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Hello everyone. It's been over a year since I made an update.
I'm happy to say that I've finally got a new (and better!) computer and while I've put off flash animation for a long time now, I'm getting back into it now.
I've been scripting a project that I'd like to animate. It will be a band-spanking new addition to the "Tales of Horror" series with a twist. Unfortunately, the second part to Abraham's Rock was nearly finished when my last computer died and I lost all the work to that. I've moved on from that project at this point, but I have written the flash in a completed form in a short story, so anyone interested is free to contact me if they want the last part of the story. I experimented with flash this independence day by importing images. I'm trying new things.
The new "Tales of Horror" will be called "Lynch Park", the first Tales of Horror set outside of New Hampshire and in the fictional city of Beckenham, Massachusetts, near Boston in the year 1947. The new entry to "Tales of Horror" will be different from the previous ones. "The Banshee" and "Walter" were done in a short-story format reflecting horror yarns with animation to drive the narritive. I'm thinking about drawing out images and uploading them to animate. "Lynch Park" will not have a short story narritive but will be presented as an actual movie, with voice-overs and different characters presenting different sides of the story. The three main characters are a Boston Homicide Detective named Robin Campbell, a traumatized World War II veteren and homicide suspect Kenneth Turner and the ghost of his recently murdered estranged wife, Mallory Turner. In the middle of the city of Beckenham is a very large recreational park erected not long after the American Revolutionary War and built upon the grounds of an early major battle in the conflict called "Lynch Park". Lynch Park is rumored to be haunted and it is where the center of the story will take place.
Right now, I'm writing out an outline for the script. It will likely be divided up in two parks and will probably be fifteen minuets long, seven minuets for one park and eight for the other. You never know though, it might actually be shorter than that. The animation style I've used for previous "Tales of Horror" flashes will be retained, because I feel that less is more and the simplistic animation not only adds to the horror but also leaves enough room for the viewer to fill in the scenery with their imagination. It's gotten good reception when used in my previous flashes and I'd like the try and animate the story by drawing the scenes and figures by hand and importing them. If that doesn't come out the way I want it to, I'll just stick to mouse drawing.
Once I've finished the outline, I'm going to begin writing the script. Once I have the script, I'm going to hold onto it and start surfing around the internet (including here on Newgrounds) to try and find voice actors. If you're interested in voice acting for this flash and are reading this, keep my profile bookmarked or send me a message here. Once it's done I'll start posting around. Whoever wants in I'll talk with via messages on here, see what part they're interested in playing and have them send me audio files of their auditions. I'll pick out who I feel works the best for what character.
Well, that's that. My computer finally died. I'm very bummed. All the work I put into the pilot of Kisamore's Peak-- something that was going on near completion was lost, along with the second part of Abraham's Rock. BRAHH! I'm angry. I suppose I could start it over, but I really liked how it all came out.
Well, would you look at that. I'm not dead.
Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay.
I've been going from project to project. I don't like that to be honest. Abraham's Rock sits around on my computer, not close to finished, and my last project got scrapped. I've been at a loss for inspiration all of a sudden and it seems like I don't know where it all went.
Last week I was going through my old senior year high school notebooks when I came across a script I wrote that year. To be honest it was the whole reason why I wanted to do flash animation in the first place.
I came up with the idea two years ago, during my senior year. It was called Kisamore's Peak. Basically, it was about this little town in the mountains that's plagued by horror and the supernatural. A man goes to the town to try and find his daughter, only to be stuck there and help the residents figure out why such horrible things are happening in their town, with the aid of the town constable and an egotistical FBI Agent. It was also a comedy.
Kisamore's Peak was a combination of all the 1950s b-horror movies that I love, exploring very general themes such as the undead, vampirism, insanity and all that. It also had elements of Twin Peaks and others within it. On another line, I also wanted it to have a vein of black comedy run through it, so I wanted to choose an animation style that was recognizable and not-too-serious. What you got was the animation style I have today, really. It's the reason why my characters look so blocky, because when I set out with flash animation at the start, I always wanted to start Kisamore's Peak, but I wanted to wait off until I had felt comfortable with doing all the things I needed to do in order to complete it.
So, here's a quick screencap. I just made a quick background with the three central characters of the show: the main character, Patrick Majorie MacReidy, the man who quests to Kisamore's Peak in search of his missing daughter, the egotistical FBI Agent, J. Edward Hugard, and finally the town constable, Jasper Graven. As the series progresses, you will meet other residents of the town, such as the mortician and his wife, the grave-keeper, a local doctor and various others. Well, I can't excatly say what's going on. I need a new microphone. I hope regardless that maybe, in this slow time without inspiration, Kisamore's Peak will lead the way for me.
I've decided to hold off on Abraham's Rock again and decided to do it when I feel ready to do it.
In the meantime, I've decided to add a new edition to the Tales of Horror series. I call it "Silhouette."
I've been putting off Abraham's Rock. I can't help but feel like I can't get started with it until I feel like I have to confidence to go back to it again. For now, I think I have a new idea for the Tales of Horror series.
I haven't come up with a name for it yet. I've been tossing around Paradise Disowned for a title, but I want something original.
Well, I was hoping for a bit more recongition for my previous flash. Better luck next time. While my last flash was really serious, I feel like making something really silly. Now with voice acting! That's right folks, my first flash with voice acting. I call it "Mummy Dearest".
The Labyrinth of Dreams is not far from completion. Just have to work on some sound editing, touching up on the visuals and working on the ending, making everything nice and polished. Depending on how things go, it will be submitted to the portal later on this afternoon (the 24th Eastern time), or late morning.