Big Steel Wheels teaser, Interview and other stuff

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.

The project is essentially 4 looped scenes and I just swapped out backgrounds for some of the repeated shots. Since C-Jeff’s album takes a lot of inspiration from the work of Vince DiCole (Transfromers: The Movie and Rock IV) I tried to make the trucks and scenery look like something out of Transformers: The Movie. I really like that shiny anime look, so it was fun to play with that. The album released next week and I got to listen to it during production, and I gotta say, it’s pretty rad. Be sure to check it out when it drops.

Aside from that, I was Geekadelphia’s “Geek of the Week” this week. It’s slightly strange, because I was actually interviewed back in February or March (I honestly forget) of this year. I actually didn’t think it would ever be published and had honestly forgotten about it. You can read the whole interview here.

Also, work has really picked up since Steel Wheels. I actually finished up a cartoon for a yet to be released YouTube channel. It was a pretty hefty project for the time I was allotted but I think I made the most of it. I’m actually really excited to share that one with everyone. I’ll be curious to see how the internet likes it. The team I made it for liked it enough where I’m already about to start working on a follow up cartoon for the same channel. I also have yet another project I just started working on for another well known YouTube channel which should be cool. I have no idea when you guys will see any of this, but I want to let you know there is stuff out there that exists that I finished with more on the way.

As you can see, none of these projects are for Shamoozal proper. I’m not going to lie here, but after Link’s Triumph failed to keep momentum and Read Only Memory Vol 2 was quickly forgotten on YouTube, I felt extremely distraught. I just haven’t been growing my channel the way other animators are able to. Maybe that’s a sign or something, and I did take it as one. I spent most of the year away from doing animation work until I was contacted for Steel Wheels. These other opportunities presented themselves soon after and I took them all up on it.

I’m not sure when I’m going to make something for just Shamoozal, but we’ll see what happens.

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