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Messages - Project Test Chamber

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Ok so i didn't really want to release this but here it goes, The storyline is vague in a sense but the idea is there and i've got a lot of determination to make this thing happen. I have a lifetime to complete it, so i'm on no tight schedule.

This is how i summed it up to a friend of mine over MSN.

(20:46:36) Andy W...: its hard to summarise really but i will try
(20:49:39) Andy W...: Basically its about a group of 3 astronauts which are going to this mars base thing to carry out an experiment which is like pretty revolutionary ( not gonna say what it is yet cuz i don't wonna give to much away), the company they work for(PTC) is based both on mars and earth but they carry out all the tests up on mars where its safe away from lots of people,
(20:52:13) Andy W...: before the 3 astronauts make it to mars, an accident occurs on the mars base and its caused by like a strange occurance, when the company that runs it back on earth hears about it, they claim that there was an explosion and no known survivors, and they do knwo about the 3 astronauts going to mars but they cut all communications back to earth as they don't want the truth about what has happened to be found out back on earth by the public
(20:54:16) Andy W...: The 3 are like confused as to what is going on and when they arrive at the base, they don't expect to see what they do, and begin to look for people, they find some people but they act very odly and they say a lot of people are missing (all this bit of the film is like themed to be pretty scary), when they discover that the company back on earth has cut the communications they know something strange has gone on and relise that they are isolated
(20:56:24) Andy W...: there aim now is to survive and try to make it back to earth or at least send back the truth as to what has happened at the mars base. What they don't know is that back on earth as the news of this (so called) explosion is found out, the world space organisation or nasa or whoever decides to create a rescue team, the company running the mars base finds out about this and sets the mars base to destroy itself before the rescue team reaches them
(20:57:35) Andy W...: this is so it looks like the companys claim was real, thus the truth of what really happened is never found out but what the company doesn't know is that, the remaining survibors will do anything to survive, but will they make it, or will they show earth what really happened there?.......

I'm only going to keep this up here for a limited time, then i'll get back to work on the project. I just thought it was about time i released something about it. Expect big things to come in the future. Not in the near future though. Check out my website for more information. i will be posting a more formal storyline up there soon, and then the script.

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« on: February 09, 2010, 08:08:58 am »
yeah i reckon i might knock up a few tutorials over the next few weeks. Some new stuff for the beginner Anim8or's. Like you said its up to us to keep the forum going and adding lots of content and help.  :)

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« on: February 08, 2010, 06:11:58 pm »
I just feel the forum is slow and rigid, i just thought it would be a good way of making people feel more comfortable to post stuff and to encourage people to keep returning instead of signing up and never coming back.

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: We Own the Skies
« on: February 08, 2010, 04:06:11 pm »
Ok so i've sorted out a solid website name now, you can access the new website at www.weowntheskies.co.uk .
I was thinking of getting another URL or Two as well just so when people search for it they land in the correct place but i'm not sure what to call them. Also i might be looking towards getting a .com domain as well but for now i'm very happy that i've just set this site up. For only 3 a year i thought it was worth it. Also i think i need to reorganise the website layout somewhat as the About and Project pages have very simular content so to break them apart anything to do with the story will now go in the project section and anything to do with About i guess will just be about how i came up with the idea. So the about page will just be a single page with a paragraph or two of text. The project section if you take a look really expands out into a lot of pages and these will all need to be organised well to make navigation easy. Anyway as well as the whole website creation/hosting the project is really starting to role along.

At the weekend i admit was on the lazy side but did manage to start rolling out some character ideas and begin writing the script. I also need a new rewrite of the overview plan which i have for the storyline. The problem i've got here is i want to tell you a lot about the storyline but i don't want to give the story away, so i will probably create a summary.
I'm afraid there won't be many images yet because i'm just not at that stage yet, and i'm finding it really hard to not be tempted just to create some soncepts but i really do need to get the story basics down first.

Much more to come and i'll keep you posted as much as i can.

www.weowntheskies.co.uk Also add us on twitter, it would be great to hear from you! http://twitter.com/WeOwnTheSkies3D

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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Off topic or General chat Thread
« on: February 07, 2010, 10:53:39 pm »
Added a poll

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General Anim8or Forum / Off topic or General chat Thread
« on: February 07, 2010, 10:49:01 pm »
I think its about time that this forum just had a place where you can share some outside interests. We just need a Off topic section or general chat thread or sumthing along the lines of this. I think it will help the community get to know each other more as well as encouraging users to come to the forum more to just chill.  ;D Anyone else agree?

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: My Anim8or Website...
« on: February 07, 2010, 08:33:08 pm »
no just different html files are needed for each page.  If you use 110mb, you just upload the files to the file manager. As long as all of the pages are in the same directory if you use 110mb, then they will link, for example i have uploaded all of my pages on the files manger all in no directory/folder. Because of this, if say i was on my Index page (homepage file) and wanted to go to Animations Gallery html file (animations gallery page) i would just put this link in<a href="Animations Gallery.html" target="_self">. and it would work because it is simply being told to stay in the directory that the index is situated in but search for that specified file and open it.

Hopefully this is making some sense otherwise i'll have to tutorialise it and include some pictures.

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: My Anim8or Website...
« on: February 07, 2010, 06:57:53 pm »
ok so i've set up your entire website now, i've even made all of the pages you wanted. what i've done is set links to the different html files for each page but for the links to work all of the html files must be uploaded to your webhost in the same directory. Now the question i need to ask you now is, will your webhost allow you to upload entire webpages into a directory.

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to be fair the manual doesn't tell you everything though such as if you wanted the texture to be reflective. You need to set the attribute for that under specular.

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Portfolio Website
« on: February 06, 2010, 11:30:08 pm »
WOWeee! Thats one hell of a flash website. Did you make it yourself or use a template?

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: My Anim8or Website...
« on: February 06, 2010, 11:14:06 pm »
Yep, i don't know if i'll have much time today but it'll be done by tomorrow.  :)

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Fake Anim8or mag. cover...
« on: February 06, 2010, 10:40:40 pm »
Someone should start the DotAn8 magazine up again, it was pretty good.

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: My Anim8or Website...
« on: February 06, 2010, 10:36:08 pm »
i know you've got a host right now but i can recommend you this one, brilliant host never had a single issue with them and they are pretty professional in comparison. 110MB Web Hosting which is totally free http://www.110mb.com/aff.php?un=weowntheskies, the bit on the end is just my refferal link. Anyway, i'm not sure of what your on now but the free 110MB account gives you 110mb storage and 100gb of bandwidth!!! thats a hell of a lot. Also it supports use of html, xhtml, javascript, flash, PHP, MYSQL and XML etc.

If you not a great website maker or have limited knowlegde then i guess you can use there website templates but i'd stick to making it yourself. The layout on the site is just like a folder structure. First of all you'll need to create your homepage and you'll need to call it index.htm or index.html. You can then edit this and start making your homepage either on the hosting pages editing tools or if you got a piece of software use that. Once you have your homepage just keep adding pages from there. For example i see you've split the page into an intro, animations and then tutorials. you could create seperate pages for each of these which would make the website appear clearer, easier to navigate and load faster.

As for website layout there are a few ways to do it. Like your page there is no layout its just a long page which progresses down with information and videos. Now if you want a simple layout you can use tables to set out everything. For example you could create a sidebar, header, main content section and footer etc etc....

If you understand more about html you could try using CSS and creating webpage layout through that which would be consistant for every page. I did this on my website and set up certain perimeters for the header, footer, sidebar and main content section so they would be the same on each page.

If you want some help with making your website or want me to set you up a layout to use i'll be happy to help you out. Or even if you just want to learn some basics on html i can help you out with that as well! i'd reccomend 110mb for the hosting, i was on the free account but upgrade to premium so i got 15Gb of storage, 1Tb of bandwidth!!! Absolutly crazy and i'll probably never use it but hey! Also i did it for the FTP linkup from my website host to my computer so i can upload files directly... but i'll stop blabbering on now and chill  :P

... I might just make a tutorial now...  ???

EDIT: just found this, might be of some further use into the insight of the host http://www.110mb.com/preview.php see what you think?

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: We Own the Skies
« on: February 05, 2010, 11:17:02 pm »
Yeah, in my last post i said i would probably be putting together a team but i'll need to finish the script first. as soon as i have i'll post out the information.

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Finished Works and Works in Progress / We Own the Skies
« on: February 05, 2010, 09:01:11 pm »
I've now started the script writing and also set up a twitter account for those of you that use the site. You'll be bale to follow me and see all the latest updates and progress and if you don't use the website yet then i would suggest twitter to you!

Add us on http://twitter.com/WeOwnTheSkies3D

I'm sorry i don't have any further news to bring but i'll add a small summary of the storyline below for you.

"The story in a very brief summary is about a company named PTC who is carrying out revolutionary tests both on earth buit mainly on mars where laws over tests are non existant. A new team is being shipped up off to mars and ready to help with the latest experiment (which i'm not allowd to tell you about yet!). The experiment however does not go as expected and the resulting days after this become very eventful. (obviously i don't want to give to much away yet)"

http://www.weowntheskies.110mb.com

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