Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force, the project I’ve been working on for the better part of the last three years, is finally complete. All thirteen episodes are available to watch on YouTube Red. First episode is free.
I had the opportunity to take on on a number of different roles on this project, learning a lot and having fun working with a number of skilled and interesting professionals from all over the world.
If you’re interested in a peek behind the curtain, you can watch the director’s commentary of episode one, featuring myself and co-director, Gordon Crum.
Halfbrick – the company I work for – has just released a documentary on the history and future of the Fruit Ninja brand. It’s worth checking out if you’re interested in Halfbrick, the Fruit Ninja game or just simply fascinated by all things mobile development. It’s quite an interesting story and features interviews from the original creators and developers.
I also make an appearance and speak briefly about the up and coming Fruit Ninja TV show I am currently working on as a writer and director. My bit starts at 41:40.
Because my recent site update cleared any record of this project, and because I enjoy tirelessly flogging old work , I re-present to you one of my most ambitious endeavours of 2013-2014; Gnoms: A cartoon I created with my 1 year old daughter.
As the YouTube video description will attest, I created this to prove a couple of things to myself; first of all, that it’s actually quite easy to think of kid’s show ideas. People often try to over complicate answers to the question “what do kids like?” I find the answer is fairly obvious: Most of the same things adults like.
If I made something I thought was fun, cute and interesting, chances are that others – regardless of age – would find it fun, cute and interesting too.
I may have fluked it this time, but I’ve been quite encouraged by several comments on both my YouTube channel and Reddit post:
“The 19 year stoner me thinks this is awesome. The 37 year old sober father of two would watch this with his kids… “
“As an asshole, an animator and father of a 1 year old I was so ready to hate on this, but it was actually very enjoyable.”
“PLEASE MAKE MORE I LOVED IT I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHING. (male age 20)”
“My son keeps asking when the next ones will follow. He’s still watching Red every day… But he wants more :-)”
“Great work Brendan! My son made me watch it 10 or more times in a row.”
- michael cooper
“I’m 20 years old and i would like more of this please :D”
- Omar S
“I’m 24 years old… and must agree with Omar :D”
- Stockwell Haines
The second thing I wanted to prove was this: In theory, If you’re willing to put the work in, it’s possible to create something TV worthy entirely on your own. It’s a myth that to successfully create something appealing, you require large teams and a big budget. I made this entirely with programs that cost me no more than $50 a month.
Is this state of the art animation? No. Does it have mindblowing FX? No. Does it need to? No.
Having said all this, it’s quite possible that what I made here is both a bad idea as well as being poorly executed, but I’ll let you be the judge:
Writer, director and artist living in Adelaide, South Australia.