When last we left our intrepid heroes…
All right. Here is the deal: I make a horrible producer and thus the Hearst Castle Ghost web comedy series has been floundering on the brink of destruction. I could explain how the holidays put things on hold for two months or my nearly month long fever, chills, dry cough, and shortness of breath a couple weeks after traveling overseas put a cork in progress or how the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020 has put the entire world on standby. I could do that. Or I can just accept the fact that I suck as a producer.
Being a producer is about herding cats and I am allergic to cats. Dogs are okay. I prefer monitor lizards. You pick them up and place them down where you want them. They might hiss but they are there. Boom. Done. I digress, sorry. Being a producer. Yes. Not so much me.
Anyway, the end result is that we had to rethink the hows and whys for the Hearst Castle Ghost comedy series. Social distancing will continue to prevent a dozen actors from gathering in close quarters in front of a green screen for some time yet to come. And the masks really ruin the microphone pickup. So I got this idea: cartoon.
I mean why not? While I suck at drawing, I am a fair hand with Adobe Photoshop and my yearly Adobe Creative Cloud subscription gives me access to this lovely program called Adobe Character Animator. I work with voice actors quite frequently as part of my game development projects and they are easier to herd (much like the monitor lizards above). Plus, there are tutorials online for just about every skill I lack (except cat herding) and I am really good at following directions. So again I ask, why not?
I make no guarantees that this will work. It probably won’t. There is a lot to undertake: I have to rewrite some scripts, but I had to do that anyway. I have to learn Character Animator, but that seems like fun. I have to arrange for some voice actors, but I am already working with some great ones with my game development studio. And I have to convert Greg into a cartoon character version of the Hearst Castle Ghost.
This might work…