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Posted by dylan - January 4th, 2016

hey gys and gls,

happy new year! you remember that last video i made for nata a few months back? well i took some time over the holiday to polish it up. you can check out the new version here:

it's got remixed vocal track and a new visual segment towards the end. i took out the stuff with my old characters, since i think only my newgrounds followers would get most of those references. i feel it makes it a bit more applicable to the public in general, but at the same time it seems to remove the 'me' part from the video, like i'm less emotionally invested. not fully sure which version i like more in that regard. i do really dig the new oversaturated vocal track, though.

i'm getting more and more into versioning my videos. i've come to believe that the video should fit the venue it's being played in, if that makes sense. like each new place you see the video should be a whole new experience, not just a repeat of what you've already seen. something that takes advantage of where and how you're watching the piece.

a monthish ago, deppressing stories was played in a local abstract-film showcase, and i took the time to completely redo a couple of the segments for the screening. i really like the idea that there's 50-100 people out there that have a totally unique experience with that film, one that you and i will never quite get. i think from now on i'm going to plan alternate sequences in all of my shorts to really take advantage of the possibilities of versioning. 

speaking of plans, i think i'm also going to be trying a new way of making short films in 2016. i'm planning on doing 10-15 second segments that are optimized for instagram. once i've got a minute or two of footage, it'll be compiled for newgrounds viewing as well. i'm really liking the idea of self-contained vignettes that combine to form a larger theme, kind of like power rangers. we'll see how that goes. 

anyways, happy new years!

all my loves,


That's a very interesting, and artistic, decision, to make the work unique in that way for some people... I feel super jealous! :) And I like the idea of compilations, and very much look forward to seeing what comes out.


Happy new year!

Funny you mention the different versions for different venues, @NCH is working on an NG version of one of his animations at the moment to thematically fit the site vs the YouTube version.

I also appreciate the fuck out of @Redminus putting fun NG intros in his NG videos... I know it's a lot of extra effort to tailor things to a specific site but it goes a LONG WAY towards making everyone here happier, not just me but regular NG users who want to feel like they aren't getting recycled goods from YouTube.

It's cool that you're going even further with the thematic twists, I can picture fans hunting your stuff down all over the place.

i think that's what i always loved about swfs, the loading screens.

you were forced to make this otherwise completely-unnecessary piece of art that had to captivate people enough to sit through horrible loading times. the ease of quickly streaming things is nice, but something's still lost in there. a nice loading screen would make something that's been posted on a ton of other sites still feel unique to newgrounds. it really does feel special when you notice that something you're watching was tailored specifically for you.

Yeah it does feel less 'personal' in some way; although I'd still recognize it as part of your current group of shorts; I think the new sound mix makes it a lot more involved.

it's pretty cool to consider the 'versioning aspects'; after all you have different expectations according to where you go to absorb your content; makes me think of my last loops which I've still uploaded in .swf format here because I think the absolute best way to play a loop is to do it without the comfort of having a timeline, so you can't tell if it's 'done' or not, heheh!

Speaking of versioning, Have you sent some of your shorts to festivals?

you're definitely right about swf being a great loop format. it's like a scalable, soundable gif that doesn't load all choppy.

i mostly just do local showcases. a few of my friends organize these mini-fests, so they'll just ask me to send them some fitting stuff to fill extra time.

i think my work is a little on the short side for a lot of larger festivals, it's understandably hard to justify bumping a longer piece for one of my minute long things. i think i mostly just don't want to pay submission fees and fill out forms, though. feels weird after being raised on the internet to have to pay to show people my work.

apparently titmouse submitted my depressing stories short to annecy this year, though, so that could be a lot of fun if it's accepted. last i checked they still didn't take online submissions, and i certainly wasn't about to deal with sending stuff overseas. you doing any festivals?

That's very clever to make different versions. Oddly enough each website / place has a different audience. And 15 second animations for Instagram is also very smart. There's a huge audience on Instagram that a lot of us haven't capitalized on.

Good luck! Looking forward to seeing what you do in 2016

yeah i think ig isn't popular because it has no play count, no way to quantify how well your thing is doing. it also isn't a very efficient way to share your work with people who don't already follow you as far as i know. plus there's no monetization for those that want that sweet ad money.

but those things aren't really what i want out of all this, so i'm looking forward to giving the format a shot. i'm also interested in that square aspect ratio.

hope it's a good year for you as well!