“The Window”

One of the big things on YouTube in recent months (early 2022, for those of you in the future) has been “The Backrooms.” These are short film clips taking place in an odd, yellowish series of corridors. They are, of course, inhabited by a series of strange monsters.

They follow the tradition of “found footage” movies, a genre I find mostly annoying, but they’re interesting.

I decided I wanted to do something similar, with a single static scene of a corridor. And by “similar” I mean something that generates the same sense of vague unease. My corridor is toothpaste-green, rather than custard yellow, and the camera stays put.

It was a fun thing to try and figure out.

Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by.

“Imparting”

The title for this just kind of struck me, and I like it: it doesn’t imply a direction or a course of action, it just means that one set of knowledge was given out from A to B. But who is A, and who is B? That’s for someone else to decide.

This was a project that came about from desperation–I’d finished and posted “The Path” and there were no ideas that jumped out at me. I was genuinely in a panic state; had I exhausted all that I thought I had to say?

But this one poked out, I thought, “Why not?” and I basically enjoyed working on it. The third act revelation (if that’s what it is) came to me one night when I was just falling asleep. I immediately thought, “That is a stupid idea, don’t do it,” but I did anyway…which probably says more than I intend.

Anyway, here it is. Enjoy, and thanks for visiting.

May 2022

So, May is nearly done. It was a month where a number of things happened. Got a raise, had to trade in my car, almost finished an animation (just have to work on the sound)…

I’m trying to think if anything else of significance happened, but 1) the above is probably enough, and 2) there doesn’t seem to be anything that comes to mind. Robert the Cat(TM) is getting into a really bitey mood.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone. And we’ll see you again, soon, when the animation is posted.

April 2022

Well, work proceeds apace on two projects, both short little nothing-much’s, but at least it’s work.

Speaking of work, I got a promotion at (paid) work. Should mean more money and perhaps responsibilities, which is great.

So to balance this news, naturally, my brakes semi-fail on the way home. Managed to get home without killing myself or anyone else, but it was scary.

Another day just like all the rest.

Thanks for stopping by.

March 2022

Well, life continues. I actually have two projects in the works, neither of which is all that–uh, “important” or whatever, but they’ve both been fun to work on. Neither is expected to have a long running time, but plans are always subject to change around here…

Anyway, that’s the monthly entry for March. See you next month, and thanks for stopping by.

Robert the Cat

So, a little over a week ago, I went to the Humane Society Shelter and adopted a cat. Here he is:

He’s still settling in, but he’s very sweet and very curious. He started spending most of the day sleeping under the bed, to the point where I thought he was ill from something, but he was fine. Early evening seems to be his active time.

He rarely makes any noise–I think he has meowed about five times total since he’s been with me. He has tried snuggling a couple of times, but doesn’t seem to quite know how to do it.

I think he’ll be a very good friend for a long time.

Thanks for visiting.

January 2022, near the middle.

So, after I posted the last video to YouTube, I went completely dry. Totally bereft of ideas. And it scared me, honestly. I poked here and there at things, but nothing caught fire. I wondered if I was done doing things.

I still wonder that, but at least there’s something now to work on. It’s only out-takes from the last video, but at least it’s something.

Did I mention the out-takes? I think I did. If not, there were out-takes. Over five and a half minutes of them. Why were they cut? Put together, they were dull. But I think I can pull a couple of bits out and make something. Not five and a half minutes of something (at least I hope not) but enough to give a bit of hope.

Anyway, I may post later this month, and if not, thanks for visiting and see you next time.

Late December, 2021

So here we are the end of another year. What’s happened this month?

Got a toothache which I thought would lead to another tooth pulled. Fortunately not, the oral surgeon had some different ideas which seem to be working.

Finished the animation project. Link is below.

I feel completely drained of any creative ideas. “The Path” took so damn long that it took all the ideas with it.

I’ve been messing around with Blender, and am kind of slightly getting to know my way around.

Other than that, a typical month. And we will see you next year.

Late November

Well, here it is again, the end of the month. This month has been a pretty productive one, as the animation project is finished (aside from a couple of sound bits and some timing fixing.) So there’s that.

On the bad side, my struggle with the bottle is in full flower. That’s not good, but I’m unsure how to fight it. I know I can, and I have, but it keeps coming back.

Anyway, it’s now officially the Christmas season, which typically depresses me. But I’ll try to be of good cheer.

Anyway, that’s it for now. See you next month.

Early November

Wow, looks I’ve been neglectful…I try to have at least a post per month, but that hasn’t happened since August.

Well, nothing really new to report. The new animation project ran into a snag and had to be re-imagined, but I think it’s improved and more focused. (Still isn’t done, of course.)

And speaking of that, I guess I should get back to work.