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I'm a Pre-Production artist for Cyanide & Happiness! I'm also a professional voice actor, a published author, and I design t-shirts & artwork for heavy metal bands in the DFW area. Check out my links, check out my stuff, and stick around for a while! -GG

Geoff Galneda @Phobotech

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Posted by Phobotech - January 20th, 2009


I believe it was Murad136 that convinced me to just do something...ANYTHING new, and get it out on the portal. Thinking of things to do, I started with the 2-week-fight that he suggested, but scrapped it because it was coming out crappy. Then I wanted to do an elaborate Megaman frame-by-frame fight...but I concluded I wasn't skilled enough to pull off what I envisioned for it yet, so I put that on hold.

Going through an old sketchbook, I uncovered an old comic I doodled waaaay back when I first had a Playstation 2. My first PS2 game was Z.O.E. I played it, loved it, and beat it within a few days (it was very short IMO) but I was still a fan. I also read a lot of Mad magazine at the time, so I started doing a Mad article styled parody on Z.O.E. called "Zone of the Blenders"

It was unfinished, and the jokes were really corny with lazy artwork, but it gave me an idea of what I could do to bridge my first flash test with my more advanced projects. While the "Awesome" craze is still kicking around, I figured I would make it "Zone of the Awesome"

Just working on this thing (and failing on the two other projects) I've learned an incredible deal about the flash software, and the art of animation as a whole.

The craftsmanship is far from where I want it to be. Playing it back, it's too fast, wayyyy too rapid...not enough pauses, to the point where too much shit is flying by at once. The animation is sloppy, and the artwork is lazy. My microphone is a headset I used for gaming and when you're not hearing a sludgy sounding voice, it's this over-bearing fuzz.

But I can't be too hard on it. This is the best flash I've yet to make. Before ZOA, I have had no experience with flash other than my Flash Test which is viewable as my first submission. I've worked on this before going to school for flash at Brookhaven (My first day is today...in a couple of hours...but the first REAL day starts on the 22nd.)...so hopefully if my pattern persists, my next flash projects will only get better and better.

Anyway. you should check it out! Be sure to leave a review, because I respond to just about all of them when I get around to it!

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/
479488

Enjoy!


Posted by Phobotech - January 19th, 2009


I got three frames left that I'm about to knock out on the Jehuty vs. Raptor, not including the ensuing explosion, which I'm probably going to cut a few corners with.

There's so much in Jehuty's structure that I disagree with now...I want to add more detail to 'em, but I've gone too far. I'd like to add more detail through A LOT of this flash, but I've still gone way too far. There's no going back now.

Other than that scene, I got three scenes of lip-syncing for Leo, four for ADA, and the final scene + re-doing the credits.

The goal is before the 20th. I will work now.

Also...as it turns out...it wasn't the serpentine belt that snapped on my car...nor was it the timing belt.....we're speculating I might've blown a cylinder...which costs money that, frankly, none of us have.

My poor car has put up with so much shit. I don't know what's going to happen...

Thankfully I'm carpooling up to Brookhaven, and I guess on a brighter side of things, this gives me incentive to ride a bike more...I just hope I can get that concealed hand-gun's permit so I could feel a lot safer riding at night. Thanks to Dad, I already have my first gun, Senor Ebar. I just can't carry it legally.

*groan* ...everything happens for a reason I suppose. Now I gotta finish this flash.

Zone of the Awesome update 1/19/08


Posted by Phobotech - January 16th, 2009


Just to reassure you guys I aint slackin'.

Re-recorded several lines I thought desperately needed re-wording (or just calmer delivery...the flash is already at the pace of a rabbit on acid, so I needed to slow some lines down)

I'm still a little stuffy...just on the verge of being sick. The challenge for you guys is to point out which lines you think were recorded at the last minute. (shouldn't be hard to spot *cough* *hack*)

The extensive scene of Leo falling into Jehuty's cock(pit) have been completed. What took so long was I decided to re-do the first fall...

Lemme start over...

There are two falls in this scene. The first one, propelled by an explosion, where Leo busts his head on the robot. The second, where he accidentally opens the robot on accident, and is sucked in by some inexplicable force.

The scene pictured below is the latter of the two.

The former, I had about three or four frames in place for it. It looked like complete and utter shit, so I redid them, lip-sync and all, extending it to a nice-looking fourteen frames.

Combine that with the final 18 frames I just did for the second fall, and there's where I'm at. A couple of re-recorded lines, and that entire scene is complete.

Since I gave myself until tomorrow to complete this, I'm going to keep working on the hardest scene to animate...Jehuty vs. Raptor....oh boy oh boy oh boy.

It should only get easier, as the volley of attacks start getting so rapid, I barely have to be careful to keep the previous frame into consideration as a guide. Meaning I can just briefly glimpse at the onion skins, and turn them off, as I got a general idea of where I'm supposed to go from there.

But enough talk. See you guys tomorrow.

Zone of the Awesome update 1/16/09


Posted by Phobotech - January 15th, 2009


It was at this moment, two minutes ago, that I had finished every scene that had pink mannequins in place as an animation guide.

JESUS CHRIST...I'm never making that mistake again...from now on, the outlines I'm actually using will serve as the animatic.

I'm about to re-record a line that's been bothering me for a while, even though I'm starting to get a little sick. Damn weather changes! *fist shake*

Then I'll try tackling the difficult Jehuty vs. Raptor scene again...save the easier scenes for last...which is what I should've been doing in the first place.

No pics posted this time because I'm on a roll. Film at Eleven.


Posted by Phobotech - January 13th, 2009


Using pink mannequins was a mistake. This is taking unnecessarily long to do...

Duely noted, in the future I will be sure to not leave mannequins in any animatic, so I don't have to go through this RIDICULOUSLY long process to carefully edit around them.

You live and you learn I suppose...

Well, my car died last night; serpentine belt broke while I was driving on the highway. So it looks like I'm not going ANYWHERE until this Flying-Spaghetti-Monster-forsaken flash is DONE!

(ARRRRRRGGGGHGHGHGHGHGGHGGGHHH!!!!!!)

FILM AT ELEVEN!!!!! This is my last shot at this before school! I have ONE WEEK!

Zone of the Awesome update 1/13/09


Posted by Phobotech - January 9th, 2009


After a long stint of procrastinating after sitting down for hours, I have literally HALF of the pink mannequins to go over.

I'm saving one of the mannequin scenes for last because it's relatively easy, but the one I'm working on now is the Police guy hazing Leo, spitting in his face and shit.

After that, STILL got about twelve or thirteen frames of Leo falling into the cockpit.
STILL have half of the Jehuty vs. Raptor scene.
STILL have the ending scene to do.
STILL have two ADA lip-syncs.
Re-doing the credits shouldn't be a problem.

Here's a picture of a giant robot that fell over! BRB!

Zone of the Awesome update 1/9/09


Posted by Phobotech - January 7th, 2009


Starting the long process of converting all of the scenes with Pinky the pink mannequin and fleshing them out.

Doing it all while jamming out to tunes from the Audio Portal. Give 'em a listen!

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen /177866
http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen /146586
http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen /114077

Anyway, can't talk now! I'm busy for once!

Zone of the Awesome update 1/7/09


Posted by Phobotech - January 6th, 2009


Expect Zone of the Awesome soon! Working out a few details and adding a few frames to the most complex scene to animate (pictured)

But in general I still have everything mentioned in this news post left to do.

But I'm ready. I have the motivation!

Time to get this thing over with.

I'm back!


Posted by Phobotech - January 5th, 2009


Maybe not today...maybe not tomorrow...

But God as my witness, it will be done before I start school on the 22nd.

I have to do this for myself. I have to do this for all of the users that have supported me from when I first started posting about it. I have to do this for all of my friends, from high school, to the Spencer's crew, that have supported me.

I have to do this for the experience of submitting a flash better than my last.

Even if I've become so burnt out on the flash, even if I'm convinced it's an atrocity that might barely make a score slightly above my test, there could be others that disagree with me.

ZOA must be completed.

I will do this. I will Triumph and Obliterate.


Posted by Phobotech - January 4th, 2009


What the fuck is wrong with me? Every time I try to open up ZOA and knock out at least SOME work on it, I become useless.

I don't know what the fuck it is...

Everything I'm depressed about either has nothing to do with Newgrounds (or the internet in it's entirety for that matter) or the fact that I haven't completed ZOA yet. WHAT'S THE DEAL!?

Everything would be better if ZOA is just DONE, so why can't I finish it!?

I don't understand myself.

*sigh*...I gotta go to court tomorrow morning to find out WHEN they actually want me in court this week (I lost the original paper that told me the date and time) and I also gotta find out WHY they want me...I haven't been pulled over in half a year, and I thought we were straight. Apparently not, as it would seem.

Then I gotta up-the-job hunt, and I gotta get money to fix up my car....

...I probably shouldn't rant here...

Film at Eleven.