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*New Short!* Beatboxing Dave – ‘Forbidden Dance’

Friends! Howzit. What a time it has been, what a time since I last wrote, to shoot my digital words into the vast imagined space of ‘The Internet’.

What do I bring you this time? Well, lemme tell you a story. TLDR: a Beatboxing Dave short that was largely made by other people.

Last year I finished the first leg of development on a kids show. I was tired after it and decided it was time to do something purely for fun. ‘Play’ – a task that kids do effortlessly but something that’s sometimes noticeably missing from some types of commercial work.

So, I financed a few ‘play’ shorts – one of them was the ‘Bru & Boegie vs. Trump‘ short I wrote while on holiday, the result I’m proud of. Another was this Beatboxing Dave short, which I decided to hire mostly other people to make. I wanted to be the change in the world, and give someone the kind of brief I’d like. I really wanted everyone who worked on this to feel like they could – and should – just do whatever they wanted to do. I was saying ‘this is the budget, whatever you give back to me, I’m gonna accept and make. I trust you to do your thing, and please, enjoy your process.’

My buddy James Wolfaardt had been mentioning that he’d dig to write a Beatboxing Dave short, or at least encouraging me to do another BBD. He used to be a copywriter in Joburg for an ad agency, and is generally a very creative dude. So, I commissioned him to write an new episode of Beatboxing Dave and design the new characters, with the caveat that he can do whatever he wants and I’ll get it made.

We had a few discussions about story and then I left James to do his thing. Soon we had a cool script.

It was then time to record voices. We went to BASE Studios in Plettenberg Bay – a little recording studio tucked away in a coffee shop on the main street, run by the coffee shop owner. I commissioned fellow friend and musician Ben Badenhorst to do some voices (he does a really funny Cowbell Cow and Drum Circle Craig voice), and James and I did the other voices. We recorded, Ben and I brought along some instruments to record the drum circle session that happens in the story. Once that was done, things sat in inertia for a while until the little voice of ‘you need to finish your projects that your start, Mike’ came knocking.

Next step was to find someone to sort through all the recordings and pick and choose voice selections to make a voice track according to the script – no mean feat, as we did a couple read-through recordings. I listened to them and I think it was the first read-through that I thought was best (the first take’s often the best). I found Garth Jacobs through the Internet. He’d messaged me on Facebook, said he’s a recent graduate from SAE in sound engineering, and he’d ben keen to do some sound-to-animation stuff with me. Thinking this may be a perfect opportunity to work together, Garth readily took on the job, and did great work. A few suggestions here and there and soon we had a fixed voice track. He offered to work for free but I insisted on a nominal amount.

With that done, next was to find someone to board and animate it. I was originally going to take this on myself and get super experimental, but with other work brewing and a fair bit going on with house-stuff, I thought best thing would be to entrust this to someone else. I put the word out there and Nick Welch, 1st year lecturer at ‘The Animation School’ in Cape Town, agreed to do the job. My budget wasn’t big by any stretch of the imagination – and this is a couple minutes of animation – so I’m lucky and pleased that Nick agreed to it πŸ™‚

He did boards and an animatic first, which were great and I didn’t have any changes – again insisted that he could do whatever he wanted. Nick pulled Benito Kok, 3rd year lecturer at ‘The Animation School’, into the fold to help with animating, and then brought Luke Viljoen in to do backgrounds. I got emailed tests every now and then, it was really encouraging to see that things were still ticking over for Beatboxing Dave.

It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

– Confucius

Before we knew it, the piece was animated!

I could then ask my buddy Arnie Rodrigues in California if he’d consider doing music & sfx for the short, again, with the caveat that I’d encourage him to go as experimental as he’d like – I would love to take whatever he can give me πŸ™‚ Again, the budget I was offering him was small, and I’m thankful Arnie agreed to it. He’s a talented musician and has done music for a couple of my shorts before – once he even created an orchestral score and had it played live to my Bobo short – super kiff. Arnie sent through bits and pieces, and as usual, I felt like I needn’t really give much input as the short was in good hands. One or two suggestions once the finished track was sent through, and then, the music was done.

Arnie’s a Youtube vlogger, and his channel is fairly new. He’s such a cool dude I just had to post his latest video here (this is the latest at the time of writing):

I got the separate audio stems from Arnie and forwarded them to Garth, who was handling final mixing and mastering. Garth added a few more foley sounds and locked down the final mix. My plan was to have the short ready to show people at the meetings I had set up at ‘Ottawa Animation Festival’ in Canada but time was so tight and my energy so little that I didn’t get to create the title card and credits before the festival, so I left it until I got back to South Africa. I feel like I made up for not having the actual shot by doing some improv Beatboxing Dave voices at some of the meetings. Luckily, it’s a really easy pitch: ‘There’s a guy who Beatboxes badly, but he always manages to save Princess Lollipop from the lecherous clutches of Passive-Aggressive Steve who thinks Dave has the SIKKEST beatboxing skillz ever, bfff ksssh.

So – I got the final render files from Nick Welch, added everything together in Premiere Pro, drew a title card in Photoshop and made an outro sequence. I did some minor cosmetic fiddling but wasn’t keen to noodle too much, rather to let other people’s work stand as is.

Lo and behold – a new Beatboxing Dave short!

I’m super grateful to everyone who put their time and energy towards it. It celebrates creating for the sake of creating.

For myself, my motives were not purely altruistic – I was always going to put the film online on my Youtube channel, and monetize it. While I’m not earning mad bux off Youtube, the hope is that one day I have enough content generating decent bux, and that one day I create something SOOO kiff (maybe like the one Goldfish we made that’s clocked 7 million views) that a deluge of people look for the other stuff I have online, and that leads to a big influx of interest. In the meantime, I continue to make and put up work I think is cool.

I currently have 2 new Bru & Boegie shorts in various stages of completion, and a list of 4 possible shorts I’m considering working on next. One that I’ve been resisting for a while is a personal story short, which is probably the one I should probably focus on. It’s easier to do random wacky stuff than plumbing the internal depths. My mom taught me that sometimes the thing we avoid the most, the most shadowy part, is the part where we should be shining the light.

For other work, we’re months-deep in one super exciting project – 20 episodes of 90 seconds each. I’m pretty sure we’re under an NDA, and in some ways it’s been nice working under the radar for now to be able to focus on the work without the hoo-ha that can get in the way. It’s like we’re working on a really awesome present for an unsuspecting audience.

Also, the one music video I made for Takeshi hit 2 million views! That’s nice:

8bit / pixel art is the gift that keeps on giving.

Bonus: I got a SNES Classic Mini recently and made an unboxing video of it. Here that it.

And SUPER bonus – Goldfish today released the music video we made! I’ll do a separate post on this, but for now it’s viewable πŸ™‚

Until next time, friendo’s.

Beatboxing Dave – ‘Forbidden Dance’ credits:

Created, Produced & Financed by
Mike Scott
http://www.mikescottanimation.com

Script by
James Wolfaardt
http://www.happychickensuicidecult.bl…

Additional Character Designs by
James Wolfaardt

Storyboards & Animatic by
Nick Welch

Animation by
Nick Welch – https://vimeo.com/nickwelch
Benito Kok – https://twitter.com/benikes

Backgrounds by
Luke Viljoen

Voices:

Beatboxing Dave, Passive-Aggressive Steve:
Mike Scott

Drum-Circle Craig, Cowbell Cow, Princess Lollipop:
Ben Badenhorst
http://www.benbadenhorst.co.za/

Funken, Derek-San, Metrognome:
James Wolfaardt

Audio Wrangler & Mastering by
Garth Jacobs

Voices recorded at BASE Studios in Plettenberg Bay

Music & SFX by
Arnie Rodriguez
https://www.youtube.com/user/ArnieRod…

Title Card & Credits by
Mike Scott

2

Ottawa International Animation Festival

Off to Joburg for a few days boet, a few days, cool story bro.

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Hello. It’s Thursday, I’m at the Cape Town International Airport, and I figure this is a good time to write a new post.

Heading to Joburg for a few days to see my folks, and to attend some of the A MAZE video games fest that happens there, see some buddies and hopefully attend some talks and try out some games! And then, off to Canada to attend the ‘Ottawa International Animation Festival’. I’ve never been to Canada, and thanks to some good luck and Nick Cloete at Animation SA who made contact with a Canadian delegate, my Canadian VISA is valid until 2024. Kiff. The trip is sponsored by South Africa’s DTI (Trade & Industry) and put together by Animation SA, the events company is Catalyze, and has been planned by Iconique Brands. Like Annecy (which was the initial spark for getting Moosebox into Nickelodeon’s hands), the idea is to generate International work, so, with any luck, the trip proves fruitful one way or another. I have a number of meetings set up.

You can watch the full MTV short James and I did here:

Busy with a new Bru & Boegie short, that I think is very funny. Keegan Thornhill‘s been helping me with some animation bits ‘n pieces:

Gave a live animation demo at Comics Fest in Cape Town this last weekend (did some more of a Bru & Boegie short), and launched my Bru & Boegie comic book! Had a chat with Stuart Coutts in front of a small gathering. Nice.

Gave a talk at City Varsity in Cape Town to 2nd and 3rd years. Showed them a couple things, and one brave student had an issue with Bru & Boegie, which has given me food for thought.

I reviewed the ‘Henge Dock for Macbook Pro Retina 13’:

I came across a small cache of some old work on a friend’s blog that had a couple contributors, so here’s some stuff from 10 years ago. The ‘Red Riding Hood’ stuff was for a kids musical puppet show called ‘Jakkals Jol’ which was made, and I saw on TV. I was impressed at how accurately they copied the puppet’s designs. The other show, a community hospital puppets show, wasn’t made I don’t think. The other show ‘Happy Land’ I made and later sold.

My bro launched a new music vid, directed by Daniel and Christy Morcos. It’s excellent πŸ™‚

My fren James Wolfaardt is in full swing of doing his weekly editorial cartoon for Sunday Times magazine. S’a nice gig.

Sunday Times

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Mid 2017 Post

Damn damn damn. Where does the time go?

I’ve been doing a lot of slightly annoying but necessary busywork. It’s stuff that needs to be done properly to avoid further problems.

Also, there’s been a lot of uncertainty. I’m learning how to become friends with ‘Uncertainty’ instead of resisting ‘The Monster Called Uncertainty’. The more I try to lock things down, the more the potential is for suffocation. So, I’ve sidled up to uncertainty and embrace him, every day.

Let’s look at work stuff.

Exciting developments with Moosebox, lawyers are busy looking at deals, some have been signed already, and once we’ve got the clear to announce more I shall. Here’s a pic by Dan Snaddon:

Nick Welch and Benito Kok animated this ‘Beatboxing Dave’ episode my buddy James Wolfaardt wrote, Luke Viljoen did backgrounds, Ben Badenhorst, James and I voiced it, Garth Jacobs did voice editing, me olde pal Arnie Rodriguez in California is busy making music and sfx for it, and then I’ll give that all back to Garth for final audio mix and master, and THEN I’ll be able to show you this finished short project we started a while ago! I wanted to fund it as a way for creatives to be given free reign, supporting creativity for creativity’s sakes with the brief ‘I trust you to do whatever you want’, where the focus is more on enjoying the process and seeing what results.

I’d love to finance more of these kinds of projects when funds permit.

Here’s a crop of a SPAR mascot I designed through a great agency here in Plettenberg Bay called ‘one2love‘:

Crop of a character mascot for a client through @one2loveagency

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Designed a second logo for ‘Adaptive Surfing’ through Triggerfish who are a main sponsor of the event. Dig this little bunny surfer:

It's my piccie! #Repost @jeanmichelkoenig with @repostapp ・・・ Something spectacular is coming to Muizenberg Beach on the 05/08 – the 2017 Triggerfish Animation South African Adapted Surfing Championships. PLEASE LET YOUR DISABLED FRIENDS KNOW. One year soon they will cover themselves in PARALYMPIC GOLD GLORY, but first they need to win at this competition for their opportunity to represent South Africa. For those surfers who don't feel contest ready, we are holding the WORLD'S FIRST iXperience Expression Session. YES, EVEN IF YOU SURF LIKE A DEAD BAG OF BONES THERE IS ROOM FOR YOU πŸ™‚ A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all our super cool sponsors, @ixperience , @hawk62aviation , @surfemporium , Surfing South Africa, @wavescapesa , @reefsouthafrica , @uber_rsa , the Department of Sport & Recreation, the National Lotteries Commission, @triggerfishza & @adaptivesurfingsouthafrica #surfing #adaptivesurfing

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Recorded the making of:

Some recent videos I made:

Review for a Logitech Bluetooth Receiver:

Trick for finding the center of objects in Photoshop:

Work still continues on my Bru & Boegie short, though other work’s taken precedence now. Keegan Thornhill‘s stepped in to the mix to help me on animation as I’m now focusing on other work.

wip #bruandboegie

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Making a video of the process:

The Goldfish video I was posting about is going through some changes – so that’s back on the table for further work.

In other news, I’ve been living in my new house for a couple months. Love it. The costs have been substantial with needing to get various things fixed, furnishing it so I can rent it out for December, and floating myself for a few months to work on a project whose payment will prob take 2 months to come through, and with loans to pay back. Oh, uncertainty, how you thrill me.

Was in Cape Town for two weeks to write some rad stuff with Greig Cameron, that was very useful, and thankfully Greig’s also agreed to work on spec while we wait for the legal machine to turn stuff around and for due processes to take their time.

Friend James Wolfaardt and I also did a short through Cartuna for MTV for one of their mobile channels. That was a short and fairly intense but also clean and pleasant project – James designed it, I animated it, I was in Cape Town at the time and working in coffee shops mostly, and then later at a friends’ house late into the night. Pleased with the result. Some GIFs from that:

Also, rediscovered this long Moosebox episode I went straight ahead with, as an episode idea in a comic form. It’s 16 pages, and I didn’t finish it, but, it’s still entertaining and actually still stands up after some time:

Moosebox 'Glitch Feet' Comic by Mike Scott on Scribd

Also found some old work – this children’s book I wrote and illustrated that I’d all but forgotten about:

Lol. Forgot I wrote and illustrated a kids book years ago. What the hey.

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Ya. Apart from that, freaking out on the regular – as in – screaming inside but maintaining a modicum of cool on the outside. Been booze-free for a couple months, since getting back from Philippines / Japan. Need to be productive during this transition period.

We also a played a gig on Saturday. It’s the first time in 7 years we’ve jammed, the band’s ‘2Eleven’, Stuart Brink on guitar and vocals, Rob Gibson on bass, and myself on drums. It was great.

Before the gig

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If you’re keen to listen to the whole set, well, Stu recorded it with a Zoom mic near the bar. The set’s pretty good, proud of us:

Found out my application for funding to form part of a South African delegation to the Ottawa International Animation Festival in Canada in September has been accepted. Thanks AnimationSA, DTI, Catalyze, Nick Cloete, and Michelle from Iconique Brands. All things being equal with getting a VISA, I’ll be in Canada end of Sept.

Also, I’ll be talking in Cape Town at ‘Comics Fest’ early Sept, and launching my Bru & Boegie comic book ‘BIG BOOK OF STUFFS!’ that I never gave a proper launch. I’ll be doing a live animation demonstration and then separately talking with Stuart Coutts about stuff.

Info

My bro’s ‘The Kiffness – Soul Safari‘ new album is also out! It’s so great. I filmed his music video for one of his songs ‘White Privilege’ in Plett, and we both edited it:

It got a lot of traction on Facebook, like 60k views in 3 days or something.

I shut down my online store, running costs were a little high, so if you wanted to order a print or shirt, sorry ’bout dat.

So, ya. That’s what’s been happening.

Until next time – adieu.

You should follow me on Instagram as that’s where I post most of my stuff. And please follow me on YouTube.

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