Wow. It’s almost over. Thinking back on this year is odd, because it seemed so much longer than it was.
Before this year, I had posted a variety of videos under a variety of usernames on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet. I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker, but had no real direction, nothing I could hang on to.
Finally, this year, I decided to sit down and stick with one name – “littlbox” – and see how it went. And boy did things change.
I started back up on Newgrounds to really try and take animating more serious this time around. I tried several different styles, seeing how far I could go without any basic comprehension on how to draw (which makes animating interesting, lemme tell ya). Through that, I somehow stumbled upon several creatures known as “Lip Heads“, and they quickly became my favorite characters to bring to life. And since they seem to be popular with other people as well, I’m taking it upon myself to dedicate a good part of 2019 to bringing more Lip Head adventures to the small screen.
The best thing by far to come out of restarting on Newgrounds was joining FlowDownStream, a collective of amazing guys who are just as insane as me. I can’t thank each of them enough for letting me be part of this amazing journey down stream, and for giving me the motivation to continue on with my own work. I can’t wait for Season 2!
On YouTube, I’ve been experimenting further with live-action. I’ve upgraded my camera to a GH3, and I spent a good chunk of the summer doing nothing but writing scripts.
My biggest accomplishment was completing the script for Talentless, a feature length movie that’s currently in pre-production. Production is slated to start in February 2019, and I’m ecstatic to start on something completely new to me.
I’ve also done a lot musically. I released a full-length album, two EPs, and a single on my Bandcamp, alongside several pieces of music on my Newgrounds and Soundcloud. Writing music is my next passion in life, and I’ve already started demoing for my 2019 album.
In my personal life, there were a lot of good moments as well. I graduated from high school, got a driver’s license, and started working a couple of new jobs.
There were also several really bad points in the year. I don’t want to get into too much detail, but this included an old friend of mine jumping off a bridge, another friend getting attacked in front of me, and being refused admission from my dream school for reasons unbeknownst to me. All of these things really brought me down for a while, but each time I’ve been able to get back into doing what I love: creating.
This was the year of experimentation. I’ve learned a lot from the mistakes I made in 2018, and in some ways, this whole year was just preparation for 2019. I’m really excited what the future holds, and I’m ready to take on whatever is in store for me.
Thank you all so much. I hope each of you has a Happy New Year. :D
(also, please be sure to check out my new website: littlbox.com)