Yo. Duncan & Jones 3 came out yesterday.
what a wild ride. There is WAY too much to talk about lol. I'm really glad people are liking it, it took so long to come out. This one was technically in the works all year, January 1st I started the storyboard and since then I was working on it on and off. I took breaks to work on other stuff like the FF7 cartoon and other bullshit, mainly because COVID actually effected the production of it in some ways, so I tried to keep myself busy.
There was so much scrapped shit in the episode. We voiced the entire cartoon and I did like a minute and a half of storyboards until I got accepted into the FF7 Collab around February. so I took a break from this project and got to work on that one instead. When I finished work on the FF7 toon I found that when I came back to Duncan 3 I really wasn't happy with any of it, so I ended up throwing out all the storyboards and voice work we had done and rewrote the script from scratch.
We ran into problems then, though. COVID showed up and fugged everything up, I had no mic and I couldn't go to Teddy's house to re-record the episode. So for a long time we were kinda stuck, me not being able to do much without voice-lines. I story boarded most of it without voice-lines which I actually quite enjoyed, but once I finished that I found myself with not much to do.
it was around then I think that I made that little Resident Evil 4 cartoon just to make something. more on that later.
Eventually me n Ted were able to record and I got to grindin on the toon. The idea for the villain, Rondald ''CHEST SCAR'' Slimeon, came from a doodle me and Teddy did randomly one day in school.
The oldest drawing I could find of Rondald, dating around January 2019.
From what I remember, Teddy drew the face, I drew the disgustingly contorted body, and then Teddy added the stupid I LOVE ANAL tattoo. I remember we both thought it was hilarious and I just kept thinking 'man I gotta make this a Duncan & Jones villain.'
so when it came to making a third cartoon I was just like fuck it, we had this shitty character we designed, I threw him in and started coming up with a little story for him to work in.
I knew I wanted to work with someone new when it came to voicing the character. I had really become a fan of @wavetro's work, I really admired the dude's consistency and Andy and Bulb is one of my favourite things on this website. I just hit em up and yeah man, they just went for it, gave me some voicelines real quick. Wavetro's voice does not fit the look of the character at all and that's some of my favourite shit, so it worked out really good in the end. I'm very proud to be the first blemish on his profile of snazzy thumbnails lol
everyone who helped me out on the toon is a bro and half. @MKMaffo's like the biggest duncan & jones fan out there, her animated background characters are so fulla personality, make me smile every time.
@Carmet's work impressed me in the way it blended in so seamlessly with the rest of the cartoon, most talented dude I know and he managed to have some really slick animation that didn't stick out.
everything in the cartoon fits together so nicely tho, I had alot of help from alot of different people, but even stuff like Maf's background characters, with her distinct style, it still clicked and fit in a really cool way that ended up creating somethin super rad and unique I think.
shout-outs to @Dogl for his cool ass blender shot, would love to fiddle with that stuff more. shout-outs @irri for his sweet backgrounds, and shout-outs @Wandaboy for animating Jones dad jumpin out the window.
the music, maan. LMAO. @ninjamuffin99 agreed to sign on for music ages ago, but there wasn't a single song put into the cartoon until literally the day it premiered I think. what a stressful day. 2 weeks prior, @BrandyBuizel told me about a cool plan to premiere duncan 3 LIVE through the Tankmas ADVENTure. sound sick, so I tell him FUCK YEA! DECEMBER 19TH! LET'S GO!
setting a release date for anything you work on is like, never a good idea really. especially if your working with other people, you just never know what can happen. but fuck it man, I had to get this thing out before Christmas! All that was left to do at that point really was Sound Effects, Irri's Backgrounds and Cams music.
one thing I didn't plan for was @ninjamuffin99 releasing a literal viral hit of a game during the production of this. Friday Night Funkin kinda took over his life and I was worried he wouldn't be able to do music for this. I kept telling him that if he needed to drop that he should just let me know, I didn't want to pressure him to do a soundtrack with all the shit that he had goin on. But the man insisted, kept telling me he'd clutch it and have a final render with music done for me.
by god, he clutched it. I was worried the last few days before release since I really hadn't seen much of anything cam did for the cartoon, just kept getting responses around the lines of 'yeah no easy, ez, clutch clutch swag swag''
but, the day of the release, despite everything he had goin on, there cam was, hustling all day just knocking out music, using old ideas and throwing in shit and filling up the, besides sfx, pretty empty sounding toon with lovely music. I was majorly impressed, there's some cool shit in there, and it was all thrown in pretty rushed all things considered.
the final render was done like, 10 MINUTES before it was supposed to premiere. we didn't hit 6pm EST on the dot, but we were god damn close enough. There really is a magic in all this.
what a year. really went through some shit, we all have, but a lot of personal shit popped up in my life as well. Things happened that I still haven't healed from, developed a lot of trust issues BS and other dumb shit.
that resident evil cartoon was made around the time some major bad shit was goin on. It was my way of trying to move on without fully facing my problems in a way, to just keep going and try to make stuff, and I think it shows in how lame that cartoon really is. I remember sending Dave a script for it, he pitched in with an idea for a funnier ending which I liked, so I went with it, but the execution just wasn't good. I just wasn't in the state to be makin funny stuff then I think, something I've learned this year is just don't try n force shit man, let yourself recover if your dealin with stuff.
me head hurts, I've written alot. too much, probably. The reception to Duncan & Jones 3 has been great to hear, seeing the amount of people show up to the premiere overwhelmed me and warmed my heart to the max. I really hope I can keep making more, and make a cool Newgrounds cartoon people can look up to, I wanna show off the magic of this place and the how fucking awesome the creators are. A modern NG cartoon to be proud of! If I can do that, I'd be happy.
thank you for reading, if you read this all. Newgrounds has changed my life, man. to everyone reading this, keep going, push yourself and be the best you can be! just FFFUCKIN DO IT, YEAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
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