Ageless Tales Studios
Information on getting into the Group.
Before you begin working with us in earnest, you will need to start an initiation procedure in order to test your abilities as a designer, artist, writer or costumer. Don't worry we won't treat you like a frat boy/girl or have you doing ridiculous dares. We're not like that.
The initiation is a test to see how far you can go in regards to costuming, designing, writing or generally helping us out. To become a full member of Ageless Tales Studios, you must perform three or four of the following tasks.
WARNING: YOU WILL NEED SOME OF THE FOLLOWING:-
A sense of humour. It can get really silly but funny.
A digital camera, web camera or camera phone in order to take photos of yourself in
costume or images of sketch art that you have done.
An art package with which to edit photos on the computer. A graphics tablet can help.
Face Painting supplies, available from your local costume shop.
The ingredients for building the costume you are aiming for, this can be basic clothing
(like a matching tracksuit set with a hood) that can be cut, sewn and glued to produce
the intended costume. You could also buy the costume if it's available from a shop or
Create a superhero based on you. You are to create your own costume and the more
creative you get, the better. Get into the costume, take photos and sent them to us.
Create an animal character as if you were playing a part in the Jungle Book, Wind in the
Willows or any other animals-as-characters production. Build the costume and take photos.
Create a swords-and-sorcery or high fantasy style character. Create a back story for the
character. Build the costume, take photos and then send them to us.
Create a silly character that's a bit off the wall. It doesn't have to make sense as long as it's funny and tests your ability to costume as a character. If it's awesome, we can create something from it and fit it in a project. Somehow.
Impress us by dressing up as one of the characters above and *actually filming* yourself
acting as the character!
Draw a set of fantastic backgrounds for various genres like swords and sorcery, general fantasy and science fiction settings.
Draw a set of character and costume designs for a genre or specific project. Include
detailed info on the construction and any makeup designs required for the designs.
Draw a detailed blue print for a costume. Suggest materials and components.
Take a portrait photo of you. Using a computer art package, edit the photo so that you
look like a character of a fantasy race Elf, Dwarf, Feline, Cyclops, etc. Do three different race images and then send them to us.
Take a photo of you posing as if you were casting a magic spell or shooting a fireball from your hands. Using a computer art package, edit an energy projectile or aura into the image. Do three different versions of the effects.
Take a picture of yourself posing like a 'paper doll' and then in a copy of the image, edit your image to look like you are wearing a costume that you perhaps did a sketch of earlier. Send the finished image to us.
Write a synopsis and concept document based on a series of stories that could be a
potential photo comic. Write an introductory piece at the start of the document to explain the idea behind the story and what it's about. Create a set of characters to feature in it. This document should be a minimum of six pages. Send it to us.
Write three plot synopses for a project already in production. Send them to us.
Create several characters for a project already in production. Describe how those
characters fit into the plot and how they tend to react to other existing characters.
Get in touch with a couple of members and discuss potential stories and characters. Build an idea with them that will inspire others.
---After the Initiation
Once you've done enough of the above tasks, we will easily decide that you are a member of the team and discuss further ideas. You will be expected to provide continued assistance and create new ideas for the projects. Sometimes, you might be expected to do a costuming shoot for a character in the projects. We have been known to supply an occasional gift to show our appreciation and help you out.
A couple of things must be noted as well. Firstly: When producing photos, artwork or writing for the comic or related media, you will always be accredited on the finished piece of work in a specific credits section at the beginning or end of the work. In doing any piece of work for us and sending it, your permission must be given to edit the image or text to fit the final media - otherwise it cannot be used! When submitting artwork, provide us with written or emailed permission to edit the photo set.
Here at Ageless Tales Studios, we promise not to use your images in any explicit, illicit or otherwise offensive way. If you are unhappy with the use of your work in any specific way, we will work with you to amend the situation and if necessary, remove the relevant work or change it entirely so it doesn't include the specified material. Secondly, a moral code-of-conduct must be adhered to in order for a safe and friendly atmosphere. Remember, you're representing us.
What we will accept and what we won't
What We do accept:-
You having fun.
You being safe.
General Interest and constructive feedback on the comic.
Completed (or mostly completed) photo shoots from requested lists.
Plot, character, location or other design ideas in written form.
Your costume and face-painting experiments for characters.
Impressive artwork and inspiring ideas
Contributions. OH HECK, CONTRIBUTIONS.
Cool fan art! OH HECK, COOL FAN ART!!!
Cool Art Trades. OH HECK, COOL ART TRADES!!!
General support for members when they're depressed, having a tough time or generally
feeling down (it's like having another family here).
Your continued presence. No, really. Be there. We miss you.
What we definitely do not accept in any way, shape or form:-
Looking for loopholes in our code of conduct so you can try to get away with unacceptable behaviour.
You being targeted by hostile reprobates who mouth off at anyone.
Offensive or insulting behaviour towards us or other people who work with us.
Offensive racist, homophobic, religious or cultural slurs, propaganda or insults of any kind at all. We might not have certain aspects but that doesn't mean others should be
offended for their life-style or beliefs.
Leaving offensive messages or starting fights on our web pages, forums or emails.
Photos of people under sixteen years of age.
Naked or mostly naked images that are pornographic in nature.
Demands for resources without any resulting character photos or work on our behalf.
The use of our art, stories or other work without out permission and claiming it's yours.
The use of our art, stories or other work in explicit, illicit or offensive material and
claiming it's ours.
The misinterpretation that you *think* you are your character, not *just playing* them.
We do not condone or encourage anyone getting confused with their real-life identity
and the characters they play. There a difference between William Shatner and Captain
Kirk, please remember that!
Once that is out of the way, all that can be said now is that we look forward to hearing from you and hope to work with you in future.