I See What You're Trying To Do...
I see how you were going with the randomness and all that with the others, but its the effort that wins it all. Yea, it's funny to see some good ol' randomness, shit I love it too, but at least make some sort of effort. You don't give the last place kid a medal they have to work at it to make it past the rest. The stuff on the Front Page (if you've looked at it) mainly shows the people that have been putting work into their animations. I'm not saying you guys aren't putting in work, but lets just say hard work shows.
Practice and practice and practice makes not perfect, but pretty damn close. If you're going to half ass a project a half ass finish is what your going to get. You say people won't click on an animation unless it has a boob, well sure who doesn't like a boob now and then, but what I look for (and i'm pretty sure countless others as well) look for the icon and see 'how is this drawn and if the description says anything good about it'. Stick figures are the basics of all drawing methods, but even stick figures movies like the Killing Arena seriers has really good animation and effects such as the explosions, the blood, and the guns.
Not everyone who does incredibly amazing work will hit the front page, your right but what if people started half assing all their animations, well then first of all there wouldn't be any competition, because thats kind of what Newgrounds is, sort of like a competition. The Best get on the front page, the rest, well, try again next time.
A few months ago ashford pride made a movie with a foreboding title. It was called "Awesome Grounds".
Well ladies and gentlemen, that's might as well what this site should be called (at least right now), with the top row on the front page slot dedicated to an "awesome" movie and an "awesome" parody, an "awesome" t-shirt in the newgrounds store, and pretty much every "awesome" movie in the top 100, along with han's "awesome's creed".
I can't go to newgrounds with seeing something not about egoraptor or his coveted video game parody series. It makes me wonder sometimes if pursuing anything but half-assed cartoons making mildly funny observations about video games laced with profanity is even worth it. Truly, they are what bring the masses of 13-year olds to this site, and thus increases traffic and competition in the internet world. But you have to ask yourself, with this sort of two-bit audience increasing in numbers, are they really interested in watching anything else?
I understand that it's a dog eat dog world in the online entertainment business, and to compete you have to pretty much put up content that a majority of internet browsers would click on. This includes either women or video games. Things they already know they want. And that's all they want. They sign up, watch more, and come back and do it again later. They're trained to know that what they want is easily accessible and is promoted all over the site.
Original content is often shuffled off to the bottom of the page, or never gets any attention to begin with. Now comes into play the whole 'they won't click on it unless there's a boob for the icon', etc etc. That's because they've been fashioned to think that way.
I'm not saying i have all the mysterious answers to the way people's minds work. But this much is true - if all people click on are breasts and video game icons, and you give them breasts and video game icons, you're not pushing the envelope.
Newgrounds is the epitome of user-generated content. We already have a massive advantage over youtube in the fact that making a cartoon involves so much more creativity than snappily editing your webcam footage. So instead of 200 cartoons coming out every minute, we have 200 cartoons coming out every day. That gives someone a better chance of breaking out and being discovered for his hard work, and a reward for a job well done.
But in the same way that viewers are trained that they don't have to go out of their way to avoid original content they would otherwise enjoy, authors are becoming more and more disenchanted with their personal creations and are turning to nerd culture icons and cheap tactics to get viewers.
I can't tell you how many animators I have spoken to that have shunned their own creations in favor of sub-pop culture parody and disjointed scripts sprinkled with toilet humor and profanity. a cartoon catering to everyone who's forgotten what cartoons are all about. And here we are shoving away everything about cartoons that was originally appealing and magical, because we're pretty much forced to.
I'm not pointing the finger at any one person here. I think it's part of the bigger picture - bigger than Newgrounds, too. But if people really care about the future of cartoons and animation, we wouldn't be seeing this kind of blatant favoritism.
People will find what they want if they want it. They don't need to be spoon fed it all.
For thirty years animators who strive to create something genuinely unique have gotten nothing but a slap in the face. It's sickening and it has to stop someday, before they all disappear.
Lastly, this post is not about me. I'm not writing this out of self-pity, bitterness or spite. I'm being honest. I care a lot about the future of animation, and what I see around me is very troubling. The industry is bad enough, but where the future lies is in the small corners of the animation world. Newgrounds is one of them. I spend a lot of time trying to encourage and teach frame-by-frame animation, and creating your own characters and scripts. That is what is important
if only u knew spanish(unless u do thas cool then) u would have heard sum good comments about this movie. Estava bien echo y has mas guay!
The movie was funny but I saw a glitch where the hand thatt the cop shot the fat guy just stayed there eve during the credits...
Wow, that was fast , deadly and merry. Keep it up and 1 Question:
Did his head get bigger?...
DUDE that is F***ED UP!!!
Dude tha suked, and I didn't really like the racist crap. I'm Mexican and that was pretty offensive...
It was alright but I kind of suk at Flash so make another. :)
Pico's is still as bad ass!
That was hella sick dude. I've been waiting for another pico to come out.Keep it up.
That was creepy...
That was the coolest and the most creepiest I've ever seen Make sum more or sumthin it was great!
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