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Ben Zwycky

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  1. Thanks, this one took a long time to make (I first wrote the song over 2 and a half years ago, there was a very long delay in getting the music for it and hundreds of hours of rendering time for the various sequences)
  2. The planetary anthologies series has been transferred to a different publisher, so I won't be making any more promo videos for those, but I've had an epic time gate-themed poem accepted into Saturn, so watch out for that when it comes out. A new multi-planetary trilogy that I edited went on sale today (book 1 did, pre-orders opened on the other two), and I made a promo video for that which starts with a scene from the Jupiter video (my wife said the trailer makes her want to read the book, even though she knows it's not her kind of book, so I'd call that an advertising win):
  3. Those awesome public domain images from the Juno mission were just begging to be used like this, I couldn't help myself
  4. Jupiter went live earlier this week:
  5. Thanks, and I did, on a micro budget, too. The music is public domain, though I added some additional bass drops and effects in appropriate places. I've built up a very large library of stock effects, footage and images that I tapped, added to some 3d modelling in three different applications (blender, daz studio, hitfilm pro). The voice actor doing the audiobook version supplied the voiceover, the author supplied a couple of images from shutterstock, and I blended in some template animations from viddyoze, a model and couple of animations from mixamo and a bunch of images from pixabay and footagecrate. My most complex video to date. The client is very happy with this one.
  6. Another one unrelated to the planetary series, but went on sale today (used a ton of different tools and libraries in this one, my first video since getting a dedicated rendering rig (a second-hand workstation):
  7. This one is not related to the planetary series, but is a fun crowdfunding promo for a new space opera series (books and a card game ). There are two days left to get in on it for those interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI7ZLryA57E
  8. Thanks, I'm trying to make them good enough to somehow go viral, but no such luck so far.
  9. Earth is coming out in 4 days, in the meantime, here's another promo video I did for a fun an unique book that combines 1001 Nights with A Princess of Mars (and starts with a modified shot from the above Mars video):
  10. I forgot to post the Mars video. Here it is (took a lot more work that I thought, and ended up being a couple of weeks late):
  11. Thanks, Sho, Mars is up next in just over two weeks, really need to get to work on that one so it's suitably epic
  12. And this is the one I did for Venus: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=ZdHOBlIpj6M
  13. Here's another promo video I did (must have taken me about 40 hours of work to put it together), this time for an awesome collection of stories I helped to edit.
  14. I got a new microphone, and this was me putting it through its paces for the first time: Merry Christmas, everyone!
  15. Issue 5 is out now including a fun poem of mine among the awesomeness. I made a very cool promo video for it (I'm getting better at this )
  16. Thanks, Sho. There are a number of other songs of mine on my youtube channel, but this is the most polished one so far, and the first that I've actually put up for sale. (It can be found on itunes, cdbaby and various other music sites, the link to cdbaby in the video description on youtube). The book itself is amazing and I heartily recommend it
  17. Another update, I have a piece in a unique collection of Arthurian stories called Tales of the Once and Future king, stories of all kinds, sci-fi, steampunk, urban fantasy, epic fantasy (mine's an epic poem over 100 verses long), in all sorts of settings and period and yet blended together very cleverly into one overall story. I also made a promo video for this one, writing an original song for it that I presented at DragonCon last month. (That's me singing, with my brother-in-law playing the guitar)
  18. A little update, I'm one of the editors for a new fun monthly pulp sci-fi magazine called Astounding Frontiers (3 Issues are out), and I'm also making little promo videos for it, e.g. Issues are only $2.99 each on amazon and some good quality fun stories, so worth a try I'd say.
  19. Cool, I'll be interested to hear what you think. It starts a little slow, then gets more interesting towards the end. I actually mention this place in the interview, but for some inexplicable reason I called the game 3000AD instead of Battlecruiser 3000AD. Sorry about that, chalk it down to kids disrupting my sleep cycles
  20. My first internet radio interview! We talk a little bit about 9/11 (since that's the day it was broadcast), and then discuss superversive fiction, my books, my writing process and how I started out. http://apiusman.blogspot.cz/2016/09/the-catholic-geek-poetry-and.html
  21. There's a free ebook out of my picks of the best story and article from each of last year's issues, available here: http://www.sciphijournal.com/news-20/
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