Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Rearranging of Animations & New Video Series?

Alright, I was planning on having my next animation being, what I was calling it, "That Shrinking Feeling", but that animation has been pushed back. "Why?!" you might just be wondering, well, it's simple. Let's say it's because I don't feel like doing the other and this upcoming animation I just started is simpler.

I think I've mentioned this before, but when I came to GoAnimate, I was having writer's block over at StripGenerator and that carried over to GA. I was lucky to get my first three animations out. Just something about getting there, some animation ideas hit me... but then they quickly disappeared.

Perhaps it just isn't writers block either, as I have had a few ideas, but either not being in the mood to work on these animations after I do whatever I do each day or I simply don't like the animation. Those are as big an influence as the writer's block as those have been the reason for animations being pushed back or not even being started.

As an example, prior to my Saw Christmas episode, I had two or three Street Fighter parodies that I though of using. One was going to involve my past experience with sprite animations, but after the Saw Christmas, I kinda decided that GA isn't best for those animations. But the main reason they weren't made is simply because they weren't as funny as I though they would be... they didn't work out for me.

Anyways, back to the rearranging of animations. The shrinking one is pushed back till whenever I get to it and replacing it is a simpler animation, but maybe a little funnier: most of the lines were done improv which goes well with the animation. It's about my failed career as a stand-up comedian... not my real career as I haven't had one yet, but likely will soon if I don't get a job.

I plan on this being an on-and-off series: one I do when I just want to do something funny. This idea of being a failed comedian is often a joke I do tell people and I even did it in my podcast I had for a short amount of time: though I used the name Kayne Lindy in that podcast over my real or SnakeYukin.

If things go well though, I will have it up tomorrow or the day after. It all depends on if this snow outside gets to me and I go crazy anytime soon or I break down from being home alone for a few days.

Switching gears to non-animation, I'm thinking of maybe starting the usual retro-ish video game reviews. I'm only thinking this as I picked up the N64 just the other day, the first time in a few years, and I wanted to see what I now thought of a game I liked when I was, according to the save file, only ten years old.

I want this to be more of a retrospective show of my childhood over, say, just reviewing random old games that may be bad or good. That's also what I don't want to be solely, just about reviewing horrible games. I did that for a bit involving indie games and, while it was fun, it was at the same time something involving me mocking designers who might be a tween. It's hard to just comb and find a professional-ish game that is made by a proper indie game studio... but the game sucks.

Now, I really didn't have issues with this idea of berating these indie games, as these people did put out a game that is meant to be viewed and played by others, so it's fair game. At the same time though, I know it probably wouldn't pull in a lot of views: though those that watched it did find it funny... except the few who were offended by the above reason.

The only issue I'm actually facing is recording the video I want. That's on two different fronts too.

First is actually recording the game. It's on the N64, which I could record if I had the right equipment (your donations help to go towards that), but I don't. Luckily, there are emulators out there that allows me to play these games on my PC, so I can record these games. My first game I'm looking back on is one I do own, so it's not much of a biggie: I'm actually going through and finishing the game on my N64 first before switching over, playing, and recording on my computer.

Second, is that I want to be able to record myself and some little sketch moments I have ideas for. Now, I don't have a camcorder and I'm waiting on a HD webcam that I was able to get from the audio book stuff I'm doing... actually, I was told to get one for something that I have to work on for them after I get it.

Anyways, I want to be able to show myself, which I can easily do with the webcam and, from what I've seen, the quality is good (not the best, but whatever.) So I'm hoping that, after I play around with it, that it records well enough that I can do these little comedy moments with it. If not then, well, the videos will lack most likely.

If I'm lucky, I'll be able to eventually get a camcorder I've been eyeing for a while. Hopefully this will be from a mix of the audio book stuff as well as, hopefully, getting a local part time job... one that I've been trying for since I turned 16 only about 4.5 years ago.

Just now... I gotta figure out an intro for this series and a name for it.

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