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Short film I made in 2 days at home.

MYHA is a free First Person Adventure game created in 10 days for the "Myst Game Jam" on itch.io (9~18th January 2016).
Myha is part of the Black Cube series. Learn more on theblackcube.fr

With the support of Dejan Stanojevic, Bob Neuendorf, and The Icehouse collective.

---- About the film -----
This introductive film was created for the game Myha. Because it was created for the Myst Game Jam, it was created very quickly with a very small team (1 person + 2 external contributors). We could have really improved the quality of several plans after the release of the game, but we chose to keep it "as is", to show exactly what we did in 2 days, and keep a trace of our work. We are aware that the result is far from perfect.

"When I started working on the film, I had no real idea where it was going. However I knew I had to make the production process as simple as possible in order to finish it in no time. In order to succeed, I decided to use a few 3D models that I already had created for my previous Black Cube works. For example the cosmonaut is a modified version of the hero of ASA. The other models are very simple (spheres and cylinders...) and the environments had to be almost empty in order to save time. So everything in the film happens by night or in space. This really helped also to save time during the rendering stage. I decided not to produce the film to 1080p for that reason, and it finally runs in 720p. Anyway, the game itself is limited to 1024x432 because of technical limitations in the engine (Adventure Maker), so the resolution of the film is even smaller in the end.

The 3D process was done in 3dsmax and animated during the first day of production. I chose on purpose to include several static views (composed of a single picture). All renders were launched in backburner and rendered during the night with my PC (i7 3770cpu - 8GB ram - GTX660). On the second day, I worked as fast as possible on compositing and editing with After Effects. It really helped me improve the plans (the raw 3D was just horrible). Finally I worked on the sfx and music late in the second night and it was simplified thanks to the help of Deki Stanojevic who sent me some of the music he produced with his Metal band in Macedonia. Bob Neuendorf proofread the texts and I could create the voice of the AI with wavepad, and finalize the film."

Having the film completed early helped us a lot create the game and imagine the story and puzzles. If you like old-school Myst games, please try Myha to encourage us. It's free, runs on most PCs, it's totally indie and doesn't require any special software except for the Xvid codecs. Download, install and play! You can find Myha (the game) since January on theblackcube.fr/myha or on the released projects page of The Icehouse (theicehouse.fr) with links to itch.io, GameJolt and IndieDB.

You can also read the full DevLog written during the development of Myha on the Jam forums. They are available here: theblackcube.fr/myha-devlog.html

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The icehouse

Simon Mesnard

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