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THE PAPERBOY!

2015-04-13 12:30:43 by tylerghardin

hello! my short the paperboy made front page and became my first daily feature! thank you so much.

it was inspired by a myriad of things! in high school i was so excited to take a girl to the local fair that year but my mom had signed me up for a drivers ed after school class that was designed to lower our insurance. we had to watch these unintentionally hilarious instructional films on how to drive (and i was expecting something outdated, like a VHS. he pulled out a film projector. it was 2009). upon my reminiscence of that, i looked up old 40s-50s instructional films from coronet or sid davis. i started thinking about how unrealistic their portrayal of the times were, and how my favorite media, like back to the future, portrays those times more honestly (lorraine WANTS to park with a boy and WANTS to drink). 

those types of films were parodied in lots of my favorite things, like the simpsons ("hi, i’m troy mcclure..."), the work of trey parker/matt stone (look up your studio and you), and in the iron giant (time to duck and cover!) so i imagined i should put my spin! in keeping with the thinking that the 1950s weren’t as pleasant as they seemed, i took it a step farther, making johnny be the most fucked-up individual possible. it was made for the mobile bay film scramble, a badass local competition i intend to do more often in the future. i struggled to come up with an idea for this one, and in the end i only completed it in two days before the deadline. the last film i did for the comp was surrealist life and that was made in seven days. despite the less time, the making of this one was much more pleasant. i cut down on animation pretty hard, as you can see.

it definitely sounded funny on paper, but i feel like the final product overextends the joke. it’s gotta be the short i’m least proud of. my biggest beef with it is that there’s no discernible story or emotional core to it all. it’s just jokes. i don’t operate that way much anymore, so it doesn’t totally sit right with me. but people really seem to like it on newgrounds and it got a positive response at the screening on friday so i suppose i’m alright with it. it won the top prize over WAAAAY more deserving films (that you can see here… i particularly loved the lord’s work and space shark). anyway, i’ll work harder next time for a fresher idea.

ok, that’s enough. here’s a great photo i found on twitter. i certainly felt this way making paperboy. i had MULTIPLE dark nights of the soul!

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new short on fri/sat

2015-04-08 00:22:29 by tylerghardin

film scramble short gets screened this fri and itll be up on NG after that. or before. idk. it's done now. i could do it now. probably not though. ok. anyway. new short in a few days!



hey everyone!!! my new short, brobot 2, is out.

brobot 2’s history may be longer than you think. the original brobot short was written in late 2012, and it came out in feb. 2013. i hated it, and wanted nothing to do with it in the end. i found out last year i’d never uploaded it to newgrounds, and when i did, i was bombarded with criticism on the animation. tired of explaining it was a two-year-old cartoon, i took it down, but not before getting a comment from @cyberdevil, who jokingly suggested more brobot adventures. it kinda struck me as a funny idea, to continue the sitcom-parody ending of the original (brobot goes to college!). so i wrote it last november, made an animatic on christmas eve, and started working on it after i completed the christmas short on valentine’s day! and now it is here.

i was planning a whole animated series, sparks, for 2015, but it’s too underdeveloped at this point. this sounds crazy when you think it’s been popping up in my head in incarnations since 2008. aside from it being too underdeveloped, character-wise, it’s also a little too similar to the setting of gravity falls: small-town in a valley, strange things afoot. which is funny because ideas for it have been in my head since i was a ninth grader, long before gravity falls premiered, but that doesn’t matter. i adore gravity falls (it’s pretty much slid into my no. 2 spot of fav. animated show ever, behind simpsons) and i’d hate to look like a rip-off. especially sense my tone, sense of humor, and even character design is heavily indebted to the simpsons, and… so is gravity falls, haha.

so now what? back in january, me and dillon were joking of a brobot series on the phone. it quickly developed into a humongous textedit document of assorted details, characters, backstories, bits of dialogue, episode ideas, and more. already, in one night, it was more ready-to-go than sparks, and the ideas are fresher. i want to take some more time to develop a series bible for me to keep going back to, really flesh out the characters more, design them better, and of course, my favorite part, writing each episode like five times. after that, i’ll get to work on a 10-episode first season (and perhaps only season). i really liked how ben levin spread out his recent web series, doris and mary-anne are breaking out of prison, into a 10-week thing. it’s gonna suck having stuff done and nothing to share, but i imagine it will ALL be worth it for 10 consecutive weeks of brobot hilarity. like, a year from now.

i guess i have @cyberdevil to thank for all of this. haha. my next short [should] be up in about two weeks - and this i can confirm. i'm participating in the mobile bay film scramble and the screening is in two weeks! yikes! i don't even have an idea yet. ahhhhh!

alright i’m out! hope you enjoy the cartoon!

tyler


postin'!

2015-03-22 02:24:35 by tylerghardin

yo yo yo! i know what you're thinking:

"tyler, who do you think you are promising brobot "soon" and then it taking a while!"

"tyler, your *enormous* fanbase is BEGGING for a new cartoon! where's it at??"

"tyler, have you ever tried americone dream ice cream? isn't it awesome??"

yes. yes it is. it's time for a short little update! woo-hoo!

so yeah, as you know, animation always takes longer than i ever imagined. i'm not using the models as heavily on this short (turns out, going off-model is actually GOOD!), and consequenly, it's taking longer. it'll be worth it though. i still somehow like this short. liking it will be my doom, because i'm an artist and should hate it while i'm making it. and i do! i wish it were done. but nevertheless, i still giggle at the concept and genuinely enjoy the short so far, so it's been a blast. i haven't had so much fun working on a short in a while. i'm a little over 50% done, though, so expect brobot in the not too distant future.

how am i doing? pretty good. i'm really into tv right now. anyone reading should watch last man on earth and unbreakable kimmy schmidt. LMOE is a little slow but it's building, but kimmy schmidt is flat-out HILARIOUS from the first episode. go check it outttttt!!!

in other news, today's march 22, it's the one-year anniversary of guilty pleasure! hooray! i am at peace with that short. i don't actually like it, but LOTS of newgrounds folks did, so what do i know!

alright bye! excited to have something new to put up here soon!

tyler


brobot 2 - comin' sooooon!

2015-03-02 14:13:18 by tylerghardin
Updated

hi all! production on brobot 2's moving swiftly. i love this concept and am enjoying working on it. typically, i work so hard on shorts like these i end up hating them before moving on to just accepting them. i'm sure brobot will end up this way too before it's over. but for now, i'm having the most fun on it i've had since beach blanket break-in last spring (which i remember being just a breeze)! brobot's bright, funny, quick, kinda like that one. it'll clock in at 4 minutes, longer than it maybe should be, but yeah. i think the title will be 'brobot 2: college lyfe'.

i was trying to remember when this idea came to life and it was actually inspired by a newgrounds commenter! i'd uploaded the old, original brobot short to the site (which i later took down because, well, it was pain to explain to every commenter it was two years old). but one was positive, and kinda sparked the whole thing:

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how dope is that! thanks @Cyberdevil!

anyway. here's a screenshot of brobot's dorm room. lots of fun college stoner easter eggs, plus his clothing from the original!

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brobot 2 is currently set for middle of the month. you know how these things go.

alrighty see ya soon!

 

 



thanks for the frontpage! it's really awesome that the higher-ups at newgrounds seem to have my back or something. i always put out something new on the same day one of the big guys (1,000+ fans) puts something out. i can never compete, but newgrounds always seems to give me a chance, so thank you.

what's next: brobot 2. started working on it earlier this week. aiming for end of the month/early march. here's a bit from the script!:

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so that is that. i'm not quite sure what comes after that. sparks isn't ready to lift off, and i just don't have the energy to animate something ten minutes long again so the weird al video's on the backburner for now. i have an idea for a brobot-centric series, too, that shows promise, so i may get on that. but i don't wanna follow brobot with brobot. and i also don't want to go back to tyler/dillon characters. this is the first time in a while i've been scratching my head as to what comes after a current production, but i'll figure it out. maybe something new entirely. maybe even a slice of life cartoon like awkward situation, who cares! why not.

thanks for watching and reading if you are, see ya soon!


NEW SHORT ONLINE!

2015-02-14 00:23:02 by tylerghardin

hey everyone!! part 2 of the christmas short is out (or will be out soon after this is posted)! feelin' pretty good about it. i've slayed the monster.

in this, hopefully brief entry, i kinda want to offer what i've learned in this process. i’ve always wanted to make something with heart. this story has heart, but maybe too much of it. like, [SPOILER] does herman have to give him a hug at the end? it’s just sappy and overly sentimental. speaking of story, act one should be 25% of it. in this short, i spend, like, four minutes at the tree lot in the opening. just really bad. 

despite its flaws (and god, there are so many), i’m pretty proud of this effort. more than that, i’m excited that i recognize my flaws. these will be things improved upon in my next short. as my internal defense mechanism said when i started this journey two years ago, ‘there’s nowhere to go but up’. 

i'll see you fellas in a couple weeks for brobot 2!! 


updatinnn

2015-01-30 23:59:12 by tylerghardin

hi ng people!

as you know, i promised the christmas short would be out at the end of january. well, as one would have it for a 20-minute cartoon, i can't really put a date on it. although i'm preeeeeetty confident it'll see release on valentine's day. i'm deep into it now, and i'm proud of the completed work so far. the amount of lessons i've learned during this are innumerable.

(side note: i'm way past the point of even laughing about a christmas short in time for valentine's day. i made that joke when i started, knowing well i'd get it out at christmas. the fact that's getting a very odd release is super frustrating and depressing for me. i worked way hard on this (and it's a project, writing-wise, that's been in development for over a year) so to see it being shoved out at such an inopportune time is painful).

(side note 2: #1 question i get: you're better off saving it for next christmas now! yeah. no. i'm ready to throw this out there, be done with it, and never see it again). 

so after this ordeal, it's deeefffinitely back to 2-minute shorts for me. i will never tackle something like this again. you hear that dangerously amibitious other plans? a weird al music video and a feature-length movie musical?? YOU'RE OUTTA HERE!

alright. anyway. i should get back to work. see you in 15 days!


updatin' dawggg!!

2015-01-09 14:28:50 by tylerghardin

hey ng whats up. hope anyone reading had a nice holiday season!

anywho i'm still working on the christmas short, way after christmas, and let me tell you, it is weirdly depressing. i've put so much into this short and it sucks it wasn't ENTIRELY out on christmas. it was nice to have a respite and gauge public opinion on it for a second, but i already have a bad feeling it'll be, like, january 30 and the whole thing'll be up and everyone will be like "hmm, this is nice, would be great if it were actually christmas!" as my style and competence evolves in this medium i imagine my production processes will only get longer so i am doomed for late deadlines... so no more holiday specials! haha. i have no problems getting them done, but each holiday-centered thing i've done has fucked me, time-wise.

on that note, no 20-minute specials ever again! haha. i just watched the animatic again and i like this cartoon. it's pretty good. kinda crazy that's i'm halfway through with it, in all honesty. it's weird to see this monster get completed piece by piece. i'm sure when it's complete i'll feel like i've climbed mount everest. i'm not the best animator, but this is definitely my best so far. even when you're making what i'm making, which i'll admit isn't super expressive and uses the shit out of those models i made, it still takes an immense amount of effort and time to craft it. hopefully, like the simpsons, it's the script that stands out. and also the heart that i wrote this with.

speaking of, i don't know if i've spoken about this in my innumerable blogs leading up to its completion, but this short is actually a little sweeter, more emotional than stuff i've done previously. i'm already to the point, writing-wise, where it seems a little needlessly sentimental to me now (remember, i finished writing this in september). but as a fan of deeper, more dramatic cartoons (boondocks comes to mind, but iron giant mostly) i've always wanted to make something with a little more substance, or, if that sounds insulting, something that tugs at you more and makes you FEEL. the simpsons changed my life in the way that it made me feel for the characters, in episodes like lisa's substitute or and maggie makes three.

when i did a comic series from 2003 to 2010, it started to get a little deeper and dramatic as it went on, despite poorly-developed characters (which you'd expect from a nine-year old who based the first 150 issues on other stuff). in 2011, when i first saw skyler page's crater face, it also kinda hit me hard. i'd been wanting to do animation forever (it's always been my end goal) but it just clicked that i can be doing it NOW. i started making animations the next year but held off writing more emotional content until i got to the point to where i feel competent enough with my storytelling and design to successfully incorporate it. and now it's time!

so i hope whenever it comes out people here enjoy it! i'll probably make a part 2 just for newgrounds, but youtube will get the full, original version. the one that i wrote and boarded that way. as of right now, i'm shooting for late january on this. alrighty. that's enough. back into the cave, you'll hear no more from me until it is complete! alright. bye.


yay front page!!

2014-12-24 17:00:27 by tylerghardin

hey i made it to the front page! thank you so much! the xmas short (p1) didn't do so hot upon immediate upload (10th place *starts sweating*) but someone up in the newgrounds higher-ups musta liked it. thank you for the opportunity to gain a few more viewers for this thing. it's been (and is) a monster and i'm very grateful. it's super gratifying when you get people to watch your cartoon, and even moreso when i receive reviews for them (good or bad)! 

what's in the immediate future for me? well, part 2 of course. that is set for january, and by january, i mean, like, late january... animation takes forever, even the shitty stuff i'm doin. i would love for it to be done by, like, mid-january, and then i could get to work on brobot 2, but we'll see how it goes. i completed the radio play and animatic for brobot 2 last night and i'm really diggin it. it came out pretty funny. i wanted to participate in the mobile bay film scramble again but i don't know if i'm gonna have time.

after brobot 2 comes a music video for weird al's jackson park express, i think. it's the first time i'm not animating something entirely my own and original (which is uncomfortable for me) but i adore weird al. he's like, one of my number one influences, next to the simpsons. i've seen him in concert, met him afterward, and seems like the best guy. so maybe if i send it to him he'll like it. i have lots of great ideas for it, it's a shame he didn't get to make a video for it last summer (darn you RCA!) 

then after that... it's looking like it's finally time to launch my animated series sparks, which will be distributed here and youtube in short installments, maybe 3-4 minutes long. i WISH they could be 7 minutes, but i'm really pushing the internet attention span on that one, and plus, it would take longer to create. i just want to have enough room to add as many jokes and development as possible. i realize they could fluctuate on running time (this isn't TV) but i WANT it to be like TV. it appears there's a certain diligence that arises from a standard, compact running time, so i wanna adhere to that tradition.

for now i'm just celebrating christmas with my family and i hope everyone reading this is getting to do the same. thank you for allowing my animation to be front-paged and thank you for the reviews. i'll see ya around next time!

tyler