This was a little something I worked on for the Polaris channel a few months back. In fact I wrapped up a majority of it before Christmas, but further tweaks were made after that. Then it kind of sat around for a while, but thems the breaks!

So this was a little different for me as I didn’t write this. I did assist with some script rewrites and ideas (I really toned down the violence as much as I could and came up with how the puzzles should move the story forward), but this was mainly a hired gig to just animate on. It had a really quick turn around time in the beginning too. This is also the first short I did where I did not handle the voice over, but it was done by the talented RicePirate. He did all three speaking parts and nailed it. I was able to have Joe do the music, but since time was so short I actually handled all of the sound effects.

Oh boy, I can’t believe this is my first official post for 2014! I really intended to start doing regular blog updates again, but ehhh, whatever. So here is the latest.

I literally just turned in a new video to Nacho Punch. I don’t know when it’ll go live. Could be tomorrow, could be weeks from now. I have no idea. It’s a Harry Potter thing. Star Wars: The 1980s Anime did so well for Nacho Punch (it is still currently their most watched video as of this writing) that they decided to make the “1980s Anime” thing into a series. The first (well second) up is Harry Potter: The 1980s Anime. I’ve spent the last two months working on it as much as I possibly can. I don’t know if it’ll look it or not, but I really kicked my ass putting this thing together.

It was actually a pretty big decision to go ahead with this Nacho Punch deal. Star Wars was fun to create, but the idea of doing 6 more episodes just like Star Wars was kind of scary. Trying to hit deadlines and trying not to beat the joke into the ground were/are things I’m worried about. So my goal here is that even though they’re being branded as “The 1980s Anime” to really try and hit all sorts of types of anime during that decade. Where as Star Wars was secretly a Voltron episode, Harry Potter is (maybe not so) secretly a tribute to Akira. I think it has a very different tone than Star Wars, and I’m hoping that as I roll along with these shorts that I’ll be able to do something unique with each of them. After all, they can’t all end with things turning into robots.

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I finally have a new cartoon to share! I was contracted to do a short cartoon for the “new” YouTube channel Nacho Punch (formerly The Station) and came up with this Voltron-ish take on Star Wars.

This has actually been pretty much finished since early October. The channel launch was delayed slightly and it looks like they’ve just gotten around to putting it up. It actually had a few tiny revisions along the way, with the latest version being handed over this past Friday. We originally had some genuine sounding Star Wars tunes in there but were asked to change it. Also had to do some title changing and new logos. It was a long journey but here we are with the finished product.

When working on this my daughters were on a huge Voltron kick. I was asked to make a Star Wars cartoon, but I secretly wanted to make a Voltron cartoon, so this is what I came up with. I had a good time blending and bending elements from both shows. I also enjoyed intentionally having mistakes, limited animation in certain (most) areas, and that old found on a VHS tape look. We originally had compressed audio for it, but ultimately we changed the audio to make it sound better than it maybe should have on a VHS tape.

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Yesterday I launched a new YouTube channel called Super Game Corps. It’s going to be mainly be a Let’s Play channel, but I do hope to add in some other type of videos in the future to help with the variety a bit. This isn’t something I’m going to be spending loads of time on, so please don’t think I’m giving up on Shamoozal. I’m not. This is just a fun project my nephew and I will be doing together for a few weeks. Depending on how much steam we pick up over the next few months will determine if this is something I’m even going to continue doing work on.

So go ahead, check out the videos and if you have room in your life for yet another Let’s Play channel, be sure to subscribe!

Look at that, I have a reason to update this blog.

Sometime in July or August I was contacted by C-Jeff, the owner of one of my favorite sites for game inspired music Ubiktune, about creating a teaser video for his upcoming album called Big Steel Wheels. If you remember, I used music from Ubiktune in Read Only Memory Vol. 2, so I thought it was pretty cool to be able to give back to them by doing this teaser.

The bulk of this has essentially been finished since the summer. I did make some tweaks here and there as the weeks rolled on, so it’s still a different product than it was during that time.

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Guys. I’m not even going to apologize for the lack of Shamoozal.com updates.

So what’s been going on? Why haven’t I updated? If you still frequent our YouTube channel, you’ll know the answer. I have just been in a bit of a funk. So that is kind of the problem with Shamoozal.com, right? What is its purpose now? I feel like Shamoozal stuff has become so splintered thanks to all these different social outlets. Hell I’ve just begun to try and get into this whole tumblr thing. I’m super late to the part on that one.

What will probably happen over the next few months if that I’m going to slowly migrate away from the current blog structure of this site. Shamoozal.com will essentially become a showcase for the work we’ve done over the years. I have also considered opening the doors to clients for potential work, something I’ve never done before with Shamoozal. I’ll still have the Nerdlog archived for people to go through stuff from the past, and the five of us that still use the Smorg will continue to be able to do so, but the Nerdlog and Smorg are not priorities like they were in the past.

I know there hasn’t been any real new video content in a while either. I’m in the middle of building a new PC (the parts have literally just started to show up) and I’m buying this for the sake of Shamoozal. I do plan on getting into the swing of things soon. Hopefully I’ll have some okay things to share with people in the future.

Until then, if you haven’t already PLEASE subscribe to the YouTube channel. That is where the majority of anything is going to take place. Follow me on Tumblr, because that’s where I’ll be trying to post some odds and ends. Take care dudes.

Mother of god. I actually wrapped up Read Only Memory Vol. 2. Seriously, there were times over the last two years where I wondered if it was even going to happen or not. After two years of work, here it is in its entirety.

Unlike Vol 1, I had planned this video sequence from the get go. I kind of cobbled together the compilation video of Vol 1 and tried to make it work as well as I could. While I managed to do a decent job at making the shorts interlock, I wanted to step my game up a bit for Vol 2. I knew from the start of this project that I was going to use live action video to link all the shorts together. The idea was to do a “day in the life” kind of thing from what it was like to grow up playing NES games.

I actually almost ran into a problem with the footage. I actually recorded all of the snow stuff two years ago. My nephew, who is the boy in the video, has obviously now aged two years since then. I recorded the second half of the footage, the drawing part and the going to bed part, only two weeks ago. I was able to make it work because I show as little of him as possible. The idea there being that I wanted him to represent the kid who grew up playing these games. The moment you give him a face is the moment he has an identity, so I stayed away from that. It worked in my benefit because he does look a lot different than he did two years ago.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a pretty solid year for Shamoozal, especially in the final days of 2012. Before I continue, I whipped up the video above today to showcase the version of the Fairy’s Theme from Link’s Triumph that Joe had wrote. There were a fair amount of requests to hear the whole thing, so I decided to put this together. I’ve included some conceptual art and early animation to go along with the music.

Anyway, these last few days have been pretty crazy. I can’t really put into words how it feels to see Link’s Triumph featured on so many large media outlets. Seeing the short grace sites like Kotaku, ScrewAttack, Destructoid, MTV, and GameInformer is pretty surreal. I’ve had a touch of that when ‘How to Hook Up the NES’ first launched, but never at this scale.

What I really like about this short is the trickle down effect that is happening with some of my earlier shorts. I’ve explained before how I was extremely let down by the performance of ‘Take a Key for Coming In’ but it’s experiencing a slight come back thanks to ‘Link’s Triumph.’ It is still by far the lowest viewed episode of Read Only Memory, but at least it’s starting to catch up to the others. The Shamoozal YouTube channel has also seen it’s subscribers almost double since last Thursday. It’s been a heck of a week to say the least. Of course there is still plenty of room to grow, but this feels like a step in the right direction.

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