Sunday, August 4, 2013

New Video, New Production Blog

All the animation that's been completed so far...

This blog will likely no longer be updated, so please follow the new one instead. Thanks kindly!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

PK Starstorm!

I found myself with a wee bit of free time between freelance jobs, and somehow this crazy fanimation that I started almost 3 years ago managed to worm its way back into my consciousness. Suddenly a whole scene had been completed! It seems as though Poo really wanted his animation to be finished...

Take that, Kraken!

The completion of the Summers segment brings the amount of finished animation up to about the 1:36 mark, which is more or less exactly halfway. In the screenshot above you can see a bit of my work process in Flash; I would kill to be able to re-compose everything in After Effects, but that would probably set me back another three years, so I'm going to concentrate on what I've started.

As for the Kickstarter idea, it's still a possibility, but I have upcoming work in the fall and I couldn't set that aside even if PK Flash was being crowd-funded. However, the fact that so many people were supportive of the idea was encouraging, so I'm going to try my best to soldier on for now. At this rate, perhaps I'll be able to post the final video in time for Earthbound's 20th anniversary!
"Ah, I see... Well, it doesn't make me happy, but I understand your point about the fate of the world being at stake." -Ness' Dad

Thursday, July 19, 2012

*Blows off dust*

Wow, it's been almost a whole year since I touched this thing.  What a waste of time, you might say.  Not so!  I still receive every bit of feedback posted to this blog and my Youtube account, and every time it happens I feel a little pang of guilt that I'm not working on the video.  But guilt is not the best state of mind in which to work, and I had my reasons for putting it aside.  That being said, a large part of the reason the video is taking so long is because I had to give priority to projects that pay the rent (same old story!).  Being a labour of love, PK Flash invariably took a backseat to my freelance work.  Now that the dust has settled and my animation skills have greatly improved, I thought it might be worth revisiting a few of my shelved projects.  PK Flash being one of them.

Intriguingly, someone in the comments suggested I start a Kickstart/Indiegogo campaign and just get 'er done.  As leery as I am about asking strangers for money for something so frivolous, it might be an idea worth entertaining.  If the video was funded by fans, the video could be done in as little time as 4 months or less (with the additional bonus of some shiny new After Effects wizardry).  I may put a poll up on this blog and see what the response is.  In the meantime, I'll keep chipping away at my usual glacier pace...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This Update Stinks!

Welp, school is over for good. I actually have been slowly picking away at this thing in earnest, but now is the time to resume full-speed. Here's a a few still shots of the things I've finished animating:

I don't want to spoil too much as I go along, but suffice to say these elements are now all fully animated.  You might be able to pick them out from the rough sketches in the animation test I posted last year; the Runaway Dog, for example, has only two frames of movement.  Orange Kid, Liar X. Agerate and Everdred have substantially more action involved.

Also, someone mentioned to me the absence of Saturn Valley in the animation test; never fear!  Although PK Flash depicts events from the game in rough chronological order and features as many characters as possible, I took many liberties and so some elements may not show up in exactly the way you remember them from the game.  Think of it as how an animated TV show would go about adapting the game.  Also, the test is only about a quarter of the way through the story- Still a long way to go!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Project PK Flash! is going on hiatus while I finish my last year of school. This is more of a personal note to myself so I don't forget, but I have a good feeling I'll return to finish it. Ha ha ha... I hope I didn't jinx myself there.

In the meantime, you can check out my newest endeavor, Planet REDWOOD. It's a fansite dedicated to my other favorite cult classic video game, Deadly Premonition. It's a very different game from Earthbound, but no less deserving of the close following it has begun to garner.