These Drums Are Better Than Your Drums

We are hard at work on an animatic for the opening scene from my next animated film, Orient City: The Dark Ronin Chronicles.  Zsombor is killing it and the animatic itself is actually done. He even took a few frames and finished them so they are the ‘final’ cells from the film (you’ll see them in due time). He did a pass of sound, then I did a pass of sound… now Dragan has to do a pass of sound and mix it.

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Then, we need to add the music.  Dragan has some ideas he’s working with – but the general concept is Ennio Morricone with an oriental twist.  Like Once Upon a Time in the West meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It will be epic – like the movie itself.

In laying down sounds, Zsombor put some drums to the video. When I cringed and Dragan almost threw up, he was a bit poopy. He really loved his weak-ass drums. Then Dragan broke these out and cheered him up…

London Calling

I recently returned from a trip to London, where I was in post on the music video for Unbreakable, the first single off of Dirty South‘s new album, With You.

Most people assume we are out partying, hitting clubs and picking up models with other world class DJ’s. These are the same people that think I walk red carpets and that movie sets are a big party. The reality is that we were in the hotel room or at the ATM offices editing about 12-14 hours a day… I’m not complaining, because this is what I love. I just happened to travel across the Atlantic to do my job in London, which is pretty cool.

Headphones straight from David Guetta

Headphones straight from David Guetta

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Now entering London...

Now entering London…

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The RE Hotel, the least friendly place in the city. And that's saying a lot.

The RE Hotel, the least friendly place in the city. And that’s saying a lot.

A Ping Pong battleground just steps from the hotel

A Ping Pong battleground just steps from the hotel

Our tube station during this trip

Our tube station during this trip

Oxford Circus

Oxford Circus

Nando's - we need some Portugese Chicken in the US

Nando’s – we need some Portugese Chicken in the US

Zsombor's artwork for City of Dreams about to go up in the ATM offices

Zsombor’s artwork for City of Dreams about to go up in the ATM offices

It was real London.

It was real London.

Heroes Con

In June I attended Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. It was the last stop of my spring convention tour and I had heard it was a great convention for comics. After a nine hour drive and a lap around the city, I ventured inside. The convention hall itself was nice, spacious and well laid out. But I think this may be where the problem with the con lies, the hall itself was too spacious. At no point during the con did it feel like it was crowded. That is a problem when booths rely on a crowd to build traction. The rows in artist alley were empty most of the show. I did fairly well there and the fans that did swing through were great, but ultimately I think they may have overestimated the expected crowd.

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With You – Trailer

This week Billboard debuted the trailer for With You, the film/concept album I produced (among other roles). You can see it below:

A write-up on the film/album and interview with Dirty South followed on Billboard, with a few words that gave me an ego boost…

“It’s a remarkably well-produced product, especially considering Roganovic is largely self-taught…”