Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #13

CARGO3120Entry 13 – The Ins and Outs of the Animatic Short

by Daymond C. Roman

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE)

As I stressed last week, having a strong online presence is important. However, we didn’t want to limit ourselves to a website and social media. Meaning, backstory, concept art, and personnel bios are great, but we also wanted to provide our audience with actual content. But what? A one shot comic? A collection of character and location sketches with captions? A trailer/teaser of some sort? In the end, we decided to merge all of those ideas into one, an Animatic Short.

Last year, I took an audio production class at El Paso Community College. For our final project, we had to produce and audio program on any subject we chose. Naturally, I wanted to make a Cargo 3120 audio show! Aaron was just as excited about the prospect of (at least) hearing the world that we were working so hard on.

So, we got to writing, which wasn’t too difficult because we adapted one of the scenes we scrapped from the screenplay into a radio script: narration, dialogue, and sound effects. From there, I searched for sound effects online, converted my closet into a sound booth, and recorded all the parts. Next, I dumped all of those files into GarageBand and mixed my but off for the next three weeks. Wheew, just thinking about that makes me cringe. But, it was all worth it, because when I was done we had an audio representation of Cargo 3120 that we were definitely proud of!!!

About a year later, we asked Lemelle (our artist) to draw some visuals to go over the audio -and voila! We had an Animatic Short to release to the masses:

Next Week: Juggling Life and Passion