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Old episodes & other odds and ends

Been meaning to update the blog on several different occasions over the last few weeks and never got around to it. The result is an entry that is a bit of a hodgepodge of info, so here we go. First up, I added some old Shamoozal episodes to YouTube that have been missing from the site for a while.

Above is a video for Guitar Zero, Shelved, and Stroopid Test. There is about a three minute intro before the episodes where I fill everyone in on a brief history of them. From the YouTube comments, it seems like maybe I shouldn’t have done this, but I thought it would be a fun test to offer some insight into these old shorts. I’m thinking of doing some other videos similar to this one, for example, I want to do post-mortem on my shorts. I was actually thinking of putting a Contra one together this weekend, just discussing what went into the short, and how I felt about the end product. I want to try and update the YT channel more often, so I’m trying to come up with some other supplemental material while I make progress on the cartoons.

Also, this weekend I got to head over to the Newgrounds offices in PA and meet the Newgrounds staff as well as a bunch of their top artists. I have briefly met Tom Fulp before in the past, but it was nice to get the chance to meet him again. I have met Egoraptor a handful of times as well, but Saturday was the first time we were actually able to spend a good deal of time together. It was also nice to meet guys like Happy Harry, OneyNG, Rubberninja, Jazza, AfroNinja, and The Swain. There is something so weird about meeting people whose work you’re familiar with. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s a surreal experience every time. The NG offices were awesome, it seriously looks like one of the coolest places to work at. At one point the lot of us invaded a retro gaming store that was in walking distance from the office which was great. I ended up buying a copy of The Legend of Zelda for the Famicom Disk system. Getting to meet all those dudes, hanging with some old friends, stuffing my face with food and drink, and buying Zelda easily made for one of the better weekends I’ve had recently!

Back to reality though, the shorts! So I’ve been working on my latest one which is about Ghosts N’ Goblins. I have most of the extremely rough animation done. I should be wrapping that up in the next few days. After that, it’s onto clean up (which will probably be a bit sloppy in order to get this thing actually done), coloring, and of course backgrounds. So, lots of work to be done yet. What I can say about this short is that it’s going to be pretty much joke free. I want to do something a bit different with this one. I don’t want to say this short is “serious” and “dark”, just more that I want to tell a story. I mean, I guess it’s serious, but well, as serious as I’m willing to let it get, if that makes sense. I just always make cartoons with humor behind them and I’m always trying to think of funny endings. This time I just wanted to make something that just tells a simple story, and honestly, just see if I’m capable of pulling off something different. So we’ll see how that goes. I think GnG fans will appreciate it, and I hope to make some really nice looking scenes. So, we’ll see! I’ll start sharing some of that stuff as it gets to a more finished state.

So there you have it. Until next time!

I love it when a plan comes together

I have been talking about ROM Vol 1 for months, but it’s one thing to talk about it and another thing to actually see it through and see what happens. So since launching the short, things have gone rather well. I can now sigh a huge sigh of relief. *SIIIIIGH*

Since going live Monday night, Vol 1 has been uploaded to several sites and has earned some decent recognition. Over on Newgrounds we were awarding a Daily First (the third time we ever got it. Would you believe that ‘How to Hook Up The NES’ didn’t get the daily first? I thought we had that nailed to be honest). On top of that, they were cool enough to feature us on their front page. We’ve had our content featured there often and it always feels pretty darn good. Over on NG, I consider being in limbo once uploading something to the portal. You either come to life on the front page, or you go to the depths of hell and your short forever becomes buried. I’ve seen both sides happen, so I know how it goes. Other than that, it’s our highest scored short under ‘How to’ and has gathered over 20k views in two days alone. Not too shabby.

Also, on Gametrailers it went on to become a Featured User Video, so that was cool too. Unfortunately, thanks to an absolutely crummy thumbnail that I can’t change, not many people are clicking on it. It hasn’t even hit 800 views, but it’s scoring well and supposedly ranked highly. It’s a slight bummer more people aren’t clicking it, but it still feels nice to see the staff over there took some time to recognize it and feature it.

Thanks in large part to GoNintendo, our other half in these shorts, we continue to find a larger audience through out YouTube channel. There is an increase in viewing amongst all of our work, so it’s good to see our legacy shorts still holding their own.

The even better news is that other outlets are seeing this and enjoying it. I’ve gotten some encouraging messages where even if things don’t work out, at least I know people are watching.

So now where do we go from here? Well, we make more I guess! I’m on board to do another set of ROM shorts with hopefully another volume coming in January. Deadlines will be tough to meet with the kids in my life now, but it just means I’m going to have to make better use of my free time. Less video games, more work. What I believe is the next episode is already started, so hopefully we can have that ready to roll end of September.

“But I don’t like ROM. I miss the old days.” That’s cool, I miss the old days too. I’m going to make it up to you. I hope. Tomorrow I’m finally going to sit down and write out a script for a cool short I want to have done in time for Halloween. After that, I’m going to actually bust out a sketch book for the first time in ages and start creating some concrete concepts of how to do things for this short. I have a lot of different ideas of how to present the art, so I want to nail that down sooner rather than later. I think it’ll be good for me to get away from working digital for a little bit.

I’ve had this short playing over and over in my head for months now. I have random notes on scattered pieces of paper I’ve gathered together today to start making some more sense out of. I can only hope it turns out well. And yes, it will involve Frankensteiner. We can just consider this the Frankensteiner Project. However, it’s not something I wish to crap out in a day just to get some cheap laughs. I want this one to count.

So I’m hoping that 2010 ends with a bang for Shamoozal. We’ve had more lows than highs around here. We’ve been doing this for five years now, it’s about time we find our wings.