It has been almost two months since my last post and I have a ton of progress to share! The past two months have been spent bringing Mitzy to life! I have so many updates to share, but I will keep this post brief.
I am excited to announce that I have received an Epic Mega Grant for Mitzy Makes It!! I have been using Unreal Engine since grad school and it has empowered me to make so many amazing things!
Anyone can apply for a mega grant and please reach out if you want to learn more about Unreal or applying for the Mega Grant. I am happy to help 🙂
And with the video and image above, you may have noticed Mitzy has a brand new look to her and her maker space is complete (I cant wait to share more about her space!)
Her body rig is following the Epic Skeleton Convention and her face is rigged following the Apple AR Kit Blendshapes. Also, what perfect timing the Epic released a brand new Live Link Face App and a new Control Rig system. Both are so easy to use and set up, she was up and moving shortly after bringing her into the engine.
Let’s just appreciate the version of Mitzy I had modeled in the beginning…
I finally got Mitzy’s shop to a place where I felt like I was ready to test out my theory – I could use this same environment for my game and the children’s book.
The initial concept for the children’s book was someone would come to Mitzy’s shop needing help making something. Mitzy then would make the item and during this process various STEAM concepts would be introduced (problem solving, numbers, counting, iterating, etc.) As I started to actually write it and mock up some screenshots for the images it quickly became complicated and boring, more like a How-To & Step by Step instead of a story.
Finding that balance between fun & STEAM concepts will be key. The children’s book will be an introduction into this world. The game and any play along videos will be more hands on and educational.
Below are some images I put together for the book – I was thinking of starting each book with various items that Mitzy makes.
Mitzy was making something practical in this story – I want to push the things she is making to be much more whimsical and fun. I got through about 10 pages for this draft and realized it wasn’t right. Back to the drawing board!