A situation I’ve discovered is common among creative people is one in which said person has a lot of ideas and wants to work on all or many of them. As a result, none of these ideas either see completion or reach their potential. In other words, I have a lot of projects that I want to work on, and I’m always conflicted over what to work on. Making time for college classes, extra curricular activities, homework, a part-time job in addition to leaving free time can be quite taxing and difficult to keep up with. Today, I’ve laid out some of the things I’m aiming to work on in the coming weeks. My hope is that this post will help me get my own mind in order. Plus, anyone interested in following my work will be able to get a little insight into what I have planned. Here we go!
- Comic Book
- This is something I don’t want to give too much information about until I have something to show for my efforts. Ever since sixth grade, I’ve been sitting on a superhero character concept. In high school, I created some finalized ideas for this character. Now, I finally have the skills to create a full-blown comic series for this character (and some series for a select few other concepts, but… baby steps…), and the only thing getting in my way is time management. I figure I could potentially create an issue a month if I work on a single page every day. So far, I’ve made minimal progress on this, but it’s at the front of my mind.
- YouTube Channel
- For about two years now, I’ve dreamt of starting my very own YouTube channel for the purpose of (primarily) providing nerdy discussion topics and a platform for bringing my fellow nerds together to discuss those topics. I have such passionate opinions for a variety of interests and very few people to share those opinions with in real life, so this channel would be a lot of fun to work with, and it would also provide me with a new platform to get word out about more significant projects I have in the works. I’ve already created a logo and channel animation for branding purposes, and I’m in talks with some friends of mine to do a secondary show on the channel which would feature discussions with a small group of people regarding significant topics relating to the tokusatsu genre/fandom. This channel is a realistic project I feel capable of maintaining once I get myself into a rhythm of working, and I still think it would be a lot of fun to run a YouTube channel like this.
- Video Games
- I am a college student majoring in Game Design. However, I’ve started referring to myself simply as a “game designer” rather than a “game design major.” That being said, I finally have a class in which I’ve been making games. Granted, the games aren’t very good as (1) they are tiny and (2) students are given about a week to work on each game, but my peers and I are working on games, nonetheless. I was inspired recently by a YouTube video I watched on the Extra Credits channel to conceptualize a game which would serve as an emotional interactive experience. After discussing the idea with a classmate, we decided it sounds like something we could potentially make, together. Additionally, a recent homework assignment was to create a simple 2D platformer. I found that for this assignment, I had been taught everything I need to know in order to create a platformer I conceptualized in high school. I know that neither of these games are likely to turn out very well given me and my friend’s levels of experience and time available to work on these projects, but the mere fact that we can make even small game demos for our respective portfolios and for our own enjoyment is quite tempting…. Once I get the ball rolling on the first two projects, I’d like to work on some games as well.
- Short Films
- This one is vague and requires a decent bit of backstory: Back in high school, I was part of a group/class called “Owls Television Network” or “OTN.” As part of OTN, me and my peers at the time learned the basics of video composition, screenwriting and video editing including some light visual effects. We would two chances to participate in an annual film fest. For this film fest, students would form groups and write, film, act in, and fully edit short films with actual prizes being given away to the winners. My experience with the annual OTN Film Fest was… sub-par to say the least. The first year, I wrote a fantastic script for a really cool science fiction film (really cool for a high school junior, cheesy by any other standard), and my teacher was sure, based on the script alone, that my film would win. Unfortunately, me and my partner began filming late and argued often with each other over how to shoot scenes and edit videos. In the end, our film turned out worse than everyone else’s. The following year, I simply ended up having to join a group that already had everything planned out for their film because I was incapable of creating the film I wanted to. Because of this, I wasn’t truly part of that group. That movie wasn’t really mine. I have a desire to revisit this kind of project one day, creating short films and possibly a short series. I already have an idea that excites me, and once I have my YouTube channel set up, I would like to look into pursuing that project. It will likely be a while before I can properly dedicate time to making any kind of short film, but this is the last type of project I’ve been keeping in mind.
The comic book and YouTube channel are my primary concerns, but the 2D platformer I worked on for my class can easily be pushed further using my free time. These are just some fun personal projects anyone following my work (and/or potential employers) can look forward to seeing me pursue. I’m very passionate about these ideas, and I think the key to following through will be getting ahead of school work. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. You will be able to expect great things from me…. Possibly very soon…. 😉