So while not a lot has been happening with my life right now, it's given me some time to work on the 10th episode of the GMod Idiot Box. Inhibiting factors however, are often thanks to all these constant, CONSTANT updates to the Source based games ever since Portal 2's release and the "Hatless Update" for TF2, which in turn keep breaking GMod over and over. It's to be expected at this point, but man it doesn't get any less frustrating. The progress report so far is that the episode is 4 minutes in, however this is nothing compared to the target time I'm shooting for. I'm planning to either make this episode 15 or 30 minutes long and the reason I think 30 is because YouTube apparently is allowing my account to upload videos longer than 15 minutes now and it sounded like a golden opportunity to avoid uploading a two-part episode. The decision I believe should rest on the fans though, as I don't think I have the perspective necessary to know if the GMod Idiot Box can withstand the test of time when it comes to 30 minutes. With that in mind, I'm going to leave that decision up to the fans with a poll on the right, because after all, I haven't had one in a good long while.
Now, what's the part about collaboration and technological advancements, you ask? Well, for the collaboration part, I got in touch with Ross Scott of Freeman's Mind and Civil Protection, and there may be a chance that I'll be collaborating with him regularly to take a lot of the pressure off the production of Civil Protection. I've always been a fan of that series the most, so this is an exciting opportunity for me and hopefully Civil Protection will start seeing faster production. When it comes to his writing however, don't worry, I'm not even going to be touching that unless he actually asks for any input. This is merely just me, helping make the series less stressful to produce hopefully.
This is what brings me into the "technological advancements" update I mentioned. I'm planning to move to Oregon with a friend of mine hopefully very soon and he has access to motion capture technology, as well as a wide open, well lit room to perform in. Not only is this going to benefit Ross Scott's Civil Protection series, as animating is a massive pain in the ass for him, but it'll also benefit my series of videos as well. Don't get me wrong though, the comedic, cartoony movements of manipulating ragdolls with the physgun and contraptions will always steal the show and be pretty primary to physical humor, but anywhere else where complicated movement is necessary, that's where I can put the motion capture to very good use.
So that's it for this rather interesting update! Don't forget to place your deciding vote on the length of the 10th Gmod Idiot Box episode and I'll see you guys next time!