Hey all, Happy Pico Day and a big 'ol Happy b-day to Tom!
So finally I've released "There Was This One Time", my student film for my 2nd year at the School of Visual Arts. It's been put under the NEO-C account as promised and here to kick off my tremendous workload for the month of May.
So, There Was This One Time, when a bat, a rhino, a ferret and an old man all got together and played a card game.
That was the basic concept I came up with after I created a character for each of the members of TeamFourStar, the people behind Dragonball Z Abridged, which is now linked to on ThatGuyWithTheGlasses might I add! Scott, Lani, Taka and I all got together one night after I had finished designing and came up with the basic concept of them playing cards, none of them knowing what game they're playing and the whole thing ending with Ol' Man Mutton somehow winning and keeping them as pets in a cage. We improved and wrote down the script in a night and soonafter I recorded each of their voices that the character designs were tailor-fit to, along with Masako and the Opening Narrator.
I put every bit of animation skill I had into this one, focusing solely on it every single Teusday during my main class for several hours in a row, so that I could make sure to take my sweetass time with it over the course of several months. RedM was also nice enough to arrange the music for me and having custom-made BGM is a great feeling, thanks Alex!
My one main issue is that unfortunately, it's not quite as "pretty" as I wanted it to be. After completing the version that I've submitted tonight, the .fla file for the movie became corrupted while in the middle of shading it. I'm pissed because it was looking REALLY nice so far and I had gotten about 2/3rds into finishing it...so, unfortunately it's not exactly the way I wanted, but it could've been a LOT worse. At the very least I have a finished product to showcase to you guys and my peers at school enjoyed it too. Sadly though, because the file is corrupt I literally can't make ANY changes, even if I wanted to go back and shade the whole thing again, which I'd be willing to do, I literally CAN'T access the .fla anymore. So with that in mind I hope you'll excuse any little glitches here and there, I know there's one scene where the background didn't fit over the screen and you can see some white at the top. Whoops.
For my first original toon I'm really interested in critique from you guys, my fellow artist, specifically from people who aren't normally fond of my other works. I know that probably sounds kinda lame, like I'm trying to "prove my worth" to the community or something, but I'm genuinely asking for any feedback from you guys. Those've you I know in some capacity that are fellow flash animators, if you'd be kind enough to leave a review, or a comment here, or a comment mentioning that you left a review so I can find it, I'd greatly appreciate any thoughts on this one. Next year we'll be doing a group project a la collabs here on NG, so I'd like to take something away from this project to have in mind for next year. Thanks very much!
Just a couple other little things before I head out, check the Parody Rangers MOVIE blog for a quick update. Long story short, I'll be finishing the Renaldo Rangers spin-off later this month and as it stands right now, the following parts of Parody Rangers THE MOVIE are no longer being officially sponsored by NG, but I plan on finishing the movie regardless.
Also! Teusday I was surprised and flattered to see some alternate language fandubs of a few of the movies I've worked on! First we have $00pah NiN10Doh! en espanol, where a bunch of friends got together and dubbed the entire thing. Then, even more intriguing was the German dub of $eG@!, of which people are now coining the title "Sonic's Nightmare" on YouTube. They're both pretty hilarious and the concept of having something I worked on in another language in itself is pretty badass :]