Hikarian's News

Another kind of Update

2012-12-23 09:31:51 by Hikarian
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Greetings, people of the New Grounds!

I bring happy holiday wishes and updates of the good kind. Quite a few things have happened since my last news post. I'll try to keep it as "short and simple" as possible though:

"Don't Look Back"...
..is an animation that I recently made for the Nooni Media Animation Extravaganza competition finals. It was an epic all out fight between the 4 animators that were left. We all had about four weeks to come up with an animation to the theme "don't look back". Now, I had a good 15% bonus from an extra round, so I decided to take a few chances... and so the animation ended up getting really annoying to make --GWAAHHH!! TOO MANY RUN CYCLES!!
Ahem... Anyways, basically Brewster's score was 1% higher than mine, so if it hadn't been for the extra round bonus he would've won with his "Caution is Key" animation. But he didn't.
I also won in 4/5 overall judging categories. First time I've ever really made any significant money off of my animations, so I'm very happy with that. Thinking about investing in a more... mobile pen tablet with the money, so that I don't have to go through the pain of setting up my Cintiq every time I travel around.

Vsauce...
...is an awesome YouTube channel of science and creativity. A while ago I sent a link to my animation, "Dreaming High" to their BiDiPi channel to see if they would show it. I was quite surprised to find it on BiDiPi on their Vsauce2 channel, which meant that a lot of people got to see it. It has also given my YouTube channel quite a boost.

Aaaand I made a quick Christmas animation! I find it a little too short to upload on Newgrounds, but you can see it here none the less:

Well, that's just about it. See ya around, everyone!

- YouTube
- Twitter
- Website


Dreaming High

2012-11-12 14:39:35 by Hikarian
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Greetings, people of the Newgrounds!

It is once again time for some kind of update:

A few days ago I finished up my newest entry for the "Nooni Media Animation Extravaganza"-tournament, called "Dreaming High". As usual I had 3 weeks to come up with an animation, this time to the theme "long distance", and I chose to go with a "distance between dream and reality"-kind of thing. I don't think that I've ever had so much fun making an animation. I was quite fortunate. The first 4 days of the round was holidays, so I had a little extra time to work on the beginning. From there a time-consuming school project began, but luckily I was able to finish early, and so the last 3 days of the production my teacher actually ALLOWED me to animate in school - all day! It was also a lot of fun to show the process of animating to my classmates and hear their thoughts on the product.

All in all I felt like I ended up with an awesome animation, so it made me a little sad to see that it did so poorly here on NG, where as to a short like J&J which I didn't put quite as much heart into, and didn't have any actual plot is currently my highest rated video.

I know that my kind of animations may not be for the majority of Newgrounders, since parodies and randomness seems to be where it's at. I enjoy those kinds of animations as much as the next guy, but I do wish that there were a little more room for animations of a different genre at times...
I love animating and telling stories, but what's the point if no one listens? If anyone out there enjoys my animations, I only ask that you consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and perhaps help me share my videos. If you'd like.

The last round of NMAE is closing in. After that I have a ton of projects that I want to try animating.

I am also currently working on producing a series for Danish Television, so that's kind of exciting as well! Wont spoil too much before I have more details though!

Stay tuned and have a good day :)


Some kind of update

2012-10-20 09:14:16 by Hikarian
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Hello there, everyone!

So - I've grown quite accustomed to making a news post every time I start a new project, usually because I'm in the need of voice actors. This time however, I'm going to do things a little differently.

First of all - for those who don't already know - it's been about two months since I decided to enter NMAE, which is an animation tournament much like NATA, which has just ended. I find that I learn a lot from competitions, and the deadlines help me being more productive. Otherwise I would just end up spending a whole year on a singe project, like with the TOZ pilot I published at the beginning of this year.

Anyways, I started out simple with making a horror movie trailer-thing called "The Door" and then quickly moved on to "Jack and Jones: Sweet and Sour". They were both received very well here on Newgrounds, and honestly it's the first time I've ever scored over 4.00 (my last record being 3.99). People have been very supportive, and the voice actors who have helped me with these last two projects have been absolutely amazing.
That, however, is also why I want to do try something new - or rather old - this time around by making a very simple animation, focusing on the atmosphere and visual expression... I just hope that it'll work. I feel like I've learned enough about my software to take a few chances. Wish me luck!

Oh - and I made a short animation for the NMAE extra round. We had one day to animate a coin flip...

A little teaser for the upcoming animation:

Some kind of update


Voice actors needed - Fast!

2012-09-21 07:32:40 by Hikarian
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The chosen voice actors have been noticed.

Hello there, everyone!

Let's make this quick:
As some of you may have noticed, I recently decided to compete in an animation tournament called NMAE. I was able to make it to the next round with my latest animation, "The Door", which was my take on a classic horror trailer.
Now, I've been thinking about what I want from this tournament, and I've decided that I wish to explore some different genres. The last genre was horror, but this time I want to try making something Film Noir-inspired since I've just had about it in school, and I wish to experiment with stepping out of my comfort zone.

Sooooo, once again, I'll need to call upon the voices of Newgrounds! There's a little more dialogue in this animation than in The Door, but other than that, it's a pretty simple storyline. The voices I'll need are:

Miss Goodwin:
Woman in her late twenties. Blond hair and a red dress. She is the temptress.
Voice type: female: Medium

Jones:
An old detective that takes his job way too seriously. His voice may be a little raspy from smoking too many cigarettes. Age: 40-50
Voice type: male: medium-deep

Jack:
Jones' "side kick". A young man in his twenties, who drank his sense of justice away long ago.
Voice type: male: light-medium

The Twins:
A couple of girls that Jack flirts with. Same voice actor for both of them.
Voice type: female: light

So, just like last time, leave a comment (or pm me) with a link to your demo reel. Remember to mention which character you would be interested in voicing.

The deadline for this round is October 11th. I'll need the voices as soon as possible.Feel free to pm me for further questions.

Thank you for your time!

Voice actors needed - Fast!


New Animation + Happy Birthday to me!

2012-09-07 07:18:56 by Hikarian
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Hellooo there, everyone!

So - today's my birthday, first of all, and I've been waiting all week to publish my new animation on this exact date. Just cause I though it would be fun to upload something on my birthday.

This project is just a little thing I did in two weeks for the animation tournament NMAE, but it's also the first real thing I've published, made in TVPaint animation. Right now, I'm working on uploading it as a movie file to newgrounds, but I'm having a bit of trouble (when I try to preview it, it just doesn't want to play...), so until I figure that one out, you'll have to make do with the Youtube version. While you're there, if you like my animations and wish to support them, feel very free to subscribe and leave a like. I get so happy each time I see that a new subscriber has joined.

There's also some other good news! I was to a meeting earlier today, and it seems like Tales of Zale might just become a series on television at some point. We'll see. It'll be a couple of years anyways, but no matter what, I'll be the one working on it, and I'll keep the rights to do with it whatever I want... Such as translating it back into English and publish it etc.
So, I guess that's pretty exciting.

I'm working on a few other projects in the meanwhile, so keep your eyes peeled.

Have a nice day! I know I will.

- Hikarian


Need Voice Actors - Quick!

2012-08-16 07:36:45 by Hikarian
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Auditions closed! I've received just about 20 demo reels in the matter of this one day, so I think I'll end it at that. Sorry if I haven't gotten back to you all. You know how it is. Those who've gotten a role have been contacted.

Hello there, Hikarian here!

It's been a while since I entered NATA, and it was quite fun as long as it lasted. I stand here today because a new animation competition has turned up. NMAE is the name. Now, it's a little out of nowhere, but I thought that it was so fun being in NATA, that I wouldn't mind trying another contest of a little smaller scale.
So, the open round theme is "The Hidden Door", and I've already put together a little script and storyboard. I wanted to try something a little different this time around, so what I plan on doing is making a horror movie trailer-kind-of-thing. And for this I need voice actors. And fast, since I wish to put together the soundtrack before I make the actual animation. The characters I need are:

Little girl: Voice type: light
(only has one line.)

Young woman: Voice type: medium

Young man: Voice type: medium-light

If you wish to help me, go ahead and send me your voice demo reel, and I will get back to you if I think you have a voice I can use. If you have any further questions that you feel you need answers to, you can either pm me or contact me on skype: Hikarian002.
Should I choose you to voice for one or more of these characters, I will send you the script as well as the relevant storyboard, to give you an idea of the mood and facial expressions.

The deadline for the animation is September 20. I will stop this quickly thrown together audition once I have the voices I need.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Need Voice Actors - Quick!


Website Redesign

2012-07-09 08:30:08 by Hikarian

Hi there people!

This is pretty much just an update post, here to tell you that my website redesign is finally done. About time. Anyways, though I know that it's far from perfect, I would love to get some feedback on it, so go right ahead and write some nonsense in the comment section below if you like!

Other than that, there's not many news. I've been thinking about just what I want to animate next, and I believe that I'm very close to the answer. I've been trying to learn how to work with TVPaint and After Effects lately, so I think I'll make a project in those two programs. Who knows, with the new Newgrounds video upload-option I may even be able to upload an animation that doesn't lag..?

This is just about the standard I'll be going for with my next video:


"NATA", "Future projects" and "Website redesign"

2012-06-11 11:54:27 by Hikarian
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Hey there! Hikarian here, burning up with the desire to write about my thoughts. So much to tell, so little of an attention span. Oh well, guess I'll just have to start from the beginning:

WARNING: Lots of reading ahead! Feel free to skip to whatever headline you find relevant - I wont blame you :)

NATA

It's been about two months since I decided to enter NATA 2012. Now, the first challenge was to make an animation about "discovering time travel" in only 25 days. I had never worked with a deadline, and with my experience of projects taking up to a year, it seemed like an impossible task. I ended up making a very simple animation about a little astronaut, getting sucked into a black hole. I wasn't exactly proud of what I had accomplished, but I was glad to have proven to myself that I could make a movie in a matter of weeks.
There were a lot of great entries for the open round, so I had never expected to make it to the novice round, but none the less, this is where I found myself after the judging had commenced.

So began the novice round, where I went up against Pahgawk (another 16 years old animator). I was very excited, and for a whole week, I was caught in a state of joy and anticipation, in which I couldn't think about anything but my animation. However, this is also where I made my biggest mistake.
You see, for a long time, I'd been feeling that I wasn't improving at animating at all. To me, my drawings seemed lifeless, and their movements forced. I knew that something had to be done, but I didn't know where to begin. With the fire of another failed animation hanging over my head from the open round, I decided that I would do everything in my power to take it to the next level! But there was the deadline to keep in mind, and therefor, just like with my open round entry, I chose the idea and made the whole storyboard on the very first day, so that I would have more time for animation. Choosing a path fast, is a technique that has worked very well for me with exams, but it doesn't really translate to making a movie. I had thought to myself, that if I even wanted to stand a chance against Pahgawk, I would have to show strength in what I saw as his weaknesses: artwork and animation. And so, I completely neglected the planning process, which is what makes half of a good movie. I thought that I could lean back and let the story write itself, but I let my guards down too fast!

As most readers have probably worked out by now, I ended up losing the novice round. I scored 73.1/100, while Pahgawk got 89.4/100, so there's quite a substantial difference. I'm pretty happy with my artwork score of 19.38/20 though.

What I feel that I have to work on now is concept and delivery - as well as trying to evolve a fresh and unique drawing style of course.
The only question is where to begin...

FUTURE PROJECTS

I have quite a lot of ideas to choose from. I've always kept a notebook with ideas of animations to make, but lately I've had so much inspiration from the NATA tournament, that the number of projects on my to-do-list has increased substantially. On one hand, I feel the urge to start some new great project, but on the other hand, I wish to keep things simple for now.

- I recently acquired TVPaint Animation, which is an awesome program, which is used much in the 2D animation industry. I would really like to try to work with this software on a project, but I feel that I should not start anything too complicated with a program that I do not yet know. I have to find an idea that can be executed in about a minute.

Another thing is that if I were to make an animation in TVPaint, I don't think that I would be able to do the whole project in just that program. I would like to make the backgrounds in Photoshop, and maybe put it all together in Adobe After Effects. However, I don't know much about After Effects either, and so I would like to make another small project to get familiar with it.

This little project isn't really an animation, and I'm not even sure if I should put it on Newgrounds if I were to make it. It's nothing special, you see. It's just a 4-picture comic strip that I made a while ago for school. As it is now, it's in Danish, but it wouldn't take much to translate it into English. I would do the short narrating myself and redraw the whole thing to divide it into the proper layers. Then I would just put it into Adobe After Effects and play with the camera till it looked good, thereby getting familiar with the software. It is very different from what I usually do, but it's always fun to try out new things!

- When speaking of comics, it is worth mentioning that I've been thinking about doing a manga-styled web comic for quite a while now. I've been playing around with character designs, only to find that I do not yet possess the drawing skills needed to make it into the series that I've dreamt about. Sometimes it's a good thing to rush into a project, but I feel that this idea would be wasted if I were to do it now... Also, there's so much other stuff to do.

- During last years summer holidays, I was just about to do a Blu-inspired stop motion film, but the one thing that stopped me was the weather. The main character (if that's what you wish to call it) is one of my dragons, and it would go through a lot of different medias such as computer, paper, walls (drawn on with chalk) and Ipad. As things currently stand, I find that there are other projects taking my priorities, and it wouldn't exactly be to improve classical animation skills, but it would be fun to try and direct a movie in that way. Who knows, maybe this summer will be the time that I finally realize this project? Or... maybe not...

- Lately I've been thinking way too much about future projects, and somehow the ideas have even been invading my dreams. Heck, not long ago I even dreamt up an entire script for a Doctor Who parody! It's been a long time since I last did a parody, and after NATA, I do feel like I could need some easy animation to go around. It would also be nice to get back into lip-syncing.
So, I'm thinking that I'll be holding an audition for The Doctor and some random female assistant in the near future when school is over. Of course, if there's a voice actor out there reading this, that's interested in the job, feel free to send me your Doctor impression or a take on what you think that this female assistant should sound like. My email is: sif.p.savery@hotmail.com

WEBSITE

The few people that have followed me for a while may have noticed that I've recently changed my profile pic. One reason is that I needed some change from that 2-years old picture of my silver dragon, but as a matter of fact, it is also all part of my great website scheme!

...For those that don't know, my website is www.sifps.dk, feel free to leave a comment in the guestbook :) ...

Anyways: over the past year, my websites popularity has been increasing. Just last month there was an average of 21 people that visited it per day, and I find that to be quite a lot at this point. Believe me, I have no idea what people are doing in there! However, I'm going to try to give them a reason to stay. Right now I've only used a default template as the design, things look very boring at this point. I'm hoping to use some of the summer holidays on initiating a complete redesign. Some old drawings will be lost, but it will all be to make room for the new ones.
Also, I will try to integrate my blog better, so that things don't have to be so scattered.

"And what does all this have to do with her new profile pic?", you may ask. Well, that's a good question, thank you very much for asking! The thing is, that it's part of the new design I'm planning. On the different pages there will be different drawings of me with different hats. Why? Well, you see... I just have this thing with hats! They are nice!! I may have to work further on some of my drawings of myself before the redesign though.

Anyways, thanks for listening... or rather reading... Have a nice day!

- Hikarian here, signing off :)

"NATA", "Future projects" and "Website redesign"


VA Audition - 14 days left!

2011-07-03 05:47:15 by Hikarian

Hello everyone!
I just wanted to let everyone know that there are now only about 2 weeks left before the "Tales of Zale" audition deadline. We have recieved a lot of great auditions so far, but people are still very welcome to participate.

The story takes place in a future where humans no longer exist. No one knows how they disappeared, and frankly no one really cares, since all that is left are the animals. Nature is returning to its normal phase and only a few ruins of old cities remains as proof of the world's former dominant race. However, the humans have left a sudden gap with their disappearance and the world is out of balance. For so long the animals have lived in the shadows of humanity, but what now? Has the animals been corrupted with the lust of power after all this time? Who will lead the new world? Which race will dominate?

We follow the young fox, Zale and his best friend, Elva the barn owl. Seeing their world falling into darkness and slowly crumble before them... What will they do? What can they do?

At the moment we are looking for 2 male voice actors and 4 females. The animals that will be introduced in the upcoming episode are: red fox, cat, barn owl and an arctic wolf.

The deadline is 18. of July 2011 and the auditions can be sent to TalesofZale@hotmail.com.

For more information i recommend visiting: http://sifps.dk/side55.html.
Here you will be able to find pictures and information about the characters, audition lines and requirements. This is also where you'll be able to see auditions received so far.


VA Audition!

2011-06-18 08:41:23 by Hikarian
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Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that a friend and I are currently holding auditions for a new series that we're starting. It goes like this:

The story takes place in a future where humans no longer exist. No one knows how they disappeared, and frankly no one really cares, since all that is left are the animals. Nature is returning to its normal phase and only a few ruins of old cities remains as proof of the world's former dominant race. However, the humans have left a sudden gap with their disappearance and the world is out of balance. For so long the animals have lived in the shadows of humanity, but what now? Has the animals been corrupted with the lust of power after all this time? Who will lead the new world? Which race will dominate?

We follow the young fox, Zale and his best friend, Elva the barn owl. Seeing their world falling into darkness and slowly crumble before them... What will they do? What can they do?

At the moment we are looking for 2 male voice actors and 4 females. The animals that will be introduced in the upcoming episode are: red fox, cat, barn owl and an arctic wolf.

The deadline is 18. of July 2011 and the auditions can be sent to TalesofZale@hotmail.com.

For more information i recommend visiting: http://sifps.dk/side55.html.
Here you will be able to find pictures and information about the characters, audition lines and requirements. This is also where you'll be able to see auditions received so far.

VA Audition!