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Animation is great for so many reasons...whether you're looking to reconnect with your past, to express an opinion, dream, or thought, or to just make people laugh :)

Jeremy Simms @Bigfoot3290

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Posted by Bigfoot3290 - September 9th, 2020

I hope everyone is well. I wanted to jot a few more thoughts down here on NG for ol' times' sake.

I received some very kind words on my last post from yesteryear. I still check Newgrounds a handful of times every week, and it still brings a smile to my face when someone leaves a comment on one of my silly Mario movies. Thanks for all the support over the years.

I once had a professor in college ... a Medieval Towns course ... and he was adamant about the final project assignment. It was a combined research paper / oral presentation that made up at least 50% of the grade. Some of my peers complained openly about the massive undertaking, to which he replied, "If I gave you a multiple-choice exam, imagine how little of this coursework you'll retain." To this day, I can still tell you as a New Yorker, about the tidal floodplains of the Sub-Mendip marshes and how it affected the settlement of Medieval Wells, England.

I've kept that lesson with me, and although Medieval history has little relevance in my daily work as a risk manager some 11 years later, I have grown more conscious of how important my own projects are to me. My projects, not some corporation's tasks or what some one else needs from me. Certainly, Newgrounds was a massive part of my teenage years and in many ways shaped the person I became. I realize that is a bold statement on the back of a portfolio of Mario blooper reels, but I am really referring to the ambitions I had to learn Flash and Photoshop, the late nights editing soundtracks and syncing up sound effects, and constantly trying to create a better product.

Just under two years after I graduated from New Paltz College in the mid-Hudson Valley portion of New York State, my parents were finally foreclosed on. There had been hints here and there for many years, and one day my brother and I came home to a pink eviction notice on our front door. A county sheriff arrived on a rainy January Monday morning shortly thereafter with a squadron of unmarked white moving trucks. I'll never forget sitting in my childhood bedroom with my cat Buster in my lap, looking around my mostly-empty room where I had spent all those nights making those Flash videos, coming home from soccer or volleyball games, practicing the cello, or walking back from the shower after a round of golf with my dad. I remember the thumps of the sheriff coming down the stairs, scolding my parents for not being out of the house. He then stopped in my doorway. I couldn't look him in the eye, but I guess the image of my cat and I on the floor took him out of the heat-of-the-moment. He remained there for about five seconds before marching back up the stairs, slower this time, and continuing to usher my parents along in a noticeably less threatening tone.

Even if you've never been evicted before, I'm sure you can guess the sort of implications that that event had on my life. I wasn't completely devastated. In fact, part of me was excited for a change. But it did put a sort of primal cognizance in the back of my mind about the importance of money, and what happens to people when they run out of it.

After spending the next year moving, toiling in odd golf and retail jobs, and toying with the idea of going back to school, I finally committed to a Fortune 50 Company in the outright attempt to secure benefits, a halfway decent salary, and even a retirement account. It was an $11/hr seasonal warehouse job that started at 4 AM. I began reading books on the stock market and other personal finance titles like Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I started buying company stock as soon as I could. I did return to school for a Finance MBA. I cut out pretty much all fun from my life. And I did lock in those benefits while saying "Yes" to every new promotion opportunity or lateral move.

Long story short, I did what I needed to do in order to build a strong foundational life for myself. But after graduating with that MBA nearly two years ago now, going through the motions at my job, and executing disciplined savings/investing budget plans each and every month, I find myself looking back on the journey. Despite how most outsiders would look into the last five years and concede that I've been "successful" or "responsible" or "ambitious," I still see more "success" in those long nights as a teenager making Flash videos ... in those projects that were truly mine, Nintendo sprites notwithstanding!

But you get what I'm saying.

This past Labor Day weekend, my long-time girlfriend and I traveled back up to New Paltz to go hiking at Lake Minnewaska. It's a beautiful series of trails, and each time we go, I'm reminded of those special moments and things in my life. I am always amazed at how fickle the scent of corporate success can be in the mountain breeze. Newgrounds will always be special to me, not just for the memories, but as a constant reminder of the moments that truly matter.

Thanks for reading and I wish you all the best,




Posted by Bigfoot3290 - November 30th, 2018

Just wanted to write a few thoughts down. I first came to NG in 2003 watching Xaio Xaio and playing Alien Hominid. I'm now one of those Johnny Walker-drinking corporate stooges I always thought I'd never be, but it's ok. Focusing on finances and careers and stuff really can suck the soul outta you. At the same time, I've matured a lot and have done well for myself. 

In a few weeks, I'll be graduating with a MBA in finance. To think I began undergrad as a graphic design major on the heels of my animations. Jeez. I remember Tom Fulp talking about Newgrounders growing up together and discovering adulthood and all that jazz. I read some old posts, reviews, and private messages over the past few days and remembered just how vital NG was for me as a teenager. Working as a corporate cog reminds me of just how uncreative most people are, and Newgrounds was always the opposite. 

I hope this all doesn't sound too depressing or anything. Like I said, I am actually doing quite well. But, I miss NG and that magical feeling of making those Flashes at 3am, submitting at 5am, blacking out, then waking up on a hot summer afternoon with a bunch of new reviews. 

Hope everyone else is well,



Posted by Bigfoot3290 - February 18th, 2013

Hey dudes. Dudarinos. D-to-the-Dudaroonies.

So after years of being pestered by you lot about sound fx, soundtracks, "how do you make Mario movies," and all of that jazz, I've decided upon the path of appeasement, which ultimately means that I am actually making a Sprite Tutorial! I've spent this weekend brushing up on super basic actionscripts so I can put this thing together without losing what little brains I have left. It will cover some of the rudimentary spriting issues that novices face, but I will also include some advanced tidbits regarding special fx, composition, brainstorming, and theory. Basically, I think it's time I do a little giving back. I've got almost a decade's worth of invaluable Mario parody experience to share, so share I shall.

So now you can all be deliciously tubularly cool, like me. Duh! I'm open to suggestions, so post below if you have any topic ideas or general words of mockery. Cheers!

Spriting Tutorial In Progress

Posted by Bigfoot3290 - February 6th, 2013

Short of making "Mario's Castle Calamity 3," I've done something just the slightest bit different and made this, Mario's Cannon Calamity.

This project was fun to make! Sprite animation and the Mario Bros. have been at the core of my experiences here on Newgrounds; I remember watching the awesome Mario parodies on this site as a young kid and they inspired me to learn Flash. I guess as a freshly minted college graduate, I had a lot of fun reconnecting with my teenage years through this little Mario film.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy it :D

New Flash: Mario's CANNON Calamity!

Posted by Bigfoot3290 - January 24th, 2013

Funky Turtles is here!

So, this was my way of getting back into Flash. Lots of experimentation with different art styles and color schemes, and the usual dose of impetuous decisions. I'm feelin' good about this project in the end. Almost forgot how tough Flash was.

Oh and sup, Newgrounds?

New Flash: Funky Turtles

Posted by Bigfoot3290 - January 3rd, 2013

It's been years, so I'm making a flash. Should be done within 2 weeks; about 30% done atm.


Hope everyone is doing well!

Hey Goize!

Posted by Bigfoot3290 - December 25th, 2011

Hey guys. Just wanted to wish everyone on NG a very Merry Christmas.

I've been doing well despite my absence from NG. I'm going into my last semester at SUNY New Paltz this coming spring. I'll be graduating in May near the top of my class, which is a far cry from where I was four years ago in high school when I was chugging out a flash every month or so. Before I get buckled down with the thesis and all the other paperwork that comes with graduation, I'm thinking about getting a new flash out there by late January, even if it's just a quick Mario thing.

Anyone get a badass mic or other Flash-related present?

Posted by Bigfoot3290 - June 12th, 2010

Go see it here!

It's good to be back. I missed you guys :3 Anyways, I hope you enjoy the sequel!



Castle Calamity 2!

Posted by Bigfoot3290 - May 3rd, 2010

It's about time; almost one year since I've posted anything. Newgrounds, I have missed you.

What's New?:College. I have been focusing chiefly on my schoolwork for the first time in a long time. I managed a 4.0 during the fall semester and I'm looking to go back-to-back for the spring. In short, SUNY New Paltz has been an enlightening experience. I feel as if all of the unnecessary anger and frustration from high school has evaporated. Now, I am looking forward to my Junior year while thinking about my future and graduate school in law, education, or business. There were so many uncertainties only two years ago. It is amazing to see progression so swift and decisive.

How about them Flashes?: Flashing has been admittedly far back in the recesses of my mind. But, when summer starts, I plan on putting out at least one movie ... hopefully more. The movie will probably be a good ol' fashioned Mario sprite flick, but there's also Funky Turtles, a project which I haven't completely abandoned (check out my last post for more info). As I've said before, I miss the days of Super Mario Land. 2006 was my breakthrough year, and the rush I got from the loving reviews and praise will always be a fond memory. Sometimes, people find it difficult to understand how a person can be so attached to flashes. They claim that flashes (and the awards, etc.) are "virtual." It's all about the passion that goes into the flash - the late nights, the cups of coffee, spawning the ideas during school. It takes dedication to produce and complete an animation, and a whole lot of character to subject one's work to the opinions of others. With this in mind, I am very excited to work on a project or two over the summer. It's gonna be like a swim in the ocean.

I hope everyone else is doing well!


Long-Lost Update, Summer Plans

Posted by Bigfoot3290 - July 2nd, 2009

Hey guys. I just thought I would post a little update on this new project I am working on (and run my mouth a bit).

I guess the most important thing about it is the fact that there will be no sprites. No, I haven't quit spriting for good, but I could definitely use a break. I am really looking forward to using the Paint Brush tool again :D, and the satisfaction of creating something from nothing is absolutely unrivaled.

Animation has always been a great hobby for me, but nothing more. However, I do love to prove that I actually have some artistic ability, especially since I'm positive that the majority of people around here only credit me for making silly Mario parodies. It's a bit ironic, but I strongly believe that at least some my spriting prowess, if there is such a thing, derives from having an artistic eye. People frequently discredit spriting as a "no talent" business. Yet, while I certainly acknowledge that it is very easy, I know that a fair bit of skill is required to effectively manipulate the sprites. My first projects were all drawn, non-sprite movies, and I feel that they were a springboard to "mastering" sprite animation. Throughout my time here on NG, I have revisited drawn animation, and I view it as a means of fine tuning my skills in both departments, while reminding myself just how difficult it is to actually drawn and animate your own, original characters.

Anyway, back to the project! So I was chillin' back with a pen and a pad, and for some reason, I began to sketch out some turtles and turtle shells. Maybe I was subconsciously thinking about murdering some Koopas, but either way, the doodles actually came out pretty well. Quickly, I popped open Flash and transferred my drawings into the program with some vibrant-ass colors. And just like good ol' Joe Ska, I developed my doodles into an infantile flash video.

"Funky Turtles." They are muthafuckin' funkyass reptilian badasses with a knack for coppin' some sweetass pwin. I guess it's just gonna be a bunch of turtles messing around with the world in music video format. Expect headbobs and mustaches. I have a good feeling about it, and every time I work on it, I feel more committed to getting it done.

- Jeremy AKA "Bigfoot"

Funky Turtles!