-Misunderstanding deadlines, I rushed to complete this character animation project in a little under 3 hours. The professor loved it! I finished it a week early, so he wants me to go back and add color and backgrounds...and I may add a "thud" noise to the end of it as well.
-Little by little, stress is melting off as the semester comes to a close. I finally dropped out of RedHarvest's Lady Noir collab, and I'm looking forward to seeing the thing which I almost became involved in. It's kind of a crappy feeling, invited by Red at the beginning, being involved with it, pumped about it, and then just dropping it.
Btw, if you don't want to read me rant about collabs, scroll down to the bold, underlined letters.
Hell, I was the one that suggested the theme of it being around a femme-fatale. I had an intense story lined-up for what would be my short (which in hindsight, is about as long as most standalone flashes) and even had all the voices recorded for it, but it got pushed back, and pushed back...I dropped out of the collab, and was going to do the credits sequence for them, and never found the time to do that, so now someone else is doing it.
I'm alright with it, it's no big problem. Especially since the entire reason was school kicking my ass, I had to prioritize...but from the get-go, I don't think I'm going to do collaborations of this sort with users anymore.
I'm not talking about collabs like Dick Neck was; that's what a collab should be. Everyone working together to make one final product better...not this disproportionate A.D.D.esque clusterfuck of different skits. You know what I'm talking about, the collabs that the NG staff have inspired users with hits like MGS and Street Fighter...but the NG staff makes it work because they're picking the best of the best out of hundreds of submitted animations.
So the users, thinking they can pull off something similar do things like The Disney Collab, or The Superhero Collab, or any of the numerous music video collabs, but instead of having hundreds of flashes to choose from, they have maybe twenty or ten. Since it's actually pretty difficult to pump out ONE short that looks good with good content, most of the decent shorts are buried by the not-so-good shorts.
I had a pretty good experience with the Warhammer 40,000 collab, but the utter lack of communication irks me. I don't know how Red can knock out collab after collab after collab like that, but it implies he's a glutton for punishment. lol
Call me a hypocrite when I say I can't wait to participate in the next staff-organized collab, because they know what they're doing. (And it's pretty decent exposure. I first heard of FleckoGold from the hilarious finale of MGS 2) But never again with the user-organized "Clusterfuck Collage-type collaborations." ...there's not enough communication, exposure, or money involved for the work required to be put into it. Maybe I'll change my mind in the future, but for now it's just not my thing.
-THE CAVEMAN CHARACTER ANIMATION!!! I got a week 1/2 to knock this bitch out, and I'm nervous because it's becoming one of the most important animations I've done. Not only is it the best looking thing I've animated, but this thing, once finished, could wind up on my demo reel. I'll keep you guys posted on it's progress, because it's likely I'll be completing and submitting it to NG before I tackle the Starfox parody hogabeast and I have been working on since last summer or fall.
-Meanwhile, I've been thinking a lot about the continuation of the Dick Neck saga. When Origins was frontpaged, and got mostly positive criticism, I began elaborating on a sequel...an epic two-parter cinematic event detailing DrForeman's relationship with his mother, the hunt for the Dick Neck, and Lord Turnip's metamorphosis into the bionic killing machine, Prime Turnip...and his imminent battle to the death with Dick Neck. There would be romance, bromance, gratuitous violence and action, and laughs throughout.
Thing is, I don't go onto the BBS at all anymore. I don't know if it's something worth doing. More-over, what I have in mind is vastly superior to Origins in every way, that I fear I'll be cast forever, known as "That Dick Neck guy." Classmates I've never seen in my life have seen the flash without knowing who I am, and my brother's boss recognized "Galt" when he saw it and laughed his ass off...as much as I hate to admit it, but I hear more about the people who love Dick Neck than the one's who despise it.
Still, I wanna know what you guys think on the matter.
Anyway, I'm going to knock out this Caveman animation, and then it's onto Photoshop assignments...oh joy. Film at Eleven!