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P6 Final Project

Hello everyone! The video below is my final project for my video editing class. I have made a movie trailer for the graphic novel I’m making.

My origional plan was to do a smash brothers themed video, but I was worried about Nintendo taking it off of youtube, and I couldn’tve done what I wanted without the use of HD cameras, advanced editing software, or a green screen.

(I have like… Zero of these things.) Si i used iMovie instead.

Seeing that you could add music and transitions on iMovie gave me the idea to make a short trailer for BossFight.

I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope you have a lot of fun watching it!



X4 Gennedy Tartakovsky

The event I saw was online actually! I watched an interview with famous animator Gennedy Tartakovsky as well as a sneek peek at the next movie he is currently working on.

The interview talked about him about working at Sony animation pictures, but he actually worked at cartoon network studios before moving his occupation. He produced beloved cartoons such as Dexter’s laboratory, Samurai Jack, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, and my all time favorite cartoon Sym-Bionic Titan.

Before Gennedy became who he is today, he trained under Gordan Sheen, a 90 year old animator who worked on the original Popeye cartoon, wow! It was then that he fell in love with the art form. He feels it was destiny that brought him to work at sony pictures to create the newest adaptation of Popeye. The main thing he loves about animation however is the aspect of movement and physical humor. Much like Popeye, his works in Hotel Transylvania really show how much he cares about making his characters pop with slapstick movements and situations. Watching both the animation test for Popeye and Hotel Transylvania reveals a whole new world to he viewer. Those highly exaggerated movements and animations are present In cartoons almost 60 years after the original Popeye. It’s incredible that he’s carrying on the legacy of animaton after all these years.

Although I’ve never met Gennedy, I would love to either work with him or at least meet him someday.

P5 Image Editing

Why is it hard to edit on a super slow mac computer?.. Having to sit for a fortnight waiting for the finished product to convert into an actual video file! HOORAY FOR SLOW COMPUTERS! THE TRUE VOICES OF OUR GENERATION!

Getting the camera angles was actually kinda hard, there WAS some re-shooting involved. I used iMovie for the editing and a flip video recorder for the video (duh)

I wanted to convey the feeling I get when the holiday season comes. I think I’d love it more if it started in December like it’s actually supposed to. Nobody needs to hear “deck the freaking halls” every day for 2 months, its maddening. That’s like listening to “the monster mash” on fourth of July, possible but highly frowned upon.

This is a masterpiece by rookie film maker and visual genius Dakota Nein.

November 5th

Time Jumpers audio comic Project 4

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Wow! I wish the voices sounded better! The awesome microphones on the mac sound like a fork in a garbage disposal.

This is me fooling around with audio for a project in my tech class. I decided to do one based on a rough draft of Time Jumpers, a comic book I’m developing. I would yell louder in the video, but we were in a hallway near the paper thin wall connecting to the library. (Yay college!)

I will be doing storyboards for My animation BossFight at the end of the term, until then I will be giving update about my comic frequently. (I hope)

Until then, I will be fooling around with more audio, and.. um.. other stuff!

Thanks everyone!

-Dakota TechKnight

Scavenger hunt!

These are pictures I took for the scavenger hunt we had to do in class. Needless to say, a champ like me didn’t get lost at all! (eight times actually) Because champs never get lost! (no seriously, like eight times) And no trouble uploading them either! (i wish)

Anyway, check these bad boys out!

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About Me!

Wow! Where to begin? I’m studying to be an animator for one, I’m an avid gamer geek trying to tell his story and leave his mark on the world. I love to design random characters and monsters too! My biggest dream is to make my own project a reality, and I’ll follow that dream until it becomes true! That’s about it i think, have fun on my blog and expect frequent updates and concept art for my project!

Thanks, Dakota


Magical Game Time Professional Blog

My favorite blog is “Magical Game Time” by Zac Gorman. The reason I chose this blog is because I have been following Zac’s work for a long time! His works make me feel that magic feeling I used to feel when I played videogames. When I was little, I always felt immersed in everything I played. There was a certain feeling a new game brought to me, especially a Nintendo game. Reading Zac’s posts, seeing his artwork and reminiscing over old times is what Magical Game Time is all about. Not only do I love this blog, Zac is my role model too! I want to make the same curious and magical experience he brings to each piece. I want people to feel the same way I feel when they watch what I made. Plus, he also made a graphic novel based on a game my brother and I play all the time. If you like games and even good animation and charm, I highly suggest Magical Game Time. MGT is also expertly crafted and a joy to look at as well!

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