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Hey friends!

So, I’m very excited.
Why? Well, multiple reasons:
• It was cold enough to wear a sweater in Austin today.
• My website is looking pretty damn incredible (I mean, look around you, isn’t this great?)
• I have been meeting a lot of internet friends IRL, which is always nice and inspiring.
• I am creating my very first animated short!

I’ve been watching a lot of interviews with Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead) and it’s inspired me to get to work. Up to this point I have always thought waaay too hard about animation and always just assumed it was a ton of work…which it is, but it’s also possible to animate simple things without putting too much work into it. You can see an example of that in one of Judge’s earlier animations here.

My idea is to draw the backgrounds/setting for the animation. The first part of my animated short, which will be titled “Choices”, will take place inside of a grocery store. I very quickly drew up a sloppy frozen food aisle:

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So I have this background. Now it’s time to add shoppers and other things you’d see in a grocery store. I really am too impatient to draw a bunch of shoppers, so I used stock footage I found of people pushing carts in front of green screens.

(Since I can’t afford software for my computer, I edit all of my videos on an app called Videoleap - I highly recommend it.)

After that, I added a dash of NAT audio of a grocery store that I ripped from YouTube. I do not recommend illegally downloading stock footage and audio from the internet, but hey it’s always worked for me! :-)

I used keyframes to make it seem like a camera was moving around. I'm a god damn genius.

Voila! Just like that, we have the start to an animated video. I plan on actually animating the main character, I just like the idea of using real people for background characters. This is just 10 seconds of what will probably be close to a minutes worth of animation. I have a storyboard and notes and all of that shit. I’m PUMPED. YEAH! FIRED UP BABY. THERE’S NO STOPPING ME!

Anyways. I’ve got some other things in the works too. But I have to focus on one thing at a time.
I want to thank you for taking the time to check out my website and reading my first stupid blog post. As a token of my appreciation, I will include an offer code at the very bottom of this post that you can use in my store.

I am going to enable comments on all of my blogs because I want to hear from y’all.
What would you like to see from me?
How could my website be better?
What types of products should I add to my store?
What should I do with my life?

LET ME KNOW!

Yours Truly,
TRAILERPARKHERO

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