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A warning about Ponyo

2009-08-14 22:43:46 by SpedsonaPlane
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As much as I love studio Ghibli, this is a clear cut children's film intended for children. The animation is still quite excellent at points and there are some good visuals, but there really isn't an edge it lacks a lot of substance. I'm not saying its a bad movie I'm saying its for kids, if you're looking for the heavy smart political and philosophical contexts that were present in Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle, you will not find them here.

Clarification: Spirited Away was a kids movie that I thought appealed to all age groups, as opposed to this one which may only appeal to kids.



For those of you who may be unfamiliat, way back in the nineties (when MTV was cool and experimenting with animation with legends like Aeon Flux and Beavis and Butthead) MTV'S oddities made a 2 hour long animated version of Sam Keith's cult classic surreal comic book The Maxx. In what can only be described as the coolest move of the 21st century, MTV has posted a few of the episodes for the public to enjoy.

The comic of The Maxx has meant a lot to me and well, I think this may be one of the most unnapreciated animated series of all time! (no joke)

http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/the_maxx/v ideos.jhtml

give it a watch and post what you think

oh and on a flash note I'm still making stuff



hey NG, its been a long time since I had a nice heart to heart chat with you

(The Following is backstory feel free to skip to the end).

A long time ago, a friend of mine introduced me to Killfrog.com. This was the first flash cartoon website I visited, and to me it was worth the 15 minute loading times (hehehe remember dial up?) to watch those sick twisted and funny toons. What was important was that the site taught me that I could learn how to make these toons too. I loved cartoons, y'know the good cartoon network stuff, looney toons, dexter's lab, PPG, Courage, I ate that stuff up and I always wanted to make a toon of my own.

Next Chapter, Newgrounds. Following one weblink to weblink I eventually stumbled upon Newgrounds (I actually saw it a REALLY long time ago when someone was play Pokemon: the revolution). So I saw Decline, Wogoat's Stuff, 8 bit Dnd, and Legendary frog's, (and of course laughed very very hard). Now more than ever I wanted to get involved in the flash world.

I took a summer camp course in flash whereupon I learned all da basics "Tweening the sphere, etc". After that I had a few not worth mentioning projects (but I did end up meeting NutcaseNightmare on sheezyart) and I finished my first toon. I kept on making some really really crappy doodle-ish things and tried to fix a game I made (I didn't know ANYTHING about coding so it was a mess).

I started to make a video game parody "Elder Scrolls Snore Oblivious (which wasn't actually that bad, I liked that toon a lot) but my The screencaps I planned to use for the BG got messed up, I lost the game, and it was uninstalled so that project died.

Animation just seemed too hard so I just kinda gave up

Then my friends introduced me to Unforgotten realms (the old stuff), and I was laughing and at the same time inspired. Robert Moran's work taught me the fundamental key to making a cartoon is MAKING A CARTOON! I was inspired and ready to go again! I was really digging the trailers for bioshock so I thought I'd use that as a reference tool. Out of a small brainstorming came my first cartoon "Bioshlock" and to be honest after I finally finished that I was wicked proud! I came up with a bunch of other Bioshock gags and riding the high of my earlier success I started production on Bioshlock 2

Biosock then hit the front page (Oh man I was flustered, but apothic is an aight dude). I was worried as all hell that all of my Bioshlock 2 ideas would be stolen so I did the one thing that any animator SHOULD NOT DO! I rushed production. I was disappointed with a lot of the animation but really pleased with making a 10 minute long, really full length cartoon. I remember finally submitting and again being really proud. I checked NG the next day AND YES I GOT THE FRONT PAGE!!!! The same place that all of my flash Idols landed and I WAS THERE!!!!

Right about this Time Rtil was beginning the video game parody hating movement, and I will confess he does have some good points. So I wanted to branch out. This lead to me wanting to start the Kubrick collab (Inspired by Valentine 29) and of course I failed miserably getting it off the ground (I should have recruited catoplebas, I used to be freaked out by his tuff but the guys got some mad skill!). This lead to a bunch of other unreleased projects that I shall now abridge.

Choose your song collab- I really liked the idea of this thing, and I liked how my part came out, shame it fell through.

Metal Gear Collab- Jasper did the art and most of the work for this one (Ok I don't want to seem like a whiner but this should have been in the collab!) Jasper did a crapload of work and mimicked the CD-1 style perfectly.

Attack of the Evil TV Collab- (Finished but only on Deviant art) This was mainly intended to get myself out there more, but Lacey was great to work with and I got to work with some pro quality audio for the first time. This was kinda a remake of my first toon (I liked the gag and wanted to give it a re furbishing).

Bad day collab- more practice Anim, collab never finished

Street fighter Collab- Ok I half assed that one. I did it in two days and to be honest didn't have a place in a collab of that quality

Bioshlock EP- This would have been a lot of work, but the animation was Really good this time.

Madness Cereza- Too ambitious

I managed to get one thing done, the April Fools day collab (A part I rushed in 2 days for my buddeh Nutcase Nightmare)

Inspiration hit me for a toon that eventually turned into a game which is now my current project Bloody Doll Circus Blitzkrieg (With the help of the Super Amazing Niklause Liow (who I subconsciously think I didn't deserve to work with )). Of course this project was being met by very, very strict deadlines (trying to finish it in time for contests was a pain and now I'm revamping it to an extreme degree.

(End Backstory)

I look at the frontpage, at the blog posts, and it always seems to be about the same animators doing the same (great) things. And like a selfish child I bawled to myself "Why am I not part of this loved circle, why am I not one of these acclaimed artists of Newgrounds?" then the answer came to me very easily

"YOU HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING YOU DUMB SH*T!"

"But everything keeps bailing on me and my current project just keeps getting messier and messier!"
"SO WHAT? Nothing worth doing in life ever comes easy!"
"But everyone is so much better then me! How can I compete with them?"
"GET SOME DRAWING LESSONS ALLREADY!!!!"

So sure enough that's what I'm doing :) When it comes down to it I can give up or keep going and making flash cartoons is too much fun to simply let it walk by! Knowing that with each one I'm making someone out there a little happier feels pretty cool. Newgrounds is becoming a stronger artistic community day by day and I'm, going to work my ass off help be a part of that!

Be seeing you (Bitches :p)

-Luke


Behemoth game # 3 trailer

2009-03-17 16:21:41 by SpedsonaPlane

oh man this is gonna be crazy

Who else is excited about this fresh twist on mutliplayer platforming?


waltz with Bashir

2009-02-06 19:55:59 by SpedsonaPlane
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BOKER TOV LEBANON

Yo I've been away for a while, and if another Newgrounder made a post about this film, I apologize for making a post you'v read before.

So for all those who don't know what I'm talking about, an Israeli film has recently hit the indie film circuit

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guys this is flash. The same stuff that made metal gear awesome made this

so I finally had the chance to see it today. To put it bluntly I don't regret it

This film is not an entertainment flick. I went expecting to see expert flash animation and a movie in evreet (something I haven't seen in a while). I recieved both En masse, but this was the scariest movie I have seen in my life. Not scary as in startled, or even suspensfull, just for about 4 minutes after the film was overI stood in my seat, completely silen, in utter awe. The imagery in the film is spectacular, especially the story of the soldier in the tank and the brief flashes of the arcades when he returned home from the war. Crap this film really got to me, I couldn't speak till about 7 minutes after WWB and even then it was awkward.

But a bit about the animation itself. I know the stuff on my NG account isn't very impressive but I know quite a bit about flash. The only logical way I can see how they did this was with a crapload of shape tweens done just right to achieve a 3d effect. http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/
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is the closest thing I've seen to it.

But people.. This isn't just another war is bad film, this is a war is FUCKIN SCARY FILM. Again, I don't regret seeing it. but as far as the flash community goes this is clearly a step forward. Don't expect a handfull of daisies, or a fistfull of action, the best thing you can expect is an open palm covered in scars.

oh yeah, I'm working on stuff.

Man I'm still in some awe

be sure to post your opinions on it, I'm curious to see the NG community's thoughts on it.



Hey everybody, its been a while. not that I haven't been working, I have ON THIS!!!!

http://teambloodydoll.com/bdcb.html

this has been a collaborative effort (featuring the coding and animation talents of nutcase nightmare, and other non NG users)

This is the start of a pretty epic project so we're looking for feedback before the big NG release (spiffing it up and such). Wht do you want more of, what do you want less of? what could use improvement, what could stay the same, stuff like that! We can also use a sound effects guy if anyone is interested.

Sit back and enjoy!

Our platform fighting game needs feedback


I GOT ACCEPTED!

2008-12-14 16:38:06 by SpedsonaPlane

into Emerson college. i'm really excited about it since it was my first choice. thank you NG for making all the hours of tedious applying much more bearable with some good ol' flash toons.. In unrelated news, here's a screencap of the latest flash project I've been working on with NutcaseNightmare (of :the game: fame). Expect a release of this project hopefully sometime this year!

Seasons greetings all!

I GOT ACCEPTED!


OBAMA

2008-11-04 23:08:54 by SpedsonaPlane

is now president of the US


the game I've been working on

2008-08-30 22:30:56 by SpedsonaPlane
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About Bloody Doll Circus Blitzkrieg

yeah I'm excited, this has really started to pick up with huge thanks to Nutcasenightmare (the Background artist) and Keen Bean (the god like programmer). so I thought I'd show a really really small 14 sec preview of the beta.

http://spedsonaplane.deviantart.com/ar t/bloody-doll-CB-Preview-1-96544544

To get you all psyched for this I got some fun features about to mention (some may become more awesome or obliterated by the time this mother is done)

-Character customization
-Customised cutscenes
-blood
-more than 500,000 character options
-crazy trapese, tightrope, and trampoline action
-killer voice acting
-more blood
-4 boss fights
-14 different weapons
-YAY EVEN MORE BLOOD
-awesome interactive menues
-Storyline? (you'll see)
PS: I need help with the soundtrack, if you are capable of rocking hard please let me know

the game I've been working on


connecticon

2008-07-29 11:01:54 by SpedsonaPlane

yeah I guess that it is worth mentioning I'll be at connecticon in hartford connecticon this weekend (nobody probably cares I haven't exactly made epic flashes but that's goin to change). I'm now part of a team called team bloodydoll. We're working really hard to make a kickass flash game called Bloody Doll Circus Blitzkrieg. (preiview images below). Its a platform fighter with a couple of twists, customizable characters, epic cutscenes, and if this works out over 500,000 possible character creation options. sorry if it seems I've been dead, I'm postponing bioshlock to work on this. any questions just post. And as a thank you for reading here in a funny mitchell and webb sketch

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