Monday, June 28, 2010

No News is Good News

Today marks the 7 year anniversary of Sonic X Chaotic Battle. Completed in only 3 ½ months, Chaotic Battle was my first real endeavor into traditional animation. Studying other cartoons was the way I taught myself some basics of animation and CB gave me the opportunity to practice drawing preexisting characters and bring them to life.

So, Sega has a little Sonic contest going on (Thanks, Luke). I will definitely be entering this in the next couple weeks. Reading the fine print boils down to a 1-5 minute video, no 3rd party graphics or copyrighted music, and it must be original work. There's a bit of reworking and tweaking I have to do to submit to this and that's what the next couple of weeks will be spent on. We'll see how that goes.

Until my submission is finalized, I won't be spending much time on finishing Act 3. I just have to sit down and do it, but instead I decided to take a break and play Uncharted 2 the entire weekend.

Wish me luck.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I'll See You in My Dreams

Last night, Ido and I went for a night on the town to see the local video game rap duo, The Adventures of Duane and Brando. They put on an awesome show as they played all of the songs we wanted to hear. Days before the show, I requested a song by posting on their YouTube and sure enough, they tossed it in their setlist and said aloud it was their first time performing that song. I talked to Duane after the show and thanked him for doing that song and he mentioned he did it for the single comment made on his YouTube. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked. Here are some vids I took at the show.

Audio is definitely NSFW.

So that was a lot of fun. Hope to see them again soon. As for Cosmic Chase, I put in about 25 hours of work into Act 3 this past week alone. It's been the most productive I've been since last summer and am pretty happy. "Okay, so, what does 25 hours equal in terms of progress?" you're asking. Well let me tell you this: 22 out of 43 shots are complete. Done. Finished. Finalized. Yeah sure there might be some timing I want to tweak when it's all said and done, but the backgrounds, special effects, animation, and coloring are totally done on half of Act 3. I'm estimating if I bust my ass for the next week or two, I can have Act 3 done in that timespan.

Cosmic Chase is extremely close to being complete. I'm still going to go back and fix up the rest of the movie's pacing, cut unnecessary shots, and maybe (though I hope not) redo a shot or two. I'm trying to get this movie out asap, so I've been cutting corners wherever I can, corners that even the human eye can't see the difference. It doesn't affect the movie in any way and you guys won't even notice a difference. Act 3 is chock full of detail as it is and it's got some nifty effects. Some effects I wanted to do Flash didn't like and crashed on me 5 different attempts, so obviously that effect isn't going to make the cut.

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Being this close to completion, when will the movie be ready for viewing? That's what everyone wants to know, right? Still reading?

The release date for Sonic X: Cosmic Chase will be announced next month. It's closer than you think.

Time to get pumped.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Be Good to Yourself

A little bit of a blog redesign. I was bored with the old design and there were some new templates to mess with.

Worked a little bit on CC this week and on my new film. Other accomplishments this week include getting the platinum trophy in Demon's Souls and now I'm going back to hang with my boy Nathan Drake in Uncharted 2.

So as promised, here's the first glimpse of Act 3.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Maybe it's Not My Weekend, But it's Going to be My Year

Had a bit of a rough week so-to-speak, so I worked through it. Buried my head inside the depths of Flash and kept crankin' away. Also, I met with Ido about a concept for my college senior film so that needs to get squared away and pre-production will begin on that project. I've got an interview with an IT recruiter tomorrow about possible Flash positions in my area, so we'll see how that goes.

As for CC, I worked on it a lot this past week. Getting tired of straight up coloring, so I might switch it up and do backgrounds because those need to get done too. First ever glimpse of Act 3 coming next week.