Sunshine, Light, and Joy

 

This is a post that I've been thinking about for awhile. Recently, I opened up the discussion to other members of the staff to get their feelings on the matter, and their opinions generally matched mine, which is this:

Within the last year or so, there's been a steady increase of negative posts in movie threads. We've always had some heated discussions for some movies, but recently things have not only gotten more histrionic in those threads (generally speaking, the CBM ones), but they've started to spread to other franchises and other movies as well. I'm not talking about out-and-out trolling, I'm talking about members feeling they have to consistently shit on a movie (or studio, or star) simply because they aren't interested in the current project or projects. With every piece of news about a movie, it's now a virtual guarantee that there's a flood of people rushing to say they think it sucks, they don't like the current trailer/tv spot/actor/actress/director/concept. And I get it -- we all have movies we don't like, movies which we think are bad ideas, industry people that just don't appeal to us. But there's a fine line between expressing your opinion about this and doing it so often, with such consistency, that the collective emphasis of all of it basically brings down the entire thread and thus the entire forum.

There's no easy answer to this. We don't want to crush freedom of expression here. But at the same time, the spirit of this forum is for people to have fun talking about the movies they love and the box-office runs they love.

To have fun.

And while it may be fun -- in a sense -- to personally vent about a movie, or to vent at people who dare to enjoy something you don't, it doesn't bring fun to our community. In fact, it generally drags down the overall fun for everyone else. We've had people repeatedly mention to us over the last several months or so that in some cases they don't even bother going into some threads -- even for movies they're curious about! -- because they just don't want to deal with the overall mess those threads contain. And frankly, that matches the personal opinion of most of the staff as well.

So this post is both a request and a warning. 

The request: Next time you feel like taking a dump on a movie (or a topic) for the dozenth time, take a moment to consider whether it's really worth it. People probably already have a good idea of what your attitude about the project is. Maybe just put your posting energy into a movie that you enjoy and love or are excited about.

The warning: The staff is going to be taking a closer look at some of these threads and we'll be more active with temp thread-bans if we think it'll help the overall vibe of the forum. I'd rather we don't have to, but it's not going to constrain any of you too much if you aren't allowed to post about a movie you supposedly don't care about anyway.

Remember the words of Bill and Ted: "Be Excellent to Each Other".

They're just movies, guys. It's about having fun.

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Sal

Anurian Designs

This project is taking on shape going forward and I'm happy with some of the overall changes and expansion in the designs.  Story-wise it's very close to being done, I'll be moving into finalization of more background and environment in the near future.

 

I've contacted at least one musician for work.  The format of this is still in a state of flux.  It may be fully comic, but may contain animated segments as well.
 

 

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Actual pencils of some initial designs for this race.

And coloured versions of the updated designs:

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Sal

Tomorrow I'll be attending a lecture and getting a chance to talk to storyboard artist and animator Rafael Rosado.  He did primarily animated series (notably he storyboarded on Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Teen Titans and Transformers Prime, among others).  I'm looking forward to this, as well as discussing on the idea working with him on something in the upcoming future.

Sal

So, a lot of the overall storyline is worked out, but this particular project is probably going to be on the back burner until my other webcomic starts posting later this year.

 

But I'm enjoying these characters and this world so I really hope to do more with them

 

 

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...my aliens are pretty gay.  I think my own queerness shines through with this. lol

Sal
Here are some previews for a project I'm doing some work on.  It remains to be seen if this will be animated, but a lot of my animation influences are pretty clear here.
 
This is a basic sci-fi story in the noir/mystery vein but with brighter colours.

 




Sal
Hey everyone, welcome to Key Frames! This blog is dedicated to animation news, reviews of animated movies and tv shows and information about animation. There is bound to be a lot of art on this blog, so be prepared!

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