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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: When did you start animating?

A: At the end of February 2012.

Q: Did you go to school for it?

A: No, I got bad grades in my art classes and my parents wouldn't co-sign a loan for me to go to an expensive art school. I'm self-taught. 

Q: What made you interested in doing animations?

A: I’ve always wanted to make movies and tell stories. Animation seemed like the most stream-lined way to do it because I can create everything – I don’t need to rely on other people, I don’t need to get additional expensive equipment, or build a set.

When I first tried animating, it was time consuming and I hated it, but years later, I developed more patience and realized it takes time to learn.  Right now, I am making parodies, but it is through old projects and the Something Series that I learned more about animation, so one day I can bring my original stories to life.

Q: I want to be an artist, what advice can you offer?

A: As with anything, practice. With animation, learning takes a while, and you may not notice improvements until a good amount of time has passed. It’s generic advice, but it's true.

One thing that helped me was sticking to very simple designs. It made it fun and less intimidating. Simple designs can help you get familiar with your style and make it easier to learn movements. Make storyboards and animatics for your animations. (Don’t make them too detailed). You can also try to get the character movements down with a stickman then draw your character over them. It’s easy to animate a stickman over and over - through trial and error you’ll find the right movements. 

TL;DR: Draw A LOT.

 Q: Can you do “Something about [insert game title here]”?

A: In addition to polls posted on patreon, I read youtube comments pretty regularly. If I notice an overwhelming number of requests for a game, I’ll try to add it to my list. I don't typically talk about what videos are coming until I'm actually working on them.

Q: How long does it take you to make a Something video?

A: Between 2-6 weeks usually, it depends on the video and how long it is. In general I try to do about 1 minute per week while working on a project.

Q: What program do you use to animate?:

A: Adobe Animate CC - On a Cintiq Pro 24. I also use Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects to edit

Q: Will you ever upload video tutorials or stream?

A: I may do tutorials one day, and I don't typically stream but when/if I do I'll be sure to post about it across our socials!

Q: There is an issue with my order on teespring, can you help?

A:It’s best to reach out to Teespring support for help with your purchase, since they can look up your order information. You can reach them at http://teespring.force.com/NewCase?l=en_US. (They usually respond within 24 hours) They also have their own FAQ here: http://answers.teespring.com/customer/en/portal/articles 

Q: I am a voice actor/animator/colorist/background artist/etc, can I send you my portfolio? 

A:Unfortunately, I do not usually have the chance to look through portfolios. ☹ I will post on twitter when I am looking for assistance on my next animation https://twitter.com/terminalmontage  

Q: I messaged you on social media but haven’t heard back!

A: I don't really respond on social media so if you need to contact me for business inquiries or to report reuploads of my work, please use: [email protected]


Q: How can I support you? 

A: Share my videos and turn off AdBlock! 😊 Let me know when you see other people re-uploading my work* so I can report it.

Q: Can I do a dub of your video in [insert language here]?

A. We do not allow reuploads of our videos (this includes dubs). 

Q: Can I reupload your work to another site?

A. No, if you want to support the channel please post links to the original video. If you re-upload our work on any site (including Youtube), we will request that it is taken down.

Q: Can I react to your videos?

A. It takes a whole month of full time work for us to complete an animation on average, that is in addition to paying for a background illustrator. It does not benefit us to allow others to use our videos and profit off of them. If anyone uses our videos, content ID automatically claims the video and you will not be able to make any revenue off of it. 

This includes streaming our work on other platforms. We do not give permission for our work to be uploaded and/or streamed to other platforms.

Q: Can I get a tattoo of your characters?

Sure! Be sure to @ us on social media (include the name of the tattoo artist) when it's done! :D 

Q: Do you do commissions?

Not at this time, but if that changes I'll post to social media.

Q: Who are your Smash Bros mains?

A: G&W, Mii Gunner/Brawler, Cloud, Dark Samus, Ridley.

Q: Are you actually Christian?

A: Yes 

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