Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cute blobs and money trees

Hi, everyone!

This weekend team Amazu was in Aalborg for the Indie 9000 Game Jam, where we had to come up with a game from scratch and had 38 hours to develop it. We had a great time!

We also got a very cute gift from Karina's mom: a "money tree", as they call it. It is said to bring money to those who take care of it, or something like that. But I hope it's true! Look upon the first official plant of Amazu.tv:

Now, on to normal life again. Work, work and work, and try to fit "enjoy the rarely good weather" in this equation.

See ya next time!

- Igor Noronha
Founder of Amazu.tv
@iggynore on Twitter

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Light Apprentice comics now FREE on Facebook!

Hello, people!

I just wanted to post a quick note about the newest feature created by our comics digital distributor partner Graphic.ly: now the Light Apprentice comics can be read without the need to leave Facebook!

Click here to read them for free

Isn't that great? And while you're at it, you can join the Light Apprentice Facebook group :)

See you next time!

- Igor Noronha
Founder of Amazu.tv
@iggynore on Twitter

Monday, September 19, 2011

Light Apprentice: The Game - First screenshots

Hi, everyone!

Today I'm here to unveil the details about our first game.

Light Apprentice -The Game is going to be a 3D-graphic Strategy RPG with some unique elements to it. Here is a concept cover followed by early production screenshots:

(Click images to enlarge)

For more and instant news about the game, you can check the following links:

Igor Noronha on Google+
Igor Noronha on Twitter
Light Apprentice in IndieDB
Igor Noronha on Facebook

Next: a demo video is being prepared! Beware!

We'd love it if you would help spread this post around. Thank you! And see you next time ;)

- Igor Noronha
Founder of Amazu.tv, a studio with no official website yet

Monday, September 5, 2011

Light Apprentice - The Game: Concept Art

Hello, dear readers!

Today, I will show you some of the concept art for the Light Apprentice game. Just to tease you. More info on the game to come soon!
Credits on these go to me, Martin Pedersen and Esben Sloth (which by the way just got hired by Cartoon Network. We here at Amazu are very happy for you, Esben! Go rock 'em! :).

Shaman's hallway:

D'Orc's bedroom:


Sacrificial chamber:

Mummy grandma:

If you like it, please send us some feedback :)
See ya next time!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Light Apprentce: The Game - Enemies

Hi all,

this is another small taste of how the Light Apprentice game is looking like. More info soon. Designs by me, Igor Noronha. Enjoy!

More info about the game will come soon.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Y.A.N.A. - Teaser

A project that will hopefully happen.
This is an idea that's been cooking in my mind for a while, but I had never found the motivation to actually lay it down on paper.
Until I took notice of what is happening in Brazil, with the support of the government: a crime against nature and a violation of the human rights.

If you'd like to know more of what it is all about, you can watch the videos below.

If you sympathize with the cause, you can sign the petition to stop the monster dam and everything that comes with it. Amazu.tv will do whatever is possible to bring awareness to this matter -- and that means bringing the project Y.A.N.A. to life. Soon.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Light Apprentice: The Game - Character model sheets

These are the character model sheets for the Light Apprentice Game we are doing right now. More info about the game itself soon - regarding style, platform, etc. Designs by Igor Noronha. Enjoy!

Friday, August 19, 2011

What is Amazu.tv?

Hello again, dear reader.

Today I am here to explain you what Amazu.tv is, if you don't know it already :)

Amazu.tv is a small independent studio based in Viborg, Denmark, in the vicinities of The Animation Workshop, one of the best animation schools in the world. Here, we develop comics, animation and games, both in-house and commercial projects.

It would be preposterous to say we already have found our own voice -- we are young both as people and as professionals. But that is our main goal, and we'd appreciate if you join in for the ride.
Subscribe to this blog to be among the first ones to be updated on what we're doing, or come back regularly :) Give us a +1 or share on Facebook or Twitter to give us motivation :) Really, we need to know our effort on showing you the backstage of our productions is being appreciated.

Here is our first real demo reel, comprised of works that were mostly done separately by each of us, now joined together to formed Amazu.tv. Enjoy!

Amazu.tv - Showreel 2010/11 from Amazu.tv on Vimeo.

Amazu.tv - the story so far

Hello, dear reader!

I am very excited to finally be able to start this blog. It means I'll have time to keep you updated on the many things we do here at the studio. Today I'll tell you a bit about the long way to to get to the point we find ourselves now.

No hard work, no real reward
It all started in my decision of what to do for my graduation project in Graphic Design, back in 2007, when I was living in GoiĆ¢nia, Brazil. I was already doing some comic book work, but I would like to try something different, something I could explore my limits, but with the same passion as I did with comics. I chose animation, an art form that demands a lot of hard work, especially if you are alone - and ambicious. Having no resources at all (not even a light table to start wih or colerase pencils, very expensive by then), I had to learn it all by myself and do my best in order to tell the story I wanted. And what a ride it was! After I finished the 3-minute short, I realized I needed more. There was something really rewarding there.
That's when the opportunity of coming to Viborg, Denmark showed itself, and I jumped on it like a bird on its prey. Because I knew that here I could develop my skills as a storyteller, as an artist and as an animator. And as a person. And looking back, these three years have been the most interesting and productive of my life so far. The town is small, there are no distractions, and its inspiring architecture helps keeping the artistic motivation always alive.
Not to speak about the community around The Animation Workshop, one of the best animation schools in Europe. There I met great people, and because of them I feel I'm always at home. We have many common artistic interests and that's very important for a work environment - it's very easy to connect if you have the same passion for your work in common.

The future is bright
One of my goals in life was to finish the first three Light Apprentice animated episodes - it seemed impossible if you knew my background or the situation where I used to live, but I could do it because I had faith in myself, and could work with passionate, skilled people. Now that these are finished (to be released soon - follow me on Twitter to know about it in first hand) and the comic has three issues completed (the fourth to seventh are well under their way), all that was left for us to try out was to make Light Apprentice - The Game. Production started two weeks ago and the characters are looking so good in 3D! More information soon, on this very blog ;)

More to come
This blog is where you will be able to find all information about the productions at Amazu.tv. Come back often and subscribe to be always updated - there is much more to come. And don't be shy, write us :)

- Igor Noronha
Founder of Amazu.tv