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Earlier this year I said I'd make a comedy short film after "New Creature 3". I just released "True Power" but that isn't the film I was talking about. "True Power" was just an extra bit I did with a friend. So be on the look out for a short Comedy film before the end of the year, or early 2016.
MLP has made me realise the potential of limited animation, so i'll be doing a more limited style for a while.
"New Creature 3" took me 200 hours (Full Animation)
"True Power" took me 50 hours (Limited Animation)
And both go for the same amount of time
I haven't made as much music this year, just been learning more. I've put on song up and may put up more...
Anyways, Thanks for reading :)
Soo its been almost a year since my last news post so I thought I'd better post something!
I finished another music album, you can find two of the songs on my page and the rest through my website.
My last two animated films didn't seem to go too well but that's not stopping me from making another. I've got a New Creature 3 in the works which I'm planning to release in April or May.
Then when that's done I'm thinking about making films that are more along the lines of comedy / satire
That is all for now ʕ•̫͡•ʕ*̫͡*ʕ•͓͡•ʔ-̫͡-ʕ•̫͡•ʔ*̫͡*ʔ-̫͡-ʔ
A lovely new song for Easter
"There is no God (the fool says)"
Sorry I haven't been doing much animation lately, just doing a heap of drawing and making songs.
No, I do not hate my animations out a lack of my abilities. I know I'm not a great animator or musician, but I'm a work in progress. I accept my inabilities knowing I will progress in time as I create more. But here are some deeper reasons why I hate my animations (not punitively):
1 - O High and mighty (pride)
When I make something about a issue I can think, I have grasped that issue and am above it. But pride comes before a fall. Really I'm just a messenger, still subject to the message.
2 - Passivity (a mix of 1 & 3)
Just as I can create something with a message and disregard the message, I fear people can see my stuff and while agreeing with it, not apply it to their life. Like the people who own "I love Jesus" T-shirts but live in such a way that says I hate Jesus. Please take the messages to heart if you like them, otherwise don't favour my films & music if your lifestyle proves you to be hypocritical (saying one thing but living another).
Don't fool yourself!
3 - Fantasy of reality
Anything that is a representation of reality, is not real, only a representation. When I make things that represent reality I fear I am doing it a dis-service. People can get so wrapped up in the fantasy world's created by mankind that we can disregard things in the real world. i.e. "Why have friends when you can watch friends". I do not want to add to the obsession of amusement.
4 - False God's or partial representation of God
While most (if not all) of my creations represent God in some aspect I fear I am not representing Him fully and in doing so breaking the first commandment. "You shall have no other Gods". God is so much more than what I can put into a film. Even people are more that what is shown in films. How much more is the view of God diminished through 2D images on a flat screen.
5 - Illusion of great accomplishment (pride)
I do feel good when I complete anything and it is easy to rest upon that accomplishment and build myself up in such things. But at the end of the day such things will fade in the passing of time. Just because I spend heaps of time on something does not make me more important than you.
6 - Deceptions of popularity
I would like many people to see the things I make but the shallowness of views and popularity makes me feel queezy. Like, if heaps of people see my stuff it will mean my stuff is good but if they don't then all that time was wasted.
The truth is I could have an awesome film and it not be regarded as so or have a horrible film and it be regareded as great. I hate my concern for views, votes etc
My "The Heart of Stone" animation is a shallow storyline to what it was originally. I've created a new storyline that will address the deeper things that were left out in "The Heart of Stone". It will be in two parts. I'm aiming to have both parts finished within the year but expecting both to take a year each. I'm going to change my style a bit and do full animation. Hopefully I'll have the patience for it otherwise I'll just have to up my game, get some more experience points and try again untill I succeed ;D
All my plans are only plans and I do not know when my time will be up. So God willing I'll do this along with songs throughout the year for my new 2012 album "This Narrow Road".
"SPUD - pt.3" it up. It was planned to be a practice series to work kinks out so my other animated series would be somewhat more decent. Though I'm considering scrapping my other animated series' (also based on my childhood drawings) for more message driven ones (like "Truth Hurts" and "The Cross".
I know some things still don't make sense after SPUD - pt.3, I was doing some planning towards the "SPUD - beginings" film, but I don't think it's that important. So at this stage I'm not animating the fourth Spud film unless God leads me to do so.
There is a film I was going to make inbetween SPUD part 2 & 3 which I started on but thought It would be better to finish "SPUD -pt.3" first to lead up to its depth. It's a very disturbing film but also very uplifting. God willing I'll finish the film before the end of the year. edit: nope looks like it will be complete in January 2012.
All the audio and a few scenes were done before SPUD 3 storyboarding had started so I've already got a head start on it. It's also featuring music by KillTheTrucker
"SPUD - part 2" is finally finished and right on schedule. Though I could have finished it earlier but music and lack of motivation got in the way.
I'm pretty slow at animating (even with my simple style of animating) but I think that may be because of trying to animate in new ways. But I'm going to try and complete 2 more animations before the end of the year (and not little ones at that). It may be ridiculous considering it took me 8 months to do my first 2 films this year but I think I can pull it off if I push myself.
The next one I've already spent 15 hours on but I think I can knock it over in a month.
edit: Actually no I'll do Spud- Part 3 first then the other film. Actually I've been working on the history and end of Spud throughout Spud 1 & 2 but not including that I'm only 6 hours in and only up to the third storyboard draft.
And that leaves SPUD - Part 3 to do over the remaining 3 months.
And also, God willing, I'll create 1, 2, or 3 more Spud films that lead up to "Spud - part 1".
edit: but it may be a while till I animate it because it will require a lot more, I think I'll only make the film/s of the beginning's if I get help with the animation.
I haven't been too happy with my films "I love Jesse" and "Spud - part 1". I kind of cringe watching them. So I was really shocked at the popular response to "Heart of Stone". I actually made something that people like! crazy.
So thanks to my failures (and people helping me be aware of them) I think I can continue the Spud series with some confidence.
So the plan is working on
Spud - part 2 (April to August)
Spud - part 3 (September to December)
A non-series animation either about the difficulty of loving God, challenging film reflexivity or Salvation.
Originally I was planning to make the one about salvation because it was a film I was going to make on my last year of university but Truth Hurts was made instead because of time restraints.
God willing that I create them.
Well it's finished
It's Based on:
Ezekiel 36:26 (I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh),
The parable of the Prodigal son (Best explained in John MacArthur's sermon "A Tale of Two Sons"),
and the sermons titled "The love of God" by Paul Washer
It was originally going to have the song "Contact" by Falling up but I couldn't be bothered getting rights and stuff so I just made my own song to fit the animation.
I hope you find some truth in this animated film by Gods grace revealing it to you.
If you haven't already done so check out my Spud film, cause it's done.
Now I'm working on a practice animation to prepare myself for Spud - 2. I'm making an animated music video based on an idea I had in 2008. It involved kid robots, magic and a dark forest . But now I've altered it to a more mature audience and being loosely based on the parable of the prodigal son.
I'm aiming for a "With My Mind's Madness" by MindChamber kind of feel to it, but with more relational tension with the violence.
As a rough estimate I would say I'd be finished after 150 hours (by the end of march). though it is half the length of my previous animation that took 200 hours, I will be doing more complicated animation and try to explore my abilities more. Also It's will be easier not having to worry about audio.
I'll let the song (that I'm animating it to) be a surprise.
But before I go to far does anyone know if it is alright to animate to a bands song without asking them?
Is it just considered fan art?
I will put them in my credits.
Since the 14th of August 2010, 173 hours have gone into my next film so far, though I'd say 70 of those hours were spent on the storyline and 10 hours on scenes I've cut.
I'm 70% finished and I've set my deadline for the 21st of November.
Also, here are some images I drew when I was 4 that inspired this film.
And the inspiration for my drawings as a kid were superman, batman, transformers, power rangers and me but I'm not sure where I got the ugly squid from.