Posted October 31, 2015

Redemption

As I write this, it’s Thursday afternoon and I’m thinking back ten years. I’d have been rushing to finish editing The Titan Incident so it could be submitted to the 2005 Machinima Film Festival in New York.

What I didn’t know back then is that all these years later, I’d have created 28 episodes, numerous specials and have an additional three part story in development.

From starting out with Jedi Academy, moving to The Sims 2, then Moviestorm and now iClone 6, the series has attracted special guest stars such as Felicia Day and Mark Meer. We’ve had screenings in London, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and many more. To say the show has come a long way feels like an understatement.

Cast Members Ingrid Moon, Felicia Day and Damien Valentine on the set of The Guild.

Cast Members Ingrid Moon, Felicia Day and Damien Valentine on the set of The Guild.

The Titan Incident was just an experiment, to see if I could create my own original video and move away from the fanfilms that I’d been creating before. It was also an experiment to see if a story could be told through news segments.

See how it all began with The Titan Incident

It always seemed to me that the events depicted in that first video were just the beginning. There was a whole world out there to explore, more stories to tell and characters to meet. Over time the plot developed into the three seasons we have today, Descent, Uprising and Renegades.

The idea was to tell a story the likes of which you would only see in a TV series or a big budget film. These are the kinds of shows I have grown up watching, there are very few being made in this day and age, it felt important to create my own. So I did and here we are today.

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It’s not just me though. I couldn’t have done it without a very talented cast of voice actors to bring the characters to life. They deserve so much credit because I couldn’t have made the show without them. Thankyou!

I also would like to thank Erik Ekholm for generously allowing me to use his music in the show. There is no official soundtrack but if you like it (and why wouldn’t you?), be sure to check out his website.

Finally I need to thank Kim Genly, who has been involved with the show since the very beginning. From the moment she appeared online that fateful evening when I needed one more voice to finish The Titan Incident Kim has been invaluable in creating Chronicles of Humanity. Not only does she voice Admiral Yasuko, she has helped edit the script, she’s written scenes and even created this very website.

Kim and Damien Desk

One of my favourite behind the scenes memories would be visiting Kim to work on another film. We converted the space under her desk into a sound studio, somehow both managing to get under there and recording all of the dialogue for season 2 and 3.

There is one more thankyou I need to give and that is to every single person who has watched the show. Everyone who has liked it, shared it, commented, given feedback and encouragement. All of your support means a lot to me and it’s what keeps me making more. So, thankyou!

What’s next for Chronicles of Humanity? Well, today we have the first episode of Redemption, there are two more to come. After that, there are still more stories to be told, it’s just a matter of making them.

Before I sign off, I wanted to share an image. News has always been an important part of the show, there’s been at least one segment in every single season. So I thought it was interesting to see how that has evolved over the last ten years, because it reflects how the series has changed as well. You’ll find that below.

Thankyou and continue to enjoy Chronicles of Humanity!

Damien Valentine
Series Creator

 

CoH Evolution

  1. Trinity - December 28, 2015 at 5:26 am

    a great privilege to be able to follow you along on the journey!

  2. Damien - February 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Thankyou! It’s been such a great journey and I’m glad to have friends like you along with me for it :)

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