CARGO 3120: Here We Are Again

The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #21
by Daymond C. Roman

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

Okay, so now it seems we are here again. Another set back L It seems our artist will not be able to perform the tasks in which we agreed on. And, that’s not to say that I’m pointing blame or even pouting about it. Because I do understand that life happens; we all do. Things that we’ve intended to do, can often run into the things that happen to us. But, when those situations happen, the question is always clear, “So, what are we gonna do?”

I’m starting to realize that this is the only question we really have to answer in life. And the way we choose to answer that question determines the fates we experience. Sorry if I’m getting too deep too soon, but this is where situations like this usually take me. And I think that’s important as well, because it keeps you from acting from the seams of your pants. It allows you to bring some much-needed character to these situations, because even having the attitude that you won’t give up isn’t good enough. It’s more about how you’re not giving up.

You see, I learned recently (while listening to the audiobook “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill) that it’s not about sticking to a plan no matter what. The book explains how our plans can and will often fail but that those defeats are only there to teach you how your plans are flawed. Suggesting that it’s time to come up with new plans, not that you’re failing. Meaning, as long as you keep a persistent attitude in reworking your plans until they are absolutely sound, victory is inevitable.

So, the question still stands, “What are we gonna do?” I and Aaron have decided to release a series of short stories that will coincide with the overall story of Cargo 3120. These stories will be accompanied by an audiobook version that will be available for rent and download. You see, our original intentions for this project were never about a webcomic, comic book, movie, or even a tv show. It was about releasing this beautiful story to the world, no matter what vehicle we chose. So, right now we’re choosing book, but if that plan fails, we are ready and willing to make another.


Originally published on the CARGO 3120 Blog

 

Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #15

CARGO3120Entry 15 – Juggling Life and Passion Part II

by Daymond C. Roman

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

So, last week I said that I would delve a bit deeper into the tasks we all face while making our dreams come true. And, I can’t think of a better way to do that than to start from the beginning.

You see, for this New Year, I decided to reprioritize my life by figuring out what’s important to me and shredding away anything that wasn’t. And, that process lead me to four areas of major importance: health, family, work, and passion. Now, it’s worth mentioning that I am a man of faith and believe that these four areas alone could never provide personal fulfillment. However, I believe that through God’s grace I can be successful in all of these areas to a degree that I will be personally fulfilled.

So, when creating a daily schedule for myself, I needed to include all of these areas so that each could receive an appropriate amount of my attention. But how? There are only so many hours in the day.

I have heard it that 9-5 is for your day job and 5-10 is for your passion. So, I decided to use that model as a foundation and work from there. But, that still left health and family. What to do, what to do? I mean, I am willing to work as hard as needed to accomplish my goals. But, I don’t want to work so much that I’m unable to enjoy my accomplishments…

Well, for years now, I’ve already been waking up a few hours early to workout. It’s a great way to start the day, because after, you feel ready to tackle any situation that presents itself. And, since I primarily work from home anyway, I’ll always be available to my family, which works out great. Next time, I’ll let you know if this schedule is indeed working out or not. So, until then…

Next Week: Juggling Life and Passion Part III

Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #14

CARGO3120Entry 14 – Juggling Life and Passion

by Daymond C. Roman

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

Well, we’re back at it again. A New Year, with a renewed passion for Cargo 3120! So obviously we at Team Cargo took a nice break over the holiday season. And let me tell you, it was a break much needed, as each of us were able to recharge our batteries for all the tasks needed for this New Year!

Over the past few months, Aaron and I have discussed the various skills we’ve had to learn in order to get to this point. However, we have not gone over the various juggling acts we’ve had to perform in order to make Cargo 3120 happen.

You see, I’m married, have four kids, and work as a real estate investor. I’m also working with an agent to sell my feature length screenplay, A.G.A.P.E. Now, if that sounds like a full plate, it’s even more “full” than you would imagine.

And, due to the pressures that each of those areas of my life can bring, they sometimes combine to make any person want to quit. But, when there is a burning desire inside of you that just won’t die, you find a way to make it happen. (Y’all know what I’m talking about) It feels like a force is literally fighting its way through you to manifest itself into this world. And, that force gives you the strength and endurance you need, but it also compels you to do some pretty amazing things in order to bring your dreams into fruition.

Next week, I’ll delve a little deeper into the tasks we all juggle in order to make our dreams come.

Next Week: Juggling Life and Passion Part II

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

Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #12

CARGO3120Entry 12 – How Important is Social Media?
by Daymond C. Roman

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

So, as Aaron worked on our website I was in charge of social media. Now, I’m not one of those frequent “facebookers”, “tweeters”, or “instagramers”. At least, I wasn’t at the time; but in order to develop any type of audience these days, social media is a must.

I mean, it’s not like it used to be; back in the day, marketing campaigns were all about purchasing TV/radio spots and/or some sort of printed publication. And that was it, because that’s where everyone’s eyeballs were. Today, even if you have those marketing vehicles, the everyday consumer expects you to have a strong online presence, because that’s where the eyeballs are now. And I’m not just talking about a website either.

Today’s consumer wants to know the ins-and-outs about everything you are and produce, and they want that info highly accessible. So, what better way is there to be accessible, than through social media? With 200 million instagramers, 284 million tweeters, and 1.35 billion active facebook users, I quickly realized how serious we needed to be about creating and maintaining a social media space for Cargo 3120. So, when you get a chance, check out our concept art, back story, and find out who we are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our websiteCargo3120.com. Use the hashtag #Cargo3120

Next Week: The Ins and Outs of Our Animatic Short

Which, you can watch now with this link >>  http://youtu.be/IeK63YyTRtk