Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Help me out! Vote 5 for the "Bonne Hydra!"

First and foremost, I need your support!

Vote 5 on my entry in the MegaMan Legends 3 Boss Design contest! We're being given the chance to create a Mecha for the Bonne Family (some of the bad guys of the MegaMan Legends) to use in a battle during the game. Five finalists will be selected from Capcom's Development Room forums, both the Japanese and American boards. The 10 finalists in total will be judged by the team creating MegaMan Legends 3 and one of them will get to be included IN the game itself as a real boss fight! I worked really hard on my entry, "The Bonne Hydra" and MegaMan Legends has been one of the most influential games to me since I was a kid. I really care about that series and especially this 3rd one coming up. Please show your support and vote 5 on my entry so I'll have a shot at winning! I'd be incredibly grateful to anyone willing to help me out. :]

Now that that's outta the way, I've already gotta get back to work! Even on Thanksgiving I've been going gung-ho on finishing my thesis film. I've finished all of the animation for 1 of the 7 total scenes and have handed it off to be colored, of which I have Audrey Kare and Cory Holmes to gimme a hand while I continue animating. This year's been a rough ride, an emotiona roller coaster if you will. I'm really not sure of a lot of things, including that's gonna happen after I graduate. Right now the main thing I'm focusing on it making sure I finish this cartoon to the absolute fullest of my ability and hope that things will work themselves out. We've got about 3 weeks left of class now until Christmas vacation and I'll be going to visit Vancouver again in the first week of January, all the while -still- working on my film. I'm working ahead of schedule, but I've got SO much to do that I can't let up.

In between working on the film, going to class and socializing, I've been catching on a few games as well as re-watching old shows that were a big influence to me. Donkey Kong Country Return's been an amazing trip down memory lane and I LOVE what Retro Studios did with it. Meanwhile, ever since I came back to school I've re-watched all of YuYu Hakusho, BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad and most recently, Speedgrapher. All of these shows are what I love most about animated series; they all have some of the best character dialogue and interactions I've ever seen and I always finish the shows taking away something. J.G. Quintel's "The Regular Show" is the same way, which I've also been keeping up with and I think it just finished its first season, so here's hoping it continues to strive for Cartoon Network.

Now, back to the grindstone!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Made a lil' birdhouse in my soul.

That song's been stuck in my damn head for days.

Anyway, still workin' my ass off over here. I handed in another updated to Animatic of my thesis film to the committee at school just earlier today. I've finished all of my key drawings and have officially moved on to in-betweens. Audrey Kare did a fine job on redlining the keys and will be helping out with color later on in production. On backgrounds I've got Dave Smith, as well as Bam Macek and John Komar. I'm really proud of how this film's turning out so far and I've managed to keep up a pretty good production schedule for the last few months. Still got a LOT more to do, so let's hope I can pull this thing off...

NiN10Doh! to the 64th Power is beginning to reach the end of its production. As of right now, I'm expecting the last couple segments to be sent to me within the next week, while Cory Holmes is working on the credits sequence and Richie Zirbes is handling the coding to make everything tie itself together. Every time another piece of animation arrives, I get reminded of how excited I really am about this project. All of the response to the material's been great and people are laughin' their asses off, so we're definitely doing something right.

I went to Youmacon for Halloween weekend this year. First time going to that convention, but it was definitely a blast. Lots of memories made and pictures and video taken (yet to be posted though). Martin invited me into the Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged panel, which involved a really emotional group hug, a smiley face being drawn on all our hands with a sharpie and singing an in-character version of "Don't Stop Believin'". Yeah it was pretty intense. NPC will probably be my last con of the year, since then we have Christmas vacation and I may be goin' back up to Vancouver before school starts again. Might have a few cons next year, we shall see.

Back to work for me, fare thee well.