Hi everyone,

How have you all been? I know we haven't spoken in a week right? Well, as I explained I was out of office having some leave, but I am back  now and working full speed ahead to get the movie finished in the next few days. My leave was great, but just before I left, I heard news from Picture Meerkat, and then, due to some issues at his end, I found at nothing else until Wednesday this week. This meant I was eagerly checking my emails everyday, hoping that there would be something from him. Turns out he had some issues at his end. But now I have had contact from him, so it is all good!

This also means, that the movie is near completion. I left you all last week with a few scenes left to be completed (mainly the action sequence and a scene a few before it). Now, I return, and I have to say I am pleased with what Picture Meerkat has done. I have emailed him with a few changes to the action sequence (mainly the fact that the second part of three of the action sequence is one frame long and has no animation, even though he does the animating of the action sequence!). I also have a few changes to make to the title sequence he has made for this movie (I like it a lot, but none of the names are in it etc!). This means we hope to be finished by the middle of this coming week latest.

After today, everything should be complete for the movie bar a couple of things. The first is the scene before the big special effect at the end, and the second is the big special effect at the end! Specialeffectskat is working around the clock to get the effect finished, but it involves some difficult rendering so although he had hoped to get the scene with me yesterday, he has now reviewed this and hopes to have the effect with me by Monday of this coming week. Then, once we have that, I can send it to Picture Meerkat, and he can add the scene that leads up to it at the beginning. So, when you think about it, the date we set for this movie release doesn't seem that early. Unlike last movie where we were rushing to get everything done, everything is nearly done for this movie, and we still have over a week until release.

This, you'll be happy to know, does leave me with time today to make another podcast for the iTunes series, sorry you haven't had any new podcasts in the last week, I was out of office, and if I don't do them no one else does! So expect a new podcast either today or tomorrow, I will be working hard to make sure you get that as soon as I possibly can!

You guys have been busy viewing while I have been out of office, especially yesterday! I logged onto Weebly this morning and was so excited to see you guys have given the website nearly 500 views in one day yesterday! Yes, its true. Although usually we can get up to 50 - 100 a day, 500 in one day did surprise me so well done on that guys!

Its not the only thing you have been viewing because I checked out the YouTube channel for the movies - www.youtube.com/user/meerkatmovies and the first part of the second movie is just under 16,000 views now! I'm not going to set another massive advertising push for movie 2 now, because I said my target for that movie was 15,000 and now we have bypassed that target, so movie 2 won't be advertised anymore. Although saying this, a part of me is just eager of the thought that movie 3 will come out on 1st September, and we could have bypassed the high score for any meerkat movie so far, 16,730. I'm not going to set it as a formal thing, but please help if you can!

Now, quickly before I finish this post and get on with finishing the movie, I guess I should make you all aware of the big plan we have for movie 3 release. When it comes out on 1st September 2010, we launch a massive ad campaign, which will only last for a few days. The whole idea is to get part 1 of the third movie into the charts on YouTube. For those not aware, YouTube has a Most Viewed Today section on the website for the most watched videos of that day.

The movie goes into the Film and Animation category on YouTube, and on release, we are going to work with a number of people to try and get the movie into the most watched videos of the day, for its category. Hopefully, if we can manage that, the movie may cling onto its chart position for a day or two following its release. You may wonder why we are so eager to get it into these charts? These charts give YouTube videos more exposure world wide. Instead of people having to type in Animated Meerkat Movie or something like that into YouTube, it will just be there, in the most watched videos. The exposure that comes with this is so large, and people that have never heard of the series before will have the chance to see it, and see what they think of the movie.

We hope to use the most watched videos of the day to give the movie the best start we can manage, and get the movie's exposure to the maximum we can manage. That way, we hope to expand the movie fan base, and get loads of new fans and new views for the movie on its opening day or two. You can help us to achieve this. On movie release day, and the following days, there will be links and embeds to the movie on this site, if you click them, and watch even the first second of the movie, it counts as a view.

Let's give this movie the best start any of the movies have had so far on YouTube and get say 2,000  views in the opening two days. That way, the movie fan base can hopefully soar!

Thanks for reading this far, I'm surprised you didn't give up and get bored. This has got to be the longest text only post we have ever had on the website, right? Well, I did have a lot to say. A weeks worth of news to fit into one post!

Animator Meerkat
 


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