Last night I finished the video, and this morning I uploaded it to Newgrounds and YouTube. I wrote the script like last August or so, and mid-February I decided to actually start making it. Took under a month. Here it is on YouTube if you want to watch it.
So Magic Wand got what I would call a "generally positive" or maybe a "mixed to positive" response, which was basically what I was expecting. It was supposed to be this short little video that didn't take long to make, but as I said, it was prolonged and ended up being a bigger deal for me. Wasn't intended to be that way. Got an okay amount of views for me overall, I guess.
I have a short coming out soon, should be another week or so. I'm putting more time into the line-work and getting it to look clean. I don't really care about that sort of thing very much, but apparently everyone else in the world does, so. There's also more commission work coming in for me, which is good for money, but not so good for time. Oh well.
Two days ago, I uploaded Magic Wand Infomercial on YouTube and Newgrounds. Didn't get a whole lot of views yet, though the reception has been pretty good. Right now I'm just hoping it gets on the front-page of NG, that always helps a ton for an audience. In fact, it's basically crucial.
Looking behind me, seeing how everything did and how everything went down in the past couple of years... it was... uh... it was what it was. Nothing I can say I'm really proud of or happy about, though it probably could have been worse. But maybe not. I don't know. Frankly, I'm pretty pissed over all of the favoring of certain people simply because more people follow them, and everyone's gotta be so freakin' picky over what they click the stupid "like" button on with my videos. I suppose they're just too embarrassed by someone like me, someone no one really knows about. It's great, very encouraging to keep going.
So honestly, everything's been pretty stupid, now that I think about it.
But, it won't stop me, I continue to do what I do. I still plan on making a potential series, and I say "potential" because I don't know for sure if I'll want to continue it or not after the pilot, if I make that. I want it to have very good quality, and of course, that's what everyone says with everything they make, but I really want to put lots of time into it.
About the whole Army thing if some of you have been wondering... my ship date has been June 16th, 2014. Though I found a loophole... there is no legal obligation to do anything until you've actually set foot on your way to BCT/boot camp in the military. So, you don't have to show up at all. If you don't, your contract ends. There are no repercussions.
I bring this up because I've been thinking about some stuff more. I realized how fast school has been ending, and when it's over, it'll be over for good. I just want some more time to myself just before I go into something like that. I want to be able to work on games and movies for lot more time.
So, instead of doing the Army thing so fast, I'll be moving in with my cousins over in PA. It's pretty exciting, their house is full of artsy people. I think it would be a good environment for me. And best of all, Spazkid and the gang live just a few minutes away from their house. I'll be able to visit more often, so that should be nice. We'll see.
So here's some more updates for you all... the video I've been working on for the past couple of months is almost done and will hopefully be out either before or during early February. That would be nice. I started production on it like last September, but then a bunch of other stuff came up (of course including A-Hole in Time) and I really didn't have much time to work on it, but for about 4 weeks or so I've been back to work on it.
Some of you MIGHT be wondering what's going on with Automation... um, well, it's not good, I'm sorry to say. The last time I got anything done on it was about since I released the trailer in September. After I got a bunch of commission work done and looked back at it, it just seems messy and choppy to me. The files for it as well as the voice clips are all scattered and disorganized, there's parts I want to redo now, it's really just a mess. Not sure if I'll ever really get around to finishing it now, to be honest... I've spent maybe 3 months on it in total time, since I started it last mid-Summer, and though back then I thought it was coming out okay, now I see nothing but issues. Not to mention that once again the trailer hasn't really gotten any views. Will it be worth it if I spend another 3 months on it to get maybe 6,000 views? ...No, probably not. I don't want another Dual Force to happen here.
Now a couple of you might be thinking to yourselves, "wait, didn't you always say that you shouldn't worry about views and just do what you want?" Well, yes, that's precisely how I feel, but the problem is, all-in-all, working on the video and the thought of it alone is not making me happy. If I'm not making money or any sort of real reasonable reward with something that I work on, or I'm not enjoying it (in this case, it's both), than it's just not worth it for me. Sadly, once again, I've let myself down as well as the people who lent their voices in it as well. They all did an outstanding job as usual, but it sucks for all of us because it's probably not going to get published.
But, to be optimistic, normally I always follow through with what I do. This is maybe only the 2nd or at most the 3rd time out of like 17 movie projects that I haven't ended up fully completing and publishing.
But yeah, that really sucks.
In other news though, the game I've mentioned earlier is going pretty well. I got basically all of the mechanics and physics down, now I just need to make actual selectable characters. That should be fun.
In other other news though, I want to obviously start on the next cartoon when this one is done, which again, should be soon. Yes, I ALWAYS have a cartoon in the works, no matter what! I need one! I want to do something with characters I've previously made, like Alula or Lia or something. But of course, I need an actual idea before I just jump ahead and do something like that... it's tough. I want to do something with action in it as well, like most of my videos have. But yeah.
The end for now
Is it just me, or has all the content on Newgrounds and such been really, really lacking lately? I mean, it usually IS really bad, but for the past few months it's just been horrendous. Like, all these random people are popping out of nowhere and uploading videos, but every single time they're just not funny and it's like you've already watched it 50 times or something. Even the famous, already-established animators have been uploading some of the worst stuff I've seen, it's all just been about the latest video game that everyone is talking about and they put some really unfunny pun or other form of bad joke that ANYONE could have written in it. Yes, I know I always talk about how I hate video game parodies and whatever, but lately they've just been even worse, if that was even possible. I think it's obvious that these people are just trying to sell-out and get to the top as fast as possible, even if it means pushing everyone else out of the way, and I have mentioned that MANY times before, I know, but again, recently it has been a lot more noticeable to me.
That brings me to my next point about most of these newer people appearing online, or people who have been around for a few years but are starting to get just a slight amount of recognition... they're all just extremely intimidated by each other and don't want to support anyone else who is trying to grow. They all feel like everyone is only their peer and they just try to be better than them and not acknowledge their existence. My friend and I have been talking about this last night too, I've been noticing it, he's been noticing it, it's ridiculous.
I guess it's because all these random people are finally starting to realize that online animations, if you're successful, make a whole bunch of money and get you a lot of fame, so everyone just wants to dive into it and get to that point instantly now, even if they really don't care for or have a real appreciation for art. It's annoying, I hate getting these people adding me to their Skype and having them send me their bad hentai-wannabe drawings and completely unfunny hack scripts for their videos. They're just plaguing up the already-diseased internet even more with embarrassingly bad garbage.
But this has all been motivating me to make GOOD stuff. After I upload the animation I've been working on for a while, I think I want to start on a bit more serious-toned stuff, or stuff that's a little dramatic, or I don't know. I really want to get off of this whole internet crap at most within 2 years or so and start on real projects, because the community, content, and all the favoring for select people from the famous ones has been pissing me off more and more, it's dumb. I always wanted to make a real movie or something... but obviously that's probably not going to happen, so I don't know. This is stupid, everything's stupid.
We will see.
Well, here's the news on the commission. It is now published. Finished it a few weeks back as I said earlier, and now it has finally been uploaded. Here it is.
RicePirate was the one the commission was for. He did an awesome job writing and voicing it, and I had a fairly fun time animating it. I was surprised I was able to finish it in less than two months. It's all in the motivation, I guess.
Yesterday I uploaded a 2013 year-in-review video. You can watch it on YouTube right here. If anyone remembers, I did the same last year, the 2012 year-in-review, which you can watch right here.
So, for the typed version of the video, 2013 started with the publishing of Dual Force in April. As some of you know, it has so far been the longest video I've made to date. It's also been the longest time I've ever put into a video, partially because the file got corrupted and erased like a month's worth of work. Nevertheless, I pushed through and finished it.
Being dissapointed with how much time it took me and how I really didn't feel accomplished at all after it's completion, I felt like making a short animation and finishing it fast. I pretty much always do original stuff, but this time I decided to make something about League of Legends. And less than a week later, Teemo's Birthday was born. Lol.
After which, Saminat, Rambojoe and I all got together and started to write a new script, and right about when Summer began, Sparkle Pom-Pom Squad was released. In comparison to my other projects, though it really doesn't mean much at all, it did the best. Huh, I wonder why...
About a month or so later, I started working on a video I called Automation, and in September, I released a trailer for it on YouTube, right here. Right after, I wanted to make a shorter video with a simpler plot, so I started working on that. Both of these videos are still currently in production and I'm really not sure when I'll finish them.
In early November, I got to work on yet another project, this one however was a commission animation for RicePirate, and I finished it just about a week ago. You should be seeing it uploaded to his channel and such whenever he feels like it, probably within a week or something, I dunno. He did all of the writing and audio-composing, while I did the rest. All I'll say is that I think it's pretty hilarious, the timing was executed very well, and his acting, as always, was phenominal.
Other than projects that I have lent voices over for, that's about it for 2013. Hopefully in the next few months before Spring you'll see these other two cartoons out. I have so many ideas and things I want to do, but time is always an issue, especially with school being on top of everything. So here's hoping to a good, or at least mildly tolerable 2014, because to be completely honest, 2013 was absolutely horrendous and I hated it. This was a terrible year, and I'm very dissapointed in everyone for it.
So it's Christmas. And it's December!
Well, a couple of days ago I finished the commission video I was talking about for the past couple months. You should see it uploaded on someone's channel pretty soon... that is, if you subscribe to that person. If not, I'll still have a post with a link to it when it is published. It should be any time before the end of the month. So before 2014.
Now I'm back to work on my other videos. If I'm lucky, I'll get one of them out before January. And that really isn't going to happen, so more realistically, I might be able to get it out early February, hopefully earlier.
In other news, I'll have another year-in-review video up just towards the end of this year, just like I did last year. Yey.
So what has been up this Thanksgiving Break? My pal deadlycheese123 has returned safe and sound from his Navy-duty for a break and has been staying over my place for the past few days. It's been nice.
What's not so nice though is that my computer has been having all kinds of issues for weeks now, registry errors, random audio dropouts and graphics shutdowns, and internet browser redirects. After spending countless hours running endless amounts of anti-malware, updating drivers and continued troubleshooting, I've just decided to do a clean install of Windows onto my SSD. Of course, this fixed all the problems, except for the audio dropouts.
So in short, that all sucked and is continuing to suck. As you can probably guess, I didn't get much progress done on any projects, not nearly as much as I would want. Gay. I'm hoping to fix all this stuff hopefully by today, because Thanksgiving Break is just about over and I pretty much wasted all the time I could have been using to work and get some stuff done. Let's hope for the best.
Tomorrow I plan on doing another livestream, but deadlycheese123 will still be here until
Thanksgiving Break just started for me. Woo!
So I'm thinking about doing Livestreams, possibly weekly, possibly once every other week, possibly not at all. But probably today in a few hours I'll start my first one, I'll bring in one or two friends along with it. But basically you'll be watching me animate or draw or whatever. You can ask questions and stuff in the chat thing as it goes.
No idea how people will respond to it, or if people will even want to see more when it's done, but for now it will just be a debut to see how it goes. So I'll make another post on deviantART, on Tumblr, on YouTube, Newgrounds, and in my Skype status just to get as many people to be aware of it as possible. We'll go from there.
So be prepared. That is if you're interested.