For those who are always asking about the Minis, I bring you this F.A.Q. (frequently asked questions) about the series that you are enjoying.
1. Why are you making the Minis?
Because I want to bring everyone the funny side of motorsport.
2. How long does it takes to create a character/chapter?
Normally creating a design takes about 1h, the reason is because I have to look for high quality images of the helmet and search for logos, etc. Also it depends how hard the designs of the helmet is. Creating a car/bike it takes exactly the same.
Creating a comic takes about 45 minutes. In qualifying there is no problem because there is an image for every round, but in race I must select 4 images and make a gag about it, and sometimes it’s quite hard to decide which one will be the chosen one. The fifth image will be the podium.
Creating a chapter is harder. The objective is to have all the animation done at Monday night, so on Sunday when the comic is released, I start writing the screenplay and at night I try to have 3-4 scenes done. On Monday I work on the rest of the scenes, being 6-7 normally (but could be more) and on Tuesday I check that everything is correct and I elaborate the video and dubbing. At night the chapter is uploaded and is ready to release it on Wednesday.
3. When are you going to upload the comic?
When the qualifying and the race is over, I will start creating the comic, so maybe you have to wait about 1h after every session, or maybe more if the session happened when I’m at work at the hospital.
The chapters are always released on Wednesday, except the MinEDrivers one, which is released on Tuesday, because the race was done on Saturday. This changes when we have F1 and MotoGP the same weekend, because we have a double chapter, one on Wednesday and the other on Friday. The decision of which chapter comes first is decided for what will happen next week.
Example: If next week we have F1, then I will release first MiniDrivers and after that MiniBikers. If next week we have MotoGP, it comes first MiniBikers and on Friday we have MiniDrivers.
The what if videos, like Ministories, are only released when we don’t have races every 15 days, so you have 2 chapters every month. If there is a large period without races, like on summer, there will be some videos to bring the people some fun. The rest of the videos are released only when I have time to do it.
6. Are you going to make a video of a dead driver?
In one word: no. I’m not religious, but I respect all the drivers, and when they are dead, I think is not convenient to make jokes about it. Maybe this cartoons are full of jokes, but there is a line that marks the difference and this is the respect. I can make a tribute if the driver appeared on the series, or maybe I can create a gag of an old race that he made, but I will never make jokes about his death or make a video of what if he’s still racing.
7. You made a mistake! Make a MiniStory!
Making mistakes is something natural. If the mistake is extremely serious, I will reupload the chapter with the mistake fixed, but I usually can use that mistake to make a gag on the next chapter. The only thing that I ask you is not to insult like in other situations, because everyone can make a mistake.
All the designs are released at our section Vintage Minis. There are some designs that are not released there, which are works for some drivers and teams. Those designs can be seen at our official Facebook pages: MiniDrivers , MiniBikers and MinEDrivers. If you can’t find the driver on those pages, I probably haven’t draw it.
If you don’t find the driver that you’re looking for and you want it, you must know that we don’t make custom works, because I don’t have enough time between the series, the job and the personal life. We only make other designs in special situations, or because the driver/team asked for that.
I can’t make more series. The work of design and animation are made only by me, and as you have seen, it takes so much time to make every chapter and every design. Making 3 series is stealing me a lot of personal time, so making a 4th one would be mortal.
The Minis are designed with Adobe Flash CC. The transformation from Flash to video is made by Swivel. The video is edited with Final Cut Pro, and the dubbing is made with Magix Music Maker.
You must know that there is a big difference between the personal support and the professional one for one driver or team. Personally I would support a national driver, or someone who I have a good relationship, but if this driver made a bad race, you must know that I will make jokes with him at the comic and the chapter.
As I said on question 8, there is a big difference between personal and professional support. In any moment I would be hater or fanboy of any driver. If this driver made a good race, logically I won’t make jokes about him, but if he made a mistake or something I can make jokes about, you can bet that I will do it.
If you’re still thinking that I’m a hater or fanboy, I recommend you to check a race where that drive had a good/bad race, and you’ll see how the situation changed, or even you can check his rival on a bad race and you’ll see that I made jokes about it with the Minis.
If will be updating this with new questions.