we would re-shoot the entire film at a later, unknown date (We couldn't re-film that summer because it was a busy time).
Towards the end of 2012, my brother and I started working up ideas about possible new films to create, all of which were large ambitions. When we agreed on an idea in March of 2013, we started working on a script, that has yet to be completed. The project is a secret, and won't be revealed prior to its release with the only exception being possible film trailers.