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last night i decided to show my good friend kingdarkeyes an edit of my new christmas animation. if you’ve been following my past blogs, it’s been quite an ordeal to create and work on. SHORT BACKSTORY: i started writing this thing a year ago and when that was finally in shape, i’ve spent the last few months animating it. i, of course, originally wanted it out for christmas. this became painfully obvious somewhere after thanksgiving that this wasn’t going to happen. i toyed with other methods - the full thing, plus unfinished storyboards - but decided against it.
as i was watching this edit, i was noticing my act breaks work well in terms of leaving the viewer wanting. and then i began thinking, wait a minute… what if i just put this out as two separate parts? there are pros and cons to this:
- i get something out before the holidays are over, which is what i wanted all along
- that’s about it. haha. it just feels satisfying to have something new out, and maybe it does well and that always is nice!
- this part isn’t as visually interesting and dynamic as the scenes to come… which isn’t promising for wanting viewers to come back for the second part
- and the biggest of all: this wasn’t meant to be a two-parter. if i had written it that way, i’d have rathered a single arc that’s explored in this part only, making it satisfying to watch. as it stands, it’s literally just a cut in the middle of the story
after exploring these for about a minute, i decided to totally make this a two-parter. it’s up now! go check it out. newgrounds will be up later today. thank you to everyone who helped out with this.
ah, yes, the animation process. so full of wonder and intrigue. so full of promises and dreams. so full of missed deadlines and anger, shame, sadness, and indifference.
that's where i'm at, right now, hovering between steps four and five of ben levin's 5 stages of grief when working with animation. i found it on his old blog and i find it EXTREMELY true...
i started on this short last december, and then shelved it because it wasn't coming together, so i worked on the script at points throughout this year. then i finalized that thing in august and september, recorded the entire soundtrack and animatic in october, completed models and designs as halloween approached, and right about then i dove in. i will never ever attempt something like this ever again. if you haven't read my past blogs, this animation is 20 minutes long. i made an attempt for it to appear like a real tv show, but then i forget most tv shows have a staff of, like, 50-80 people helping out.
it's been a real nightmare making this thing, and i mean that. i'm not the most able animator, and my style's pretty simple, but even the work that i'm doing takes time to create. here's the thing: it isn't coming out before christmas. (takes long hard breath and sighs heavily) it used to tear me up inside that this isn't going to be done before the deadline but i've accepted it now. i used to get sad about that, but now i'm just indifferent. it is what it is. i'll accept my failure and move on. i'll look at it instead this way: this animation will be there as a testament to how hard i worked at this point and time and i'm quite proud of that.
at one point i wanted to put this out with animatic scenes interspersed with final animation but i just don't feel like doing that anymore. no one is really pressuring me to put this out. the general public, and all 12 of my fans (a few friends, family, and two or three online) don't really care. the only one thinking about this 24/7 is me. no one's clamoring for my newest. and what damn difference does it make if it comes out before or after christmas? it's the same internal deadline machine i've battled face to face since i began my animation journey two years ago. candle bridge was intended for halloween, but slipped short. i wanted guilty pleasure out on march 22 EXACTLY (for no reason. just because i wanted it out that day), and beach blanket break-in HAD to come out before may was up. it's stupid, i know. it hurts even more for this one BECAUSE it's holiday centered but what can you do.
so tyler, stop beating around the bush and tell us: where the hell are you even at time-wise on this short? we want it NOW! well thank you imaginary viewer. right now i'm at about 9 minutes of completed animation out of 19. i'm excited because more visually interesting stuff i get to animate comes very soon, and it just feels like i'm getting closer to the end. here is my current insane goal: i want to complete this in the next two weeks (laugh, yes). december 26 is my current goal. i'm working with a new schedule i've created and i'm doing okay on it. so hopefully this can get done before new years.
anyway. i hope this short winds up good. i'm so far past the point of even knowing anything about it i have no opinions. i just feel fried haha. what are my next animations? next month i start and hopefully finish brobot 2, a funny sequel to a short i made two years ago. i think it's really funny, i'm excited for it. afterwards, i came up with a cool idea of animating a video to weird al's "jackson park express", so that's gonna be fun (although another 10 minutes of animation? ughhhh). afterwards, i expect to go full speed on my animated series sparks - featuring all-new characters, continuity, character development, and more!
alright that's enough. until next time.
man oh man. this animation isn't coming along fast enough. i am so tired of it. i just want to fuck off and not work on it for like a day because it's so time-consuming and frustrating. especially when i'm way behind my goals for this week.
let's be real: i have a little over five minutes of this short completed. my goal is to have at least 7-8 minutes done by tuesday, because i leave to go back home for thanksgiving. i wanted almost 9 minutes done, but that's defnitely not happening at this point. i know i won't get much work done the week of thanksgiving for factors out of my control, but i should return to it full-force on that friday.
i'm already having to face the fact that this may not make it. this seems to be a curse of mine with holiday-centered shorts. my very first ever animation, candle bridge, was intended for halloween and didn't come out till that christmas. granted, this one is in way better shape (and will be by dec 20-22, my desired release date) but it won't be coming out valentine's day haha. i realize that this isn't a matter of life and death, and i'm stressing myself out way too much for this animation.
so what i think i'm going to do is put it out in december as a WIP. i'll have my original thumbnail boards interspersed with finished animation. it's embarrassing (especially when you see my thumbnail boards - woo!), but i can't do much. i think on newgrounds you can reupload a different edit of a video after it's published, and it will remain at the same link. that would be a godsend to me. unfortunately, i'll have to wind up reuploading the whole thing on youtube when i finish, but let's face it, no one's fucking watching any of my shit there so it doesn't really matter.
i've returned to actually enjoying this short again. i watched the animatic recently (which isn't a true animatic... its just a collection of my sloppy thumbnail boards) and i quite liked it. i hope people like it too.
hey yall! i randomly decided to post an old short of mine, brobot, to the site last night. it was made around jan-feb '13, and was the second full animation i ever made (i definitely won't be posting the first on here, which you can still find on YT). i occasionally still find some humor in it, and i thought maybe NG would too.
in more recent news, the animation's coming along, slowly but surely. it's a mess. i will never ever attempt something of this length again. it's a monster. good news though: i posted a short preview clip of it over on my facebook page! here's a direct link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=665187766932098
ok that's it!
newgrounds! been a minute.
i have been working on a very cool new CHRISTMAS animation! it won't be out till december (obvs), but i'm very excited about it. i started working on it last december, but quickly realized it was too ambitious to attempt then (with 10 days to go. yup). so i shelved it, intermittenly working on the script all this year until i finalized it at the end of september. since then, it's been character designs, the soundtrack, the animatic (a nightmare), and most recently, model sheets. why is this taking so long huh?
BECAUSE IT IS 20 MINUTES LONG.
yup. not a good idea when your main audience is the internet. but 20 minutes allows me to tell the story i want to tell, and i've already cut a lot from it. animation should start monday. 20 minutes in a month in a half? i'm not the best animator, but it'll be okay.
i'm pretty excited about it, but mostly because i've learned so much during this process. in every aspect of creating a film. thanks to this, i can see the flaws within this one (since this is on a holiday deadline, i've had to supress every perfectionist bone in my body to just leave it be and make the damn thing). but this is a good thing. i feel like it's a huge leap in quality from what i was doing, and better yet, i feel like it pales in comparison to what i have planned for 2015!
also, this will be the last time i use my tyler and dillon characters (which are essentially me and my friend dillon). next year's stuff and beyond will be more fictionalized (and serialized! get ready).
i'm already to the point where i loved the short, hated it, and now i have no feelings whatsoever about it. i'm still excited, but do i know if it's any good anymore? nah. i hope so, and i hope viewers of newgrounds do, if they manage to make it through it. just think of it like an episode of your favorite TV show... because this is how i'm going to be structuring things soon anyway.
here's a section from the script. see you soon!
EDIT: also, i made a facebook, if you're into liking pages! https://www.facebook.com/tylerghardin
really excited about my new animation i got out yesterday morning! even more excited that it seems like people are digging it. this is already my best-performing one since guilty pleasure in march. i'm not in it for views, but i can't lie: i'm excited that people are watching it. i love reviews, no matter if they're one-word "that was funny!" or constructive criticism (or even negative, so long as it's not "lame!").
so if you watched the short and took the time out to write feedback in the reviews section: thank you. i will respond to every single one because i'm grateful anyone takes the time to comment.
i'm not sure which animation i'm gonna tackle next but i've got a billion ideas and scripts to choose from. i'm aiming to have a new one around this time, or hopefully maybe earlier, next month. i'll try to post more stuff on newgrounds and update more often on the progress, so if you're interested, follow me! or don't. you have the option to do that as well. i am not a dictator.
thanks again to everyone watching/commenting/rating. you rock.
hey there whoever's reading this i got an update for ya! the new animation is coming along and it should be done by the end of this week - woohoo!! unlike my last two animations, and much like the ones before that, i'm at the point in working on it where i'm going "holy shit this sucks this was a terrible idea." but hey - maybe by LIKING the last two, i jinxed myself, and that's why they didn't do well! (that's entirely irrational, but this is how my brain works). partially kidding, but i'm still excited to have something out. i really like the feeling of having something new out there. there was a time when i wasn't doing that and HOO BOY am i glad that's not now!
two years ago right now i had just come up with the idea for my first animation - and man, did it suck! glad i never posted it here. i'd have prob been ripped to shreds. haha. very glad i'm still hard at work on this journey and thank you newgrounds friends and anyone who has ever watched one of my animations for giving me a chance and your time. i hope i entertain you!
i'm not quite sure what animation i'm going to do next. i have a backlog of ideas i can choose from (scripts, thoughts i can develop, etc) but the one thing i planned to work on may not work out. i had a short i started around november of last year and i've spent all year refining it and going back to it, but unfortunately now that it's time to begin animation on it, i feel like it's severely underdeveloped (even with a year of time spent). there are two things i can do: say fuck it and make it anyway and not "save my good ideas" (ian-jones quartey expanded upon this in a tumblr post) or just keep chipping away at it. i'd love for it to be rid of my mind forever but for some reason this story is special to me and i want to keep working at it. so here we are.
i've definitely got more plans for my animations looking at the fall, though. around november i'm gonna start on one and have it out around christmastime. ive been working on it for a year (script-wise) and i'm really excited for it. that one is for sure already ready to animate.
wow, this got long, i should stop. kudos if you're still reading. new animation will be out hopefully by friday! weeeee!
hey yall. a new short is in the works right now! i'm excited for it, it's looking good. might be a few more weeks but i really wanna get it done so hopefully it'll be up here soon. it's called sign language right now. i really hope newgrounds likes it. the last few haven't done so hot so maybe this'll make up for it.
wooo! till next time,
i have a new animation coming soon. it's much shorter than the last, but i think it's kinda funny. it's just kind of a bridge to the next one i'm gonna begin working on right after it's done, just a quick joke. it'll be done monday if i can complete it by then.
i hope the fine folks of newgrounds find it amusing.
the last animation i posted here didn't do so hot. i actually liked this animation before i put it out (as opposed to my usual "i hate this and i'm done with this" attitude) so maybe i jinxed myself. it didn't do as well other places either and i can't lie, it damaged spirits a bit. i want it to do well, you know? i've talked to friends who thought maybe it flopped because it wasn't as relatable as previous ones. i'd love some feedback so i can see what people might've felt did or didn't work. maybe it's just a slow season at newgrounds (lots of front page videos' views seem to be sorta down).
you win some, you lose some i suppose. the good news is that there's another animation in the pipeline and i expect it to be done as early as next week! i want something out before i'm gone for a week just because i want to have more stuff out, and i feel like i need to redeem myself since the last one bombed. haha. kidding (sorta). this animation has to do with one of my favorite-ever albums/musicians and what would happen if they caught me jerkin' it. makes no sense, i'm well aware. maybe i'm losing it. maybe i'm going crazy. nawww.
anyway, any feedback would be greatly appreciated! i like everyone here at newgrounds a whole lot and your suggestions and comments mean a lot to me (when they aren't trolls 1-starring things just because).