Manic - Tethys Story Line
I am going to start with the logo design before getting to the sound design.
Basic Final art for Manic
Second time making a full custom typeface. Other times it was edited fonts from the public domain or for commercial use. I like keeping my graphics simple and my sound complex. With staying simple I have been able to do some really cool effects like this.
It is actually super simple. Multiple colored stencils and solid lettering overlapping at different levels. Manic will be done up like that one above. The design above is actually not connected to any project and makes for a good example.
I use Blender for all my graphics these days. So much easier to edit and make font faces than using vector like old times. Only downside is I haven't figured out if I could export the bitmaps to ttf.
I thought about doing it up all complex with futuristic devices making up the letters, and I might do that, but still unsure. It would be a cool end result. If I could draw like I wish then it would be much easier to build from. I have a hard time going from mind to model. I am better with following a drawing.
4. Asylum (Everybody Is Dead)
5. Some Things Just Look Better Dead
6. Sky Dreams <filler name subject to change?
May be more. I have not written that far yet.
UPDATE: Nov. 18, 2018
Aos turned out to be the long one that is going to cost extra rather then Tethys. It started becoming huge and decided to cut them apart. Gotta give space between events or it all sounds like it happened in one sitting.
The way the two are written sound wise just covers the main points to cover and know that there will be other sounds between to support the events. There is further writing that can always be done, but the more complex I make it the harder it may be to explain it in this medium. 2. Aos is perfect and doable in it's form. Everything can be explained with sounds where dialog can not. I am happy with the story the way that it is.
For Tethys it is an interview with ambient noise in the background
Update Dec. 9, 2018. I am using my first name for the main character because that will just make it easier for me to talk and be comfortable talking. It will help me to better be in character. In audio the name may be blurred out anyways because the story takes a dark turn as it comes across to be a cover up by the company.
[This takes place in the same universe as my unfinished book Akatar. There is a huge timeline jump between the events and they do not intersect in any way. Just the materials found in the gateways/wormholes are used.]
-quiet insulated room with slight reverb
-carpet floor for dampening
-The two are sitting across from each other in his living room
-Gabe is not yet relaxed, camera fright, full dialog may change
-Ambient noise in the room: AC, shuffling of feet, etc.
People in room: Gabe, Female Interviewer 1
Gabe, Male---"Hello. My name is Gabe as you know from the news. I'm running out of different ways of saying this. Cause of all the interviews. I am 25 years old and I am from the Kaddosa (Pronounced Ka-Dose-Ah) province of Mars. The city of Ayxva to be exact. Very old city. A very ancient city. I was born here. I am the only child of Earth born parents."
Gabe---"My childhood was very fast paced it feels like. Top of my class, early graduation at the academy. I felt like an adult at 12. I was hired by --- just four years ago. The legendary company. I guess you could say I'm super smart for my age. There was a study done not too long ago that states how Mars born colonists are more likely to develop a higher intelligence among other perks than Earth born dwellers. Found that it had a lot to do with pollution levels being far lower than those found elsewhere. I do not think that I am a one of a kind IQ wise. Just unique in the way of being hired at such a young age for Sinthayta energy application research. The company found an excess batch of this material."
Interviewer 1---"And what is Sinthayta?"
Gabe---"It is a strong transparent semisolid material (Similar properties to mercury or gallium) that comes from collected layers of light radiation when Cyrinnoe impacts the edges of the portal mounding manifold. It was discovered in the late 1800s, but information was kept classified for a very long time. It's origin is found in outer-dimensional gateways and often referred to as Liquid Starlight. When there I will be on a team conducting tests on the new supporting power plants."
Interviewer 1---"They say you are bringing your daughter. How do you think she will adapt?"
Gabe---"Adapting is going to be difficult for the both of us. I am more concerned about her than myself in transit. The freezing gel that is used on board the ships has been known to cause mental problems and developmental issues in children over extended periods. It is more advised to wait till you reach your destination before having children; or buy an embryo at your destination. They have actually banned everyone 16 and under from freezer transport. Honestly I would rather keep her here with her mother, but mother insisted that I take her along for the "vacation". The company pulled some strings to allow her to board for the full 3 years, 2 months and 24 days, under supervision. They should be freezing her using a safer method."
Interviewer 1"And what is your destination again?"
Atoba (At-Obe-Ah) Base. It is a research mammoth that includes housing for scientists and their families. Designed for extended stays.
Interviewer 1---"You are not the only VIP heading up there as they say."
Gabe---"Yes that is right. There is a great team of geologists, engineers, maintenance crews, physicists, psychologists, IT specialists, and other fields plus executes and representatives of companies to investors. Ever 4 years or so years they swap out the entirety of the teams to keep new ideas coming in from new specialists of the time. The best of the best in the solar system.
Interviewer 1---"Can you tell us anything about the ship? We hear that it is not like other transports."
Gabe---"No it's not. Before this a transport ship was a transport ship. Nothing special, nothing new, very old rigs, but there has been a lot of talk about this particular one. It is not often that a ship would become so famous. We are surrounded by them constantly. This is an ASX Katora V827-B or Aos. The V827-A is it's commercial travel version while the V827-B is strictly for transport of cargo, cargo being humans, embryos, stem cells, and other biological materials used to start and maintain a civilization on a remote planet. We are taking it because of its capacity and speed and in case of emergencies. It is the most sterile vessel ever made. It is a big ship with a small crew. There is not any room for anyone to walk around in the storage bays. Everything is packed tightly between robotic arms and freezer cell racks. Also it is impossible to live in there because it is kept oxygen free and extremely cold. This is to eliminate any chance of a disease or virus living on board. Loading and unloading requires no human contact. The crew just flies the ship to port, dock it, and the computer system does the rest. It looks great while doing this too. It is all white with perfect rounded edges. Not all bulky. The Katora Aos is pleasant to look at with its curves of a beautiful woman.
It should turn out to be a casual conversation and not all parts above may be covered exactly to the text. I play the role of Gabe so you will hear how I would talk normally and get carried away. So far there is no AI to be used in this episode.
Tethys - Background noise design:
[All quotes represented here will be said by the vocal synthesizer. The "AI" welcoming bot of the building the interview takes place in.]
"Built in a non-linear point in time, the Aytov Theater lives up to its slogan: We've always been here. Because the rules of existence vary, there is no telling when in time the theater was established."
"Upcoming shows starting from 8am to 12pm for Theater B
Partridge Morning Poetry from 8am-9am
David B. The Not So Special from 9:30am- 10am
The Duck Dance with music by the Legendary Alex Hanson (A classic) from 12pm-2pm
The Great Zorbeanie's Magical Adventure from 5pm-7pm
How Not To Kill Yourself - A Musical from 7:30pm-9pm
How Bird Can You Dance? from 9pm to 10pm
Goey's Finishing Move - DJ performance from 10pm to midnight"
"Please refrain from choking your children in the lobby. In the case of an emergency there are designated choking areas for you and your children."
"Drugs and weapons are strictly prohibited in the theater."
"It is now 7:66 am"
"We hope you enjoy the show."
-Not all vocals will be audible. They may be blurred with other effects and obstacles surrounding them.
-Muffled at a distance mixed with crowd.
-Listeners will have to search or turn up the volume to hear all of it plain as day.
-Design similar to the structuring of Manic
Muffled speech at different distances due to insulation and locations of where the voices are emitted from. Chatter of a crowd can be heard. May go to the mall to record this. Possibly will need to make multiple "rooms" with basic dimensions for reflections. See models for details. May be able to get away with using multiple channels, but that will depend on the complexity of each room. I need the effect to sound like the voices are also having to travel through and around other objects beyond the wall like furniture in those rooms. Also when it says "We hope you enjoy the show" it will need to be extra muffled because of the insulated theater walls. The voice can be heard behind Gabe's and the interviewer's lines. It needs to sound real. Going to experiment with further distances in odd directions from the listeners point of view.
Version 1: Listener's point of view is from the camera.
Scene opens up with Cinos fiddling with the lavalier microphone till her gets it situated.
Bring in voice of camera guy okaying the scene, count down and the sound of hands rushing through air, button and dial clicks of camera. Record zoom in and out sounds and keep them faint.
Version 2: Similar to Version 1, but with the listener (stereo mic) point is on the left of the center of the two so Gabe would be left and the interviewer and camera on right. Mic height at 32 inches.
Both speech recordings could be done separate. I will setup another recorder at the interviewer's perspective pointing Gabe. Re-recording could be a pain since not everything will be spoken exactly to script. Want to minimize the need to re-record.
V1+2: Gabe's back is towards the door so there will be sound from that direction mostly while still being under the voice recording. Sound of the crowd and bot outside the door.
To Be Continued.