If you've ever come across a useful piece of Logic or a particularly memorable voice-acted character in Dreams, chances are you might have run into the work of Zodira! We caught up with the technical mind and talented voice behind Dr. Sunflare to discover more about them...
What do you like to do in the Dreamiverse?
My favourite thing to do in Dreams is to solve problems. Seeing a new, challenging bit of Logic is what I greatly enjoy. While doing Logic is how I started, I have now gone into voice acting, which is another big love of mine. I enjoy broadening my horizons, essentially.
Lately, however, I've found a lot of enjoyment in my roles in working on the Sunflare series. Being the Showrunner, I am also the technical animator. Figuring out ways with rigging and Logic to make the animation process easier is one of the most enjoyable pastimes for me.
If you could give other members of the CoMmunity a piece of advice for their time in Dreams, what would it be?
Of all the advice I can think of, the most important I'd say is to never give up. We all have our limits - never be afraid to set aside a creation that's driving you nuts to return to later. Most, if not everything, in Dreams is trial and error as you learn new and valuable things.
I used to be horrid at sculpting and I still see it as my greatest weakness in Dreams. However, over time I have been getting better and better with each new sculpt. It’s been a long process for me, though.
So never give up. Always be up for trying different ways, or even experiment. Sometimes I just jump in and get random and see what comes of it. One of the best ways to learn Logic, I feel, is literally figuring out why something isn't doing what you want it to.
What was the first thing you created in Dreams?
A cube!!! Heh, but seriously, it's hard to remember. I know the first two things I really worked at were Logic, to convert 8bits into a single variable and back out. This way I could save a lot more information inside a singular variable. However I have seen others make far better versions of this.
I also worked on a scene routing system to bypass the Doorway limit. It used to be that you could only use 10 doorways per scene and I mistakenly took it as a single doorway used 10% gameplay thermo. So I made this system thinking I would save a lot of thermo, and not realising the doorway limit didn't affect thermo as much as I thought. But it did turn out valuable for other applications ^.^
Favourite food, movie and song, in that order. GO!
Oh geez... Hard to decide between sushi or key lime pie… I wonder if there is key lime-flavoured sushi. Or sushi-flavoured key lime pie!
My favourite movie is no contest: the Robin Williams film Toys. I kinda feel like it's underrated - it's my favourite movie by far. It's just so... weird XD
Song... How can I pick just one song, or even one band?! I admit I sat thinking about my fave song way longer than I should, so I'll just throw a bundle of bands at ya: TWRP, Super Furry Animals, Goldfish, Con Bro Chill, and S3RL.
How can people find you in the Dreamiverse?
In Dreams I can be found under the name Zodira. As for how to best get hold of me, I'd say that would be Twitter @ZodiraSunflare.
Which creations are currently your Top 10 in Dreams?
There are just so many Dreams that it’s incredibly hard to decide on just 10!
First, a couple of shows from the Dreamiverse that are brilliant but also inspiration I come back to on occasion.
Pepperoni Pete’s Pizzeria
The Battle to save Doge Kingdom
(I might be a little biased considering I have a role in this one, but it’s a perfect example that you don't need to put in weeks or months of work into something to make an awesome show in Dreams. The whole animation style lends well to the kind of humour it portrays!)
Switching things up a bit to some fun stuff I love.
Fields of Battle 1942
Tales From Dark-Town
Now to switch things up a bit again... Since it’s October, how about some spooky?
The Nightmare in Hallow Falls
This is currently my most loved horror title in Dreams. The level of detail in the environments and the atmospheric horror present created one of the scariest dreams I have ever played.
Beyond the Nightmare
This had to be the first dream to outright scare me, and purely with the ambience it produces. Seamless environmental loading just adds to the foreboding.
Who’d you like to get to know in the Dreamiverse? We’ll ask them some questions for next month’s newsletter!
Hard choice between everyone, but I would have to go with SoundsLikeTreble. I am also thankful to him for what he has and continues to do for me.
Plus, I need to know what his favourite food is!