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One post up. Things are great. I'm evolving.

2018-01-12 21:27:57 by shadscott81

Well if you haven't checked it out yet, check out the first episode of The Boom Boom Happy Fun Yum Yum Hour below, Web of Intrigue. 

It might sound sillyl, but as of right now it's ranked a 1.5, and that excites me. I guess it's because it's feedback. There were two reviews as well to go with it which gave me some critique and ideas on what to work on.

See, I'm completely self-taught, other than a few tutorials on using the animation program. I know I'm lacking in a lot of areas, drawing and art being the top two (that unfortunately, doesn't look like it'll increase a lot anytime soon because I suck at drawing). The problem is that I don't know what to work on, or how to work on it. The one review gave me some solid stuff to work on, and I have!!! Well...kinda. By the time I posted the first episode I was already pretty deep into animating episode two. So any critique or adjustments will happen between episode two and episode three, although through sheer coincidence one of the critiques took care of itself. 

While working on episode two I actually learned a few things just by messing around with stuff and experimenting, and I think these enhancements are going to make episode two a lot beter than the first in presentation. It's increased the difficulty of the animation and, thus, increased the time it's taking to animate it dramatically. We're talking hours and hours of extra work, but it's worth it.

And I guess that's sort of the whole reason I'm here at newgrounds, to get better at this. I've got a somewhat solid understanding of how to do this, but I know I can be better. I want to be better, and it's working. Already I've done more in three days then I would have learned in months on my own. This is exciting and I'm looking forward to each episode posting to (hopefully) see those ratings steadily rise.

So the plan right now for the episodes is to complete and release the first four episodes (which are all interviews with the four characters on the show, with other story fun mixed in) the first four weeks, each on Wednesday. Then I'm going to take a couple weeks to soak in all the feedback and criticism of those four episodes and use that to grow as an animator and let that inform the actual run of the series. This could take a month or so, or less, who knows. Then I'll release an episode each week (provided I can keep up with that schedule), or as soon as possible.

That's gonna do it for this update. I have to go back to animating episode two. Almost finished with the animating, to move on to the editing phase. My goal is to finish tomorrow. Try to do one episode a week, meaning I'll start recording the voices for episode three on Sunday and go from there. I hope this update finds you well and I'll be back real soon.

-Shad


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