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Q&A Stream next Sunday! 2020-10-11T18:01:00+00:00

It's nearly that time again! The regular monthly stream is planned for Sunday, October 18th at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. As always, I'll send out another reminder with a stream link to $5+ patrons 24 hours before the it starts.

See you then!

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Patron Update! 2020-10-02T01:32:22+00:00

Happy October! I thought I'd catch you all up on what I'm currently working on.


My next video is about the animation in Sonic the Hedgehog games, and it's looking to be the biggest I've made yet. I'll be looking at 25 different Sonic games - from the 16-bit original all the way up to Forces - and examining the wild variation in animation quality over that history. It should be fun!

Of course, this requires playing and recording all 25 of those games, which has been somewhat less fun, but still educational. I've even taken this opportunity to finally acquire a Sega Dreamcast and optimize my upscaler setup for that specific hardware. It took a bit of effort (and too much money), but the results are looking good!


I'm about halfway through the recording process and have been taking copious notes. I still haven't figured out exactly how I want to structure the episode itself, but it's almost definitely going to be a LONG video. As such, it will probably end up taking longer than usual to complete, but I hope the results will be worth the wait!


If you're curious, these are the games I'm planning to cover (though the list is subject to change):

1991 - Sonic the Hedgehog

1991 - Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)

1992 - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)

1992 - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

1993 - Sonic CD

1993 - Sonic Chaos

1993 - Sonic the Hedgehog 3

1994 - Sonic & Knuckles

1995 - Knuckles' Chaotix

1996 - Sonic 3D Blast

1998 - Sonic Adventure

2001 - Sonic Adventure 2

2003 - Sonic Heroes

2005 - Shadow the Hedgehog

2006 - Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

2007 - Sonic & the Secret Rings

2008 - Sonic Unleashed

2009 - Sonic & the Black Knight

2010 - Sonic the Hedgehog 4

2010 - Sonic Colors

2011 - Sonic Generations

2013 - Sonic Lost World

2014 - Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

2017 - Sonic Mania

2017 - Sonic Forces


So yeah, that's what I'm up to lately. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Stay safe out there!


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User #31567486 - 2 Oct 20 01:37
Dan you absolute king. Are there any of these that you actually, genuinely enjoyed from a gameplay or story perspective?
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newframeplus - 2 Oct 20 02:04
Not especially (even the good Sonic games aren't to my platformer tastes), but it's been an experience for sure.
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User #31567486 - 2 Oct 20 02:06
So long as it wasn't an excruciating torture from start to finish. I'm happy you took time to really play these as you did your research. Thanks for trying them out.
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User #620475 - 2 Oct 20 19:22
I know this is a little off topic, but I like your game console setup. I've just moved so I'm trying to find a good piece of furniture to set my stuff up on. I like the multiple cubbies.
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newframeplus - 2 Oct 20 19:26
I believe it was an Ikea thing? It usually looks at least slightly neater than this, but all this retro console recording has necessitated pulling a bunch of additional systems out of closets.
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User #12977767 - 2 Oct 20 12:03
Will you still be putting your recording sessions on PlayFrame? I’ve always enjoyed those! Although it may just be schadenfreude...
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newframeplus - 2 Oct 20 16:21
Sadly no, these recordings weren't made for PlayFrame. Though we certainly can do more Sonic games there later, taking the time to record all of this in LP format would make this video take WAY longer to research and produce. Getting sufficient footage of all 25 games is already taking a considerable amount of time. :P
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User #28207095 - 3 Oct 20 18:36
Nothing much to say, except: Dan, you mad lad. And Carrie, you mad lass.
Q&A Stream next Sunday! 2020-09-13T18:01:00+00:00

It's nearly that time again! The stream is planned for Sunday, September 20th at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. As always I'll send out another reminder with a stream link on Saturday.

See you then!

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User #9873342 - 22 Aug 20 18:42
Wait what? When did this become a thing?
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User #11435193 - 22 Aug 20 20:50
See the August 10 Patreon post (expand the post, it's explained under the fold). It's a bonus Q&A for all NF+ patrons :)
Q&A Stream next Sunday! 2020-08-09T23:26:20+00:00

It's nearly that time again! The regular monthly stream is planned for Sunday, August 16th at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. As always I'll send out another reminder with a stream link to $5+ patrons on Saturday.

AND, in addition to this regular monthly stream, I'm planning a second bonus Q&A stream the following week on Sunday, August 23rd at 11:00 AM Pacific Time, which will be open to all New Frame Plus patrons! So if you want to chat game animation (or just see what these Q&A streams are all about), do feel welcome to come hang out! I'll send a reminder 24 hours before this stream starts as well.

See you then!

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Patron update! 2020-08-08T14:16:01+00:00

Hello all! It's been a while since we did a proper patron update, so let's catch up:


What's in progress?

Not much! I'm currently taking a breather for a few weeks to try to stave off the burnout that's been slowly encroaching this year. And it's been lovely! I've actually had time to play recent games for once. Have y'all tried video games lately? They're incredible.

That said, I've not completely stopped working on New Frame Plus things. I've taken advantage of this brief lull to chip away at some long term goals, including recording lots of Final Fantasy XII footage for my Big Final Fantasy Series That Will Happen Someday, and also starting some early script work on the next batch of 12 Principles episodes.

On that note, the next New Frame Plus episode will be about Slow In & Slow Out, because the 12 Principles series has been stalled out for FAR too long.


Bonus Q&A!

Since there may be a bit of a wait for the next episode, I'm thinking of doing a bonus Q&A stream to make up for it (in addition to our usual monthly Q&A). And this one will be available to ALL patrons! We can talk game animation, episode production, whatever y'all want! If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, let me know in the comments and I'll start looking for a good date.


Your favorite Slow In / Slow Out examples?

Do you have a favorite example of Slow In / Slow Out in game animation? If so, share it below! Having a wide variety of examples can only make the upcoming video better, and I'm sure the animators among you collectively know of WAY more good examples than I know off the top of my head.


But that's about it for now! As always, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments below. Stay safe out there!

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User #620475 - 9 Aug 20 15:54
I’d love more Q&A because I don’t talk to people anymore 😕 But if you’re really busy, I don’t want to request more workload...
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User #11655021 - 8 Aug 20 21:15
Please take care of yourself! With your two channels, your workloads must be insane. I would much rather wait a while between eps than lose you guys for good due to burnout.
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User #15335574 - 8 Aug 20 14:26
What IS Slow In/Slow Out?
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newframeplus - 8 Aug 20 17:20
It's basically a principle about using acceleration and deceleration in the movement between poses, either for the sake of appeal or just to faithfully represent the physics of momentum and inertia.
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User #428069 - 9 Aug 20 20:55
The most obvious/clear example of Slow in/Slow out as a principle in games would probably be the Mario movement in Super Mario, as even back then those devs quickly realized that having your character always move at the same speed feels kinda bad in a platformer, and that having your movement gradually build in momentum (and briefly keeping momentum once you stop the movement input) feels more believable, even with barebones 2d sprites, and allows for much more precise maneuvers. Notably, most games that *don't* use Slow in/Slow out are mostly games that rely on checkers for movements like Tactics games (where most of the times movement between one checker to the other is instantanous) or Pokemon (and even then you DO have it when using the Bike) or generally games where movement is not as important (Many point and clicks or puzzle games, some walking simulators on pc). There are exceptions in games where the character only has maybe 2 speeds and a very stiff, locked walk/run cycle that hence forces the ground beneath the character to always move in sync with their feet (Perhaps most notably in games like DMC3 or 4). However, I believe there's an important distinction to be made when talking about slow in/slow out in regards to the character's moving speed especially, and that is the way the input works in games: whether it's a button (NES/SNES/Keyboard) or whether it's an analog stick (almost any console game made from 5th gen onward). Analog sticks obviously enable the player to apply some inherent, physiological slow in/slow out when moving the character, and doesn't force the devs to make it hard-coded into the game like they did in Super Mario. (Still, some devs will not make use of it as in the aforementioned DMC3/4 example) These comments aside, I think a very cool example for Slow out in regards to player movement could be (once again...) Shadow of the Colossus, specifically the animation that plays when you need to stop your horse. Much like hitting the breaks in a racing game, you have to actively hold a button (or to hold back the analog stick in this case) to pull on Agro's reins and signal her to slow down. You feel the strain as she points her front hooves forward trying to fight her momentum as much as she can. Eventually she stops, but that animation alone lasts a considerable amount of time compared to many other examples of horse riding (or general movement) in games. Hope this could be somewhat helpful! Looking forward to the episode <3
Suggest an episode topic here! 2020-07-29T16:41:33+00:00

Hello all! As part of the recent adjustments to this Patreon's tier structure, all patrons are now able to suggest episode topic ideas whenever they like. So here is the new official idea suggestion form!

SUGGEST YOUR EPISODE IDEA


You can send in ideas via this form as many times as you like (and if that doesn't work for some reason, let me know so I can fix it!). I'll try to post this link periodically so it doesn't vanish into the archive. Of course, you don't HAVE to suggest your idea via form if you don't want to, but this is the best way to ensure you are credited for that idea if it happens to get picked.

If you have any questions, let me know!

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User #2949199 - 29 Jul 20 18:01
Made my suggestion! It's a bit of a tricky one, involving an impending new character in Ubisoft's medieval fighting game For Honor. It might require a bit of research and digging, and the subject matter is in a bit of an odd state. If it's unfeasible for an episode topic, I completely understand!
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User #637915 - 30 Jul 20 21:56
Welp, I just shotgunned like 5 ideas to you, in addition to the 2 I've already submitted. Hope at least one of them catches your fancy.
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User #32618609 - 29 Jul 20 17:51
I've seen other creators on Patreon pin posts. Maybe just pin this post to your feed so it *never* gets lost!!
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newframeplus - 29 Jul 20 18:18
Oh dang, I hadn't even noticed that functionality! That's convenient. :D
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User #32618609 - 29 Jul 20 18:18
Neat!!
Upcoming Reward Tier Changes!
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Hey everyone! II've decided to streamline this Patreon's reward tier structure a bit. Here's a quick video detailing the adjustments!

I'll be putting these changes into effect over the next day or two. If you decide you'd like to adjust your monthly support amount, you should still have plenty of time to do so before next month starts!


Thank you for both your time and support. If you have any questions at all, I'm happy to answer them in the comments below.


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User #2949199 - 28 Jul 20 12:52
So, when we have an idea that DOES suddenly strike (I just had one!) where DO we go to "throw it into the hat"?
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newframeplus - 28 Jul 20 16:04
I'll have a new form ready shortly!
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User #31313613 - 29 Jul 20 15:45
Will you be reposting the suggestion form, or putting it in an easy-to-find place on the Patreon so we can always make suggestions when they strike us?
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newframeplus - 29 Jul 20 16:32
Yes, I'm going to try to post links to the form periodically so it doesn't vanish in to the archive.
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User #194222 - 28 Jul 20 06:52
Those definitely seem like reasonable changes, streamlining the available topics should make it easier for potential new patrons to find a tier that fits their budget and desired rewards, and opening up topic suggestions to all patrons will likely give you a greater pool of interesting topics to choose from, as well as a better idea of what sorts of topics patrons are most interested in.
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User #637915 - 28 Jul 20 07:13
So when you said suggestions are no longer limited, does that mean that instead of once a month, if you have a suggestion, you should just throw it into the hat whenever? I'm not sure if the Google form will work for that, since if you click the same link you'll just end up editing your previous submission. That being said, I think you can toggle a setting where individuals can submit multiple entries; I'm not sure. Also, have you considered putting up some kind of forecast of topics that you plan to tackle? Not necessarily specific dates since life happens, but like the next 3-5 videos you're planning that will come out in that order?
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newframeplus - 28 Jul 20 07:39
Google Forms gives me the option to allow multiple responses (at least that's what it SAYS, we'll see), but I'll find an alternative form if need be. But yes, the idea is that patrons can send in an idea whenever inspiration strikes. Not that anyone HAS to use the form to suggest an idea, of course, but that's the best way to ensure getting credited for suggesting it. As for topic forecast, I'll probably keep those pretty close to the chest until I've got some production momentum going on one, just for the sake of flexibility. I can definitely guarantee more 12 Principles entries, though!
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User #637915 - 28 Jul 20 07:40
Alrighty. Will that form be in another upcoming post?
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newframeplus - 28 Jul 20 07:42
Yes, and probably linked to in news posts periodically just so the link doesn't disappear into the archives.
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User #831953 - 28 Jul 20 14:57
I think I will be lowering my tier, and spreading the love/freed up funds to Play Frame.
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User #11655021 - 28 Jul 20 09:34
If anyone else on tier 2 were momentarily confused as to whether to go up or down, remember you can go down to tier 1 but still give 2 dollars if you want. That was my solution for the present.
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User #31567486 - 28 Jul 20 06:39
Good moves, Dan! Looking forward to the first episode released from the new system!
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User #32618609 - 28 Jul 20 17:52
Tbh, I was originally at the $8 tier but didn't find the WIP particularly rewarding so I went down to the $5 tier so I could still take part in the Q&A's. I'm glad you ended up streamlining that!!
Q&A Stream next Sunday! 2020-07-12T18:00:02+00:00

It's nearly that time again! The stream is planned for Sunday, July 19th at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. As always I'll send out another reminder with a stream link on Saturday.

See you then!

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User #11350685 - 12 Jul 20 19:00
Ah I see, I'm a 3 (currently), that explains it! Thanks
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User #11350685 - 12 Jul 20 18:02
I think I never got the link for the last one :/ Are you posting it here or in PM?
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newframeplus - 12 Jul 20 18:42
I send the link out in a post to $5+ patrons 24 hours before the stream starts!
Announcing a few changes!
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I want to try making a few alterations to the video topic selection process. Watch the attached video for more details! I'm hoping these small alterations will result in good things across the board.

If you have any questions at all, ask below! I'll try to answer all of them.


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User #701049 - 4 Jun 20 00:10
Sounds like a good plan. Take care of yourself and your mental state - burnout is a hell of a thing, not to be toyed with. I know that I (and I hope also the wider "we") am more than happy to see just whatever topic got you enthused. That's where the magic happens.
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User #9873342 - 18 Jun 20 22:38
I support NFP because I love your in depth episodes and how you cover things, but also I wanted to give you the opportunity to make things that you want to make without having to worry about making them. If you need some time out, take it. My money will be here for you hail rain or shine... now I just need to remember what some of my previous video suggestions were.
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User #637915 - 4 Jun 20 00:35
This new system seems like a pretty good idea. A few questions: 1) Can you provide some kind of public spreadsheet that lists each idea and/or any reasoning behind it? This way nobody ends up wasting their monthly entry on an idea that's already been submitted. 2) If you do end up going with that, would it be possible that in addition to the monthly new entry, Patrons can freely add their own comments/reasoning to existing ideas? For example, if I were to suggest Link's bow animation and be like "i submitted it because i like zelda" but then some smarter guy points out that discussing the changes from 2D shooting to first person in Ocarina to third person in Skyward Sword/Breath of the Wild could prove interesting, my idea might be more palatable now that someone else provided insight that my original suggestion didn't have. 3) Do you already have all 12 of the principles of animation planned? Or are you open to suggestions? i.e. could I suggest Team Fortress 2 or Overwatch for Appeal as my monthly request, or do you already have Appeal planned out? 4) Do you have any genres/franchises that you simply will not cover? I recall you saying the All-Out Attacks animation was going to be a bear due to the length of the Persona games, so I figure you might be less likely to pick animations from games that take a really long time to get to the juicy bits.
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newframeplus - 4 Jun 20 01:24
Good questions! 1. Possibly! When I was originally conceiving of this, I was wanting to have some way to let y'all upvote suggestions you liked on a shared list, but I've not found any satisfactory means to do that with Patreon integrations, so I'm keeping it simple for now. On the one hand, I totally understand your reasoning of "that way we won't collectively suggest the same thing twice without realizing", but on the other, having multiple people suggest the same topic in the past has been a useful indication to me of how many people are interested in that idea! I'm still deciding how best to handle this aspect. 2. I very much like the idea of additional people contributing to existing requests, but it's the same problem as in the previous answer: I haven't found a means or platform to do it through that integrates with Patreon, at least not one that wouldn't get super unwieldy. Giving hundreds of people comment power on a Google spreadsheet or document would get pretty wild pretty fast. If I ever figure out a good way to do this sort of thing, though, I'd very much like to. 3. They are very loosely planned! Specific examples are something I've been finding as I start work on each video, but I'd say that those sorts of ideas and recommendations are something you're welcome to just send me in a message! No need to spend your monthly suggestion on that sort of thing. 4. There are very few topics that I would absolutely rule out! Games I've personally worked on are almost definitely out (that list is small, fortunately), and games with extremely distasteful subject matter are unlikely to be covered. Beyond that, most things are fair game BUT some are definitely more intimidating than others for various reasons. If getting footage of the topic is a challenge, that will certainly be a factor I weigh when choosing video topics. If I'm excited enough, though, I'll do it anyway. :)
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User #831953 - 4 Jun 20 01:31
Points 1 & 2 were also my thoughts. Allow patrons to use their monthly submission to add to someone else's idea. With the understanding that this is not a poll, and Dan is not beholden to the topic with the most support behind it. I do see a potential feel bad if an idea goes a long time with a lot of support, and that sense of obligation sets in, or need of explanation why a topic goes unpicked.
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User #637915 - 4 Jun 20 01:33
Thanks for the response! What if you had a publicly viewable Google sheet with each game in one column and all rationale in another? While the public can view it, only you can edit it. In addition, you could have a "Add to suggestion" form that people can fill out whenever (not just monthly) where they give more info on a game they see on the spreadsheet? There's also the option that when someone submits a duplicate, you can message them and say "Hey someone submitted your idea already, you're free to submit another". Also in addition, if you did have that spreadsheet, you could provide your own insight onto each idea, if you're excited to dig into it, if you're not really feeling it, etc. As for the principles of animation, if you're planning to do one, say, a month down the line, but don't have a game in mind yet, you could make a Patreon post asking for suggestions ("Hey, I'm gonna make a Staging video but need game suggestions!"), and let people freely suggest games that they consider to have a stellar example of that animation principle. Anyway, I'm pretty excited, since now I won't have to just repeat my most-desired idea every month and can start digging into my favorite games to find ones with interesting animation discussion, good or bad.
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newframeplus - 4 Jun 20 02:31
My current thinking is that I may try posting an updated spreadsheet showing the current list of suggested video topics for patrons to peruse through at some point. That way you can either avoid recommending a duplicate idea OR use your next month's suggestion to +1 an idea you like. And then we can see what results from that approach and go from there. Coming to y'all for random suggestion polls on upcoming episodes like 12 Principles entries is a good idea, though! If I find myself in need of more examples, I may just do that.
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User #315862 - 4 Jun 20 00:11
I wondered whether you might not start getting burnt out on some of those. All these changes sound like really positive ones for the channel, particularly the combination of having you pick the topic and having people submit anything at any time. That lets you grow your list of topics you're excited to work on, and lets you choose the order in which they get made. I'm pumped for new episodes whatever the subject, and I'm sure I'm not alone!
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User #9209771 - 4 Jun 20 01:38
Glad you're making it easier for you to chase your passion in your passion project channel! I'm also glad I don't have to try and remember what I thought was a great idea two months ago when it made it to #4 in the poll. Keeping a running list for you to collect from when it inspires you will hopefully let you get the most out of ideas that can cross-pollinate or just need extra time to brew before you're excited to tackle them. 👍👍 Two thumbs for maintaining sustainability, Dan. Thanks for making smart choices
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User #277598 - 4 Jun 20 00:12
That sounds like a great plan! Your best videos are about things you are passionate about and your mental wellness is way more important than any of these side projects. Look after yourself. We will still be here supporting you. ❤️
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User #637915 - 4 Jun 20 01:53
Also a bit premature, but I went ahead and compiled a list of ideas from some of my favorite games, and stuff that I think would just make interesting conversation topics: Art of Warfare: Fire Emblem's brief combat animations through the ages, from stylized but impractical 2D to functional but basic 3D The Face is the Thing: Xenoblade Definitive Edition's excellent facial animations and mediocre everything else, and a more broad dissertation on what parts of your graphics are the most important to spend time and resources on Anime as game: Why so many beautiful hand-drawn games like Hollow Knight, Mark of the Ninja and Rayman Origins are made in the West, yet anime-style games still opt for 3D graphics despite often landing in the uncanny valley Octopath Traveler's "HD 2D"; the future of retro JRPGs, and a potential template for Final Fantasy 1-6 remakes? The lighting in Ocarina of Time 3D's final battle with Ganon, how the original's efforts to mask low-quality graphics served to create a dark and ominous mood and how the remake's increased visibilty ironically made it looks worse (and potentially a larger dissertation on "art from adversity" and how some designers use clever tricks on a budget to make things look better than they should) Pixel to Paint: the "uprezzing" of Final Fantasy VI and The World Ends With You (the former completely destroying the art style while the rather mostly staying faithful but still losing some of the original's edge). Are pixels always a bad thing? A Rising Civilization: The history of diplomacy screens in the Civilization series
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User #34738420 - 4 Jun 20 18:42
Wow, there are some really cool ideas here.
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User #620475 - 5 Jun 20 04:16
Much ❤️ Dan! Very much don’t do burnout. I’m excited to see the new system in action. I hope that it will work out well.
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User #31567486 - 4 Jun 20 00:08
This is excellent. Nobody wants you to make topics you don't like and we definitely don't want you to burn out. I'm excited to see how this works. Take care Dan!
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User #249405 - 4 Jun 20 00:25
This for sure. Part of the appeal of Dan's work is that he's always so darn positive about everything. His best work is when he's loving what he's talking about. (Or playing!)
Patron update! 2020-05-19T16:54:23+00:00

Hey everyone!


Upcoming Episodes

The video on Mario's Triple Jump is in the home stretch! After that, the next three videos will be Splatoon 2's inkling transformation, Persona 5's All Out Attacks and the next 12 Principles video (though I haven't figured out what order I'll do them in yet... we'll see!).

After those videos are done, I'm thinking of making some changes to how I plan future topics, but I'll save that for when we get there.

The Next Q&A Stream

Also, the next Q&A live stream will take place this weekend on Sunday, May 24th at 11AM Pacific! I'll send out another reminder the day before.


That's all from me! Stay safe out there and feel free to ask if you have any questions!

Dan

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User #24973353 - 1 Jun 20 05:39
That sounds great! I’m looking forward to when that is implemented. Thanks for the heads up, and stay safe!
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User #24973353 - 31 May 20 02:43
Hello! I have been a patron for about 2 minutes, and I wanted to ask; how frequent are the animation review surveys? I am a $3 patron and wanted to suggest an animation, but I believe the last survey was about 2 months ago.
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newframeplus - 1 Jun 20 04:52
They are somewhat infrequent, as I'm only able to produce about 1 episode a month these days. I'm planning an overhaul to the survey process soon, though! In the nearish future, $3+ patrons can propose as many topics as they want at any time.
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User #637915 - 20 May 20 06:38
Hey Dan, I remember last I asked a month ago when All-Out Attacks were just on the poll as opposed to confirmed, I brought up the idea of briefly comparing them to the canned animations that are Royal's Showtime attacks (and how the latter fails to play off the same interest curve as the former does, most notably with the skip button actively prodding people to not want to watch them); now that you've confirmed the video's coming, think you'll be able to factor in that comparison? Or are you going to only be able to focus on the original All-Out Attacks?
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newframeplus - 20 May 20 16:25
Not certain yet! I'll need to dig in further, but odds are good that I'll be keeping things focused on All Out Attacks themselves. Partly because getting footage for that episode will already be time-consuming, partly because I want to keep these episodes somewhat focused, but also because I'm not certain that the problem with Showtime attacks is their animation? It seems more like a design issue, the way they stop the action for a mediocre 25-second skit at random times in battle (as opposed to a satisfying 10-second showy finishing move that you strategized to make happen). We'll see though!
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User #637915 - 21 May 20 21:26
True; it's definitely more of a design issue than an animation issue. And the animation of Showtimes are...fine? But their canned nature compared to the more dynamic nature of All-Out Attacks definitely makes them feel off. Whichever makes the most sense for your video, I suppose.
Patron update! 2020-04-14T02:57:14+00:00

Happy April! Hope y'all are staying safe out there.


Upcoming Episodes

Now that the Final Fantasy VII Remake episode is out, it's about time for us to pick a new episode topic! I'll put that survey out tomorrow.

After that, I'm thinking it'll be time for another 12 Principles video. Or maybe we'll do another patron-suggested topic? We'll see!


The Next Q&A Stream

Also, the next Q&A live stream will take place on Sunday, April 19th at 11AM Pacific! I'll send out another reminder the day before. I look forward to hanging out!


That's all for now! Let me know if you have any questions!

Dan

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User #15335574 - 14 Apr 20 03:04
I think that it's time to get another animation principle episode rolling! Gotta keep the momentum so that the series doesn't die
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User #32618609 - 14 Apr 20 02:58
Looking forward to all of this!!
Patron update! 2020-03-10T00:34:01+00:00

Just a quick update for March!


Upcoming Episodes

The next episode, ANTICIPATION - The Twelve Principles of Animation in Games, is still in the works. It's been weird working on this one; I've encountered my first-ever case of what I'm just going to call "editor's block". I spent an entire day editing it in Premiere last week and somehow got nowhere. For whatever reason, this particular episode is just being difficult, which is incredibly frustrating!

I'm going to keep at it, but if I can't manage to make decent progress in the next few days I'm going to back-burner Anticipation and put out the call for patron topic ideas! Who knows, maybe working on a different video for a bit will help? :P


The Next Q&A Stream

The next Q&A stream will take place on Sunday, March 15th at 11AM Pacific! I'll send out another reminder with a link the day before.


That's all for now! Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for your patience!

Dan


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User #508503 - 10 Mar 20 05:56
You got this. Take your time.
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User #277598 - 10 Mar 20 00:57
I don't remember anticipation from the first go around? Will this be a new one?
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newframeplus - 10 Mar 20 01:10
Back in the Extra Frames days, I DID make a video on Anticipation, but - like the other two 12 Principles vids I've made for New Frame Plus so far - this version will be more robust and just generally better! And after this one, it's all new territory!
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User #277598 - 10 Mar 20 01:12
I don't know why I don't remember it! Maybe it will ring a bell once you finish this one. I have been really digging the reworks so far! That being said, take your time and don't stress. Done right is more important than done fast.
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User #337883 - 10 Mar 20 00:38
a hotly-ANTICIPATED video... no? too soon? seriously though take your time <3
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newframeplus - 10 Mar 20 00:46
oh you :D
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User #9209771 - 10 Mar 20 01:23
Will continue to anticipate good things either way. Giving enough time for things to build correctly is essential to the principle, seems logical it's working into the video on it too.
Patron update! 2020-02-06T04:13:00+00:00

Happy February!


Upcoming Episodes

The next episode, The Animation of Phoenix Wright (or The Animation of Ace Attorney, I can't decide) is nearly complete! I should have a WIP render ready for $8 patrons in the next day or so. This one took a LOT longer than I expected, but I'm happy with how it's turning out and I hope you will be too.

Fortunately, the scripts for the next two episodes, Anticipation - The Twelve Principles of Animation in Games and The Animation of Monster Hunter are both written already, so I'm hoping the turnaround on those will be faster!

And after that, it will be time for another patron-requested episode! More on that topic in a moment.


The Next Live Q&A

The next stream will take place on February 16th at 11AM Pacific. I look forward to hanging out!


Patron-requested Episodes

I want to make a slight adjustment to how these are handled! The intent with patron-requested episodes from the start was that they were to meant to be:

1. more narrowly-focused than regular episodes, usually on just one single animation.

2. a little easier and faster to produce.

3. released more frequently, thus allowing y'all to pick topics more often!


As you might be able to tell, none of those things have happened haha. If anything, the requested episodes have been getting bigger. This Phoenix Wright episode turned into a beast, with footage capture alone requiring 30-something hours, minimum. I'm proud of how all these have been turning out, but I REALLY want to be able to make these more quickly, both for the sake of channel growth and to give you folks more chances to pick topics!

So, in order to facilitate that, I'm renewing my efforts to prevent scope creep. I'm going to try to make the next three patron-requested episodes be about one single animation, as originally intended, and I'm going to try to get those videos made more quickly. Once those next three are out, we can see how we feel about the results. Sound good?

We're a little ways off from the next topic suggestion survey, but be thinking about what sort of animations you'd like to see a video about! I'm excited to start fulfilling more of those requests. :D


And that's about it! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks everyone!

Dan


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Happy holidays, everyone! 2019-12-24T21:59:29+00:00

Hey y’all! I hope you are having a wonderful end of 2019, however you’re spending it. :)

I wanted to start by saying apologies for the scarcity of new episodes in the last couple months! Holiday workload got pretty overwhelming in advance of the holidays, and prepping for my talk at Magfest ate up WAY more hours than I expected. I’ve got a lot of scripts prepped for 2020, though, and I’m excited to start cranking episodes out at a faster pace in the new year.

I also wanted to say thanks to all of you! Thank you for supporting this thing I make, and for helping to make it even bigger and better. I am deeply honored. <3

I’m excited as heck for what 2020 holds for New Frame Plus, and I‘m eager to get started! But first let’s all enjoy some holidays, huh? See you next year!

Dan

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User #11435193 - 24 Dec 19 23:30
Happy holidays! Can't wait to see what you've got planned for next year :D
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User #5538965 - 25 Dec 19 15:54
Merry Christmas Dan! Thank you for always keeping it so wholesome. Thank you for your consistently quality content. Your channel is a gift to all of us :)
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User #41985 - 24 Dec 19 23:32
Excited for 2020 Dan! Your work is consistently one of the best parts of my day when it comes out :)
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User #7598740 - 28 Dec 19 18:26
I'm currently rewatching all videos on the channel, it feels so bad that there's so little content, because it's just so great. I know it sounds like grumbling, but I'm just so excited to see every new video and Iit's a real shame they are so scarce.
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User #277598 - 24 Dec 19 22:01
Merry Christmas Dan, Carrie and all of the other play friends. Have a great day tomorrow!
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User #2571847 - 24 Dec 19 22:47
Happy holidays back atcha! We'll keep the light on for you.
Patron Update! 2019-12-02T16:57:05+00:00

Happy December!


Upcoming Episodes

I've shuffled plans around slightly! The two episodes I'm currently working on are The Animation of Phoenix Wright and My Favorite Game Animation of 2019.

I'm aiming to have both episodes ready before the end of the year, but odds are that the Phoenix Wright episode will slip into January. Part of the reason for this is that gathering footage for it has proven time consuming haha. Getting a satisfactory number of clips of witness reactions and breakdowns will basically require recording the Phoenix Wright Trilogy in its entirety, which - even using a walkthrough - takes a while! I think it'll be a time investment worth making, though, especially for an episode so many of y'all have requested!

The other reason for the delays is that I'm also hard at work preparing for Magfest things! More details on that below.


The Next Live Q&A

Let's plan on doing the next stream on December 15th at 11AM Pacific. We had a pretty big crowd for the last one, which was a blast! I look forward to hanging out again. :D


Magfest!

So I'm planning to be at Magfest this year, and I'm currently scheduled to give a talk! The topic: The History of Final Fantasy Animation. Some of you will recognize that as the topic of a series I've been planning for the channel for years. In this panel, I'll be condensing that mega series into one hour! A speedrun, basically.

If you can make it, I'd love to see y'all there! If not, don't you worry: a much more robust version of this talk is planned for the channel. Think of this panel as a 1/20th scale model for a future full-size series to come. :D


And that's about it! I hope y'all have a great end to 2019. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Patron Update! 2019-11-06T16:08:05+00:00

Happy November!


Upcoming Episodes

The Hollow Knight episode will be going live just as soon as subtitles are in! I'm really happy with it and had a grand time working on it. :D

In the meantime, I'm beginning work on the next 12 Principles episode, Anticipation. Long-time fans will recall that - just like Timing and Squash & Stretch - this is a topic I covered once before back in this channel's predecessor series, Extra Frames. I've learned a lot since then, though, and I'm excited to improve upon what I made last time. And even more exciting is the fact that, after this one, it's on to principles I've never ever made a video about! So that'll be fun.

After that one's done, it'll be time for another patron-selected topic! I'll start taking suggestions for that one shortly after the Hollow Knight video goes live.


The Next Live Q&A

It's almost time for another Q&A stream! This time, let's plan on November 17th at 11AM Pacific. I'd like to try doing the stream on Sundays, as Saturday is usually my recording day and talking for an hour straight before recording wreaks havoc on my voice. We'll see how it goes!


Desert Bus

I'm going to be a guest at Desert Bus this year! If you aren't familiar, Desert Bus for Hope is a charity stream organized by our buddies over at Loading Ready Run. It's a delightful time and I highly recommend tuning in. I'll be there to help out this Friday and maybe a little bit of Saturday, so I may see you there!


Let me know if you have any questions!

Dan

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User #277598 - 6 Nov 19 16:10
Are you taking a turn driving on Desert Bus?
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User #18194796 - 7 Nov 19 03:35
I will be watching as much as I can and look forward to seeing you on stream. It was great to see Carrie last year.
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The stream will start Saturday at 11AM PDT (about 13 hours from now)! I look forward to hanging out with y'all!

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User #277598 - 12 Oct 19 11:49
I have a contractor coming by an hour before that but it that goes fast I will pop in. I might be late but I hope to be there at some point!
Patron Update (and the next Q&A stream)! 2019-10-09T02:40:46+00:00

Happy October!


The Next Q&A Stream!

Our first Q&A stream was a blast and only had one technical hiccup! The next one will be happening this weekend on Saturday, October 12th at 11:00AM PDT! I'll send out a CrowdCast link for the stream itself later this week. I'm very much looking forward to hanging out and chatting some more!


Upcoming Episodes

That Squash & Stretch episode took WAY too darned long to finish, but it's finally out and I'm happy with it! The next episode will be the winner of the most recent patron vote, which means a look at several animations in Hollow Knight! This should be pretty different from any of our past episodes and I'm excited to dig in.

After that, it'll be time for the next 12 Principles episode (Anticipation), and then it'll be time for another patron-selected topic!


I think that's about it! Let me know if you have any questions!

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User #10943045 - 9 Oct 19 03:16
I have loved watching Hollow Knight because it's a great game, and because the Play Frame series is so well presented, but I am hyped for learning more about the animation.
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User #8133703 - 9 Oct 19 03:13
I shiver for the... Anticipation... episode.
Remix Recommendations! (September 2019) 2019-09-25T06:25:45+00:00

It's time for your monthly music recommendations!

We went pretty big last time, so this month I just want to highlight one artist, and he's someone I only recently discovered: Tom Jackson, a.k.a liltommyj.

This artist makes original arrangements by sampling not just the musical sounds from a particular game, but also a variety of sound effects and voice clips, lending each track a bit of unique flavor. I could just set you loose on their YouTube channel (and Patreon page) and call it a day, but let me give you a few top-notch pieces to start with...

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Open Your Eyes (Zelda: Breath of the Wild Remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCKRI_3q13Q


Nested (Hollow Knight Remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCPJajxWB3E


Mountain Climbing (Celeste Remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmmSiW97eIg

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If you support them on Patreon, you can even get mp3 downloads for everything they've made, which I highly recommend! They've been making music for a good while, but I think they've really started coming into their own over the last two years, and I'm excited to see what they've got for us next.

Enjoy the tunes! I gotta get back to work on that Squash & Stretch episode. :P

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User #18292753 - 25 Sep 19 15:45
And liltommyj's also a pretty cool person.
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User #10943045 - 25 Sep 19 06:54
It's like if Pogo made songs out of games instead of Disney movies. Pretty cool!
Patron-Only Q&A Stream This Saturday! 2019-09-09T16:05:01+00:00

It's finally time for us to start doing those monthly Q&A hangouts! The first New Frame Plus Q&A stream will take place on Saturday at 11:00AM PST and is exclusively available to patrons at the $5 tier or higher. I hope you can make it!

These streams will be happening via CrowdCast. If you're not familiar, CrowdCast is a streaming platform with a lot of handy Patreon integrations, and it's a perfect venue for these sorts of Q&A streams in my experience. You should be able to easily access the stream simply by clicking the "Watch the livestream" button above. If you have any trouble, let me know! This is our first Q&A, so I'm sure there will be a technical hitch or two to figure out. :P

I'll post a reminder for $5+ patrons later in the week. I look forward to chatting with y'all!

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User #277598 - 10 Sep 19 00:34
Thanks to you both! See you Saturday. 😎
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User #11435193 - 14 Sep 19 01:10
I just noticed that, while there is an iOS Crowdcast app, there is no Android app. I'm probably not near my computer while the stream happens tomorrow, so I'll might miss it.. :(
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User #21024253 - 14 Sep 19 19:39
You still should be able to get the replay though. :)
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User #11435193 - 15 Sep 19 10:58
Yep, thanks! I wondered if it would be a VOD later. Good to know that works :)
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User #18365305 - 12 Sep 19 07:15
thank for the confirmation, i was also lost about the time.
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User #277598 - 9 Sep 19 21:24
This would be 2pm est right? Just want to make sure I have my time zones right!
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User #11435193 - 9 Sep 19 21:38
Dan meant PDT (summer time) I think. If you go to the stream page and sign up, it shows the actual scheduled time in your local time zone. Also, here's a link to convert it for yourself if you don't want to sign up just yet. https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/?qm=1&lid=8,5,14,12&h=5&date=2019-9-14&sln=14-15
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newframeplus - 9 Sep 19 21:56
Yes, I believe it should be a 3 hour difference!
Patron Update! (September 2019) 2019-09-03T16:09:56+00:00

Happy September!


Monthly Q&As!

The New Frame Plus Patreon has reached $1,500 per month! And that means we're going to start doing a patron-exclusive Q&A hangout stream every month, starting in September (probably on either the 13th or the 20th). To keep things manageable, I'm going to start by limiting attendance to $5+ patrons, but I may choose to expand that access down the road if it proves doable.

Thanks so much for helping the Patreon to reach this milestone!


Upcoming Episodes

I'm currently hard at work on the next episode in the 12 Principles series, this time covering Squash & Stretch. Long time fans may recall that I've made a video on this topic before, but I'm making some pretty significant alterations at the script level, and I think the results are going to be a lot stronger. I really liked what the Timing episode became once I expanded its focus to look at how the principle impacts a variety of games (rather than just deep-diving on a single example), so I'm going to continue that approach for the rest of the series, I think. I look forward to y'all seeing it!

After that one's done, it'll be time for another patron-selected topic! On that note...


The Next Topic Vote

Be thinking about what game animations you want me to analyze, because it's almost time for the next vote! I'll be opening up topic suggestions very soon. Y'all have been requesting some FANTASTIC episodes so far and I can't wait to see what wins the next vote. :D


I think that's about it! Let me know if you have any questions. And thanks again for helping the channel to reach the $1,500 goal! :)

Dan

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User #2571364 - 3 Sep 19 22:39
One confusion: This Patreon is presented as being solely for New Frame Plus, and there does not seem to be either an equivalent Patreon for PlayFrame or any note here that PlayFrame exists (with regard to PF-related rewards or updates, or a note on PlayFrame that this patreon supports you).
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newframeplus - 4 Sep 19 03:01
It's true! I've been trying to decide what to do for PlayFrame... making this a joint NFP/PF Patreon seems counter-productive, as there are lots of people who will only be interested in one or the other. Running two concurrent Patreons IS an option, I suppose. Doing something with YouTube's built-in memberships is as well. Hard to pick what the right approach is!
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User #11435193 - 4 Sep 19 07:17
I think it's totally fair to do both on one patreon page. People can pick their own rewards and as long as they're not spammed too much, won't mind a few posts about the other channel. I suspect many people are here for both channels though. You could make a poll if you want to know for sure :)
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User #2868398 - 3 Sep 19 19:56
I'd love seeing you dig into Amaterasu's run animations from Okami :D
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User #18292753 - 3 Sep 19 16:13
Yay! That's super exciting.
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User #10943045 - 3 Sep 19 16:52
I'm not subscribed at the "suggest an animation" tier, but I'd really like to see Dan talk about the animation that plays in Hollow Knight when you buy a bench from a vending machine. Somehow, it's *hilarious* and I can't explain why.
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User #843931 - 3 Sep 19 18:02
I would love this.
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User #11435193 - 3 Sep 19 16:55
Congrats on reaching the Q&A goal! Now I'm hoping those will be at EU-friendly times :)
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newframeplus - 4 Sep 19 02:58
I'm going to aim for weekends, late morning (PST), which should hopefully be evening times for y'all! That's the current plan, anyway. :P
Remix Recommendations! (August 2019) 2019-08-16T17:18:31+00:00

It's time for some more fun music!

I missed last month's recommendation post, so let's make this a chunky one and list a bunch of full-size ALBUMS. I can almost guarantee you that at least one of these will be your jam.

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Poké & Chill

https://music.gamechops.com/album/pok-chill

This just came out today! It's a whole album of lo-fi hip hop Pokémon beats from Mikel (courtesy of GameChops) and it's great.


OMEGA: A Tribute to Xenogears

https://materiacollective.bandcamp.com/album/omega-a-tribute-to-xenogears

A massive album full of Xenogears covers. You're going to be seeing a LOT from the Materia Collective on this list today.


Chronicles of Time

https://music.apple.com/us/album/chronicles-of-time/1082905220

A phenomenal (and huge) collection of Chrono Trigger covers!


MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes

https://materiacollective.bandcamp.com/album/menu-an-homage-to-game-title-themes

This album is all about title screen music, and from a WIDE variety of games.


Ultraball

https://music.gamechops.com/album/ultraball

If you're looking for Pokémon remixes but were hoping for something a little more high-energy and EDM, then this is the album for you!


CARNIVORTEX

https://lonelyrollingstars.bandcamp.com/album/carnivortex

Feeling in the mood for some prog metal? LONELYROLLINGSTARS is here for you, covering an eclectic mix of source material, from Katamari Damacy to Leisure Suit Larry.


Hero of Time

https://ericbuchholz.bandcamp.com/album/hero-of-time-music-from-the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time

From Eric Buchholz, this wonderful album arranges Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time like a film score.


TESSERACT: An Acoustic Fez Album

https://materiacollective.bandcamp.com/album/tesseract-an-acoustic-fez-album

The title is kinda self-explanatory!


Splatunes!

https://music.gamechops.com/album/splatunes

Another GameChops joint and a personal favorite, this electronic album covers a variety of themes from Splatoon!


The Travelers

https://travelersvgm.bandcamp.com/album/the-travelers

This (very clever) album features a bunch of European folk arrangements of JRPG themes, collectively sounding like a set you'd hear in some fantasy tavern.


MATERIA: Final Fantasy VII Remixed

https://materiacollective.bandcamp.com/album/materia-final-fantasy-vii-remixed

Another gargantuan album packed with fantastic FF7 covers. Highly recommended!


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Well, that should hopefully make up for lost time. Enjoy that bounty of great tunes! A new episode of New Frame Plus should be releasing by next week!

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User #10943045 - 17 Aug 19 04:40
All those links *say* the right thing, but when I click them, they all take me to "SNES Beats Vol. 5".
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newframeplus - 17 Aug 19 17:26
Whoops! Sorry about that. Should be fixed now!
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User #19588996 - 18 Aug 19 15:52
Following links now, I'm still ending up at https://bknapp.bandcamp.com/album/snes-beats-vol-5 for all links
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newframeplus - 18 Aug 19 18:03
GAH. Apologies, Patreon's tools for this are frustrating. NOW I think it's working though!
Patron Update! (August 2019) 2019-08-05T16:19:45+00:00

Happy August!


Upcoming Episodes

Now that the Arc System Works episode is finally out, I'm working on the next patron-requested episode about climbing in Breath of the Wild. The footage is mostly gathered and the script is coming together. It's been an interesting subject to dig into! The Zelda series has such a utilitarian approach to character animation; it rarely steals the show, but it almost ALWAYS achieves its functional goals and gives the player all the clear visual feedback they need. Should make for a good video!

Once that one is finished, I'll be moving onto the next episode in the 12 Principles series, this time covering Squash & Stretch. I'm thinking that, from this point onward (unless something changes), I'll alternate between 12 Principles videos and patron requests until we've got the full series of 12 complete. That project has already had two false starts on other channels, and I'm QUITE ready to see it through. :)


Remix Recommendations

Because I was so focused on getting that darned ArcSys video done, I ended up missing last month's recommendation post. Apologies for that! I'll write up a nice chunky one for August. :D


The Next Topic Vote

I'll probably open up the floor to suggestions for the next patron-selected topic once the Breath of the Wild Climbing episode drops. That way y'all can be picking the next video while I get Squash & Stretch done. I'm hoping to pick up the pace of video releases so y'all can get more requested videos! You've been coming up with so many good ones! Actually, on that note...


Some Tips for Future Topic Requests

I thought it might help to write up a few more tips for making topic suggestions! Just some extra guidelines to help increase the chances of getting your topic selected for the patron vote:


1. Handheld game topics are less likely to get picked!

Mostly because it's near impossible for me to capture footage from a lot of them! If you're asking for something older (like a Gameboy or GBA game), I can get that footage via emulation, but anything from the Nintendo DS or 3DS is pretty much a no-go. It's a bummer, but Nintendo has just made it too darned difficult to record footage from those systems. :(


2. Specific requests are more likely to be picked than general ones!

I'll sometimes see submissions like "anything from ______" or "something from _____ series", and I appreciate that y'all are trying to give me some additional creative freedom! That said, I'm likely to pick someone else's more-specific request over these, just because the entire point of these patron-selected episodes is to talk about animations Y'ALL have picked. If I take that opportunity to pass over everyone else's requests and just do another topic I want, it kinda defeats the purpose.


3. Tightly-focused topics are more likely to get picked, too!

This is mostly just because I'm trying to be more disciplined about avoiding scope creep on these videos. If I can keep episodes manageable, I can finish them more often and give y'all even more opportunities to request topics!


But yeah, that's about it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. And have a great month!

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User #3000225 - 5 Aug 19 18:36
Sterling stuff Dan. It'd be cool to hear your breakdown on maybe Samus's movement in Other M. I gave a short cover in my video of the whole franchise but I'd love to hear what you think of her moveset, maybe her running or melee combat. It's tough to look into a generally negatively received game for good bits.
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User #12977767 - 5 Aug 19 22:15
How about the supernova from Outer Wilds? Not exactly a character animation, but a really impactful effect.
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User #187259 - 5 Aug 19 22:15
One thing that I think might be neat to take a look at is the character idle animation in Bloodstained (or rather, transitioning in and out of it). Ask A Game Dev did a post on it a while back, but it'd be neat to see a more in depth discussion of what's going on there (plus it's a good excuse to get you to play Bloodstained!)
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User #15335574 - 5 Aug 19 16:40
And speaking of previously discussed topics, what is your stance on the deal about the National Dex in Pokemon Sword and Shield, considering your animation video on the Pokemon series so far? And a new Guilty Gear has just been announced at EVO to launch next year! Might be fun comparing what this new installment will bring to the table animation wise.
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newframeplus - 5 Aug 19 17:01
I'm actually more excited for Sword and Shield now that they've finally made the call to limit the Pokemon count. I think having a different mix of Pokemon for each game will be kinda neat, and I'm excited to see what sorts of things they can do when they're no longer beholden to updating the entire National Dex at once.
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User #15335574 - 5 Aug 19 16:39
Keep doing your good work, Dan! I wish you could also include in that schedule list more episodes about Smash Bros fighters' animations, but I understand if it'd be too much workload for you.
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newframeplus - 5 Aug 19 16:59
Yeah, I'd love to do more Smash stuff in the future, but I've got so many other topics to get to at this point that I think I'm gonna let that series rest a while.
Patron Update! (July 2019) 2019-07-09T13:29:52+00:00

Happy July!


Topic Vote Results

It was a VERY close one, but I think we can safely call the vote at this point: the episode after next will be about the climbing in Breath of the Wild! Thanks for your votes and topic suggestions! This ought to be a good one.

One thing that's always interested me about animation in Zelda games is how relatively vanilla it is. It's hardly the most eye-catching or polished animation out there, but it's always effective in terms of clarity and has its own unique charm. This should be a fun to dig into!


Upcoming Episodes

But first I need to finish the episode about Arc System Works's impressive 3D anime aesthetic with Guilty Gear Xrd and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Things are coming along! The audio is recorded and footage gathered, so as soon as I can get the actual edit done, it should be ready to go.

Once that one's wrapped, I'll jump onto this Breath of the Wild episode. Then after that, it's time for another 12 Principles episode. And then most likely another patron-vote topic, so be thinking of what animations you want to suggest next time!


I hope y'all have yourselves a great month! If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask!

-Dan


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User #794027 - 9 Jul 19 14:01
Compared to the first poll, that one was indeed veeery close. But I guess it ought to happen when you pit The Legend of Zelda against Mario ^^ Enough place in my heart for both, I'm still looking forward to that episode. In the meantime, I sense the Arc System Works episode's gonna be something too o/ Hope people will keep coming up with fantastic suggestions, including those that didn't make it this time, cause they're all terrific! Thank you so much for all your work Dan, it's awesome.
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User #888698 - 9 Jul 19 14:04
Hi Dan, do you intend to give a behind-the-scenes look into your video production process at some point? I think there might be some teachers from the old EC fanbase (like myself) still watching you who may be interested in creating videos as learning material. At least I already tried to make some video tutorials for developing simple games like Pong using Java and used it for a computer science course I once gave. However, I was not really confident with the result but also never re-did it as I had trouble figuring out a good (or rather: efficient) production process. So it might be interesting to get your input on your voice recording setup, what tools you use to edit everything together, how much time is necessary/usual for different steps, ... I understand that creating animations and combining those animations and voice lines into a video are two separate things. However, as you do both on a regular basis, it still might be interesting for some (at least me) to learn from your experience. Anyway, I enjoy your current content a lot. Keep up the good work and don´t forget to take care for yourself! Best wishes, André
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newframeplus - 9 Jul 19 16:37
I do have a future Patreon goal of this sort! If we reach $2k in monthly support for the channel, I plan to start doing some occasional behind-the-scenes posts , and a video outlining my production process would be an excellent early example. So yes, eventually/hopefully!
Remix Recommendations! (June 2019) 2019-06-17T16:47:07+00:00

It's time for those monthly music recommendations!


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Bknapp

This time I want to plug a particular artist whose music I've started using a LOT in New Frame Plus episodes. Bknapp specializes in lo-fi and hip hop beats, and he's cranked out quite a few albums at this point! A lot of these are structured to work as loops, which I'm grateful for, because I love the way they sound as background music in these videos!


SNES Beats Vol. 5

https://bknapp.bandcamp.com/album/snes-beats-vol-5

This is the fifth album Bknapp has released of chill beats using SNES music samples. FIFTH.


BOTW: Loops and Grooves

https://bknapp.bandcamp.com/album/botw-loops-and-grooves

This album focuses on samples pulled from Breath of the Wild, and it's awesome.


Nintendo 64 Beats

https://bknapp.bandcamp.com/album/nintendo-64-beats

He also made one using N64 samples!


Smash Bros Beats

https://bknapp.bandcamp.com/album/smash-bros-beats

And Smash samples! Seriously give all his stuff a listen. It's very fun!


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Also, apologies for the lack of video updates recently! Some IRL stuff slowed me down a bit these past couple weeks, but I'm back to editing the Dark Souls Parry/Riposte episode and I'm getting REAL excited about it. :D


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User #277598 - 20 Jun 19 12:25
You are the only person I know who would work a full time job, put out a daily let's play and STILL consider yourself behind on productivity. Chill, you're good.
Patron Update! (June 2019) 2019-06-03T15:49:24+00:00

Happy June, everyone!


Upcoming Episodes

Work on upcoming episodes continues. The next episode ("Which Dark Souls Has the Best Parry/Riposte Animation?") is written, recorded and ready to edit. Getting the script and narration right took a little longer than I expected, but I think it's going to turn out really great. Thank you all for selecting such an excellent topic!

After the Dark Souls episode is done, my next project is an episode about Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd and Arc System Works's amazing faux 2D anime style. I've already got the script written and I'm very excited to get to work. :D

After that, I want to do another patron vote topic! I'm thinking that I want to alternate between topics I select and patron-suggested episodes. Once the Dark Souls episode airs, I'll put up a topic suggestion poll for the next one.


Patron Episode-Suggestion Format

The "suggest an animation for analysis" format worked really well (and I plan to continue using it in the future), but this time I want to try a variant on that format: "ask a question about game animation that you want the next episode to answer". I'm curious to see what sort of different topic ideas come from it!

But whatever format we end up using most in the future, I want to give y'all lots of chances to propose topics, because you clearly have lots of great ones to suggest!


Anyway, thanks again for supporting this series! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

-Dan

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User #337772 - 4 Jun 19 20:12
Mark Brown announced the 3rd Anual GMTK Jam will be held August 2nd - 4th. I'd like to know what principles and techniques you think could be reasonably applied to elevate a game made in one weekend?
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newframeplus - 5 Jun 19 04:08
On a super condensed timeline, I'd generally plan to not worry about polish and focus on getting the FEELING right. Also, I'd try to spend at least a little time planning my approach before diving into the animation software (it often saves time in the end). And I'd figure out what the most crucial animations are in advance, so I could get that handled first, then add more supplemental animations later if there was time left.
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User #2759451 - 12 Jun 19 10:27
Dan, clearly you need to add at least a reaction video to this: https://www.reddit.com/r/MonsterHunter/comments/bzik8a/new_canteen_animation/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=ios_share_flow_optimization&utm_term=control_2
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newframeplus - 12 Jun 19 15:34
Once it releases on PC and I can start recording it for PlayFrame, I expect I will be reacting to it CONSTANTLY. :D
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User #9873342 - 3 Jun 19 16:10
You doing okay? Not working too hard are you? Remember to look after yourself and your two (as near as I can tell) adorable cats!
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User #3637357 - 3 Jun 19 20:58
First, I echo Joseph's point; second, would we be able to renominate our ideas for future episodes, or would you rather keep the future polls fresh? (he asked, for entirely unselfish reasons)
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newframeplus - 4 Jun 19 02:06
You can absolutely re-nominate a previous suggestion! In fact, I encourage doing so! Especially if that suggestion makes it all the way to the patron vote phase at any point.
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User #7793989 - 3 Jun 19 16:39
Yooo, the DBFZ / GG video is finally coming? I love Arcsys' style so much, I can't wait to hear your insight on that topic. Keep up the good work!!
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User #187259 - 4 Jun 19 02:06
Bit of a weird one since it'd be a more "behind the curtain" topic than the others you've broached so far, but I think it'd be fascinating to talk about how animators figure out the animation for things that you can't really get a reference for. For example, you can pretty easily find an animation reference for a human or a horse to base your work on, but what about an eldritch abomination in something like bloodborne that doesn't have any immediately obvious roots in a real world phenomena? I think that could make for a pretty interesting and unique episode.
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newframeplus - 5 Jun 19 04:05
So super short version is: collate all the info you DO have for the thing (concept art, story context, design intent, etc), figure out what feeling you want to create with the animation, then start looking for INSPIRATION rather than reference. How does it FEEL like this thing should move? What other sorts of creatures make you feel the way you want this thing to feel? Is there something about their movement that contributes to that? If so, would it work to apply that movement to this thing? You basically just keep brainstorming and experimenting until you "find" the appropriate movement style for the thing. It can be a very fun creative process!
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User #18292753 - 3 Jun 19 20:57
Awesome! Don't forget to look after yourself though
Remix Recommendations! (May 2019) 2019-05-20T15:48:07+00:00

Now that the Timing episode is finally live, I'm overdue for this month's music recommendations!

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Super Guitar Bros

This duo make acoustic guitar covers of a wide variety of game tunes. I would recommend specific tracks, but they're all great, so to save time: here are the three albums they've released so far. Pick any one of them and just preview a track or two. You really can't lose.


Super Guitar Bros

https://superguitarbros.bandcamp.com/album/super-guitar-bros

Includes miscellaneous game music covers, including Castlevania, Ocarina of Time and Super Mario Sunshine tunes.


nice.

https://superguitarbros.bandcamp.com/album/nice

Includes miscellaneous game music covers, including Super Mario Galaxy, Final Fantasy VII, Mega Man III and Donkey Kong Country.


Ocarina of Time

https://superguitarbros.bandcamp.com/album/ocarina-of-time

Features tons of exceptional Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time covers.

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Metroid Metal

Started as a project by Grant "Stemage" Henry all the way back in 2003, this band is about making prog metal arrangements of Metroid music. EXTREMELY GOOD prog metal covers. Metroid Metal has grown into a 5-person band that's released three albums and performed live across the country. If you enjoy some good metal, this is some of the best to be had in the entire game remixing scene.


Varia Suite

https://metroidmetal.bandcamp.com/album/varia-suite

The first album recorded as a full band, and I'd say the best place to start listening.


Expansion Pack

https://metroidmetal.bandcamp.com/album/expansion-pack

Their follow-up EP, adding six more fantastic arrangements


Other Album

https://metroidmetal.bandcamp.com/album/other-album

Listen, you should really just get all of these if you like Metroid and/or metal.

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Work on the Dark Souls Parry/Riposte episode is going well, so you'll likely be hearing from me again pretty soon-ish. Have a good one!


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User #18176290 - 21 May 19 16:09
Don't know if you meant to do it, but all links in the Super Guitar Bros section link to the same album, instead of the intended album.
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newframeplus - 21 May 19 16:56
Whoops! Should be fixed now!
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User #637915 - 20 May 19 15:49
Aw man, I thought this post was going to be "Give me remix recommendations". I got so excited, too.
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newframeplus - 20 May 19 15:51
I'm always happy to hear remix recommendations!
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User #637915 - 20 May 19 15:57
Welllll, if you insist, here are some of my favorites from the past few years: Storm Force Seven (Ocarina of Time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYEhf2hFVD4 Drowning in Iron Oxide (Super Metroid) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY67qV1sEo8 stratification (Chrono Trigger) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2MT7nzH_NY Cataclysm (Chrono Trigger) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bayuwsTmOY Entropic Dream (Metroid Prime 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCiShrKVIQY But You're Still Hungry (Chrono Trigger) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEHrRaQDWgY And of course, Time's End II, the sequel to Theophany's phenomenal Time's End Majora's Mask remix album. God willing we get a Time's End III. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLTnvRoxfPk (also I have no idea how to make links work in Patreon comments)
Patron Update! (May 2019) 2019-05-03T18:24:51+00:00

Time for the monthly update! Work on new episodes continues at a good pace.


As you may have already seen, the Pokemon Battle Animation episode is complete! It's the longest episode of New Frame Plus yet, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out. The episode hasn't gone live on the channel yet (I'm planning to launch it simultaneously with another YouTube channel's Pokemon video), but if you're a patron at the $5 level or higher, you have Early Access to the episode already! I hope you enjoy it.


In the meantime, I've been working on the next NFP episode, and it's nearly done as well! The 12 Principles of Animation: TIMING is currently in the editing phase and I hope to have a WIP preview ready by tomorrow. Longtime fans may recall I once made a video on this topic for Extra Frames back in the day. If so, parts of this episode will feel familiar, but I've actually made a lot of changes at the script level. Rather than keeping my old approach of awkwardly smashing together a 12 Principles lesson with a game analysis video, I'm going to focus more on the numerous applications each the principle, talking about how the principle of Timing applies to a variety of games in different ways. I think it's going to be a MUCH more effective approach, and I'm excited to continue using it for the 12 Principles series in the future.


And after I wrap up the Timing episode, I'm thinking it's time for another close-up episode where we talk about a single animation in-depth (like the Spider-Man and Skyrim episodes), which means it's going to be time to take suggestions from you! I'll be posting a poll for $3+ patrons soon. I'm thinking of adopting a release pattern where I alternate close-up episodes with longer videos, so we'll see how that goes. More news on that soon!


And finally, in PlayFrame news, I just posted a highlight reel for 2018 this morning! It was fun going back over everything we released last year and picking out some of our most amusing moments.

PlayFrame 2018 Highlights!


But I think that's it for the moment! I'll be back with WIP previews, polls and more very soon. Until then, have a good May!

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User #277598 - 3 May 19 21:36
I am looking forward to you getting back to the 12 principles videos. I started reading about them after your first videos on them but I feel like I still have a lot to learn!
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newframeplus - 3 May 19 21:40
I'm looking forward to them too! It'll be nice to eventually have the full series finished. :P
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User #277598 - 3 May 19 21:54
I mean, its only been a little while between episodes! No biggie 😂.
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User #18193263 - 3 May 19 18:51
Looking forward to the remake of the 12 principles series. I'm curious Dan, does going through the basics, distilling and communicating them in a language people outside your field understand help you improve own your craft? Keep up the great work!
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newframeplus - 3 May 19 18:59
I find it does! Between the process of figuring out how to explain the concepts clearly AND the research involved, I find I learn a great deal making these videos.
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User #3415202 - 3 May 19 20:59
should we post the close-up suggestions here, or is there another planned for that?
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newframeplus - 3 May 19 21:17
I'll make a post asking for suggestions soon! I'm looking forward to seeing what all you folks come up with. :D
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User #18193263 - 3 May 19 19:20
It's like teaching with the advantage of reaching far more people but with less interaction I guess... I work close with animators so I know some stuff but I always learn a lot with your videos. I'd love to see your work someday! I imagine doing these videos with your own examples would be a crazy amount of work though...
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newframeplus - 3 May 19 21:11
Yeah, making custom animation for these episodes would definitely take a LOT of time, slowing release pace down even further. But honestly, I don't consider myself and EXCEPTIONAL animator. I'm happy to show off others' work in these episodes often just because I'm so impressed by it!
Remix Recommendations! (April 2019) 2019-04-15T16:22:38+00:00

It's time for the monthly music post! If you have a particular fondness for either the metal or electronic genres, today's batch of recommendations is mostly definitely for you.

HERE WE GO.

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RichaadEB

Rich has been producing prog metal covers of game music for years. His most well-known work is probably...


DETERMINATION

by RichaadEB & Ace Waters

https://determination-ut.bandcamp.com/album/determination

This Undertale cover album was a collaboration with Ace Waters. If you are a fan of metal OR Undertale music, this album deserves your attention.


But RichaadEB has tons of other great music out there. He posts a new music video every week on his YouTube channel, covering themes from games, movies and anime, and at this point is channel is packed with gems.


♫ “Undersea Palace (Chrono Trigger)”

by RichaadEB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyBx70DuxvY

Chrono Trigger's soundtrack gets covered extensively, but I rarely see anyone tackle this particular track and I did NOT expect it to have such potent metal potential.


♫ “Snake Man (Mega Man 3)”

by RichaadEB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhsTjlz2Rz8

Mega Man music was just MEANT to be turned into prog metal covers.


♫ “Life Will Change (Persona 5)”

by RichaadEB ft. Caleb Hyles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQnU29Bxrds

When a track needs vocals, Rich will often bring in Caleb for the task. The two go well together!


♫ “BAD APPLE!! (Touhou)”

by RichaadEB ft. Christina Vee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xz4NV0zsbY

The Touhou remix scene is one of those branches of the community that is just sort of quietly ENORMOUS.


♫ “Wii Channel Theme”

by RichaadEB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrEeAgW7Sug

RIP Wii Shop.


♫ “Odd Future (Boku no Hero Academia)”

by RichaadEB ft. Caleb Hyles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymfY_d0PZH0

Richaad also ventures into anime OP themes pretty frequently if that's your jam.


But yeah, go ahead and just subscribe to RichaadEB's channel, because he posts a new video WEEKLY.

But maybe metal isn't your jam! Perhaps you're more into electronic? Some electronic tunes perhaps? Some EDM, hiphop and chill out? Allow me to introduce you to...

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GameChops

GameChops is a game remixing label founded by Dj CUTMAN, posting new tracks from a talented electronic artists every few days! They even produce entire albums pretty regularly. Their YouTube channel is LOADED with good stuff, so I'm just going to link to a bunch of my favorites below, but DO subscribe to this channel if you want quality game remixes on the regular. Following GameChops is ALSO a good way to learn about other exceptional artists in the remixing community!


Zelda & Chill

by Mikel & GameChops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdzrrWA8e7A

This is an entire album of lofi hiphop Zelda beats, just in case you need some chill tunes to study to today.


♫ “We Move Together As One (Overwatch)”

by Andromulus & GameChops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00PiTBsuZ5k

This one is NOT chill. It is whatever the opposite of chill is. But it's Lucio, so the beat will at least heal/accelerate you.


♫ “Tem Shop (Undertale)”

by Ben Briggs & GameChops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu8A8uWAJaA

It's Tem Shop.


♫ “Dearly Beloved (Kingdom Hearts)”

by Ayano Ultra & GameChops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnqpurpXJ0U

Nice and relaxed.


♫ “Octo Expansion (Splatoon 2)”

by Ralfington & GameChops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsf89JB2Tdg

I haven't even had a chance to play this expansion, but the trailer music alone was such a gift.


♫ “Die Anywhere Else (Night in the Woods)”

by DM Dokuro & GameChops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP3HCN7m6xY

Daggum I love this source material so much.


♫ “Weird Autumn (Night in the Woods)”

by CG5 & GameChops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWy0VCQjHbo

screw it, I'm linking to two Night in the Woods tracks, no one can stop me

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Ok, that ought to cover you for the month! Enjoy the tunes. Work on the next episode continues apace, so you should start seeing some news about that in your feed soon!

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User #11435193 - 15 Apr 19 17:18
I actually bought and played Undertale because of RichaadEBs album.. (that, and Dunkey's video) I just had to see what the game was all about at that point, and I'm glad I did. Thanks for the list :)
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User #187259 - 16 Apr 19 01:43
Also Dan, since you mentioned the Determination album, if you haven't been keeping up with Ace Waters as well as Rich then I highly recommend it. Some of the stuff he's done lately is insanely good; I'm just gonna drop his Gaur Plains Cover as a starting point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WF4p4M8ZpQ
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User #18195104 - 15 Apr 19 16:28
Hey Dan, I absolutely LOVE all of these recommendations! Could you make a running Spotify playlist of all these songs? That would be just the best. <3
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newframeplus - 16 Apr 19 01:59
I'm not sure how many of the remixes I'll be recommending are actually ON Spotify....
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User #18192315 - 15 Apr 19 16:43
Sweet!
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User #290873 - 15 Apr 19 16:49
RichaadEBs stuff is amazing! I bought his Undertale album on Bandcamp when it came out. He works with other amazing people too, like Caleb Hyles and FamilyJules
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User #7696455 - 18 Apr 19 13:17
I remember the one featuring Cristina Vee from your KH let's play (I think) ! That one's a bop
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User #187259 - 15 Apr 19 16:24
RichaadEB is legitimately one of my favourite musicians of all time at this point. Great selection!
Patron Update! (April 2019) 2019-04-02T02:31:04+00:00

Hello everyone! It's time for a monthly patron update.


Upcoming Episodes

I'm currently hard at work on the next episode (which y'all voted for a couple weeks back): How Has Pokemon's Battle Animation Evolved?

I'd normally hope to be editing the video itself by now, but I actually had a bit of trouble getting the script nailed down. In addition to just being a BIG topic to research, this is the first time I've made a New Frame Plus episode that is essentially a franchise retrospective. It took a few rewrites, but I think I've just about got it dialed in, and I can't wait to get started on the video itself!

Once that episode is wrapped, I plan to get started on the first installment in a new 12 Principles of Animation mini-series. After that, I'll jump to either the Dragon Ball FighterZ video or the Mario Odyssey Cap Throw topic, whichever feels right. And fortunately, most of the scripts for these episodes are already nearly finished, so the downtime between releases should be considerably shorter!

On the whole, I'm not currently satisfied with the pace of new episode releases. Thanks in part to the long production cycle on that last episode, we went two whole months without a new video, which is way longer of a gap than I would prefer. So for the next couple months, I want to try to get videos released more frequently, at least once a month. That's the goal, anyway. :)


PlayFrame

I don't know how many of you actually know about our other channel. PlayFrame is a daily Let's Play channel I run together with my wife, Carrie. I just started stumbling my way through Sekiro, but we've been playing a pretty wide variety of stuff over there. Kingdom Hearts, Dream Daddy, Night in the Woods, Stardew Valley, Demon's Souls... We've been having a great time with it. If you're interested in some more casual content from us, go give it a look!

http://www.youtube.com/playframeplus


Anyway, time to get back to work on that Pokemon script! With luck, I'll have a WIP render of the next episode ready for previewing soon. Thanks everyone! Have a great April!

-Dan


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User #11435193 - 2 Apr 19 09:17
I have huge respect for the amount of time and effort both of you put into both of these channels. By all means, if you think you can and want to improve certain aspects of the channel (e.g. upload consistency), go for it. People will pick up on these things. But I think most people that watch your videos also respect the quality of script, editing, sound, etc., even if it sometimes takes a longer time for videos to get released. I'm much happier knowing you work on these things with joy, rather than crunching to get them out as consistently as possible. Tldr: don't feel bad for inconsistent updates. We're here for your content, not your upload schedule :)
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User #9873342 - 2 Apr 19 06:49
Hey I have to say that I love your videos (both channels) and I imagine I speak for a lot of people when I say that we'd rather you were happy with your finished videos than pumping out something you regret. Frankly I don't really see your channels as two separate entities and you put a lot of hard work into both. As does Carrie actually. Hell you were initially only doing weekday vids on playframe which turned into all week and even when you were on holiday you had a game edited and ready for scheduled updates. If it takes a little longer to get an awesome video over the line then take that time, this isn't the video game industry 😛. .... #nicerant
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User #11435193 - 2 Apr 19 09:28
I'm looking forward to the upcoming videos by the way! Very awesome :D
Remix Recommendations (March 2019) 2019-03-12T16:18:48+00:00



We've hit another goal! And that means y'all have unlocked the first patron feed upgrade: remix sharing!

I have been a long-time follower of the video game music remixing community. They produce a ton of great music every month, much of it freely available. And I don't think a lot of their work gets nearly the amount of attention it deserves, so every now and then, I'd like to do a small write-up here sharing links to some of the best game music covers out there.

And since this is the very first of these remix posts, let's go big and post link to every remix I've featured in a New Frame Plus video so far!

HERE WE GO.

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♫ “Jet Squid Radio”

by Dj CUTMAN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkKzYwL5bq0

Dj CUTMAN is one of the hardest-working people in the entire scene, and you should follow his label, GameChops, immediately. This track comes off of Splatunes, an entire album of Splatoon remixes.


♫ “It’s-a-Me”

by Funk Fiction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJHJP3iskJo

I adore this one. It's just so PEPPY.


♫ “Mark of the Beats”

by bLiNd

https://materiacollective.bandcamp.com/track/mark-of-the-beats

Final Fantasy VII is VERY popular source material in the game remixing community, especially if you followed it during its earlier years. But you won't hear THIS track covered often! And certainly not this well!


♫ “Ruby Catacombs”

by bLiNd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INWAc4XerYE

bLiNd has been making game music remixes for like 18 years at this point. And thank goodness, because he's amazing at it. This comes from a Super Metroid album he produced called Chozo Legacy.


♫ “Aran”

by bLiNd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNhtunZiWHo

Wow, I was really on a bLiNd kick in that Tracer episode, huh? Another track from that Chozo Legacy album (which you should get).


♫ “Requiem for a Damaged Spirit”

by Chimpazilla

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5MFd_ojq_c

Ocarina of Time is another game soundtrack you will hear covered A LOT. And can you blame them? I love the creativity of this arrangement, though. I'm always a fan of artists who take the source material and really make it their own.


♪ “Flash the Funk”

by Gecko Yamori

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXOi8pv1ALI

This track emerged from a competition in the OverClocked ReMix forums where a bunch of remixers claimed a robot master and "battled" tournament-style by going head-to-head with each other and making remixes featuring the melody of both their own robot's theme AND their opponent's. So this one is Gecko Yamori as Flash Man taking on whomever had claimed Ground Man (forgive me, it was a decade ago). The concept was VERY GOOD. I wish I could direct you to a more official link, but this track's become hard to find for some reason.


♪ Hang in There”

by YoshiBlade & KingTiger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaEN5-2i4qs

I love how darn chill this one is. Settle into some good Pilotwings 64, everyone.


♪ “High Tide”

by FoxyPanda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMb4EbY6aH8

Also chill! And another favorite of mine. It's shown up in many a video. :)


♪ "Wooded Kingdom"

by Hyper Potions & James Landino

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLlUQ-q4u68

Hyper Potions and James Landino are amazing electronic artists INDIVIDUALLY, and here you get both of them at once! But for real, go look them both up and prepare for a wonderful time.


♪ "Wisdom"

by Ephixa ft. Will & Tim

http://gamechops.com/wisdom/

Oh hey, Ocarina of Time again. Who'd have thought?


♪ "Mr. Game & watch me work it"

by Blubeatz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jiwH1BfaZA

On rare occasions, I won't be able to find the perfect track for a video in my remix collection and I'll have to go hunting the internet. This was one of my discoveries for the Mr. Game & Watch episode, and it delights me.


♪ "Chillin' with the Bros."

by Amphibious

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ2BFXK6BMs

Some of the folks at OCR produced an entire remix album for the 2014 Apex fighting game tournament, and something about the amount of work that went into this specific niche interest delights me to no end.


♪ "Gateway"

by chjolo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prW2yrK5Y8s

As a retired Final Fantasy XI player, you will hear me using this one in videos ALL THE TIME. Play this track near any FFXI veteran and you will see them be instantly transported. Guaranteed.


♪ "Game Over"

by Bknapp

https://bknapp.bandcamp.com/track/game-over

Ok, I need y'all to get to know Bknapp, one of my more recent discoveries. This guy has been making whole albums of lo-fi game beats for years. And they're great! Go peruse his Bandcamp and listen to all that good stuff.


♪ "8-Ball (Test Failed)"

by Dj CUTMAN

https://music.gamechops.com/track/8-ball-test-failed

Dj CUTMAN, too, been putting out a lot of great lo-fi hop hop beats recently. This one comes from the sequel to that Splatoon album I mentioned before: Splatunes 2! Get both of those albums, btw, they're fantastic.


♪ "Cave Remix"

by Bknapp

https://bknapp.bandcamp.com/track/cave-remix

More Bknapp beats! I'm going to be using a LOT of these in future videos.


♪ "The Master Sword Remix"

by Bknapp

https://bknapp.bandcamp.com/track/the-master-sword-remix

I can confirm that buying a bunch of Bknapp albums and leaving them ambiently playing in your home is incredibly chill and nice.


♪ "Chillin' in My Boat"

by Pokérus Project

https://pokerusproject.bandcamp.com/track/chillin-in-my-boat-seafolk-village-from-pok-mon-sun-moon

Huh, I've been leaning into chill hip hop beats in my videos a LOT lately. This one comes from an entire album of such beats, and they are all wonderful.



Welp, that's everything I've featured in a video so far! More to come. I hope y'all have enjoyed the tunes! I'll post another batch of remix links every month or so. Have a good one!

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User #7714661 - 12 Mar 19 16:21
I'm sorry this is off topic, but, when did everyone started using "welp" instead of "well" in the begining of a sentence? Feels like I missed something.
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User #18176290 - 12 Mar 19 16:40
Wouldn't know when, but I don't think they're interchangeable. 'Welp' feels more like 'whoopsie' to me, more lighthearted, whereas 'well' sounds more formal to me.
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User #18191978 - 12 Mar 19 18:03
You're the reason I discovered OCR years ago, when I kept hearing amazing tunes during episode credits and decided to follow them to the source. Since then, my own regular listening list has become some 25% OCR, with a sizable remainder going to those artists' original material and other remixes that aren't directly from that site. I look forward to seeing what else you'll lead me to.
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Episode scripts are now publicly available!
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Oh dang, we've already reached our $500 goal! Thanks to you lovely patrons, New Frame Plus episode scripts are now available for ALL to read. I'll keep this folder updated as new episodes are released.

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Here's what's in the works.... 2019-03-10T18:32:49+00:00

Welcome, new patrons! Thanks again for choosing to support the channel. Since the Patreon has finally launched, let's kick things off by talking about what's coming up in the immediate future.


The Next Episode

To start, for the last two months, I've been working on the next episode of New Frame Plus. It's a BEEFY one, and easily the most challenging edit I've experienced with this series so far, but I'm really happy with how it's turning out. Those of you with early access to new episodes will see

it pop up in your feed very soon!


The Animation Exchange

This episode is scheduled to debut live at the Animation Exchange on March 19th. The Animation Exchange is a day-long event streamed live from the Twitch offices during GDC week. It features dozens of professional animators talking shop and giving demonstrations. It's basically a day full of GDC-calibur presentations, except it's free for everyone to watch on Twitch! I'll be there in person to debut this new episode and answer a few questions. It should be fun! I'll give more details in a later post.

But if you miss the live episode debut, don't worry! It will be released on the New Frame Plus channel very soon after. :)


Future Episodes

After that, it's back to making more regular episodes! I've had three scripts just sitting there WAITING to be made into videos. These include:

  • an episode about Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd and Arc System Works's amazing faux 2D animation
  • a close-up study of Mario's cap-throw animation in Mario Odyssey
  • the first episode of a new mini-series about the 12 Principles of Animation (which may sound familiar to those of you who watched this show back in the Extra Frames days!)

I'm excited for all of these, but I haven't yet got a release order in mind. In fact, that might be something I have y'all vote on later!


The Final Fantasy Project

I should also mention that Other Mega Series I've vaguely alluded to before. For the last year or two, I've been wanting to do a big series on the animation in the Final Fantasy series, from the first game to the present day, using it as a sort of history lesson on the progression of video game animation over the decades. I've been slowly chipping away at this project for a long while, but it's still in the early footage-recording and script-writing stages. It's tricky finding time for this gargantuan thing in the cracks between everything else, but I'm determined to make it happen. Some day. :P


But yeah, that's everything currently in the works for New Frame Plus! Let me know if you have any questions. I'll be back with more updates (and early access previews) soon!

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User #18292753 - 14 Mar 19 15:30
Awesome. Can't wait for the episode on Dragonball.
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User #18193263 - 11 Mar 19 01:01
Always love to get more insight on arc system works aproach to faux 2D. Can't wait for that one.
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User #3000225 - 10 Mar 19 20:40
All sounds great Dan! Looking forward to the Cap Throw episode!
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User #277598 - 10 Mar 19 23:32
I am excited about all of it!
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User #18365305 - 17 Mar 19 03:20
Sign me up for some RPG animation talk! but also that Faux 2D because i'm in love with cell-shading since Wind Waker. Hey that's another good topic.
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User #4284325 - 10 Mar 19 21:11
oh man, the Final Fantasy Project! I've been hype for that since you first mentioned it, but I know that it truly is an Adamantortise of a task, so by all means, take you time!
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