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Originally made as a 1-minute video assignment for a class in first year of New Media at Ryerson University, now on Newgrounds thanks to their new video function.
This is my most recent animation from a few years ago. The underlying theme I chose was "firsts" and I wanted to animate something to capture the nervousness I felt on my first day at University, being surrounded by a bunch of new people that you've never met. Of course, I loved having nobody I knew in my class and wanted to meet them, but I had this little insecurity that made me nervous to even say "Hi" to them. But I found out that if you can fight those insecurities and punch that nervous part of your brain in the face, you'll find that they are only holding you back from meeting some wonderful people. That is what I wanted to capture in this animation, starring the lovable Shad from my Legend Of Shad cartoon.
This was a very experimental piece when I made it as I had never used Animations like this in real life settings (Filmed backgrounds). I wanted it to mimic the aesthetic I sometimes use with my Spark Comics (http://Sparkcomic.com), where characters have photographed backgrounds. I didn't get it perfect in this animation, but I tried and I learned quite a bit doing it. Special thanks to my friend Konstantino Kapetaneas for doing an awesome job on the music!
I hope you enjoy it. I'd love to hear your opinions. :)