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06 June 2009, 10:55 AM
james pierechod is entered in the "Secret Agent" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Work In Progress: The Queen - Hero (modelling) (

06 June 2009, 08:09 PM
Hope we have enough time to complete this one.

We will introduce the team and the story in the next couple of days!

look forward to seeing some more quality video work! I love these challenges!

07 July 2009, 12:25 PM
Ok heres the rough idea

Ok, here's the start of the idea. We are probably altering various parts of this to get to the trailer.

Main questions?

When does we reveal the agent is the Queen?
Why is titus so bad, how did this happen?


1: Windsor Castle garden party

2: We see guests milling about with queen in the background. Over the heads of the crowd we slowly zoom in on her.

3: Type: “There was a time when the queen wasn’t just the
ruler of the empire…”

4: A trusty butler-sidekick whispers to Queen Victoria

“….but its greatest protector too.”

6 QV excuses herself and accesses her secret agent room

7: Butler reports a robbery in progress at Crystal Palace

8: Cut to dastardly gentlemen thief powered by personal airship taking jewellery from the great exhibition

9: QV arrives in secret agent gear.

10-12: Fight scene on top of Crystal Palace. QV defeats gentleman thief. QV quips “One is rather good at kicking butt, no?”

13: Whirling Times newspaper: ‘Mystery agent apprehends absolute rotter’

14: Windsor Castle

15: Prince Albert oblivious to Queen’s dual role

16: Houses of Parliament: PM speaks “Reports are reaching us that our empire is going up in smoke quite literally.”

17-19: Scenes of cites around the world being engulfed in black smoke.

20: QV asks Butler who is doing this.

21: Cut to northern mansion / industrial complex, secret HQ of Sir Titus Bronchitis. He stands surrounded by drones as million of smoke machines are produced on the factory floor.

22: Sir Titus Bronchitis stands next to an ornate shrine to his parents: “Let the toffs choke! My parents died penniless in the workhouse but thanks to my new powers, I have been reborn as an instrument of their revenge. Soon the whole world shall splutter the name of Titus Bronchitis!

23: Butler: “Ma’am, he’s just overcome a whole brigade of Scots Dragoons”
QV: “The Blighter!”

24: Butler: “Ma’am, fingerprint analysis suggests he is Titus Bronchitis the northern coal baron who last year accidentally fell into a steam powered pinning. Presumably he is now a mutated megalomaniac world-hating supervillain hell-bent on revenge! Funny thing is, Ma’am, you knighted him only two years ago”

25: QV: says “The ungrateful northern oink!”

26: Titus speaks to his evil henchmen “Every city in the in the empire is now enshrouded . But I have left the main prize till last. London. The Smoke is about to get smoked out. Launch the hell-bound express – next stop Kings Cross!

27: Cut to steam train whizzing towards London, its rear carriage is one huge ticking huge smoke bomb.

28: Butler: “Your majesty, red alert.”

29: Prince Albert : “Honeykins we have an invitation to the King of Spain’s nephew’s christening.”

30: QV: “It shall have to wait, Albert dear.”

31: Scenes onboard the speeding train, as QV tries desperately to stop it. We see her leap across carriages as the train goes over vertigo inducing viaducts

32-37: Final confrontation on top of massive Titus Bronchitis HQ chimney. It is surrounded by dozens of mile-high industrial chimney stacks. The fight between Titus and Victoria takes place at the top as they jump from one massive chimney to the next. The chimneys start crumbling and falling into each other like giant dominos.

38 QV looks annoyed : “One is going to tear one a new one.”

39: Type: Agent QV

40: Type: This time, Her Majesty is the Secret Service.

07 July 2009, 12:29 PM (

QV in black, on a mission

07 July 2009, 12:29 PM (

QV in outline and TITUS

07 July 2009, 12:47 PM (

Ref Imagery 01

07 July 2009, 12:48 PM (

Ref imagery 02

07 July 2009, 12:50 PM (

The Henchmen

07 July 2009, 12:52 PM (

ok couple of alts to teh story, to give some more depth in the visual style.

more to come!

07 July 2009, 12:53 PM (

we are half way through on this one, but as we need to get going, i will upload the rest of this when complete

07 July 2009, 09:08 AM (

few ideas for the airship of TB

07 July 2009, 03:43 PM (

VV low res airship.
the portholes are where titus fills his ships with poisonous smoke.

needs directional control?
some sort of badge,emblem,flag?

front section to model next.

07 July 2009, 04:01 PM (

some material ideas

07 July 2009, 08:18 AM
looking good!

nice style.

07 July 2009, 11:06 AM (

bit of work on the Gas gun

needs to go into mudbox now for texturing and more detailing.

07 July 2009, 11:06 AM
looking good!

nice style.

Cheers mate

lot of work to go, noticed your update, fantastic enough there boys!

07 July 2009, 11:11 AM
Hope we have enough time to complete this one.

We will introduce the team and the story in the next couple of days!

look forward to seeing some more quality video work! I love these challenges!

Just realised i never introduced the team!!! dohh! working too hard i guess!;)

Ok we have:

Bill Lyne - story, straps, scripting
Neil Wallace - storyboarding, story, and props design
Andy Forbes - modeling, mattes, and animation
Jason Mortimer - design, character creation, storyboarding, scene design and mattes
James Pierechod - modeling, mattes, composition and animation

lets hope we get it all done huh?!!!

07 July 2009, 09:04 AM (

The Henchmen of Titus B

07 July 2009, 04:47 PM (

here is the sketches for the main brooch, and QV brand, working this up to be the end tag eventually. Work starts on the jewels and detailing of the brooch tomorrow.

07 July 2009, 11:18 PM

just the first testing for the butterfly flight, looping flight movement for the opening scenes.

07 July 2009, 12:24 PM (

probably a bit too damaged, but we can scale that back!

07 July 2009, 01:17 PM (

ok, dialled the diosp back, and altered a couple of mats.

07 July 2009, 08:01 AM
a quick animation test of scene 01.

butterfly dancing through the gate posts and over the gate, suggesting the location through the gate graphics and guard with the hat, still holding that mystery though!

07 July 2009, 12:59 AM
I like this gas gun, it's classy and fancy.

07 July 2009, 08:33 AM (

titus standing and delivering

07 July 2009, 08:34 AM (

Titus facial development

07 July 2009, 11:45 PM (


Ok, here we have previz of scene01 running to scene02 with a fade out between, we may run some setting text inbetween (not sure yet! text is being written). Scene 02 is based on a slow warm up to the introduction of the hero character and a safe environment. so we are looking at slow, playful animation leading the viewer to the action. Shot shows the butterfly/butterflies (not sure whether we are going with the one or two butterflies yet!!) flying around the corner of Buckingham Palace to the hero in the garden.

matte to be tweaked (redone!!!) shortly.

Rendered image on this image needs work on displacement, and colour corr, but we are getting there.

07 July 2009, 08:33 AM (

The queens aide

07 July 2009, 08:34 AM (

quick sketch of how we first meet our hero, and sidekick.

07 July 2009, 08:01 AM (

here is the queen, during her non-hero hours!

07 July 2009, 08:04 AM (

a bit of Titus standing around.
Andy can you model from this?

07 July 2009, 08:10 AM (

The Queen as Hero - modelling reference

07 July 2009, 08:14 AM (

animation previz to follow

07 July 2009, 09:06 AM (

Modelling prep for the gas man henchman thingy

07 July 2009, 08:24 AM (

The Queens right hand man!

Modelling is almost complete.

Need to create all textures correctly, and develop a good procedural skin shader for all characters, gonna work on this next.

07 July 2009, 02:16 PM
No one has commented on your progress? Not sure why, I like where this is going. Some good things, I'm at work and haven't had a chance to go through everything, but I like the artwork. Good job, i'll come back later and have a better look at things.

07 July 2009, 02:34 PM
No one has commented on your progress? Not sure why, I like where this is going. Some good things, I'm at work and haven't had a chance to go through everything, but I like the artwork. Good job, i'll come back later and have a better look at things.

hahah i know, we have been quite quietly beavering away over here, but thanks for the comments, look forward to completing this one we hope!

let me know what you think later on.

cheers mate

08 August 2009, 08:33 PM
Love everything about the gas man guy concept. Good stuff!

08 August 2009, 07:24 AM
Nice!! Good luck!

08 August 2009, 04:38 PM (

stage 01 - modelling the Queen as the hero, need to add the detail and main day to day dress over the top.

08 August 2009, 04:41 PM (

just looking at the background and table detail in scene 03.

characters to be added:

dynamics to cloth elements to be added.

08 August 2009, 11:21 AM (

finalising the head, have to add the earrings and vail.

Mats and rigs next.

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