September, 2007

9.24.07

So I've been getting message after message from fans wanting "Inventing Swear Words 4". Everyone wants to see Lacy and Mort's wedding. I am stoked at everyone's enthusiasm! I have been unable to avoid thinking about the next movie, and I actually have some really cool ideas. The big question is whether I'll make another "ISW" movie or a random "Short SHORT!", which I have been wanting to do for a while. We will see, we will see.

Kill5675 from YouTube was watching GameSpot.uk's tour of Blizzcon, and he happened to spot me in their video. I was chatting with Jun from Stone Falcon Productions near the machinima booth right before I was supposed to man it. It has a good shot of the machinima booth at around 7:40, so check it out here.

I was asked to create short, less than one minute trailers for my two nominated movies for the Machinima Festival Europe 07. I finished them yesterday and had a bit of fun making them, so I thought I would share them with you all:

* 4 Commercials for mtvU Trailer (original movie here)
* Hark! Hear the Wails Trailer (original movie here)

I've been getting a lot of requests for new shirts for the store, and I have been more than happy to accommodate. I've added sweatshirts and hooded sweatshirts to all of Craig's designs, and I will add them to all of the text designs soon. I've also added one new text design at a fan's request: "I'm Uber Uber L33t". If you have any requests for shirts with lines from my movies on them, let me know and I'll make some.

Also, if you are an artist and want to design a shirt based on my movies, feel free to send me your idea and a sample image. If I like it, I'll put it in the store, and I'll send you any shirt of your choice for free.

I've been working a lot and dealing with mundane things like living, which hasn't given me any time to make new movies. I hope to have a new story completed for next week, and also to have the Writings section done. I may start working on a new movie here soon, but if I do, I'll probably keep the details under my hat for a while, until I have some teaser screenshots to release.

See you next Monday!

9.17.07

Whew, what a week!

I have some exciting news! Two of my movies, Hark! Hear the Wails and 4 Commercials for mtvU have been nominated for a Machinima Festival Europe 07 Award. Hark! Hear the Wails was nominated for Best Sound and 4 Commercials for mtvU was nominated for Best Commercial/Game. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 13th, in Leicester, England. I'm hoping to get some sponsorship so that I can attend. You can read the complete list of nominees on the Festival homepage, here.


I’ve been quite busy, what with the release of Inventing Swear Words 3 and all. If you missed it's release last Monday, you can find my new movie under the Movies tab above, in the Inventing Swear Words section. Here are the viewer statistics for the first week after its release:

* YouTube: 32,200
* Myndflame: 22,010
* WCM: 18,560
* MySpace: 7,660
* FileFront: 1,290
* Machinima.com: 800
* Stage6: 730
* Google Video: 200
* Total: 83,450

I hope you like the new website! The Movies and Characters sections are complete. My web designer and I are working on the Games, About Me and Writings sections, and we should have them done soon. I've also released a brand new store, which you can find by clicking on the store banner to the left, or the "store" tab above. In response to fan suggestions, I've added buttons and magnets for a number of my designs, and I've added a new design: "I am Warlord Gorechuck! I am MASTERFUL!". I also added a new "BARNABY!" design, with Associate Professor Evil on the back of some of the shirts.

Other than that, I've fixed a number of typos all over the site. If you find any others, please let me know via the forums. That's the end of today's update! Here are last week's blog highlights:

* Ads
* How to Give Criticism
* Script -- Inventing Swear Words 3
* Fan Art and Decompressing
* New Movie -- Inventing Swear Words 3

9.10.07

At long last, I have finished Inventing Swear Words 3! Choose one of the links below to watch the movie—Stage6 is the best quality.
Inventing Swear Words 3!

I said in my trailer that I would finish it sometime this summer, and since summer officially ends September 23rd, I feel comfortable saying that I’ve met my goal. If you haven’t seen Inventing Swear Words 1, 2 or the trailer for 3 (which doesn’t have anything to do with 3), then click on the “Movies” link above and check them out before watching Inventing Swear Words 3.

I am pleased with how this movie turned out. I literally spent every waking moment when I was not at work on this thing. You know you are spending too much time locked up in your apartment when you look in the mirror one day and are startled at how long your beard has grown. For a while there I was marking time by how long my fingernails had grown. I’m pleased with this movie, but I am also very glad to be joining the real world again and attaining some semblance of normalcy.

I have to give major thanks to Nathan Allen Pinard, who is a true hero of this project. I asked him to complete the sound track in four days, and he did it—and it turned out perfect! He really came through, which is why I was able to release this movie today. So stop on over at Nathan’s site and thank him for working on Inventing Swear Words 3.

As you can see, the website has changed quite a bit! Scott Repka contacted me a few weeks ago and offered to redesign my website, and I must say, it is very handsome--much better than my old Homestead one. The “Writings” section will be updated here in a few days, but in the meantime, check out the new “Movies” page, and the adjacent “Characters” page, where you can find out more about the characters from my videos.

I have updated my store with lots of cool new items! Craig Lynn offered to design some images for me, and with these I was able to flesh the store out with new shirts for men, women and children, including black and dark colored shirts, as well as other odds and ends like mugs, steins, mouse pads, pillows, aprons, magnets, posters, coasters and more. So check out the new store, and see if anything catches your eye!

Well, with that, I think I am going to take a long overdue break. Maybe I’ll go hiking this weekend. Or maybe I’ll just sleep. I have a few days to decide.

9.05.07

As promised, here are the final teaser screenshots from Inventing Swear Words 3. I hope to release it sometime next week, or, if necessary, the week after. Nathan Pinard is composing music for it, and I can't wait to hear what he comes up with!

* Final Teaser Release

9.04.07

Well, I'm happy to say that all the footage for ISW3 is shot, edited and in the can! I'll be sending Nathan Pinard the draft later today and he will start composing music for it. this means that all I have to do before releasing it is:

* Redo a few glitches
* Add sound effects for scenes 5 and 6
* Reduce noise inthe vocal audio
* Normalize sound between sound effects and audio so that we don't get clicks, snaps and screeches
* Make the animated intro text
* Make the credits
* Assemble bloopers in blooper reel for the credits
* Add music sound track
* Compress for internet distribution

Then I'm all done! Since summer officially ends September 23rd, I believe it is safe to say that I have met the goal I laid down in the trailer for releasing it this summer. Of course, it really doesn't feel like summer. It's raining here in Seattle (surprise, surprise). And last night we had a lightning storm. It was fun animating the final scene while the sky was lit up with lightning.

I was going to have some screenshots for you today, but I forgot, so I'll try to get some up tomorrow. My friend Scott and I are working to get the webpage done in time for ISW3's release, and I've been working with Craig on getting the store looking snazzy, so I'll be pretty busy right on up till the movie's release. I hope you all will be pleased!

Here are last week's blog highlights:

* The Geek Media
* Sponsorship
* Flakk [Trade Supplies]
* Inventing Swear Words 3 Teaser 02