2012 is going to be a great year.
My suggestion for this post would be to have Tech stay closer to the camera.
Thanks Rodney! I hand on heart greatly appreciate that you (or any member of the community) take the time to comment on my stuff. I know it's not up to the standard of some of the hard hitters around here but it'll get better the more I do it. Which rather neatly segues into the next topic I'm throwing open to discussion.
Don't get me wrong I love video games. Whenever I have some spare time I'll sit down and play through some classics or try out the hot new thing (E.G has been a great excuse to do that). However my real passion has always been with story telling and animation. I'm sure the following story will be a familiar to a lot of the A:M'ers.
When I was a kid and even more so now I'm older. I used to watch Saturday morning cartoons and be pulled into these other worlds and imagined adventuring alongside my heroes. But unlike a lot of people I would also watch these characters brought to life and wonder, "How do they do that?", "how could I recreate that effect", "That's a really good choice of camera angle" and so on.
As I've worked more and more with A:M the point has really been driven home. I get much more excitement and pleasure knowing that people will be seeing Gwen, Tech or the logos etc and not so much from the reviews themselves.
So starting with the Christmas episode (which will most likely be entirely skit based) I've been thinking about shifting the focus of E.G away from the skit - intro - review - outro. Format I've been using and instead making the show be more animation and story-centric. Either by making the story a separate entity to the reviews or dropping reviews entirely. E.G would still be about Videogames characters and culture. Just with original stories and my own characters.
My reasoning is that there are a crap load of videogames review shows online and having 3d characters, puppets and (at least in my view) a well put together show, doesn't seem to be helping to raise E.G above the white noise. There are very few videogames related animation series though. (Not counting all the flash and sprite based stuff that newgrounds users make. But a lot of that is unnecessarily violent, full of crude humor or meant to be a one off).
So after that long explanation my question is do you all think this is a good idea? Am I missing something? I respect your opinions so feel free to fire off some thoughts and opinions.
Oh and while I'm here, here's a low res render of part of the Christmas intro. No sound effects or BG Music.