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Ben Zwycky

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  1. Ben Zwycky

    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    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.
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    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)
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    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):
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    Those awesome public domain images from the Juno mission were just begging to be used like this, I couldn't help myself
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    Jupiter went live earlier this week:
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    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.
  7. Well, since it is possible to earn medals during the fleet league season, it would be good to create some images to represent those medals, since there are no images of medals in the game. These medal designs will NOT be recognised as such by 3000AD, they will purely be used for the fleet league. The medals we need designs for are: Award for Gallantry Combat Shield Order of the Wraith Planetary Shield CommanderÔÇÖs Shield Eye of Andromeda Star of Merit Order of the Universe I already have some ideas for the Combat Shield, planetary shield, Eye of Andromeda and Order of the Universe, but it's too much work to try and do all of them myself, and I'm sure there are people full of good ideas and creative talent who would like to contribute to the community in this way. If more than one offer is made for any given medal, we will have a vote on which one should be used, if necessary adjusting it to fit in with other accepted designs, and people can give immediate feedback once a given medal idea is posted, enabling modifications to be made before presenting their final version.
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    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):
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    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
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    Thanks, I'm trying to make them good enough to somehow go viral, but no such luck so far.
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    And here's Earth:
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    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):
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    Thanks, Sho.
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    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):
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    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
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    Sorry, try this one:
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    Planetary Fiction: Mercury

    And this is the one I did for Venus: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=ZdHOBlIpj6M
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    A little Christmas carol...

    I got a new microphone, and this was me putting it through its paces for the first time: Merry Christmas, everyone!
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    Astounding Frontiers

    Thanks
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    Astounding Frontiers

    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.
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    Astounding Frontiers

    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 )
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    Tales of the Once and Future King

    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
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    Tales of the Once and Future King

    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)
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    Interview on Catholic Geek Radio

    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
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    Interview on Catholic Geek Radio

    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
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