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The Last of the Dashkin 2 is the working title of the next episode of the Brackenwood web series and the second part of The Last of the Dashkin. The project was put on hold for a little over a year while Phillips focused on the new Dashkin game as well as the Brackenwood Wildlife Documentary Series, and announced tat the Dashkin game would be the continuation of The Last of the Dashkin, but when the game was cancelled in late 2018 production on The Last of the Dashkin 2 started up again. This Brackenwood short will be the first main "installment" of the series to use a blend of 3D and 2D animation, using 3D backgrounds rendered in the Unreal Engine and 2D character animation on planes created with the animation studio-standard software ToonBoom Harmony. In 2019, Adam Phillips received funding from Epic for using their engine in his work in the form of an Epic MegaGrant.

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In early 2016 Adam Phillips announced and began working on The Last of the Dashkin 2 alongside his new series, the Brackenwood Wildlife Documentary Series. Roughly once every month he was able to work on another scene or frame from The Last of the Dashkin 2, and he usually streams his work live on Twitch.tv. In early 2017 the project was put on indefinite hold as Phillips announaced his Brackenwood video game project titled Dashkin. Shortly afterwards it was announced that the Dashkin game would be the continuation of The Last of the Dashkin, however when the game was cancelled in late 2018 production on The Last of the Dashkin 2 was started again. Phillips currently streams his work on the short film every weekend.[1]

By 2020, Phillips had completed all storyboards for the project and begun the animation process. Nearly all scenes feature 3D backgrounds created with various 3D softwares and rendered in the Unreal game engine, with all character animation being 2D and done on top of the CGI backgrounds in the digital animation software ToonBoom Harmony. The 2D characters are placed as planes into the Unreal Engine. Later, Phillips polishes and integrates the two mediums together better, making it so that the characters seem to truly be interacting with the 3D environment they are in. The episode is going to start with a series of journal pages bearing sketches by the character of Lemonee Wee, which have been painted by Phillips fully within the Photoshop-like program Affinity Photo. In the episode, however, the pages are projected onto 3D pages that will flip like real pages across frame, allowing the viewer to see all the journal pages.


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