Here's a little something from our archives. In January 2009, in the time of the oldschool DIY Tagtool, we set out to make an animation series, recorded in the studio as improvised takes according to a very loose script. The stars: fearsome space mechanic Hilti and his careless spaceship called Captain. We had no budget, little experience, and three days. We recorded three episodes. The result was never published.
This is the first episode - "Der Tankwart", which means "The gas station attendant". Hilti and the Captain embark on a quest to the mystical planet Huntopia, but after a few meters they run out of gas. They have to emergency-land on a nearby planet, where they miraculously encounter a gas station. Despite Hilti's suspicions, Captain happily fills himself up, and promptly goes bonkers. Hilti doesn't know what to do. Enter the gas station attendant, explaining to Hilti that this was the Gas Station of Death, which A) has really bad gasoline, and B) is bloody expensive. The only way to get him back to his old self is to take him apart, clean him, and put him together again. After the procedure Captain wakes up, his old imbecile self again. But the Gas Station of Death demands payment! Of course Hilti and Captain don't have a penny. The gas station attendant comes to the rescue, offering them a shady job which will earn them enough to pay up. But that's for the next episode.
All shots were recorded live together with the music and the voices. We put together a Frankenstein setup involving two DIY Tagtools, an HD mixer, laptops running various other software applications, and some gamepads to control the characters. We used borrowed hardware that would cost upwards of 10,000€. It was a great experience, but in the end we knew - we have to come up with an easier solution. Fast-forward to end of 2012, and we have Tagtool for iPad, which does most of the things you see in the Hilti video for a tiny fraction of the price, in an incredibly mobile format. And future updates will get it even closer to our original vision. See for yourself at tagtool.at!
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