Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
About Film & Animation / Professional Premium Member Alex ZemkeMale/United States Recent Activity
Deviant for 4 Years
7 Month Premium Membership
Statistics 145 Deviations 3,616 Comments 64,373 Pageviews

Newest Deviations


Flash Player 8 is required to view SitBack. Get the latest version of Flash Player.
Yeah, I know, it's a pretty mixed bag. Production stills for my Portal short Companionship, comic pages from a chapter I did for Turra: Gun Angel, and a bunch of t-shirt pinup art from years ago. What can I say? I'm unfocused eclectic.

Watchers

Chell Theme Music for Companionship by alexzemke

Hey all!

For those who've wondered about the progress of this short, it's kind of a long story. After the major coverage that emerged over my Portal fan film, "Companionship", a ton of people wanted to get involved, and thanks to my artistic naivete and my inexperience with such overwhelming attention, I fell into an age-old pitfall: "scale creep".
The short version: what started as a tiny little personal project quickly ballooned into a major one, and last year it essentially collapsed under its own weight! What normally happens at that point is that the film simply dies, gets abandoned, and becomes a regrettable memory.
But too many people had already devoted too much of their talent to the pre-production of that oversize mess, and for my part, I'm not really into quitting things these days.
So after a much-needed break from the frustration, I rolled up my sleeves and got back into it. I took the overlong script and streamlined it, cutting the length by more than half while retaining the overall story and theme. I looked at the production elements we'd been struggling with, and made some deep cuts to limit it just to what we know how to do now, instead of what we'd hoped to eventually learn. Anything that threatens to stall the project from here on out will simply get worked around with some creative problem solving, which is something I'm actually good at.
I'm working with a few other people now to put together the new story reel, and so far things are looking pretty damn sweet. I honestly think the film will end up a good deal better for all the lessons learned in that first attempt, and as we create more substantial material worth showing, I'll start sharing it here again. Thank you to everyone who has worked on and/or supported this project. You people are awesome!

-Alex

deviantID

alexzemke's Profile Picture
alexzemke
Alex Zemke
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
I'm a CG animator, primarily for AAA video games. I'm also hard at work making a Portal animated fan film, COMPANIONSHIP.
Interests

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:iconomarito:
omarito Featured By Owner 16 hours ago  Professional General Artist
thanks a lot for the llama! :D
Reply
:iconalexzemke:
alexzemke Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Professional Filmographer
:D
Reply
:iconcamxlotg:
camxlotg Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I'm not sure if you are looking for help but I would be glad to get involved and get professional experience. Here's my reel if you're interested. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjkzPW… Email me at 17glynnca@fpsct.org
Reply
:iconnicosucio:
nicosucio Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Artist
Hey thanks for watching!
Reply
:iconalexzemke:
alexzemke Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
:)
Reply
:iconmomentousgoomba39:
MomentousGoomba39 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank's for the :llama:!!~ Portal
Reply
:iconalexzemke:
alexzemke Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Same to you!
Reply
:iconmomentousgoomba39:
MomentousGoomba39 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
FAINT HIGH FIVE.

Also, is that "Portal 2" project close to finishing? :}
Reply
:iconalexzemke:
alexzemke Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Ha, not even! Whole thing collapsed under its own weight last year. Major "scale creep" got the whole thing way too big and unmanageable. Tore it all down and started over, keeping it shorter and simpler. But it crawls slowly forward!
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconvictoria-star:
Victoria-Star Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch !!! amazing work !!!
Reply
Add a Comment: