Contact Info / Websites
ADD THE SAMV MYSPACE PAGE AND GROUP!!!
http://www.myspace.com/samvcartoon <------official myspace page!
http://groups.myspace.com/samv <--------official myspace group!
First off, like I always do - I want to thank the good people at Newgrounds for having such an awesome site. There is no other place where a guy like me can toss up my creations and have it exposed to so many people. It's amazing, and has truly changed my life. Also - thank you to the fans!!! You guys always give me a boost and help me keep doing what I do! I can't say enough about all of the great responses I've gotten throughout the years, and I'm hoping to have some new fans with this release.
This was such a hard thing to make. There are so many factors that come into play... the backgrounds, the characters, the dialogue... it's such a hard thing to sustain motivation for months on end. I started SAMV 6 waaay back in June of '05. I was fresh off of part 5, and was drained at that point. I remember very vivdly releasing part 5, then going into my backyard to do some yardwork. The grass was all dead and yellow, and it was a humid, crappy day. It was like this blanket of smog was settling on me, and making hard to see. That's where I got the idea for the setting for the guy's house. It's barren and isolated, and lifeless. I just imagined one of those old, boarded up houses that's way out in the country... one where it's not clear if humans have set foot in it for many years.
So, with that in mind I began to design the backgrounds. I had just watched "Garden State", and decided it would be awesome to give Percy a WWII era motorcycle with sidecar.
After Percy walked into the house, I started drawing a blank. You see, the old way that I used to draw the characters was with fixed facial expressions. They couldn't emote anything, and I had to rely heaily on the voice acting. With as much story as I had to tell, I was getting discouraged with my limitations.
So I stopped. For a long time.
I finally wanted to get back in the saddle, but I wasn't ready to get going on SAMV just yet. I had a new idea for a series... and it would give me an opportunity to try my hand at a new way of animating.
Shame by the Slice was born out of this frustration. I thought it was a pretty good series, but man, was it ever missing the soul of SAMV. It was kind of a thin, one dimensional, overtweened cartoon that people were kind of "eh" about. I poured so much work into it, but at the same time I wasn't getting the satisfaction I wanted out of it.
Well, in August I dumped SBTS onto the portal, and it did ok. It was funny, yeah... but again that soul was missing. It was a cartoon, and the characters were shallow.
So, as much as I liked it, I dug it a grave. I kissed it goodbye, and buried it in SAMV 6'es preloader.
SAMV 6 was a strain on me. I would stay up all night getting little facial expressions right... drawing and redrawing arms til the cows cam home. Adding gloop and gunk to the backgrounds... Making the characters human. They are very human, and while people are going to think it's a pure comedy, they're going to see where I want this project to really go in the last 45 seconds. No spoliers, but I think that this time everything has fallen right into place.
To all who have waited so long, I hope you accept my apology. Consider this a late Christmas present from '05.
And stay tuned for part 7!!!
Ok, here are the songs used:
Mars Volta: Asilos Magdalena
Mars Volta: Day of the Baphomets
Radiohead: How to Disappear completely
Radiohead: No surprises
Joe Satriani: Just look up
Tin Hat Trio: Bill
Cocteau Twins: Fifty Fifty Clown
Harold Budd: Dark Eyed Sister