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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.


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!



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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.


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subjectchanger Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
will "companionship" have any scene with glados in it?
alexzemke Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Dragerdeifrit Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Filmographer
thx for the llama :)
alexzemke Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Mro16 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Thanks for the favs and watch.
alexzemke Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'd faved some of your work way back, and I was surprised I hadn't already followed you, your girls are awesome!
KotiyRot Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
"Companionship" is dead?I think I've fainted. 
alexzemke Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
No, not at all, but last year was a gigantic clusterfuck. With all the attention my tiny personal project got, a ton of people wanted to get involved, and I committed the classic blunder of growing the project way out of proportion until it was impossible to manage, let alone produce. I took some time away from it earlier this year, and now I'm working with a scaled-down crew to tell the same story much more efficiently, with a hard eye toward keeping production simple.
KotiyRot Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Good news. I'm waiting. We are waiting. Whatever.
TomKellyART Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey cool thanks for watching me!!
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