A short film we created with our daughters when they were 3 & 8. Both of them also drew the characters they acted. This was a lovely little weekend project!
|Screenplay||Myy Kemppainen, Ruu Kemppainen, Kiia Kemppainen|
|Illustrations:||Myy Kemppainen, Ruu Kemppainen, Kiia Kemppainen, Jussi Kemppainen|
|Voices||Myy Kemppainen, Ruu Kemppainen, Kiia Kemppainen, Jussi Kemppainen|
This project has been my hobby for a while now. A game I am slowly working on all by myself! I set up this blog to chronicle the progress of the development.
10 latest posts from the blog:
- Introducing our AI overlordsby Jussi on May 29, 2022 at 16:00
With the emergence of AI image generation tools such as Google Imagen, DALL-E 2 and Midjourney and my day job keeping me too busy to create any hobby project content myself, I thought it might be possible to create a short adventure game with the help of these AI tools.
- First Pivotby Jussi on August 9, 2021 at 13:38
My goal for this project has always been to create “mini games” under a larger umbrella. To create varied experiences bundled in one game under a larger story that unfolds slowly. I have now begun to challenge this idea.
- Pushing a car into the oceanby Jussi on April 15, 2021 at 10:00
In this post I will tell about the game scripting in more detail. We will start by pushing a car off of a container ship.
- Planar Reflections and Patrol Boatsby Jussi on February 24, 2021 at 18:26
After modeling a small patrol boat I realised that I need real reflections in the water!
- Isometric, large location learningsby Jussi on February 15, 2021 at 20:27
After working on the ship location for a while, I ran into some issues that came from the fact that I was working on a game that had fewer spatial limitations than adventure games usually have.
- Very early gameplayby Jussi on February 12, 2021 at 20:40
I started to work on the actual story content after making the first script for the opening act. I captured some footage of that progress.
- Procedural tools introductionby Jussi on February 8, 2021 at 18:45
I added procedural level creation tools into the mix and set up the ship level to test them!
- Uncharted chartsby Jussi on December 26, 2020 at 15:59
Creating a vertical slice of the game with around 1 hour of gameplay is my goal for 2021!
- The origins of the gameby Jussi on December 19, 2020 at 20:18
This is the story of how the idea for the game came to me during an 8 year period.
- Ship location update 2by Jussi on December 14, 2020 at 12:59
I did a quick pass on the ship location populating some areas.
Iron Danger is my debut PC game as a game director.
It is a game all about maximising your actions in combat with the help of infinite redos and intuitive trial and error. It is basically a gamified combat sequence animation tool (so cool)!
Gamescom 2019 Best experience: Winner
Finnish game awards 2021
Best creative achievement of the year 2020: Winner
Big screen game of the year 2020: Nominee
Finnish game of the year 2020: Nominee
Best of E3 2019: Nominee
A lot of games market themselves as being built around a “unique” mechanic. And while 90% of the time these mechanics are not in fact unique, every so often you get one that’s the real deal, and this tactical RPG with functional time travel is certainly one of ’em.
Iron Danger is a tactical combat game with a unique time manipulation mechanic. A never before seen combination that blends the tactical depth of turn-based games with the exciting action of real-time games.
Tackle challenging encounters with your party of two characters, using a variety of skills and highly interactive environments.
Maybe you will set an enemy on fire and kick them into a grain field for a proper barbeque, or set up a trap and fell a tree on top of them. The options are endless and it is you who will be deciding your own approach!
You have control over time
You have control over time
The core of Iron Danger is its unique time control mechanic. You can rewind time for up to 5 seconds whenever you want, trying different strategies and combinations of moves until you find the right one for the task at hand.
The time manipulation allows us to combine real-time combat gameplay with controls from more traditional, tactical turn-based combat games. This gives tactical combat a puzzle-like element, as you can continuously keep trying new approaches to turn impossible odds to your advantage and synchronize the actions of your characters for the perfect outcome.
You will die, but you will not fail!
World and Story
Iron Danger is set in a world of lofty fells, primeval forest, and placid lakes… as well as living gods and monsters of steel. The city of Kalevala, home of the humans who rebelled against the gods and forsook their protection, shines in the middle of this world, surrounded by towns, sea lanes and and woodlands under its protection.
But from the frozen north, a witch queen is leading her army on a quest for vengeance against the lords of Kalevala. Ancient ruins from the days when gods dwelled on the earth are opening to unleash forgotten powers, tempting humans and striving to overtake the world.
You’ll take on the role of Kipuna, a sharp-witted village girl, who becomes imbued with an ancient power that grants dominion over time and death. You must use your wits to control it as you’re drawn into the midst of a war between the city of Kalevala and the armies of the Northlanders driven by their witch queen Lowhee.
Your task is to master the power, in order to use it for mankind’s protection, while your enemies will seek to harness it in the service of total destruction.
Use unique time-rewind mechanics and experience a new take on tactical combat combining best aspects of real-time and turn-based combat.
Use highly interactive environment for your advantage to succeed against impossible odds.
Adventure in a world of steampunk fantasy and meet its unique inhabitants inspired by Finnish folklore.
Fight epic boss monsters on the path to fulfill your destiny.
No grinding; character progression pace is controlled by the story and every fight matters.
15+ hours of gameplay
PC Invasion – 90
“Iron Danger is a fun game that takes us to fantasy Finland and lets us play with time. This is a surprisingly good combination before you take interactive environments and the vibrant art style into account. If you want to play a fantasy RPG that’s lighter on the RP and heavier on G(ameplay), try this one out.”
DarkStation – 90
“From its inception to the execution, Iron Danger showcases a rare, coherent vision where everything comes together to form a unified experience, not least because of truly novel gameplay that holds it all together. I’m afraid that Iron Danger has spoiled other games in its genre for me. I can no longer imagine playing formulaic fantasy tropes with rigid combat and eternally repeated, tired systems.”
Player2 – 83
“Iron Danger feels like a breath of fresh air for CRPGs. While not a perfect game, its unique, time-based combat system is a pure joy to play with and worth the price of admission alone.”
Iron Danger Dev blog
- Friday Rewind #27: What’s going on?
15.11.2019 – HP Noronen Woah, it has been some time since last post! After miserably failing our once per week – cycle, let’s try to get back to track. This time it’s more progress report kind of thing. The main reason why we haven’t been posting anything is that our hands have been even The post Friday Rewind #27: What’s going on? appeared first on Irondanger.
- Friday Rewind #26: Community heroes
13.9.2019 – JP Lyytinen Community Challenge We held a small challenge in our Discord server rewarding the most active weekly member with a “shard”. Everyone with 10 shards (10 weeks of being most active) would get a character with their likeness in the game! And as it turned out two heroes came out on top: The post Friday Rewind #26: Community heroes appeared first on Irondanger.
- Friday Rewind #25: Skills and more skills
13.9.2019 – HP Noronen One of the major things we’ve been working lately is to polish character skills, add some new skills and rework on our skill upgrade mechanics. Let’s take a look at main things on that work. Gaining new skills When adventuring in the world of Iron Danger, our playable characters The post Friday Rewind #25: Skills and more skills appeared first on Irondanger.
- Friday Rewind #24: UI elements in After Effects
5.9.2019 – Jussi Kemppainen Using After Effects for UI artwork For the longest time I tried to fight back the tropes of fantasy game UIs, but now after a lot of push-back from the team I have succumbed under the pressure and am now redoing the UI artwork. I wanted to go all in crazy The post Friday Rewind #24: UI elements in After Effects appeared first on Irondanger.
- Friday Rewind #23: Gamescom conquered, now it’s time for Pax West!
30.8.2019 – HP Noronen Gamescom conquered Gamescom, the biggest consumer event in gaming industry, and we survived through it! As mentioned earlier, we had own booth at Gamescom as well as had pile of press meetings booked. During the three days of press meetings, we showed the game to over 200 journalists. In addition, our The post Friday Rewind #23: Gamescom conquered, now it’s time for Pax West! appeared first on Irondanger.
Videos of Iron Danger from around the web
Behind The Scenes
I created this trailer from a level I made for Iron Danger. The VFX, models and animations I used we from the game, but naturally I had to create custom animators and special versions of the particle systems to create a frozen in time effect. An effect the game leans heavily on, as time stands still while you plan your next moves.
A promotional video created for a mobile VR app startup.
The video is actually made to be experienced in 360 VR.
A set of 3D versions of 2D characters created for Lightneer’s Big Bang Legends game trailer. I also created some motion graphics for the company.
Trailer for Quantum Break, showcasing some of the work we did for the cinematics in the game.
Quantum Break is a blockbuster game with time-amplified action and a suspenseful storyline brought to life in a way never done before by fusing gameplay and a gripping live action show. Time itself becomes fractured in a time travel experiment, Jack Joyce fights the secretive Monarch Solutions to put things right before it’s too late. The actions you take and choices you make shape your experience in the show, creating a new and unique entertainment experience.
The Visual Effects Society
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project: Nominee
My company, VAU, produced the visuals and the tools for all the stages at Slush 2015.
For Quantum Break I also got to create a set of various motion graphics. Mainly logo animations and in-game branding for Monarch corporation.
The Quantum Break branded logo animations were created in After Effects with Video Copilot Element 3D & Trapcode Particular, carefully mimicking the look of the in-game stutter effect created by Janne Pulkkinen.
I also created a bunch of in-game used branding content for screens in various levels.
A live visual VJ set for Meidän Festivaali celebrating Jean Sibelius and especially his wife, Aino. Together with my brother we produced visuals for 4 concerts in total.
We did not know of the performances in advance, so I built a live visual set capable of adapting to any type of music. All effects were reactive to the music being played and we could control things by hand as well during the live performance. 2 persons were required to control the visuals and keep them going at all times. It felt like playing an instrument as a member of the band. We could play off of the performers and they of us as they were encompassed by the screen.
I also designed the stage which was a first for me.
|Director of Photography:||Toni Pasanen|
Stage previz renders
Behind the scenes
A fun marketing video for Remedy. Learn how to do the Max Payne face(tm)!
Post effects, grading and logo animations by me.
A trailer for the VR game Pollen. Directed by Jukka Salo.
Retry was the best thing I ever worked on at Rovio. A perfect game! It is a shame it can no longer be downloaded from Apple App Store. Thank god the soundtrack is available!
Retry is a free-to-play retro-styled side-scrolling video game developed by Rovio LVL11 and published by Rovio Entertainment.
An Angry Birds collage music video for Ted Striker. Directed by me.
|Post Production:||Jussi Kemppainen|
|Screenplay:||Jussi Kemppainen, Jukka Salo|
An Angry Birds Space announcement video. Actually filmed in space! Most viewed video I directed to date: over 30 million views.
Uncut version at NASA’s channel.
A music video for GG Caravan. Directed by Jukka Salo.
The character animation for this piece is created from a fly illustration my brother Antti drew and sent to me. I then animated the fly in after effects and printed out the frames. These frames I then cut out and photographed on a green screen. The crumbling up effect was created by stop motion animating the animated fly papers to crumple up.
A historical movie set in Helsinki in the period from 1905 until 1944. Among its motifs are the often vain search for happiness, love and prosperity. It tells the stories of the aristocratic Lilliehjelm family, the middle-class Widing family and the poor Kajander family from the Finland’s independence through the Civil War and the Roaring Twenties, and ending during the Second World War.
Behind the Scenes
A corporate video created for Nokia Siemens Networks.
An entry we did for the uneton 48 movie competition where the idea is to make a movie in 48 hours. We won the audience choice award.
Uneton 48 2011
Audience Choice Winner
A corporate video created for Halton indoor climate solutions. I did the direction on this one.
We made a number of different company presentation videos at Kombo, many of them very nice in their respective ways like this one, but they are almost all lost to time.
W3 Awards 2011
Vuoden Huiput 2011
A TV ad for a bank.
A short animated film about 2 mail-robots that encounter an abandoned package. I was contacted by the director duo Mariko & Ismo after they had seen my music video Pieni ja Ihmeellinen. They loved its style and wanted to create an animated movie using the same visual style.
This time we went even bolder with matching various animation styles and we introduced traditional stop motion puppet animation and servo controlled robots. We also expanded our use of costumed live action elements as parts of puppets.
Behind the scenes image gallery
A music video for Maija Vilkkumaa. Directed by Pete Veijalainen.
A music video for Collarbone. Directed by Jukka salo and me.
A set of advertisements for a finnish national betting company. Character design bt Lauri Konttori. Directed by me.
A ad for donations to help the finnish war veterans. Created from actual war-time photographs.
Fun facts: Made from concept to final video in 3 days in a very high fever with a laptop at home. 1 day / setup. Uses basic camera projection techniques, but I wanted to move the camera "too much" to make it more interesting.
|Director of Photography:||Toni Pasanen|
|Director of Photography:||Toni Pasanen|
|Animators:||Jussi Kemppainen, Ilmari Hakkola, Lauri Konttori, Tuomas Gustaffson|
A music video for lauri Tähkä. Directed by Jukka Salo.
A miniature based advert for a vegetable spread.
This ad is almost completely made with miniatures. We built a small globe and filmed it spinning. The actors were shot on a crane. 3D elements; like the cars, ships, road and water; were overlaid on the globe to add life to the scene.
A live performance of a song by Osmo Ikonen. All video material is of the actual takes.
The story behind this video is pretty freaky. I had discovered this cool Myspace artist, Osmo Ikonen, that was on heavy rotation at our animation studio office. We had listened to his stuff for maybe a week and I suddenly got a phone call from an unknown number. To my amazement, the caller was Osmo Ikonen, asking if I would like to direct a music video for him.
Of course I did – free of charge!
I can no longer remember where I got the idea for the duplicated people from, but needless to say I am into Michel Gondry big time!
|Performers:||Osmo Ikonen, Petteri Sariola|
|Director of Photography:||Toni Pasanen|
|Sound engineer:||Niklas Nylund|
The animation and post production for this film celebrating an update of a Finnish financial magazine was created by me and Ilmari Hakkola in one week. We combined 3D, after effects and some filmed elements.
A teaser video for a new kind of note reading teaching method. Created at Kombo in the year 2008.
A music video for Apulanta. Directed by Toni Virhiä.
|Crew:||Antti Kemppainen, Vältsy, Sorjola, Jyrki Kemppainen|
Turkka Parviainen, Topi Kemppainen
A music video for Retropop.
For the longest time I had this idea of a music video with very very small planets. I tried to shop it around for quite a while without finding a great song to make it for. Then Universal luckily had a song about small planets as well and the rest is history!
|Puppets and Miniatures:||Lauri Konttori, Jussi Kemppainen, Antti Kemppainen|
|Gaffer:||Toni Pasanen, Lauri Konttori|
|Grip:||Antti Kemppainen, Jyrki Kemppainen|
|Drawings:||Lauri Konttori, Tommi Ojala|
|Thanks:||Jyri Sääksjärvi, Tero Ahonen, Riitta Kemppainen|
Roosa Saarinen, Alex Keskitalo, Vanessa Riki, Markus Kallio
Topi Kemppainen, Anna Kemppainen, Mikko Haapala, Arttu Kotisara
Audience Choice Winner
A music video for Pooma. Shot by me, my dad and brother Antti at our summer cottage during one rainy night using self-built camera wire rig and a dolly.
I actually had to shoot the cabin sections twice, because it was so dark and the image vas unusably noisy on the first go. GH5s or Alpha 7 s camera would have been a something!
|Grip:||Christoffer Forssell, Juuso Kemi, Antti Kemppainen, Jyrki Kemppainen|
|Thanks:||Jere Leskinen, Arttu Kotisara, Tuire Lukka|
Video content for Nokia Non Stop Living website. Shot and directed by me. This was my first commercial advertisement job. And this case actually prompted us to found the animation studio Kombo.
|Art Direction:||Marko Vuorensola|
Cannes Lions 2008
Vuoden Huiput 2007
Site of the day 8.10.2007
A music video for Traffic Island. Directed by Jukka Salo, Juhani Koivumäki & Jussi Kemppainen.
A music video for Valvomo. I did all of the Prost production for this.
A music video for Valvomo. Directed by Jukka salo & Juhani Koivumäki.
In memory of Markus.
A music video for Zarkus Poussa. A story about a couple who can not stop fighting but can not break up either.
The first music video I have ever directed. This made me quit my then on-going game development career and go into video production for almost 10 years.
|Screenplay:||Jussi Kemppainen, Zarkus Poussa|
|Thanks||Jyrki Sukula, VIA ravintola|