Archive for April, 2012

FLASH ANIMATOR WANTED! and Q&A #6

Posted in Q&A, Text Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by mbulteau

Hello, internet. This is an official call for a flash animator

The potential one spoken of some time ago became unavailable, so I am calling for an animator who can work on a 10-minute long demo of silhouetted shapes (not only humanoid) on a simple texture background, corresponding to what is going on in the audio file. As they are silhouettes, the emphasis will be on the fluidity of movement. Apply by commenting here or sending me an e-mail.

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Now, before the regular Q&A, I feel I need to clarify some facts about the opera about which there have been several doubts and similar questions:

— The opera is not just silhouettes. It is intended to be staged with actual sets, costumes, etc. It’s just that I prefer to show these demos from behind a veil, as they are just samples, and focusing on the music. The original thoughts for the demos did not even involve filming them at all, and there are at least two of them for which filming will be tricky, if not impossible. But I am still open to the challenge. ^_^

As for the staging, I intend to avoid the flamboyancy of excessively bright colours in the cases where it would make the appearance too “costume”-y, if you know what I mean. What looks strange must look strange, not circus-like.

— There is no specific crescendo of intensity or length in the release of the demos. Some are groups of soloists, like the first one, others are short ariettas that don’t develop on the sung theme, others are longer arias, others are choirs, etc. They are released as they become ready. Every planned vocal demo is listed here.

Also, there is no specific characteristic in an aria or arietta besides the time it takes and the fact that it is by a soloist, just like for many other types of numbers in an opera. In a work that flows without interruptions, there are many times no clear divisions between numbers.

— Several things will be revised as the project goes on, including whole batches of lyrics and even whole musical sections! I have a whole A4 page of errata for Act I, and that’s not counting the orchestration issues. Right now, I’m focusing on finishing writing the opera and putting the main points where they belong. There will be several layers of revision at all levels it will have to go through before I can declare it truly complete.

— Every offer of help in acting, singing, costume design, instrumental contribution, etc, is accounted for, deeply appreciated, but is to be considered at a later time, for as of this moment, the only thing that is happening is the writing and the showing of demos for the gathering of support and reactions. The more this spreads and gathers followers (and “likers”), the more possibilities it has of being upheld as something official and strong enough to be shown to Nintendo as a serious project, concerned with quality. And this brings us to the next topic:

— Every offer of contribution with funding is also deeply appreciated. I will not, however, start asking for funding before knowing what can be done. There are plans to communicate with Nintendo about this, but I need to build a production dossier and be 100% ready to explain everything coherently and succinctly. This can only happen after the opera is written.

If everything goes right, the last notes will be put on paper by September. Only after I know what exactly can be done with this, how it will (or won’t) be supported, and how far it can go can I know whether a crowdfunding platform will be needed or not. Until then, keep following! Your offers, advice and comments are all accounted for and I am very thankful for your enthusiasm. :)

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Now, on to the customary Q&A #6:

Person: Will the main groups of Majora’s Mask, the Deku, the Zora, and the Gorons appear?

All of those will appear, but due to the coherence of the narrative, some will appear more than others, I’m afraid. It isn’t set in stone yet, but the ones with the least air time might be the Gorons. Sorry to the Goron fans, but it’s either that or requiring detonation of disbelief as far as Kafei’s abilities are concerned. Remember that we are focusing on him.

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Moblinarea: Who plays the background music? Is it actually instrumental or do you just make it?

Just like the instrumental samples up on YouTube, I make them. Actually having that amount of real instruments available to learn and play something every time you would need during a work in progress would be any composer’s wet dream!

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A fan: When Sakon ‘whispers’: “Ssh! Someone’s coming this way!” and leaves, I begin to think, who is actually coming? Is it a guard or another poor citizen who will be robbed? Or who?

Is that a call for an answer, or just a declaration of suspense? =p

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Evan Brewer: How come this project isn’t bigger?

At this phase, it is up to you, the community, to spread it as much as you can. I am still gathering strengths on certain demos to get the attention of the opera community, who will require a bit more than the ones so far, that have no operatic singing. As I explained at the beginning of this post, this can only grow at a bigger level once I know Nintendo’s verdict. So spread it, like it, talk about it, promote it, if you intend to see it bigger and stronger for its showdown as a prototype for the eyes of Nintendo. For now, that is a great and appreciated help. :)

Demo #2 – Sakon’s Arietta

Posted in Media Updates, Updates on April 24, 2012 by mbulteau

P.S: My website is temporarily down. It will come back up soon. :)

EDIT: Old video no longer available. Makeover here.

 

 

Delays and Q&A #5

Posted in Q&A with tags , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2012 by mbulteau

Sorry for the lack of updates. After a long battle against software issues, I’m back on track. The thing is that trouble never comes alone, and the production of the demos has also suffered delays, as you might have noticed. To clarify that and other questions, here’s Q&A #5:

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Vincent Laberge: We are at April 16th. When do you think the Demo 2 will be released?

Right now, April 17th where I live. Even worse! Yeah, as it was said above, delays, delays, delays… As I’m working with volunteers from work/music school, stuff gets late when week-long holidays get in the way, although that’s good for composing (17 minutes of act II got done before Finale decided to bug on me). The primary reasons for the delay, however, are that we not only have to re-record one of the demo’s audio, but the means for the recording of the video have been temporarily made unavailable due to a bad case of “oops.”

That said, my first expectations were to have a new demo every two weeks or so (FAIL). Once everything is back together in the filming/recording department, we can proceed. I don’t like to predict what I’m not 100% sure of, but I would very much like to have a new demo to show next week. Let’s hope the Rolling Stones are wrong this time.

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gabriel: Do you think Nintendo will support this project even if Link is absent?

Only time will tell, as regarding that detail I cannot be sure of anything. I highly doubt it would be a major issue, though, compared to issues of copyrights and the like.

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Rick: Are you going to include most of the story? Like the aliens, and the pirates, and creep replicas that follow you around?

Technically, I won’t include much of the story per se, since Majora’s Mask’s story, as you play it, revolves around Link’s deeds. Since he’s not there, this takes a different perspective. If you mean characters, yes, I have built it in a way that allows for Kafei’s pursuit of his goal to show as much of the world as a Terminan like him can reach without stretching the rope too much. As I have said before, he cannot become a professional explorer like Link. That would just be the same thing, and we would go back to the dispersion issues discussed in this post.

Referring to the specific characters you mention, I am sorry to say that, although I love those aliens, the optimized story arc I’ve built would make any incursion to Romani Ranch a massive tangent. So, sadly, they will not appear, and neither will any inhabitant of Milk Road. Cremia and Romani fans can have at the sledgehammers now.

The “creep replicas” as you call them will not appear, simply because they are the empty shells of the souls Link has healed. No Link, no healing, no replicas.

The pirates will most definitely appear, as they are an important part of Act II as the key for Kafei to know where to find Sakon (after all, there’s no honor among thieves).

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Navi: I’m a costume design major and huge fan of LoZ (MM in particular: I have a handmade skull kid plushie sitting on my bed, no lie). I was wondering how/whether one could apply to do the costumes when the time came?
To work for a project so close to my heart would really be a dream come true. I was just hoping that somewhere down the line I’d have a chance. :)

I answered a summing up of similar questions before, but they all referred to the present state of development of the opera. You mention “when the time came,” and that’s an entirely different deal. If everything goes right, when this project gets to the actual staging phase, I will most definitely take into account every offer of help that has been proposed. I am very glad to see that this project sparks so much interest in those who have contacted me with questions like this, and all I can say so far is thank you for applying and that I hope to see you as eager as you are now by the time this reaches the phase in which you can physically help.

Frustration and Q&A #4

Posted in Q&A with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by mbulteau

A day wasted trying to fix software… Finale can be such a randomly buggy piece of ****!!

There.

Now, because of this forced inactivity, more answers! ^_^

Dave Ba: Without Link, will Anju end up evacuating with the moon actually ending Termina? Or will Link’s deeds still be present, just not visibly and/or verbally seen at all? Pretty sure I’m not the only one who wonders this…

As I said before, I will not disclose details about the ending. Regarding Link, however, this post explains how he is absent, and by absent I don’t mean not focused on, I mean absent. The opera occurs in a timeline in which Link did not go to Termina.

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Jenny191: Will the skull kid, or a figure that cursed Kafei be in this later on or will just human like characters be in this production?

Skull Kid looks pretty humanoid, if you ask me. It is a very good question, though, because it allows me to explain two things. First, the curse Skull Kid placed on Kafei is secondary, for the latter himself says he is not ashamed of facing Anju because of his size, but because of the missing wedding mask. If we do find a good short tenor, then by all means, the closest to the original the better, but we can’t make it a priority over good singing, especially because it is not vital to the plot. Secondly, Skull Kid will obviously appear, but not as a singer. He will be a dancer. A puppet of Majora. Majora herself will mostly be an off-stage voice, an echo of what Skull Kid hears talking to his mind, half-mixed with his own. When her presence is extremely obvious, there will be an actual singer on stage as a humanoid Majora, but not as an incarnation. She will not be visible to any of the characters, and will be like the devil, whispering into Skull Kid’s ear through the mask.

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Caleb_Megarexs: How long, would you say, until the release of the second demo?

I’m going to be honest with you, it was supposed to be today. However, we had some setbacks, and although the audio is recorded, we’re not 100% ready. It’s silly actually, since it’s such a short and simple thing. I can’t predict anything for sure, but maybe in two weeks.

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alex: in the demo, is captain viscen played by a woman?

The scrolling down shall set you free.

Q&A #3

Posted in Q&A with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2012 by mbulteau

Time for Q&A!

Tetra: Will all demos be shadows behind a veil?

Sadly, yes. At this point, we don’t have the means to create believable costumes or sets. I’m focusing on the music, and it was actually a last minute idea to make the first demo into three arguing silhouettes. It struck me as more pleasant than just a slideshow of lyrics, and I’m sure you agree. One of the demos, the Giant’s Aria, will look the same way, but they won’t be real shadows, as the giant tells a story that cannot be portrayed decently with just that. As I said before, it will be a projected animation of silhouettes.

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Person: So how will it end? If Link isn’t there to “save the day”, does everything fail? Do Anju and Kafei end up being Romeo and Juliet?

Sorry, I chose not to disclose details about the ending so far.

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ttkittycat94: So is this really legit? As in, people will be able to go see it in a theater? Or is this just a fandom thing you’re creating?

I intend to make it that way, yes, an actual opera, with orchestra, on stage, with sets and everything. I realize there is still a long way to go, as I haven’t finished writing it yet (you can track the progress on the right). I also need to inform Nintendo properly of the idea, hence the demos. Things are in motion, and I can’t say for sure what the actual fate of the opera will be, since Nintendo’s answer will condition what can be done, where and how.

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tranland: This looks and sounds wonderful! When did you start this project? And do you have a rough idea of when you plan to finish it?

If you want to get specific, I had the idea for this opera years ago, and I can’t remember when. It was just vague, and it was more of an utopian thing. Last year, though, on the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, I saw what the Zelda Symphony Orchestra was doing, and thought “why not?” After thinking of it properly, deciding how it would be built and what would have to be left out or included, I started composing on the 28th of November. I intend to finish writing the 3 acts at most in September. As for the actual conclusion of the score’s revision, that will depend on the stamina of the voluntary masochists that are helping me with it. Thank you! ^_ ^