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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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!
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!
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!
That bonus patron Q&A begins 24 hours from now. I'll see you there!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Happy April! Hope y'all are staying safe out there.
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!
Just a quick update for March!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
The stream will start Saturday at 11AM PDT (about 13 hours from now)! I look forward to hanging out with y'all!
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!
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!
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...
♫ Open Your Eyes (Zelda: Breath of the Wild Remix)
♫ Nested (Hollow Knight Remix)
♫ Mountain Climbing (Celeste Remix)
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
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!
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!
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! :)
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.
♫ Poké & 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
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
A phenomenal (and huge) collection of Chrono Trigger covers!
♫ MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes
This album is all about title screen music, and from a WIDE variety of games.
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!
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
From Eric Buchholz, this wonderful album arranges Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time like a film score.
♫ TESSERACT: An Acoustic Fez Album
The title is kinda self-explanatory!
Another GameChops joint and a personal favorite, this electronic album covers a variety of themes from Splatoon!
♫ 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
Another gargantuan album packed with fantastic FF7 covers. Highly recommended!
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!
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. :)
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!
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!
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!
It's time for those monthly music recommendations!
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
This is the fifth album Bknapp has released of chill beats using SNES music samples. FIFTH.
♫ BOTW: Loops and Grooves
This album focuses on samples pulled from Breath of the Wild, and it's awesome.
♫ Nintendo 64 Beats
He also made one using N64 samples!
♫ Smash Bros Beats
And Smash samples! Seriously give all his stuff a listen. It's very fun!
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
Happy June, everyone!
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!
Now that the Timing episode is finally live, I'm overdue for this month's music recommendations!
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
Includes miscellaneous game music covers, including Castlevania, Ocarina of Time and Super Mario Sunshine tunes.
Includes miscellaneous game music covers, including Super Mario Galaxy, Final Fantasy VII, Mega Man III and Donkey Kong Country.
♫ Ocarina of Time
Features tons of exceptional Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time covers.
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
The first album recorded as a full band, and I'd say the best place to start listening.
♫ Expansion Pack
Their follow-up EP, adding six more fantastic arrangements
♫ Other Album
Listen, you should really just get all of these if you like Metroid and/or metal.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Rich has been producing prog metal covers of game music for years. His most well-known work is probably...
by RichaadEB & Ace Waters
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)”
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)”
Mega Man music was just MEANT to be turned into prog metal covers.
♫ “Life Will Change (Persona 5)”
by RichaadEB ft. Caleb Hyles
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
The Touhou remix scene is one of those branches of the community that is just sort of quietly ENORMOUS.
♫ “Wii Channel Theme”
RIP Wii Shop.
♫ “Odd Future (Boku no Hero Academia)”
by RichaadEB ft. Caleb Hyles
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...
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
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
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
It's Tem Shop.
♫ “Dearly Beloved (Kingdom Hearts)”
by Ayano Ultra & GameChops
Nice and relaxed.
♫ “Octo Expansion (Splatoon 2)”
by Ralfington & GameChops
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
Daggum I love this source material so much.
♫ “Weird Autumn (Night in the Woods)”
by CG5 & GameChops
screw it, I'm linking to two Night in the Woods tracks, no one can stop me
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!
Hello everyone! It's time for a monthly patron update.
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. :)
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!
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!
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.
♫ “Jet Squid Radio”
by Dj CUTMAN
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.
by Funk Fiction
I adore this one. It's just so PEPPY.
♫ “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”
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.
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”
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
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
I love how darn chill this one is. Settle into some good Pilotwings 64, everyone.
♪ “High Tide”
Also chill! And another favorite of mine. It's shown up in many a video. :)
♪ "Wooded Kingdom"
by Hyper Potions & James Landino
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.
by Ephixa ft. Will & Tim
Oh hey, Ocarina of Time again. Who'd have thought?
♪ "Mr. Game & watch me work it"
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."
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.
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"
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
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"
More Bknapp beats! I'm going to be using a LOT of these in future videos.
♪ "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
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!
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.
Thanks so much, everyone!
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. :)
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:
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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