I haven’t updated in a while, since things have been very heavy at work. There is a big deadline approaching on Halloween for a separate project. Merge production will pick up speed again after October 31st–then it will be animation time!
Since the last update, two friends have joined the crew to color backgrounds for Merge. They are both incredible artists, and I’m grateful for their help. Background production is almost complete–more on that soon!
This summer was a major cicada year for Atlanta! I was hoping to record the cicadas for the film, but kept putting it off.
By mid-September, the weather had been getting cooler, and Atlanta was bracing for tropical storm Irma. The cicada songs that had once been deafening in the woods outside my apartment had dwindled considerably. Who knew how much longer the cicadas would be singing?
So some friends and I went on some trips to record the last cicadas of summer.
Luckily, we were able to find cicadas at Morningside Nature Preserve before the storm arrived. The recordings we made should be useful for the Merge soundtrack, since high quality, royalty-free recordings of Cicada Hieroglyphica are surprisingly hard to come by (go figure).
Here is a sample of what we recorded:
Thanks to Marisa Tontaveetong for helping me acquire an audio recorder, and Yu Ueda for showing me around the nature preserve. Also, thanks to Deandra McCord for helping me search for cicada shells!
I’m still looking for an adult cicada, so if you have one, please send it to me 😉