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Hello there my little flock,
I just felt like doing a quick update to acknowledge the unholy amount of flash animation I've put up here during the past 2 months, usually this sort of work rate doesn't get produced for years.
I thought I'd quickly recap my most recent movies, give a little background insight into what it was like making them, and some constructive analysis on what I could improve about them. Because you'd love to read that wouldn't you! Yes.. But feel free to contribute anything if you want.
October 1st 'Adam & Suzy - http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/603813
This was the first animation I'd put out in about a year, and it was a pretty bog standard, simple frame by frame story from a technical aspect. I did each scene without knowing where it was going which was lots of fun. It did get a bit weird towards the end, but I think it came out pretty much how I wanted. One problem I did have with it, was when it was exported the sound mp3 got a bit mangled and sped up, I'm still unsure as to whether that was a problem with my pc, the software, flash or whatever. I don't think it detracts too much from the animation though.
October 22nd 'Excelerator 12 Blade' http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/604838
I can't stress how long this has been in the pipeline. I think I started it sometime in 2012, and I thought that if I was planning on upping my work rate I may as well spend some time polishing off something that was pretty much done already. I love the sound clip, the scenes themselves were pretty straightforward. And if you like that sort of comedy check out the new season of Peep Show on Sunday.
October 31st 'Johnson lonesome skeleton' http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/605288
This was easily the project that required the most work, I managed to force myself to get from storyboard, development, and completion in just over a week, and it did annoy me that it didn't get more views than it did. But I learnt a lot doing it, there are a few key scenes in there that I am very proud of, and my only regret is not having the sound to work with until very late in the process so I couldn't sync it up fluidly with the animation. But hey. As i said, I learnt a lot doing this, and impressed myself with the fact that if I work hard I can produce animation of this standard.
November 13th 'Arrows of Fury http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/606031
A quick remake of an animation I made a while back. I was reading a guide on flash backgrounds at the time and I wanted to mess around with lighting my characters. It's a quick fun little short.
November 20th 'Geta Loader Skyrim' http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/606399
Something a little different, it was an idea I came up with a few months ago, and I decided to animate it with I influences from spongebob squarepants ie. exaggerating certain shots, over expressing postures and facial expression, this was also the first time I edited the music to one of my animations which I will definitely be doing again!
Sooooo there you go!
As I keep muttering to myself in a demented fashion, I'm trying to keep my work rate high, I'm trying to do 3 animations a month, and improving on my style and skills all the time. I got a couple of ideas for Hanukkah and Christmas in the pipeline, so keep it locked in :)
I just flicked onto my profile and realised that my last post was in 2009 ! Which is just silly really..
I'll just quickly state now, that I'm going to up my work rate tenfold this autumn, and hopefully get myself an inter-ship / work experience / some sort of job in the animation field, that is the plan. I've had abit of a moment of clarity about what I want to do with my life career-wise, and have drawn up a rough plan for how I want things to go in the next few years -
Year 1) Build a respectable portfolio / showreel to show animation studios.
Year 2) Get some sort of work in a animation studio based in my home town (Manchester)
Year 3) Take the skills I learned from animating at home and in the studio and move to London (where most of the animation companies in the UK are based) and become a supremely qualified and bad-ass animator, and spend my working career making something that will last instead of slogging through with the bar work / 9 - 5 / unskilled and truly lame jobs!
Year 4) ???
Year 5) Profit.
I've also been steaming ahead with an animation for Halloween, which I only had the idea for a few days ago so I've given myself a very tight time frame to work with considering Halloween is only 5 days away. If I do get it done by then, then I will have managed to churn out 3 animations in 1 months which is an unreal work rate compared to my usual 1 every year :)
I'm feeling a lot more focused, am trying all the time to improve and learn more about my animating, and seem to have so much more drive now that I know where I want to be. (Sorry for sounding cheesy here). But yeh! I will try and keep this page updated with any relevant advancements or news.
Take it easy. Peace x
Not posted anything since June so here we go.
Firstly, if you have been following my posts you will know that I'm always going on about my part in the "Pretender Collab", my part has been finished for months and months, plus the collab itself has been on the go for well over a year now. Well not anymore, because I've been in contact with FlashFrog and it seems that the collab is dead. Finito. You will never get to see my part :) or the collab for that matter. At least it's nice to have some closure on it.
I am now a working man, having dabbled in catering for a few weeks at my old job, I've now landed a Sales Assistant job in Manchester Piccadily Station which is kinda neat. It's a good place to work, it has it's good and bad points, but overall I'm just happy to be off the dole and earning some wedge. However I have noticed that it is absolutely impossible to work on any animations, work full time, and still maintain a healthy social life. I'm guessing I could do any 2 out of those 3, but all 3 is neigh impossible :P
On that note, I am very excited about my upcoming animation. I am serious when I say it's gona be the best animation I've ever put up on newgrounds.
I'm undecided on a title but I'm hoping to finish/ submit within the next couple of weeks.
I am very fortunate to have the voice acting talent of ForNoReason and VoiceGirl with me on this animation. So hey there you go, semi proffeshional eh? At the moment I have all the voice parts, most of the backgrounds & characters and am just slogging through the painful process of lip sincing. That's all for the moment.
Watch this space!!
Another generic update.
To give myself a break from the woes and cycle of depression that is job hunting in this current economy, I put my nose to the screen and forced myself to do a half decent animation on Sunday. Took my about 5 hours but I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out. Click the link in my profile or click here. I kinda impressed myself with what I can do if I really work at something :)
The Pretender Collab is STILL unfinished, although my part has been completed for a good many months. I'm wondering how long it's going to take, as it's been well over a year since it's conception. I might ask if I can take on other people's parts just so we can finish this.
Also, I'm putting alot of thought into designing/ storyboarding/ rotoscoping/ animating a proper full length animation. I'm hoping to create a music video for a track called 'Frogs on Acid'. I've always wanted to make a music video, I really enjoy watching them as a viewer, and some of my first sitings on this site were music videos. Plus it's a big goal and I think I would enjoy testing my abilites and motivation with a project like this.
This is probably my main project at the moment, although I am thinking about designing 2 websites for some arty friends of mine, it would be nice to try doing something different like that and hopefully they won't mind my playing around with ideas for them. I'll keep you posted on developments.
Other than that. .. . . . I am job hunting. It's very slow. Very depressing especially when you get no responces :P but I'm staying positive, hopefully I'll find something in the not too distant future. untill I update next time PEACE OUT
Just thought I'd do an update on some of the stuff I'm doing animationwise at the moment.
For starters, I just found out that I will be taking my final 2 graphics exams the week after next when I get back from the easter break ;P I should really get my act together and buy a sketchbook haha. If my animation for these exams are half decent I might upload them here, who knows.
Also, about a week ago the controversy surrounding sirtom93 led me and a group of other animators to make a light hearted collab about the subject. It was sort of overshadowed by the 'people republic of china' april fools joke on newgrounds that day, but it still did fairly well and got the 9th highest score of the day.
Check it out further down my profile or with this handy link, my part is last in the movie but obviously it is the best there by far :P
The Pretender Collab is still waiting on a couple of parts, and has now been in the pipeline for over a year haha! My peice has already been done for a long time but I'll let you guys know when the whole thing finally gets submitted. Hopefully it will be some time soon(ish).
Other than that, I'm alright. Have only got a couple of weeks left of college before I am officially an adult :c hopefully I'll find a job doing something I enjoy or maybe not! Anyway I'm still alive and keeping busy so it's all good. I'm currently thinking of making my first music video about frogs and dubstep hahaha. so you will probably hear from me abit later, safe inabit distinctive gangstash
maa haa mwaa