The Forest Beyond – Documentary

Yup, you read that right. A group of students from the local Media College learned about this project and figured it would make for a great documentary. We can only agree!

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The mini-documentary should already be finished by next week, and we will of course be sure to share it with all of you.

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The documentary will include a few interviews which should give you a clear picture of the entire project and the stop-motion animation included. We are very excited to see it.

Stay tuned for more.

Busy week at The Forest Beyond!

As mentioned in the last update, with the main props and characters ready for action, the first  animation tests took place this week. We can not wait to share the results with you, but you will have to be patient for little while longer.

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Phew, building an entire world can be hard work.

The week started out strong when Andreas Husballe visited a local kindergarten in order to test The Forest Beyond on the projects target audience. He returned with a much clearer picture of the universe´s current strengths and limitations.

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Christophe and Andreas are always busy designing new assets for the project.

The children responded very well to the visuals, but it turns out that alteration to the games difficulty level will be necessary. The target audience were capable of a lot more than first anticipated, which of course will open up for even more possibilities for the game.

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Arsenalet is a creative growth environment located in Viborg, Denmark.

Today The Noisy Neighbors presented the project at the monthly common breakfast at Arsenalet, giving other creative developers the chance to ask questions and come with feedback.

With this new knowledge The Forest Beyond will keep moving forward, expanding on the universe, adding more characters and work it´s way around to the first animation cycles. Stay tuned if you want to learn more, as we are more than happy to share the details about this game production.

First character – Name Pending

Here we see a very proud Christophe Peladan with his newest stop-motion creation, the main character for The Forest Beyond.  Fuzzy, blue and smiling, what more could you ask for?

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If you want to see this little guy move around, stay tuned. With the first props and the main character completed, it will not be long before we will see the first animation tests.

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But names are difficult. What do you think this little guy should be called? Feel free to write a comment below!

Workshop – Construction process

Welcome to the workshop!  Here we are building The Forest Beyond, a stop-motion children´s game.

5 days of hard work between Andreas and Christophe has paid off, and you can see the whole process below.

This first prop is the house of the game´s main character, who will actually be ready for action already tomorrow. So, if you want to see him, you will just have to stay tuned.

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Hard work, hot glue, some nice colors and a heap of cardboard.  Home sweet home.

Busy people in the workshop

Welcome to the workshop! Here between all the cardboard and glue, the Noisy Neighbors team are working away to make all props and characters for their new game “The Forest Beyond.”  With all this cardboard lying around, it is probably a good time to remind everyone that this will in fact be a digital game at some point

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It’s a real joy to see the first characters starting to shape, and it will be even better when Christophe begins the process of animating them with stop-motion.

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In this digital age it is really refreshing to see this physical approach to what is essentially a digital production. Stay tuned, I will bring you more updates already tomorrow.

Welcome to The Forest Beyond

 

The Forest Beyond – Game Development Blog

What you are currently watching is the development blog for a new game project which is titled “The Forest Beyond.”

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Andreas Husballe and son, inspecting the newest prop.

The Forest Beyond is a children´s game that uses classical stop-motion techniques to make it´s animation, meaning that the entire universe is handcrafted. The result is a product with a very refreshing look and feel, something you rarely see in the gaming industry.

The project is being developed by the dynamic duo Noisy Neighbors which consists of the super talented character designer Andreas Husballe and award winning stop-motion animator Christophe Peladan.

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Christophe Peladan working away on the main character of the project.

The game will be developed for iOS and Google Play, and as you can probably tell, will mostly be targeted towards a young audience.  The game will delve into themes like exploration, curiosity and emotions, which will inspire some very imaginative visuals and characters.

On this blog you will be able to follow the development of this project.  We will aim to bring you daily updates about everything from the crafting of the physical characters and props, all the way up to the more digital aspects.

So for any lover of handcrafted props, good design, games and classic stop-motion animation, stick around, because you are in for a treat.