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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 - December 24th, 2008


Thought I'd share this with you.

Highlighted in Red? Pain in my ass. Took me hours.

I haven't slept.

Next I'm doing Jehuty shredding the Raptor...conveniently, also pictured.

ZOA > Sleep.

Film at...yeah...

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Posted by Phobotech - December 24th, 2008


Halfway done with the animating process. Discluding the touch-up process, where I get rid of the pink-mannequins.

Because I'm learning as I go, I can physically tell it's getting a little easier. So that's awesome, but Lord Almighty, I hope I can get this done in '08.

There are about five scenes of complex frame-by-frames, and about the same amount of simple stills and tweens. I'm relieved that I can just see light at the end of the tunnel.

...But, there is No Rest for the Wicked.

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Posted by Phobotech - December 24th, 2008


You may wanna breeze back a couple of News posts, seeing as how this is the third installment for just today.

Basically I'm just taking a break while I update...sort-of multitasking.

I am on a roll today! Completed a couple of scenes of lip-syncing, and the bridge to the Raptor fight against Jehuty (probably one of the more complex frame-by-frame scenes in the flash, but also the quickest.)

It's my goal to get a little more than half of what I have to do on the flash done tonight, or the morning of the 24th. Grandma's in town for the holidays, so I won't be able to work this afternoon (or possibly even this evening.)

But family comes first.

Fiiiilm at Elevennnnn.

P.S. I think I got a thing for debris in my depictions of destruction.

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Posted by Phobotech - December 23rd, 2008


Pictured below is possibly the most difficult scene to animate in the whole flash.

I've been wrestling it for about four hours now.

Basically, the white robot is firing his machine gun at a Raptor which will float down preparing to strike. The entire background slowly creeps off to stage right, and zooms over to the door on the right.

While all of this is going on, Leo is coming out from between those two boxes, freaks out, and is running over to the door on stage-right. (The background tweens accordingly, as if the camera is following Leo.)

THEN, as just as he reaches the door, the white robot explodes, with appropriate lights around the area Leo just vanished into, then I got falling, still-smoking debris scattering around all over the place, while the Raptor slowly looms on-screen.

Every once and a while when I get frustrated I skip to something simpler like lip-syncing ADA, which I'm now taking a break from flash to post this News update. But after I post, it's back to the coal-mines.

Film at Eleven.

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Posted by Phobotech - December 23rd, 2008


Piss and Moan, Piss and Moan.

Deadlines Deadline.

Bitch complain rant.

Work work work.

Film at Eleven.

...No really, I'm having fun animating this thing, even if I am stressed about getting this thing submitted while 2008 is still around.

I just thought I'd make fun of my own news-posts for once.

I know for a fact I'm not going to be anywhere near done by Christmas. But expect it as one of my '08 submissions, for sure.

Now I'm going to bundle up...warm up...and keep working.

...Even though Flash is starting a nasty habit of crashing repeatedly...it's gotten me paranoid to Ctrl+S every frame.

It's strange, and I really prefer it wouldn't do that.

Oh well.

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Posted by Phobotech - December 19th, 2008


Gyahhh, fuck my life I'm tired.

So eventually, I got so fried out that my drawing started to get sloppy, so I put the stylus down and I decided to check to see how much more I had to go.

Playing and stopping through the entire flash on the way, I took note at the seconds it was counting off to me, and jot down the parts that needed special attention; i.e. elaborate motions, lip-syncing, and basically shit that wasn't already done or wasn't basic tweens or stills.

Discluding credits, with a run-time of 162.5 seconds, I have 54.6 seconds left to go.

Then I gotta do the rest.
Then I gotta pretty-up the whole thing...meaning replace Pinky the Mannequin with flesh and clothes.

With six days left to go for my personal deadline, I'm teetering on my confidence scale, but leaning more-so towards "I can do this shit."

You have to keep in mind most of the flash looks like the still below; crude outlines of what's supposed to be going on to the sound, which gets a little funny when you're sitting down watching the thing from the beginning, and it steadily declines, then violently plunges in quality. lol

Ehh...I'll tackle the rest of this beast tomorrow. Now that my sleeping schedule is royally fucked, I'm going to try to balance it with a nap or something.

Psh...yeah right...more like a hibernation.

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Posted by Phobotech - December 19th, 2008


I'm pulling an all-nighter tonight, fuckit.

Just got done with the complex head-explosion frame-by-frame...playing it back, it's rather quick, and almost insignificant, but little surges of detail every once and a while spaced out through the flash will help keep it bouncing and interesting, so I stand by my efforts.

Now I'm implementing Pinky the Mannequin along with the timeline as I go, for instance right now I'm taking a break from the scene right after the still pictured below, where the larger man in blue (the cop) is intimidating Leo (in blue with the yellow collar)

This is gonna be a loooong week.

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Posted by Phobotech - December 18th, 2008


One week left until Christmas. One week left until my deadline.

I've concentrated my efforts on the more complex frame-by-frame scene. Today, I finished an elaborate explosion complete with falling debris near the opening scene.

Next, I'm going to do the longest single line spoken (all lip-sync with Pinky the Mannequin, pretty much)

Then the scene where Jehuty fucks some shit up,

Then I gotta do everything else.

There are spots of detailed stills scattered through-out, but since I got a week left, I'm concentrating on the difficult frame-by-frames.

That way, if I have to rush it and churn SOMETHING out in time, it'll be parts of the flash that were never intended to be impressive looking in the first place.

So close, yet so goddamn far...ugh....

I got a little stressed and I stepped out to get a beer. Tried Shiner's Holiday seasonal...it's......different. I should've gone for a Shiner Bock or a Blue Moon.

Oh well. Next time. I gotta work, work, work!

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Posted by Phobotech - December 15th, 2008


No Rest for the Wicked. Ten Days left until my personal deadline.

Got the scene done that I'm using as the 46x46 icon, so that was pleasing.

I was so dead-tired (only got four hours of sleep), I just knocked out simple stuff, like quick stills and tweens.

When I get back from helping my friends move, I'll crash for the night if I don't have any energy left to knock another dent in ZOA. As for right now, I'm going to watch Tropic Thunder with a friend who hasn't seen it yet before I gotta take it back to Blockbuster.

Also, Tits.

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Posted by Phobotech - December 14th, 2008


I'm beginning to feverishly worry that I won't reach my deadline before Christmas.

My backup deadline is before 2009...I really, really don't want my Flash test to be my only '08 submission.

But the only reason that it's taking this long is because I'm not rushing it. I'm being meticulous enough that it won't be utter shit.

...but it's looking like I'm getting too meticulous...I'm sure when I become experienced, I'll be able to shit one of these out in half the time I've spent, but I know too little.

I switch it up when I get fed up with the frame-by-frame bullshit by doing the complex still's like below.

At least I still have a little over a week...I might have a trick up my sleeve to cut corners without dicing up the quality of the flash.

...We'll see...

Film at Eleven.

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