十年前的今天 我发布了一个作品 开启了我作为一个YouTube动画师的冒险生涯
Ten years ago today, I released the amination that would lead my adventural career as a YouTube animator.
To commemorate this occasion I have decided to share its story.
It’s actually quite dramatic.
2005年 我进入高三 在家学习时第一次使用了一个网络远程教学程序
In 2005, I entered my junior year of high school and for the first time I was homeschooled through an online distance education program.
Until that point, the five people in my family shared one computer, giving me limited access.
But since I was enrolled in this online school, the school provided me with a laptop; my first laptop ever.
This gave me the freedom to experiment with animation as much as I wanted.
Back when I was 11, I had a phase where I experimented with pixel animations,
但当我发现一个叫Macromedia Flash的多功能动画程序时 我知道我必须重新开始
but when I found out about a versatile animation program called Macromedia Flash, I had to get back into it.
I discovered a website where I could submit my animations to, called Newgrounds.
The amazing thing about this website is that all animations go directly to the front page
and get reviewed by anyone who visits, to determine if it deserves to stay on the front page.
The first full-length Flash animation that I made was called “Pink Army”,
and involved an orange stick figure fighting an army of pink stick figures.
I posted it on Newgrounds and it did alright.
It didn’t get a bad score, which I was happy about, so I claimed my victory and moved on.
有一天 我灵光一闪 想要制作一个关于火柴小人在被创造的程序中 反抗它的创造者的动画
One day, I got inspiration to make a short animation about a stick figure that fights with its creator in the animation program itself.
How did I get this idea?
I can actually attribute many sources of inspiration to this idea.
Being a long time fan of Looney Tunes, the animated short “Duck Amuck” really appealed to me,
as well as the story of “Harold and the Purple Crayon”.
I had also seen some Flash animations and games online that gave me the final spark to come up with the idea.
It took me about three months to finish, and on Saturday June 3rd, 2006,
I uploaded it to Newgrounds.com, excited to see how it would do.
The next morning, I discovered that I had gotten second place for the whole day!
我兴奋极了 我以为差不多该结束了 然而一切才刚刚开始
I was so excited. I thought that was the end of it, but it was only the beginning.
I started getting all kinds of messages on AOL Instant Messenger, from website owners that wanted to host my animation
on their website.
I also got e-mails. Lots of e-mails.
有一个人愿意付我75美元 只要我签署一份合同 给他们网站独家播放我的作品的权利
One guy offered to pay me $75 to host my animation on their site as long as I sign a contract to give them exclusive rights to the animation.
我制作动画纯属娱乐 却能让我赚到真金白银 这引起了我的注意
The idea of getting paid actual money, for animation that I made just for fun, got my attention,
especially since I had never had a job up to that point, and also grew up in a family that was financially struggling.
我打印了合同 签了名 扫描好
I printed out the contract, signed and scanned it,
and as I was about to reply to the e-mail, I saw another one right underneath it that said:
“Don’t sign anything regarding your Flash.”
It was from Steve, the owner of AlbinoBlackSheep, a very popular Flash animation web site at the time.
我将以75美元的价格出售我动画事业的未来 但看了他的邮件后 我收了手
I was about to sell the future of my animation career for $75, but I read his email and ended up not doing it.
If I had done it, I wouldn’t have been allowed to post Animator vs. Animation anywhere else,
or make any money from it, besides the $75 that he paid me.
So he saved me in the nick of time.
后来 另一个十分流行的网站“eBaum’s World”在他们每周“最好的网络”帖子中发布了我的动画
Later, another very popular website called eBaum’s World posted my animation on their weekly “Best of the Web” post.
eBaum’s World was infamous for taking images and videos from the internet without permission,
他们总在图片或视频的边角加水印“由 eBaum’s World 主办”
and stamping “hosted on ebaumsworld” in the corner of each image or video,
at the cost of content creators.
包括史蒂夫在内的很多人都认为利用我的动画来对抗“ eBaum’s World ”是一个完美的方式
many people including Steve saw my animation as the perfect way to fight back against eBaum’s World,
using my animation as evidence in a legal campaign against them.
“ eBaum’s World ”发现这件事后 便来联系我了
eBaum’s World found out about this and started messaging me.
那时 我主要关心的是拿回属于我的报酬 并对我的作品保留版权
At the time, my main concern was getting paid for my work, and keeping rights to my animation.
所以当“ eBaum’s World ”向我的作品支付250美元时 我收下了
So when eBaum’s World offered me $250 to pay me for my animation, I took it.
Then they pressured me into giving them a short testimonial, to restore their tainted image.
That set the whole thing on fire, and Steve felt very betrayed by me.
看着消息记录里我和“ eBaum’s World ”的对话 我感到难堪
Looking at the instant messager conversations with eBaum’s from back then makes me cringe.
I was basically a puppy, and they were leading me with puppy treats.
他们让我参加他们的月度竞赛 说我赢了 将得到1000美元
They entered me into their monthly contest and told me that I’d won, and would receive $1,000.
But if I still wanted them to pull my animation off the website, I wouldn’t receive any of it.
They even offered to make me my own website.
But after talking to Steve I decided to give them back the $250,
and officially asked them to remove the animation and the testimonial.
你们可以在“ eBaum’s World ”的维基百科词条上找到关于这件事的详情
You can find the details of this on the Wikipedia page of eBaum’s World.
It’s currently the only place that I exist on Wikipedia.
A guy named phaseblue created dramatizations of the whole thing on a website called “You’re The Man Now Dawg”
and they’re very entertaining to watch. It’s funny that he assumed that I look like Mr. Rogers.
You can find links to those in the description.
The story doesn’t end there, although most of the drama is over.
All of this happened before YouTube became a mainstream video platform.
Animator vs. Animation was exploding all over the internet, and there was no main website where it existed.
I was getting a ton of attention, but not getting paid for any of it.
Then atomfilms.com offered to fund the making of a sequel,
and that is how Animator vs. Animation II came about, and it was released November 4th of that same year.
Not thinking about the consequences, I included my actual AOL screen name in the animation,
And set myself up to never be able to use AIM again,
without withstanding the overwhelming spam of instant messages every single time.
不久 一个十四岁的孩子 名叫Charles Yeh 提出要做一个动画游戏
Shortly after, a fourteen year old kid named Charles Yeh offered to make a game of the animation,
and looking at his impressive work I agreed to collaborate with him on it.
You can still play this game on my website.
It wasn’t until 2007 that I realized that YouTube was a place I should be putting my stuff.
When I actually uploaded my animations, hundreds of copies of them already existed on YouTube,
and already had millions of views.
It was nearly impossible for me to compete with them, since they were always on the top of the search results.
But as I came to learn that I could report copyright infringements,
I knocked off videos one by one until I was at the top of the search results,
but that took a few years.
后来 在无数请求的催促下 我又制作了一部动画 作为三部曲的终章
Then, pushed by countless requests for number three, I gave in and made an animation to be the epic finale to the trilogy,
concluding with a violent explosion and a blue screen of death.
I wanted to make sure that no sequel could come out of that.
So at that point I was done with Animator vs. Animation.
I went off to college to study animation, and my goal was to work at Pixar.
After not getting accepted to their internship program two years in a row,
I started looking for work at small businesses in the area that needed animation.
但在毕业前不久 我的老师汤姆告诉我 “看 你有一个庞大的粉丝群
But shortly before graduating, my teacher Tom told me, “Look, you have a massive fan base,
还有一个有着巨大潜力的独特系列作品 如果不继续下去 那将是一种浪费”
and a unique series with so much potential. It would be a waste not to continue it.”
So, right after graduating from Columbus College of Art & Design,
I launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of Animator vs. Animation IV.
When I started that campaign I had about 12,000 subscribers,
but shortly after releasing the finished animation,
it grew to 100,000 subscribers, which gave me a huge boost of inspiration to keep going.
So then I made Animation vs. Minecraft,
and within a month it grew to one million subscribers.
And here we are today, with a subscriber count at nearly 2,000,000.
So thank you so much to everyone who’s been following my animation so far.
I know many of you have been following me from the very beginning.
So I’d especially like to thank Steve Lerner of AlbinoBlackSheep.com,
for saving my animation career in the last second,
as well as Tom Richner, for giving me the push I needed to grow this channel to what it is today.
I’ve provided links to their sites in the description.
Props to you if you watched the whole video.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to like my Facebook page,
since that’s where I post frequent updates.
And also check out my Patreon page if you’d like to become a patron.
如果你还没有看过我的其他频道 可以看看我的一个教学频道 我在那里教动画制作
And if you haven’t checked out my other channels yet, I have a tutorial channel where I teach animation,
as well as a Minecraft channel.
So thanks for watching, and here’s to the next 10 years.
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十年前的今天 我发布了一个作品 开启了我作为一个YouTube动画师的冒险生涯