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    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    Lip Sync Started!!!

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    I have officially started principal animation and lip sync for my biggest project ever. This basically means that I'm done fidgeting with backgrounds and am now FINISHING my cartoon. As far as I can tell, this is the last step. Thanks for your help and support! There is a little back story on the last post, be sure to catch up! Here is a screen shot for you!

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    Pumping 'em out!

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    Still pumping out backgrounds like it's easy, so here is a new screen cap! Also, read on to learn a bit about the production's making, plus brief inside scoops!

    Well, I've been working strong on this cartoon for the last three months, so it's about time I fill you in on what is really going on here.

    I lost my job dealing black jack in a casino over a year ago, and since then I've put myself to work animating in an attempt to establish my skills; enough to the point that I will be able to also establish a comfortable career directly linked to my talents. I fiddled with a few projects, practiced and practiced, and have now decided that it is time to get serious.

    At the same time, however, finances and obvious struggles therein began to take a toll on me. It made it a struggle just to keep my head on straight. Luckily I had friends and family to support me emotionally, which was and is still priceless to me and my work. I knew that I had to make a plan, or I could lose everything all over again.

    I began managing my time better, and found that when you take that kind of initiative, people pick up on that and become influenced for the better. People want to get closer to you just to share the energy! A good friend of mine, who like me is still hurting in this life trying to make a dime, really became intrigued by my ideas and will power. I asked him if he would help me write and record a show, and the very next day, we improved most of the main points of the script that would soon become my main focus in life.

    Our ability to play off of each other's humor was so natural, the lack of professional recording equipment became irrelevant. It was now time to tighten what we had done and take this to the limit! Soon enough, after lots of editing, we had about 10 minutes of original material to work with. We both knew that this was gonna be a long shot, but it was a risk we were both willing to take.

    I also knew that it was time to make my network work for me physically, and that network runs through some good connections I've made in LA, which could only mean one thing... gotta get to LA. It was time to push myself and strive for independence from my friends and family whom I had grown to rely on to survive. One thing was for sure, the struggle wasn't over.

    I moved up to my Grandma's house in Tehachapi, California, about two hours north of my producer's general area. Things have not been easy, but I have a system that works now, a couple part time jobs that just barely do what I need, and that link between me and the world I am about to get into has been growing stronger and stronger. My stress is not fully lifted, but the "invisible hand of fate" is pointing me in all the right directions.

    Soon, my friends, there will be a 10 minute short representing my first ever try at something this big. Keep an eye out here on my BLOG, and to keep up with my other net extentions (NG, FB, MS, Twitter) is to stay fully updated on the world of Smirk Studios!

    Friday, December 4, 2009

    More Good Stuff!!!

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    More screen caps from my latest production! And now for some brief news.

    I have finished all of the backgrounds in the first five scenes, and have the three biggest scenes remaining. The first two scenes are almost fully animated, and as the ball rolls, I get faster and faster, making this a lot more fun.

    Keep up with me on Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook for frequent updates of all sorts, and tune in here on Blogger and on Newgrounds for all things animated in the world of Smirk Studios!