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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - November 3rd, 2020


Ahoy!


Just wanted to pop in and give a brief update on some things since I kinda dipped after dropping DotM: Overtime. I'm continuously blown away by the response, and happy to see people coming back to the series after so long. A theme I'm seeing in comments/reviews is anticipation for another installment so I guess I'll just talk about that real quick. Right now, I do not have any solid plans for what is to come next. I have so many ideas for prequels and sequels at this point, as well as other episodes set in the same universe but looking at the outbreak from different angles. I've got one idea that may end up being its own spin-off series (I say series because the story itself would easily be close to an hour or possibly longer.) I still need to let these ideas marinate in my brain to see how I feel about them before deciding what to tackle next, but besides that, I still have some paintings I need to finish up.


Upon completion of DotM: Overtime, I resumed full-time hours at my day job, and almost forgot how draining it was. Our company gave us the option to take a month and a half off back in March, then I steadily cut my hours down to less than 20 a week once I came back before finally only working one day a week for the last bits of August and September. That initial time off in Spring was exactly what I needed to kickstart the completion of Overtime, but in retrospect, I could have used a few more days. I have some bills and other things I need to catch up on, as well as saving up for a potential move next year, so this is okay for now.


I made an attempt at Inktober this year, but kinda fell behind on a few days which ended up snowballing into the entire month. I had fun drawing what I did, but didn't stress too hard about it. Besides, I had a long list of video games I was itching to play once I finished Overtime. (I took a break from video games in order to focus on OT's completion.) So I played through like five Zelda games, almost the entire Silent Hill series (I played the first three at least twice in this past month,) and also good ol' Left 4 Dead 2 that recently received an epic update.


I had some extremely gnarly family shit that happened a few weeks back. I don't really want to go into detail on that one, but it successfully re-vitalized years of turmoil and abuse I was trying extremely hard to avoid thinking about as a grown adult with my own home, job, and life. Let's just say that it solidified my decision to remain sober (going on eight months!) It definitely shook my already unstable mental health, but I'm thankful for the network of support and resources those around me have been able to provide. It may have rubbed my motivation the wrong way, but just as in the past, all of this dread will be converted into units of energy for future projects and endeavors.


On the note of future projects and endeavors, I'm putting the finishing touches on a painting of a scene from Silent Hill 2, not the most exciting of my portfolio, but it means a lot to me. I've been filming and photographing progress that I intend to compile into a "making of" video. I have over four hours of footage at this point, so that should be fun combing through! No clue when the video would be out, but the painting should be finished before the end of the year. I've got another more abstract piece I'm working on, and a possible painting collaboration. I'm also planning on recording commentary tracks for Dawn, Day, Dusk, and Overtime. Overtime itself may see a slightly re-cut ending in the near future. I'm not going to George Lucas anything, but may just add in a few extra shots to smooth out the ending. There was also more I had intended to do with the credits sequence.. Stay tuned for more info on that.


I'm trying to get my Youtube account re-monetized but that's looking somewhat grim at this point. I'm really hoping I won't have to make a second channel. I've also considered making a Patreon or something along those lines as I try to transition to a means of supporting myself that is much more in-line with my passions. Does anyone have any recommendations or tips for such things?


Finally, I'll leave you with one of my Inktober drawings, a self portrait!


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PS- Thanks for the birthday wishes!


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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - September 27th, 2020


As I'm sure many are aware, I finally released Dusk of the Madness: Overtime after eight long years in development!


I'm still in a state of shock after winning first place for the animation category in this years' Madness Day contest, and coupled with the overwhelming positive response, I'm absolutely thrilled. I could have never guessed that my series would be so impactful to people, and that it was a part of their childhood/adolescence just as it was mine. It's been incredible seeing people come back after so many years to leave comments, and I'm still trying to catch up on reading them!


Madness Day 2020 was absolutely epic, and there were a lot of great submissions this year! I want to extend that thanks to the Madness Community at large, and all of those awesome artists/animators/musicians keeping the blood flowing after all these years. I'm glad I was able to participate this year and spend the day viewing some of those great submissions.


It definitely feels surreal and somewhat dream-like to have finally released that big behemoth. I had a lot of fun working on it, and my brain is already firing off new ideas and things to do- which brings me to the elephant in the room, the question of "what's next?" I'm back at work now, so that's gonna be taking up a good chunk of time, but I've got a few paintings I'm going to be putting finishing touches on and uploading very soon, hopefully within this next month. Don't put a gun to my head, but I might participate in Inktober or whatever we're calling it these days. It's something I've always wanted to do but have skipped out on. Finding a groove in productivity and the discipline to see projects through by cracking down on Overtime are skills I hope to transfer to other parts of my life.


Anyway, I really enjoyed animating again, and am seriously itching to get back into it regularly. I'm juggling a few ideas around for blending traditional art and animation that I think would look absolutely sick if pulled off correctly. I don't have any specific or hard plans for moar Madness, but it seems like those ideas of prequels are something people seem interested in, so stay tuned for more info on that! I wanted to do a heavier overhaul of DotM: OT's art style, but didn't make too many changes overall as to try to keep consistent with what I had started in 2012. This may be something to look forward to in the future!


Anyway, thank you, thank you, thank you all so much. I'm still reading through my comments/messages so sorry if I haven't gotten back to you directly. <3333333333


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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - September 22nd, 2020


After eight long years, I am proud to present you with


DUSK OF THE MADNESS: OVERTIME


Through many trials and tribulations, the sun has finally set. I hope you all enjoy it!


time for Zelda n' cuddles


Update 9/24

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments/messages/reviews!


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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - September 21st, 2020


The time is drawing near.


Dusk of the Madness: Overtime will be released after eight long years (ten years since the previous installment.) I thought I'd make a quick post covering some aspects of DotM: Overtime.


  • It'll be about 25 minutes long (still finishing up the credits sequence.)
  • I counted 81 kills
  • The movie picks up immediately after the events of Dusk of the Madness
  • It is my most ambitious project to this date
  • It will feature a pretty conclusive ending, but there's still room for a sequel if I ever decided to do so**


DotM: Overtime features the fantastic music of @Asserter, @WeAreBlarg, @DamienFleisch, @punk7890, @xDSxGabo, and also features several original compositions scored exclusively for the movie by @Dleta67 (aka @Delta66), @slipz10, and I even made two songs.


Jollyroger53 and Delta66 also provided some additional artwork.


** I don't have any plans for sequels, but I've been entertaining the idea of prequels in my head. We'll see what happens! If prequels are something people would potentially like to see, I think they'd be super fun to make! I had ideas for episodes centering around what the characters were doing when the shit hit the fan- ie: the bikers, how the island in Day of the Madness fell apart, etc.


Some background info/what the hell I've been doing for eight years:


So, here we are. Eight years. The amount of support and continued interest in my series is honestly quite overwhelming. When I was 12 years old cranking out Dawn of the Madness during my summer break, I never thought it would break a couple hundred views at most. Now, Dawn of the Madness sits in the top 50 movies of all time here on NG. (I don't necessarily agree with this, but it's incredible regardless.) I created so many great memories working on this series that I cherish to this day. These projects have always been incredibly ambitious for me, and always kept me busy and motivated. I'm very satisfied to say that I created many more great memories working on Overtime.


So, why a fourth installment to a trilogy?


Unfortunately, the third installment, Dusk of the Madness, wasn't quite as enjoyable for me to make. I was pretty exhausted and somewhat burnt out at the time, and I was also eager to expand my animations into a non-Madness format. I still had a lot of fun, but it was also my first year of high school, which unfortunately did not go well for me. I had also gotten into a relationship, which is where a lot of my time was directed. Alas, the ending of Dusk of the Madness was rushed to hell. I mean, super rushed. I stayed up for like three days straight finishing the last 4 minutes. I remember being so deathly exhausted just trying to get those bastards down to that bunker. I had so much more that I wanted to do with the ending, but I had to cut it short.


I was ready to call the series done, but the ending just never sat right with me. It bugged the hell out of me, even as I tried to work on other things, and even got into painting. 2011 was probably one of the worst years of my life, where depression decided to give itself a name and make itself known. The following year, 2012, picked back up and I was able to resume my artistic ambitions, which included painting, and the decision to create Dusk of the Madness: Overtime. I mainly intended to make the movie for myself and whatever fans may still be out there, and I had great ideas for it. DotM: Overtime was originally intended to be an "extended ending" to Dusk, being under 10 minutes long. Ideas kept growing, and it quickly evolved into something bigger.


The summer of 2012 gave me plenty of time to work on DotM: Overtime, and I definitely busted ass. However, the movie was just too big to finish in time for Madness Day. I decided to put it on the backburner and finish it later, but then as time went on, the files got dusty, and it sat dormant. The following summer saw more drastic life changes, as I moved out of my parents' home and basically lived between couches for about 9 months before I was able to get an apartment with a few roommates. It was around then that my computer also broke. I was spending a lot of time working, but I was also doing a lot of painting. I actually painted the interior of a restaurant, did a piece for a hair saloon, and painted promotional/holiday themed decorations on windows of game stores/etc. I took in several commissions at the time as well. Painting quickly became the main focus of my artistic efforts, and throughout the next several years, I would paint at festivals, bars, concerts, etc. In fact, I met up with long-time NG veteran, @FatKidWitAJetPak who invited me to paint at several of his art/music festivals in Arkansas. I also ended up having a few of my paintings featured in the Lit Like Luma clothing line!


I ended up getting another computer in 2014, but it was an older Mac, which couldn't really handle any version of Flash. I managed to get my old laptop working again, albeit really slow, and I had to connect it to my hdtv with a VGA cable. I managed to get some work done, but it was still difficult, awkward, and laggy. I was also still very rusty, and it was hard to get back into the groove of animating. Finally, in 2018 after my other Mac took a shit, I bought a slightly newer MacBook that came pre-loaded with the entire Adobe Suite. CS6 handled my old .fla like a miracle, and with seemingly better backward-compatibility. This excited me, as the prospect of finishing Overtime was finally within grasp. I was still in the middle of several large painting projects, among other things, so the time wasn't quite then.


Regrettably, I teased a potential release for DotM: Overtime that year. It was hard to find a way to divide work, sleep, art, and animation, and that break didn't come until just earlier this year. When the United States started locking down due to Covid, I was presented a golden opportunity from my job. My company, in a surprising move, offered employees a month and a half of PAID time off. I think that a lot built up in my personal life around this point, and with anxiety/depression only multiplying in a horribly divided and seemingly dangerous world, the timing of having that opportunity to stay home could not have come at a better time. I was so extremely stressed and worked to death. Full-time corporate employment is just not the thing for me, and having to sacrifice sleep, health, sanity, and friendships just to be able to create art, one pure passion, gets extremely tiring.


Anyway, I took my covid leave of absence in late March. Initially, I had no clue what to do with myself. I felt free and remember laughing maniacally for hours because I wasn't sure what else to do with myself. I binged through several video games, finished a few paintings, and then thought to myself; "What about that project you've had on the backburner for almost eight fucking years?" Thus, my fate was sealed. It was definitely a bit strange getting back into Flash, but once I got going, everything else came natural. I would think to myself, "how the hell am I going to pull off this scene how I want it?" and somehow pull through every single time. I learned new things about flash, new techniques, and definitely pushed Flash to its limits a few times, dealing with corrupt files and several crashes along the way.


Overall, Overtime has really helped me align my life and set clear intent. It's showed me that I can accomplish what I truly set my mind to and even have a blast doing it. I've quit drinking, I've started eating much healthier, I've found new, seemingly limitless motivation, stepped back from social media, etc. I went back to work in May, but eventually started dropping my hours to be able to work on Overtime while I still had some money saved up to be able to cover rent. I was also able to take pretty much this entire month off from work in order to finish it up. I burned through all my savings, but it was worth it to finally see this come to life and to be able to share it.


I'm definitely anxious, but I'm very excited. I really enjoy watching Overtime- it's a lot of fun and I think it's a great flick! It's very common for artists to be extremely critical of their work, but this is something I truly feel proud of. The continued support and interest over the years is absolutely thrilling, and it's impossible to put into words how much it means to me.


Dusk of the Madness: Overtime will premier here on NG in the early hours of September 22. Till then, I'll leave you with this epic 3D fanart of Karlie as she appears in DotM: Overtime. This awesome piece was created by Vardoze, who created Corpses of Madness! Please check out the .gif version to appreciate the full glory of this epic render.


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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - September 16th, 2020


BUT THAT'S IT!

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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - September 9th, 2020


Hello hello. Today I bring you the final screenshot for Dusk of the Madness: Overtime before its release on September 22. Next week will be silent, with a pre-upload news post on the 20th or 21st as I did with the previous entries. With the rest of the ending mapped out, it looks like it will be almost exactly 25 minutes long.


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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - September 2nd, 2020


Scattered thunderstorms.


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I'm posting this one at midnight in order to reset my weekly front page post ability. Next week's post will be front-paged, but the week after will not be since the release date will be less than a week from then. I've got pretty much this entire month off from work, and I'm confident that I'll have this big thing wrapped up. It may not give me as much time as I wanted to comb through some smaller details of the animation, but any major cuts or art updates should still be within grasp. I'm gearing up for the grand finale right now- doing lots of art and rain effects. I've recently been posting to my Twitter, and I'd like to extend a tweet I made a few days back offering potential room on the background walls for posters/quotes/etc. I can't guarantee I'll use everything people submit, and I won't be using any copyrighted images or anything like that either, but feel free to either Tweet at me, comment below with a link, or send me a PM.



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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - August 26th, 2020


Less words, more work.

Madness Day, 25 minutes long, 60 kills so far with several more to come, BLAH


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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - August 19th, 2020


Just one more month 'till Madness Day! What's everyone else working on this year?

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Posted by LittleLuckyLink - August 12th, 2020


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Only five more screenshot posts until release...


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