Normally This Weird – New Trailer On Halloween

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The promotion of our other web series, Normally This Weird, starts this Halloween!  The holiday is a perfect fit with the tone of the show, and you’ll see when we release our brand new series trailer on the 31st.   This trailer is going to have brand new footage from all the new episodes we shot earlier this year.  Everyone involved wanted to finish what we started with the two pilot episodes, and I’m so happy I finally get to show people the new stuff!!

Tn the coming weeks, following the trailer, will be character videos that reintroduce (or in some cases introduce) the characters and the world of the show.  These character videos will also include an addition behind the scenes moments with the actors who these crazy characters.

All this leads up to the “Normally This Weird” January debut!! 

Remember, you can always find the latest news on this project, and other Squishy Studios movies, at our Squishy Studios facebook page and our Normally This Weird facebook as well!

The editing timeline for the upcoming NTW trailer!

What’s Up Next For Squishy Studios?

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Hey everyone! So with the Voyage Trekkers season now complete, this begs the question … so what’s next? The short answer: A Whole Lot More.

Okay, the slightly less short answer….

Normally This Weird. Our first web series. We started it before Voyage Trekkers, we only shot the first two episodes, and we always wanted to go back and finish the remaining episodes of the season. Well we did. I don’t know how we found the time or the energy, but the whole season is in the can. Expect to see the first glimpses of Normally This Weird on Halloween (a holiday which best describes the fun and vibe of this show).

The entire season is going to be nine episodes long, with the first two episodes already out, and are right here. These episodes are going to be a lot meatier than Voyage Trekkers. I once described Voyage Trekkers as “beer and dessert” … these are going to be a full meals. They’ll be seven to eight minutes long, with plots, subplots, and multiple characters. They’re comedy but there’s also going to be a heck of a lot heart to them. I think you’re really going to dig the characters.

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More Voyage Trekkers! How could we not do more? Everyone involved wants to do a second season so it’s just going to be a matter of finding the resources to do it. What this means is that there’s going to continue to be a stream of Voyage Trekkers content coming as we delve into the inevitable fund raising efforts, approaching investors, and as we take the show to comicons, festivals, and local live events.

So stay tuned to Squishy Studios there’s a plethora of new and awesome content coming your way! Yay!

Season Finale of Voyage Trekkers

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The first season of Voyage Trekkers is now complete.  In a marathon of post-production, with over a 193 green screen composite shots, and four people working on effects alone (and let’s not leave out composer Michael Markowski), the season finale is finally out.

So I used the word “finally” …  I’m writing this just six hours after it’s delayed release.  At the moment it’s 7 am and most of you haven’t seen it yet.  I’m really hoping, for many of you, that it comes as a surprise treat that the “last episode” is effectively SEVEN episodes, being a ‘Choose your own path’ video adventure.  We wanted to end on a big note … I just didn’t grasp how big until we were in the final stretch.

It was supposed to come out on Monday (and it technically did if you live in Hawaii!), but wrangling the all the final details (from sound design to final effects) became a protracted ordeal.  I was aiming for a 10am release, but it turned into 1am the next day … and for pretty much for every moment of that (except for lunch), I was chained to the computer, running on an hour and a half of sleep, fueled by adrenaline and caffeine.  Not that “thrill seeker adrenaline”, it sounds weird when I describe it that way, but there is a force of energy that props you up when you’re working on a project like this.  It happens all the time when I direct.  You keep plugging away like a steam engine, but about a half hour after wrap is called it all nose dives off and your body suddenly remembers it’s mortality.

Special recognition goes to David Stipes as my partner in the sleepless race to the finish line.

What I really like about “Many Paths to Eden” is that is really lets the characters out of the box.  And the box is the short format that the previous episodes have had, and often with a controlling theme or style.  In this one, all the comedy comes out of the character’s personalities and the variations of their unique comedy.

It’s been an exhausting yet truly wonderful experience.  I can’t express how grateful I am for everyone, the actors and the crew, playing along with me and running around in space man outfits with our toy guns.  The fun has been infectious and I think everyone wants to do it again.  I know I sure do.
Here’s the part where I sum the entire season and the show and put some perspective on the journey … but instead I think I’m just going to take a nap.