Dashkin Intro

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Jul 012011
 

Dashkin Progress *

Things have certainly changed and evolved over the course of this project, but the biggest change by far occurred just a few days ago. Our original sponsor no longer exists as the group of people with whom we set out to do business. We were kindly given two alternatives: put Dashkin on the shelf for several months to see how things pan out, or take our game to another sponsor. Considering the Dashkin-loving community is still waiting eagerly for news of a release date, we chose to cut and run. So for now, we’re completely independent again.

(edit: don’t get me wrong. If it weren’t for that original sponsor, we would have released an inferior game 2 months ago. The people there are fantastic and I’d work with them again in a second if I could. We have them to thank for the game we have now)

The first and most obvious option is to find a new sponsor. The alternative is to self-publish. The downside of the latter is that we don’t get paid upfront for our efforts thus far. It has now been 7 months since we started on Dashkin and the two of us have reluctantly begun to take on other work to pay some bills. This loses us a lot of momentum and also pushes back the release date. The upside of self-publishing is that we get full ownership and a game marked only with our own brands.

We’ll see where it goes from here now, but rest assured we’re both still working hard on getting this game finished and released.

  65 Responses to “Dashkin Intro”

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  1. May it be on a game or on flash series or on a film, I’ll keep rooting for you guys, I’ve been following the series from the first post in Newgrounds.com and I love the character and the world of Brackenwood. I’d love to see more of them. Great work deserves great retributions!

  2. Kickstarter something already so we can give you money and let you keep doing amazing things. It’s been like, 10 years since I first saw your work and I think it’s a tragedy there’s not more of it.

  3. No more Bitey? :(

  4. keep it going and we can help eh old man an son

  5. hey I’ve been a big fan of the brackenwood series from the start I was wondering when your feature film would be coming out?

  6. Nothing to see here…..dead stick floating in a pool of broken dreams and unrealised hopes………RIP Bitey

  7. Could you not contact Valve ( read Steam ) and have them back you? They are one of the biggest portals for Indy games, and you would get ALOT of marketing and publicity. Also as stated by Simon, paying a fixed price for the game is no trouble. If it where possible, and you could launch it from steam, at a price of say 5euro`s ( 7,5 dollars ) you would probably have tens of thousand purchaces, and the backing to continue this great work

  8. Hi there!

    Why don’t you use one of the crowd financing options out there? :)
    Free the consumer and the creator. Free yourself.

  9. I absolutely love Bitey and all of Brackenwood, and I’ve been following you in silence for years. And I shall continue following you for many more years to come, no matter how long any of your work takes. It makes the waiting worth it. Hopefully one day soon you’ll find the sponsor who meets all your needs. And who knows, maybe Dashkin will end up as a game app for iOS?

    Please keep up the good work, and try not to run yourselves ragged. Health and sanity comes first after all.

  10. me encanta esta animacion <3.

  11. Привет, арестант! Хочу заполучить бесплатно твои видеоуроки. Выложи в сеть, не будь не честным гонд…. м.

  12. Have you thought about publishing it on steam? There are a large amount of indie games on there, and I’m sure dashkin would be able to get good sales on there.

  13. Try a kickstarter campaign.

    • thanks, but your suggestion comes 15 months after this article was written and just over a year since our Kickstarter campaign was successful :D

  14. Hi Adam,

    Have loved and shown your work since the very first episode and remember waiting for that download bar to hit 100%, hehe. I was wondering if you new about the Online Kickstarter Funding Scheme. You may want to look into it. Your fan base and the quality of your work, I believe, is large enough to fund your projects directly through the kickstarter process. Look it up, hope it helps.

    Cheers,
    Ivan

  15. you are a true talent sir and have inspired me for much of my life

  16. Awww..i just turned as a dashkin fan just now.. I run across the series from a horror series and i love it…i love the graphis and story.. I just hope you cntinue making such productions…:))

  17. Brackenwood series made me dream… I mean it.. Thank you so much for your hard work.

  18. Kickstarter?

    Love your Brackenwood series… heck, your other work, too. Been watching since… well, not the very beginning, but possibly a year after the very beginning.

    • Ack! There already IS a kickstarter! And I’m 9 months too late! I totally would’ve backed this…

  19. Good luck u guys I have followed u since the begining and I know the awesome job u do so I really hope u get a new sponsor soon keep on the excelent job!

  20. Good luck to ya!
    can’t waite to see what happends next
    been a long time fan my self
    an i egerly awaite for your next bout of awesome!

  21. are there some plans for a large movie about Bitey? Please, do it!!!!

  22. Great, i can´t wait to see this movie. I love your weird movies :)!!!!

  23. Can’t wait.

  24. This needs to be a tv series. Or an official movie, it would kick the crud out of most junk shown for kinds today. Voiceless humor of Bitey and the creatures inhabiting the forest can be enjoyed by everyone anywhere. Thanks for going through the time to put this all togeather for other’s enjoyment.

  25. Why is this not a full length yet? Disney would have to watch their back.

  26. Hello Adam I’ve been a long time fan from the first shorts from when I was in middle school, please keep up the good work, and please don’t stop doing what you’re doing you and your partners have so much dedication and potential to your work. You put quality, time, effort, and most importantly love into your work. Good luck with your future, and god bless.

  27. Hey Adam, I’ve been a big fan of your animation for years and would love to see you continue to animate for as long as you can. I’m looking forward to the Dashkin game, sorry to hear about your problems with the sponsor. Anyways, I’m willing to donate some money to the cause, it wouldn’t be a huge sum (I’m an animation student myself) but, I’m sure it could be put to good use.
    Get in touch and let me know what you think.
    Thank you kindly for the entertainment over the years, I wish you all the best in your future endeavours
    Ryan

  28. Only just discovered all this, but it’s wonderful. Have hugely enjoyed the last half hour watching months and months of your hard work flash past. Really charming animations; many thanks for them. Sincerely hope your continuing efforts work out brilliantly.

  29. I must say say that since I’ve discovered the Brackenwood series I’ve fallen in love with it! The fact that you’re making a game sounds awesome, would love to see a movie on the big screen some day too! Ever thought about selling maybe the soundtrack for your series? Could help fund your new game also! :)

  30. All I have to say is good job on all your anim it all look good and I get lost in the fantastic would of you guys. and I make games my self but not with flash I might have to get into that but if you need any help just ask on skype im unholylite on youtube im kingextoke look me up if you need any gamemakeing needs andthat means any one add me if you like to collab on anything.

  31. This looks brilliant. I’ve always loved Bitey. I’d totally pay a fixed price to play this game without even knowing what the end product will look like, that You’re doing it for free is awesome.
    Waiting too long for this? Who cares man, good things come to those who wait. Even greater things come to those who wait for something from Adam!
    And that music, is amazing, especially the last part. Is there a download link to the whole piece floating around anywhere? Cause I’d love that on my iPod!

    • Nevermind, I totally just gave You 45 of my English Pounds over on kickstart so I could get the whole soundtrack :D

  32. The narrator seems a bit mumbly sometimes but i love the feel of this intro, dark and gloomy to contrast the speed and colours of the game, LOVE IT

  33. REALLY looking forward to this!

  34. Can´t wait to play the game! :)
    I´m following your stuff for some years now, more or less regularly. Your url is one that pops up in the back of my head from time to time, never needed to put you on my favourites or anything. I keep coming back because whenever there is something new to be found on your page it´s time to escape reality and enjoy some wonderfull minutes. And all of that for free! Don´t take anybody serious who criticises you for delays or “demanding” something to be released. You are awesome!
    I took the opportunity to back you on kickstart to give a tiny little bit back of what you gave to me over the past years. Keep up the wonderful work!

  35. I keep forgetting that everything in this site is commentable on. I love the intro. The narrator’s voice is great. Really sounds appropriate for Brackenwood. The game is gunna be great. I can’t wait to play it!

  36. I’ve been a fan of the Brackenwood series for years. Its absurd that people are complaining about not getting a game to play, FOR FREE. its a slap in the face. anyone who says “you shouldnt have told anyone, blah blah, dissapointed.” is just an unnapreciative jerk. Im an independant game developer myself, working with a small team of people. we dont have sponsors either so all our work is completely pro bono until we can get products out. Dont listen to them man. your soooooo far above that in talent and creativity. your work is amazing and speaks for itself. Keep fighting the good fight brother.

    • that means a lot, thanks Evan! I’ll keep fighting man haha! Good luck with your projects too, it’s tough without the sugar daddy sponsor, for sure.

  37. We’ve waited too long for this. We don’t deserve this. You shouldn’t have told anyone about dashkin until you know you can finish it quickly. Disapointed.

  38. personally i didnt liked it. well, it IS good animation. but your previous work was much better. its for both the intro and the music video. all the backgrounds are stunning, but animation is somewhat poor. the arm that takes the stone should have some more in-betweens. the paper part is good animated to show the paper(thats paper right?) but why the heck there is paper in the digital game? and moving inside the paper is not good. the paper should better change one by one, like frames. but i can be wrong. just dont get it.
    in the music video you do too much IK/FK animation while you need some more drawing since IK doesnt give the best results. it was best seen in the scene with the fox. specially the running part. also girls arms are really.. um.. unrealistic. same for the face. thats the biggest minus in the short. but i had a mouth opened when i saw the owl, fox and deer. their animation really rock! the rotation in one scene was just perfect too.
    FX are perfect. the lighting is great.
    dont get me wrong, i love the animation and i wish i could do as good as you(im animator too and use toon boom as well) but that things that i pointed at are not good. my humble opinion =)

    • Thanks for the complements on the FX and lighting but hey guess what.. there’s no IK/FK in the music video. I did that music on a small budget in a very tight time frame. Sure with more money and more time anyone could make it better. Sometimes we just gotta do the work to pay the bills, you know?

      • i know. if you had time and money im sure you would do something really great. good luck with finding a good sponsor!

  39. Can’t wait for it! :-D Been a fan of Bitey ever since I sav the first episode on Newgrounds.

  40. I’d like to say that I’ve been watching your videos for a few years now and I enjoy them immensely. I’m sorry to hear about your sponsor falling through, but I’d like to say that as I fan, I very much appreciate that you and your team are pushing ahead for all of us eagerly awaiting your next work. Thanks for the great art. I’d also like to add that I’ve watched “Last of the Dashkin” about 5 times tonight.

    P.S. I’m also eagerly awaiting the renewed availability of merch, I’d love to get a bitey t shirt.

  41. So diseased productions isnt working with you on the game now? Man that sucks, especially for the fact that diseased productions made many amazing, and great games. I hope you get a good sponsor soon enough, because id be happy to try out dashkin for once. Speaking of sponsors, Kongregate would be awesome!

  42. Would something like Kickstarter.com work for you? I know a lot of projects that have been successfully funded thru them (Bill Plympton is using it for an animation but they support games as well). I’m sure with your following and all the loyal minions you could get the word out and probably get this done. The best thing is if it gets funded then it’s all still owned by the content creators.

    It’s worth looking into.

    Jim

    • I’d like to second the suggestion to use Kickstarter, that place is just a dynamo of money generation.

      The worst that could happen is absolutely nothing, and the best that could happen is getting massively overfunded. I’ve seen overfunding happen to multiple interesting projects.

      Seriously. Kickstarter. Do it.

    • Thanks for this suggestion guys. Yes it makes a hell of a lot of sense to do it through Kickstarter and we’ve been looking into it. The only small stumbling block is that I’m in Australia, whereas Kickstarter is for US citizens only. If we go down this route, it’ll probably be through a proxy in the US.

      http://www.indiegogo.com is the International equivalent so that’s another option we’re considering.
      Thanks again :)

      • Ooh that’s so annoying, I hadn’t noticed that US-only thing before! They accept international pledges so I just erroneously assumed it worked the other way. I’m Australian too, I always hate getting bit by the US-centric attitude on the “global” internet these days :(

        • yeah it’s all good though, Sean is a US citizen so we can still do it under his name. Looks like that’s the way we’re going too, so expect an update soon :)

        • Hm. Well, I’m pretty sure that Newgrounds is a mainly-US sight, and I know that Tom Fulp is a US citizen. With the amount of views and popularity of your videos, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ton volunteer himself as a proxy…

          just saying.

  43. Man this is gonna be so badass, I’m crazy excited to play this. I may have passed out a couple of times while watching that so I’ll watch it again. ^…^ You said this was gonna be the year of the dashkin, and I was fretting a bit until I saw this, now I’m sure this is Bitey’s time to shine.

  44. To state the obvious, why not try and get it on steam?
    Looking forward to it.

  45. maybe you could use the people (FORGE Animation) that I told you about a few days ago as sponsors? Tell me what you think :)

  46. Maybe ask Armor Games or these guys? http://www.arcadecabin.com/

    I don’t know, I’ll keep looking for some people :O

  47. Wonderful voice acting! I love gravelly voices :)

  48. i wish the world would just sponsor you already and realize, the genius of your imaginative possibility, never stop reimagining and letting grow the world you have created in your mind, you get better at what you do every second, i have been a silent follower for a while now and simply wanted to share feeling and thought from one dreamer to another.

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