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Posted by Syrupmasterz - July 3rd, 2020


Hi folks!


Figured it was time I dropped something down in terms of animation, so now I'll tell you a quick story about how I accidentally ended up working on a music video for a BDSM Gothic Rock Band without even realizing it.


There is a local site that I use to look for animation gigs, and it's how I've gotten the extra scratch to pay for songs and art commissions here on Newgrounds. This time though, the job posting was really vague, so I had applied before getting any real details about what they were after.


Shortly afterwards in the same week, I was told that they liked my style and wanted to work with me.

So before long we get into a phone conversation, and since this was going to be their first video, I tried to be helpful and started detailing the kind of work that would go into it and the rough process from storyboards to finished product. The brass tacks essentially.


It was during this time that I formally agreed to make the music video animatic before hearing the song, and lo and behold it was a 'Gothic BDSM' song about mutual consent and respecting limits in regards to pain. Who'd have thunk? :P


Being caught off guard, I started listening to the song and tried to find out what kind of wiggle room I had with the interpretation of lyrics. Trying to be funny as opposed to overtly sexual (I belong to a lot of SFW animation pages and I like being able to share my work around everywhere), I pitched the idea of Vib (the male vocalist) being invited to DV8's (the female vocalist) Mansion for a BDSM date, but it turns out she is a Vampire and has far more extreme tastes than he is used to.


The Band thought my idea was worth pursuing so I worked on a script and some crude early designs, and a little while later it was approved and I was given the half-payment and the green light to start working away.


They weren't rolling in dough, as most small local bands aren't, so we came to the arrangement that I would work on their animatic until it was all done, with the clause that I could take as long as I wanted.


So over the course of several months, I kept sharing progress chunks and passed a few emails around. Client feedback is valuable because it's better to ask them what they want when you aren't sure, rather than to draw it and find out after all that hard work that don't like it. :P


By talking to them again and listening to their overall vision for the song, I revised the ending of the music video so that it was thematically consistent with the rest of the song than the (in my opinion) funnier but otherwise too absurd version I had in mind. After messing around with a few other ideas of the same vein, I came up with an idea we all found funny and then after a few power animation sessions I was all done. :)


A few emails later and we metaphorically shook hands and the project was wrapped up. I got paid, the band had their animatic and now they are looking around for people to fully animate their song based on the work I've already done.


Overall they were very pleasant clients and I now get to say I worked on a music video. haha

Didn't make big bucks doing this, but in this particular circumstance I'm not concerned. It was a very amusing project to work on, especially considering the fact that they were expecting the video to be slightly lewd, but I convinced them to make it funny instead. It's definitely a story I can tell now, in fact, I'm doing it right now! :P


Sometimes deals like working for cheap but over a longer period of time are alright if you're looking for something to push your skills and/or idea generation/problem solving, otherwise I'd say stick to your guns and to not to sell your skills short. Always do you research and ask questions before saying yes. (Knowing is half the battle!)


I shared the in-progress works a lot on the Chutney Island Discord Server, so if you were there you would've caught some early glimpses...but hey! You can all see it now in it's full glory.


Just a friendly warning though, the video does have some flashing/strobing lights, so if you are sensitive to that sort of thing or have a history of seizures, I'd pass this video up.


All that said...ENJOY! :D

(or don't, I ain't gonna force ya)


'Switch' Music Video Animatic - Rated T For Teen



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Posted by Syrupmasterz - January 24th, 2019


Howdy folks!

Whilst communciating with @Possibly here on the site, he sent me the demo for a new song.
After doing some tinkering with Audacity I got the song to be slow and funky, which was when I took full advantage and made something short and stupid in Flash. Yeti Tours needed something to start 2019 with.

As it stands it's hopefully funny enough to entertain you while you listen to the song itself, even if it is lazy.
(My animaton, not the song, don't worry I'm not roasting you @Possibly...haha)

It ain't good enough to not get torn to shreds in the portal, so I'll just plop the link down here. :P
https://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/74d9797a0155be5cde01fb4be423def5

Enjoy! :D


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Posted by Syrupmasterz - December 25th, 2018


Thanks for all the support this year Newgrounds!
Extra special thanks to all the musicians this year that have been helping me build a wonderfully diverse soundtrack to use in all of my future cartoons so I don't have to worry about lawyering up against song companies that are trying to sue me. :P

To name a few of the musically inclined crew...
@Possibly
@RealFaction
@Phyrnna
@DissoluteVoid
@SKRFrancis
@JimPMusic
@KirkMarkarian
@PULSE2POSITIVE
@Paranoidhumanoise

Y'all are a blast and a half to work with. :)

Gonna see if I can finish up a project to give you something to laugh at (hopefully) in the next few days, but until then, have a good one everybody!



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Posted by Syrupmasterz - November 8th, 2018


Howdy folks!
Doin' well? That's great! :D

Over the past little while I've been working on several collabs, and one of them I'm allowed to share my progress with since we're all in control of our own parts.

The basic premise is that it must include the same two characters travelling through a door at the beginning, and leaving through another door at the end.

Having been able to finish my animatic in time for the rough comp means I got some stuff to share for the first time in a while. Have a look it you'd like! 
(The Spoiler Sheild is only as strong as your will)

https://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/e2c86612cc8189a706be2ae781147624

Feel free to criticize the hell out of it, but keep in mind due to the fact it's been submitted the shots and timing are locked in, but the details and stage framing are not. :P

All that said, I have other projects in the pipes that should (hopefully) be done before December starts.
A commission for a musician here, another collab and a short toon there, and if all goes well a short and sweet Yeti Tours Toon.

Once again, the goal is the start of December, but I can't make any promises or guarantees.
(Wizard curse that prevents me from making animation related promises this month, long story. Sorry)

...Have a good one!


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Posted by Syrupmasterz - December 23rd, 2016


Syrupmasterz First Trophy

My first trophy! (that I earned fair and square)
Thank you all so much for watching! :D


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Posted by Syrupmasterz - November 11th, 2016


I FINISHED MAH CARTOON! :D

It took over four months to plan it, approve the animatic, lay it out, rough it, clean it, and then scan/colour every drawing in ToonBoom. Some of the planned scenes weren't able to make it due to the strict deadlines and had to be put aside to save the other ones, and I've gotta say...FLUID ANIMATION IS HARD!
This is probably the year I've had the least amount of good sleep, 2015 had more sleep in just the first half!

However, despite my mild dissapointment about missing a couple of scenes and having some serious catching up on sleep to do, looking back I'd say this film has been a blast.

Working on a cartoon of this scale and detail has been such a surreal experience. I've had the opportunity to work alongside cool animation people from all around the world and see everyone's different approaches to tricky camera angles and poses. Not to mention I've made some badass friends along the way.

Anyone who has seen my past work will notice a significant increase in animation quality, and by the time I graduate I'll have two cool films to show you all. (as long as I don't make any money off of it :P ).

See ya in the Winter!


Posted by Syrupmasterz - February 20th, 2016


Hello people who may or may not care about anything I say or do! :D

I have recently enrolled into animation school and things are going pretty well! I'm learning some useful tecniques and tricks that will defintly improve the quality of my animations and art from here on out.

As a result of this schooling though I have a bit less free time to spend on animations that aren't for school, so they won't be coming out as fast as they could be (not that I was ever that fast to begin with...lol...).

WORRY NOT! The animations that I've talked about making will most certainly be made, they just might take a while is all. As well I'm still doing random nonsense on the site that isn't ultra labour intensive, so I haven't gone far :P
The cartoons that will eventually be made are...

-A Kill La Kill Parody
-More Pokemon Collab Cartoons with TheMewx
-An Original Animation
-A Fanimation of Blood Bowl

Even if I'm so busy I can't even work on these at all this year, I have every intention of making then when I get ouf of school. So just sit back and relax...for about 10 months or so and you'll see something from me eventually in terms of animation.

See you then!
 


Posted by Syrupmasterz - November 6th, 2015


I have pulled myself out of the terrible abyss known as the Art Block.
Progress is finally rolling on my animations again and you should all hear from me again soon.

Just know that I'm working on a Kill La Kill Parody and the Blade Regalia is absurdly hard to draw unless you were one of the people who originally animated the show. Later!

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Posted by Syrupmasterz - September 26th, 2015


It has become abbundantly clear that I procrastinate...a lot.
At this point in the year, I was supposed to have finished my contribution to the Kill La Kill Collab, and a couple more submissions for The Pokemon Collab that me and TheMewx are cooking up.

What I have currenly are a few started projects with storyboards and script, and a few seconds of complete animation at most on them.

Needless to say, I need to kick myself back into the swing of things and become the animator I want to be...the kind that actually animates things.

I swear, that from this point on I won't get distract-oh hey an eagle, don't see many of those around here...


Posted by Syrupmasterz - July 4th, 2014


Thanks to the collaboration fourm here on the site, I got all the audio I needed for my upcoming project.
The voices people sent to me were hilarious and awesome, so much so that I'm honing my art skills so I can do them justice in my animation.

Once I get a bit more practice I'll get right to work on it.

Thanks again! :D