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Wednesday's aren't my usual posting day so you may not have been looking for it, but I put out a special hump day episode of Crypt Shyfter this week! Get ready for episode 15..... ABOMINATION!!
And if you already watched it... well, it can't hurt to watch again, right? ;)
Here's a surprise mid-week episode of Crypt Shyfter! Things are getting really intense..... go decide its fate ;)
DAAAMN!! Looking back, I can't believe how far I've come with this year!
I started a new job as a temp at a healthcare payments company in February, and at the same time quit animation completely. There were a few reasons for that... for one, I'd gotten myself stuck in the marketing/social media loop cycle, and so I felt more like a marketer than an artist, which I hated.
Then there was the fact that I'm Mr. Optimization, and lip syncing literally took me weeks to do for each 3 minute video and didn't actually add THAT much quality to my crappy little animations. So the time and effort put into it wasn't worth it for such crappy videos.
Those annoyances made me quit animation for almost the full year.
Then my job moved me from temp to permanent and I got back into the whole soul-sucking corporate America groove again, and so the artist inside me was just begging to be unleashed.
I couldn't make short live action films anymore (which was my original calling- I went to film school to become a world famous movie director and apprentice to Steven Spielberg or Quentin Tarantino. Don't judge, it was a totally realistic dream!!) because I was working full time and so were all my friends who I made movies with. So getting people together for hours and days at a time to film ninjas killing each other in the woods wasn't realistic anymore like it was in high school.
That left animation, which I could work on in my spare time without needing to corral 10-15 friends to finish. Even better, I found a free trial for an After Effects plugin called AutoLipSync which somehow proclaimed to magically sync lips to audio. I figured that was too good to be true, but what the hell, it was a free trial, so I downloaded it and created a short little animation called Dungeons & Dragon Kings to test it.
Turns out, AutoLipSync works exactly as advertised. Suddenly, what took me hours upon hours to do was now taking me less than 10 minutes.
Now THAT was something I could get behind. I could work on my animations at like 10x the speed I was doing previously, so any ideas I had could be made within a day or two, or a week at most if it was really ambitious. That was an exciting prospect. This sentence is an easter egg, first person to tell me they read it in the comments gets a prize. And since I had already created some charaters for my little D&D video, I figured I might as well use them again in a sequel and have them kill the Dragon King they talked about in the first video.
But then the ideas just started flowing. And flowing. And they didn't stop. I came up with 17 scripts, showing our foul-mouthed little heroes getting sucked into a game, finding these scattered sword shards, saving their Dungeon Master, and getting sent back home.
But THEN even more ideas came. I couldn't just leave these guys after 17 episodes- that would only be the first story arc.
So as it stands now, there will be 8 major story arcs before I call it quits and put Crypt Shyfter to rest, wrapping up the adventure with a nice little bow. If each story arc is around 17 episodes, that'll be 136 episodes. And if I'm putting out one episode each week, that means the series will go on for about 2 and a half years.
That's pretty fucking ambitious, and I'll be floored if I can actually pull off all that bullshit I'm spouting, but I'm working myself into a really nice groove now- Crypt Shyfter has become a normal part of my day, same as eating and brushing my teeth.
Episode 14 just posted this week, and Episodes 15 and 16 are finished and patiently waiting for their posting dates to arrive. Tomorrow I'll start animating the "season 1" finale, and then 2017 will start fresh with season 2! (Well you guys won't see season 2 until Jan. 22, 2017, but it's coming!)
I'm so glad I rediscovered animation and Newgrounds this year. You guys are all awesome, and I really love browsing the forums and watching your videos. I'm super pumped that I won 3 trophies this year- that definitely helps keep me going. I've also watched as Crypt Shyfter episodes went from 3 stars to now getting 4 stars more often, so I'm hopeful that means I'm on the right track!
Thank you to everyone who's stuck with the show for so far, and if you've never seen it, check it out! You can binge watch the first 14 episodes right now. And I promise, there is a LOT more awesome shit to come.
Here's to a kickass 2017 everyone- Happy New Year!
Hey that shadow looks vaguely familiar... perhaps we'll get to see more than just a foot in tomorrow's episode...?
Holy shit I got a mention in the "This Week On Newgrounds" video this week!
I haven't been around on NG long but it is such a great honor to have been mentioned in this. This may sound kinda dumb, but when I started making Crypt Shyfter on Newgrounds I set myself 3 goals:
1) To win an award for an episode
2) To be on the Newgrounds weekly video
3) Get Grandor as one of the characters on the homepage art
I just didn't expect to hit any of those goals so quick! Getting Grandor in the FP art will be damn tough but I plan on making Crypt Shyfter more and more badass as the series goes on and I improve as an animator and storyteller so maybe it'll happen one day :p
I just recorded episodes 16-18 yesterday and this week's episode is just about finished so I hope to keep supplying you guys with exciting new videos every Sunday until you get sick of me and tell me to fuck off :)
The first 10 episodes of Crypt Shyfter are on YouTube, but as of episode 11 this show is NG exclusive so if you know anyone who might be interested in some good ole fashioned D&D paper cutout fun, bring 'em over to Newgrounds!
Thanks so much to @noodle for the shoutout in this week's video!!
I fucking love that game. We should totally get a game going on Discord. I'll DM!
I'm Kung Fu Space Barbarian, creator of Crypt Shyfter, a weekly animated fantasy series exclusive to Newgrounds!
We just hit episode 13 this week and the series is going strong. Up until this point I've been using Kevin MacLeod music (as I've done for the last 7-8 years on YouTube...) but there is such a great music community here and I wanted to start collaborating a bit.
I'm looking to keep things pretty simple for the most part. I'm a run-and-gun kinda guy so I'm just looking for a few awesome tracks I can lay under the videos. If you've watched Crypt Shyfter you probably noticed many songs play again and again in each episode.
So basically I'm looking for a few original pieces (a battle song, a villain theme, a quiet background tune, something heroic, and something tragic) that I can drop into my videos.
I'll be crediting you in every video I use your songs in since I re-use the same songs over and over again as "theme" music, so you won't need to produce new music week to week and you'll still get credit (and hopefully a few awards!).
If you just want to do one song, I'm totally game for collaborating with multiple artists! Let me know if you're interested and we'll start collaborating!
Today marks the first day of the new Crypt Shyfter Sunday-posting schedule! Watch the battle unfold in Episode 13: Siege of Irongate (currently under judgement) and help decide this video's fate!
Then tell me what you think in the comments- do you have a favorite character yet? Least favorite? Best episode? Worst episode? Sick of hearing about Crypt Shyfter already?
Let me know!
New episodes of Crypt Shyfter will be posted on SUNDAYS now instead of MONDAYS, so keep your eyes peeled for a brand new episode of Crypt Shyfter tomorrow!!