How are you?
Have you been alright…through all those lonely
That’s what I’d say.
I‘d tell you everything
If you’d pick up that telephone….
Or if I would…
Where to start.
Well, on Project Possible, we decided to put out a Christmas episode. MISSION MISTLETOE. I helped write it, I helped with the voice direction, and I assisted with the final assembly, after the person who was supposed to do it handed it off to a close colleague.
The program was a success, in my opinion – the start of an example of what could be done with the characters in the Kim Possible milieu, given the right ideas.
But the leadership at Project Possible wasn’t grateful to the person who had done the real work. It was part of a continuing pattern of abusing artists not seeing them as craftspeople but simply as cogs in a machine. I couldn’t be a part of it any more.
So I left. I quit. Call it artistic differences.
But I couldn’t just leave. Within a week, I was literally climbing the walls. So I contacted the colleague and together we put together a plan.
We would build a project that would recognize the efforts of all artists as craftspeople from the start, visual , voice, audio and promotional.
We would build a team dedicated to making the project work, and ensure it wasn’t dependent on any one person to work, but that we all contributed to its success.
We built a name – Rocket Cat Productions – based of a 15th century German strategy on how to burn down your enemy’s stronghold. We then invited talent to join us, and they did, willingly, because they recognized how we treat talent – with respect and dignity.
When we needed additional talent, or skills we haven’t had, we’ve been able to recruit people – noted background and character artists, voice actors from across the globe.
We do a full audio-visual presentation each month, with location paintings, character drawings, full cast recording with sound effects, scoring, and opening and closing credit sequence. We have loglines in place to do 13 episodes, a full season, with a première in April.
So yeah, it’s been a long time. But I’ve been busy.
And as for the other guys? Well…
To date, Project Possible has presented the scripts for seven episodes, and an audio-visual presentation for one. Of those seven, I wrote or co-wrote four and heavily edited the other three.
After I left, the decision was made for their organization to go on hiatus for three months. Whatever momentum they had…
Well, you know.
As for who we are, and what we are now?
We’re Rocket Cat. And in April 2014, we’re #MissionReady.