14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

Today’s the big day — The Simple Carnival’s Smitten album is finally here!

All CD pre-orders have shipped. Download links have been sent out to everyone who pre-ordered the album. And if you haven’t ordered anything yet, what are you waiting for? 🙂

(Don’t forget — you can also get the album from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, or Amazon.)

Thank you SO MUCH for your love, support, and patience over the years. Enjoy the music!

The Simple Carnival – Smitten (3D anaglyph)

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection

14-days-of-the-simple-carnival-03Welcome to Day 13 of the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival!

Every day until February 14 (Valentine’s Day), I’ll be posting one cool, free Simple Carnival thing.

On February 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, so I’d like to celebrate the occasion by sharing a bunch of good stuff over these 14 days.

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So tomorrow is the big day — The Simple Carnival’s final album, Smitten, will be released.

Why is this the final album?

The short version is that the album’s companion project, Smitten 3D, has opened a whole new set of possibilities for me as an artist. By making these 3D music videos for the Smitten album, I discovered that I really love to make films. So after the Smitten 3D project is complete a few years from now, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing — making animated, narrative films…as well as composing the soundtrack music to those films.

Making films is far more demanding than just making music, especially when it’s essentially a one man operation, as I expect my films to be. I will not have the bandwidth to create more music under The Simple Carnival banner as well as take on this related — but different — challenge.

Even though I will be closing the book on The Simple Carnival’s music, I won’t be shutting down this site or disappearing from the internet. CDs and downloads will still be sold, orders will still be fulfilled. The Simple Carnival’s music will continue to exist on streaming sites. I just won’t be releasing any new material under The Simple Carnival’s name. The Simple Carnival’s oeuvre is complete.

So, speaking of The Simple Carnival’s oeuvre, onto today’s Simple Carnival thing…CDs!

If you look at the Shop section of this site, you will see…some of The Simple Carnival’s CDs for sale. You can’t get the Me and My Arrow EP, the Menlo Park EP, or the Sonic Rescue League album on CD from this site. That’s because I have only ONE remaining copy of each of these CDs.

I’m giving these copies — as well as the American release of Girls Aliens Food and a brand new Smitten CD — away for FREE today to one lucky Simple Carnival fan.

I’ll pay for shipping to anywhere in the world. To get a chance to win these CDs, however, you must tell me the correct answer to the following trivia question before midnight EST tonight:

What movie is this Halloween costume from?

Send your response to The Simple Carnival’s Facebook account. The winner’s name will be drawn out of a hat. The name will be announced here on this site as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE (February 14, 2017): And the winner is…Lawrence Kaufman! Congrats!

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop

14-days-of-the-simple-carnival-03Welcome to Day 12 of the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival!

Every day until February 14 (Valentine’s Day), I’ll be posting one cool, free Simple Carnival thing.

On February 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, so I’d like to celebrate the occasion by sharing a bunch of good stuff over these 14 days.

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Today’s Simple Carnival thing is a giveaway of a prop from the video for “A Geek Like Me”. Yesterday I posted the behind-the-scenes video. “A Geek Like Me” is a track on the upcoming Smitten album, as well as part of the 3D animated music video movie Smitten 3D. In case you haven’t seen this hand-drawn video, here it is:

2D version:

The Simple Carnival – A Geek like Me (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

The Simple Carnival – A Geek like Me (3D anaglyph)

Note the lyric at 2:22: “You know what Inframan is…”

What is Inframan? It’s a bezerk superhero/action/kung-fu/giant rubber monster movie that is cheesy, hilarious, and thrilling. It’s a fantastic movie to watch with friends. Here’s a clip, which gives you a pretty good idea of what it’s all about:

The Super Inframan Battles Evil Things

Anyway, today’s giveaway is the actual Inframan VHS tape that I used as a reference when drawing “A Geek Like Me”:

Live action reference footage for Inframan DVD

Now, you might be wondering why I’m not giving away the DVD that I had in my left hand. The answer is, I no longer have it. The VHS tape is still in my possession, though.

What if you don’t have a VHS player? Well, the tape is still a pretty interesting conversation piece to have on a bookshelf. And it’s the actual object that was used in the video, so you’ll be owning a small piece of cult power pop music history!

I’m giving the VHS tape away to some lucky Simple Carnival fan, and I’ll pay for shipping to anywhere in the world. To get a chance to win this tape, however, you must send a message to The Simple Carnival’s Facebook account that says “THUNDERBALL FISTS!” The winner’s name will be drawn out of a hat. The name will be announced here on this site as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Good luck!

UPDATE (February 13, 2017): And the winner is…Thor Klippert! Congrats!

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video

14-days-of-the-simple-carnival-03Welcome to Day 11 of the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival!

Every day until February 14 (Valentine’s Day), I’ll be posting one cool, free Simple Carnival thing.

On February 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, so I’d like to celebrate the occasion by sharing a bunch of good stuff over these 14 days.

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My apologies that today’s Simple Carnival thing is not something new. If you’re a long-time fan, you may have already seen this. But tomorrow’s Simple Carnival thing is connected to this, and I thought it might be a good idea to trot out this behind-the-scenes video out for those who haven’t seen it yet.

“A Geek Like Me” is a track on the upcoming Smitten album, as well as part of the 3D animated music video movie Smitten 3D. First, here’s the finished video.

2D version:

The Simple Carnival – A Geek like Me (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

The Simple Carnival – A Geek like Me (3D anaglyph)

The behind-the-scenes video is an excerpt from a presentation I gave at 3D-Con 2014. If you have red/cyan 3D glasses, put them on (red filter over the left eye). If you don’t have 3D glasses…well, I guess you’ll just have to squint a little bit at the colors.

Behind the scenes of The Simple Carnival's "A Geek Like Me" (3D – anaglyph)

Tune in tomorrow — I’m going to be giving away something interesting relating to this video.

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video

14-days-of-the-simple-carnival-03Welcome to Day 10 of the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival!

Every day until February 14 (Valentine’s Day), I’ll be posting one cool, free Simple Carnival thing.

On February 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, so I’d like to celebrate the occasion by sharing a bunch of good stuff over these 14 days.

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Today’s Simple Carnival thing is a new behind-the-scenes video for “Everything that Grownups Know”. “Everything that Grownups Know” is a track on the upcoming Smitten album, as well as part of the 3D animated music video movie Smitten 3D.In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the finished video:

2D version:

The Simple Carnival – Everything that Grownups Know (2D)

 

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

The Simple Carnival – Everything that Grownups Know (3D anaglyph)

The behind-the-scenes video is an excerpt from an April 2016 presentation I gave at the DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery in Greensburg, PA.

My apologies that the beginning of this video is exactly the same as yesterday’s behind-the-scenes video. If you skip over the intro, you’ll get to the new stuff.

And here’s the new behind-the-scenes video:

2D version:

Behind the Scenes of The Simple Carnival's Everything that Grownups Know (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

Behind the Scenes of The Simple Carnival's Everything that Grownups Know (3D anaglyph)

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video

14-days-of-the-simple-carnival-03Welcome to Day 9 of the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival!

Every day until February 14 (Valentine’s Day), I’ll be posting one cool, free Simple Carnival thing.

On February 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, so I’d like to celebrate the occasion by sharing a bunch of good stuff over these 14 days.

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Today’s Simple Carnival thing is a new behind-the-scenes video of the award-winning “The Problem with Friends” music video. “The Problem with Friends” is a track on the upcoming Smitten album, as well as part of the 3D animated music video movie Smitten 3D. First, here’s the finished video.

2D version:

The Simple Carnival – The Problem with Friends (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

The Simple Carnival – The Problem with Friends (3D anaglyph)

This behind-the-scenes video is an excerpt from an April 2016 presentation I gave at the DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery in Greensburg, PA.

And here’s the new behind-the-scenes video:

2D version:

Behind the Scenes of The Simple Carnival's The Problem with Friends (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

Behind the Scenes of The Simple Carnival's The Problem with Friends (3D anaglyph)

 

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo

14-days-of-the-simple-carnival-03Welcome to Day 8 of the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival!

Every day until February 14 (Valentine’s Day), I’ll be posting one cool, free Simple Carnival thing.

On February 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, so I’d like to celebrate the occasion by sharing a bunch of good stuff over these 14 days.

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For the past two days, I’ve mentioned “Smitten” — the opening track from The Simple Carnival’s Smitten album.

Today’s Simple Carnival thing is a cheesy but entertaining demo of that song.

First, some context.

All of the songs on the Smitten album were initially written on piano or guitar. I’d play the song in a very rough form into a terrible-sounding microcassette recorder.

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I’d transfer that recording into the computer and turn it into a mp3. I would listen to that mp3 again and again, determining whether the song held up upon repeat listens.

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Once I decided that I wanted to go through with fully fleshing out a song, the next step usually involved coming up with an arrangement. I would play bad sampled imitations of real instruments with a MIDI keyboard into my laptop.

The final (and most time-consuming) stage of production was to replace all of those fake instruments with real ones, one part at a time — and that’s the version that would end up on the album.

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Today’s recording is from the laptop demo phase. It’s pretty similar to the final recording, but the fake-sounding instruments lend a thick layer of cheese to the track.

Enjoy!

Simple_Carnival_The_-_Unreleased_-_Smitten_demo.mp3
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And in case you haven’t heard the finished version, here’s the music video for the song.

2D version:

The Simple Carnival – Smitten (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

The Simple Carnival – Smitten (3D anaglyph)

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video

14-days-of-the-simple-carnival-03Welcome to Day 7 of the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival!

Every day until February 14 (Valentine’s Day), I’ll be posting one cool, free Simple Carnival thing.

On February 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, so I’d like to celebrate the occasion by sharing a bunch of good stuff over these 14 days.

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Yesterday’s trivia question asked a question about the song “Smitten” — the title track to The Simple Carnival’s upcoming Smitten album. Today’s Simple Carnival thing is a brand new behind-the-scenes video about how the Smitten video was made. This is an excerpt from an April 2016 presentation I gave at the DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery in Greensburg, PA.

First, here’s the finished video for the song “Smitten”, in case you haven’t seen it:

2D version:

The Simple Carnival – Smitten (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

The Simple Carnival – Smitten (3D anaglyph)

And here’s the new behind-the-scenes video:

2D version:

Behind the Scenes of The Simple Carnival's Smitten (the song) (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

Behind the Scenes of The Simple Carnival's Smitten (the song) (3D anaglyph)

Like The Simple Carnival on Facebook or follow The Simple Carnival on Twitter to be reminded about tomorrow’s free Simple Carnival thing!

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!

14-days-of-the-simple-carnival-03Welcome to Day 6 of the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival!

Every day until February 14 (Valentine’s Day), I’ll be posting one cool, free Simple Carnival thing.

On February 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, so I’d like to celebrate the occasion by sharing a bunch of good stuff over these 14 days.

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve been working on a companion piece for the upcoming Smitten album. It’s a music video movie called Smitten 3D, and yes, it’s in 3D. While the album is being released on the 14th of this month, it will be several more years until the movie is complete. Not exactly the most ideal marketing strategy, but if you’re doing almost everything yourself, what else can you do?

Since I began working on Smitten 3D, I started exploring everything that was 3D-related. Along the way, I acquired this:

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This is a ViewMaster reel courtesy of Image3D along with a ViewMaster viewer.

(Technically speaking, this is not a ViewMaster reel or viewer, as Image3D goes out of its way to not use that word. But you can use actual ViewMaster reels in the Image3D viewer, and the Image3D reels can be viewed in a real ViewMaster viewer. From a functional standpoint, what Image3D is providing is basically the same thing as the ViewMaster name brand stuff.)

The ViewMaster is an old toy that has been around since the 1930s and was kind of like an early virtual reality device. When you hold the ViewMaster viewer up to your eyes, you can see the various images on the reel in 3D.

This reel contains seven images from Smitten 3D. It’s a one-of-a-kind reel. I’m not printing up any reels beyond this one. I’m giving it — as well as this viewer — away for free to a Simple Carnival fan. I’ll pay for shipping to anywhere in the world. To get a chance to win this reel and viewer, however, you must tell me the correct answer to the following trivia question before midnight EST tonight:

How many rhymes are there in the song “Smitten”?

2D version:

The Simple Carnival – Smitten (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

The Simple Carnival – Smitten (3D anaglyph)

Send your response as a message to The Simple Carnival’s Facebook account. The winner will be drawn out of a hat. The name will be announced here on this site as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE (February 7, 2017): And the winner is…Steven Golden! Congrats!

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

14 Days of The Simple Carnival, Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard

14-days-of-the-simple-carnival-03Welcome to Day 5 of the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival!

Every day until February 14 (Valentine’s Day), I’ll be posting one cool, free Simple Carnival thing.

On February 14, The Simple Carnival’s new (and final) album, Smitten, will be released. It’s been nine years since The Simple Carnival has released an album, so I’d like to celebrate the occasion by sharing a bunch of good stuff over these 14 days.

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So far, the “Simple Carnival thing” I’ve been sharing during the 14 Days of The Simple Carnival has focused on The Simple Carnival’s past. From here on out, we’re going to focus on the present.

As you may already know, one of the reasons why the Smitten album has taken so long to create is because there has been a good bit of time where I was working on the album’s companion project — Smitten 3D.

2D version:

Smitten 3D Trailer (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

Smitten 3D Trailer (3D anaglyph)

Since 2011, I’ve been creating this animated music video movie. As of this writing, half of it is done. Even though the soundtrack is being released on the 14th of this month, it will be several years until the movie will be complete and available as a 3D blu-ray.

Today is an interesting video that came out of working on Smitten 3D. Nobody has seen this video in full. First, though, some context.

When creating animation, it usually makes sense to create what’s called an animatic. An animatic is essentially an animated storyboard. This gives the film’s creators a chance to see an approximation of what the finished product will look like. It’s really important to get a preview of the finished product because ANIMATION IS EXPENSIVE.

Even if you’re working alone with a low budget — as I am — animation is expensive in terms of time and human labor. So an animatic tells the creators if the film is on the right track. It’s much cheaper to alter the animatic and get the visuals right rather than to redo what is supposed to be completed animation.

In large animated productions, there are people whose main job is to create beautiful illustrations that will be used in the animatic. In a low budget one-man-band sort of production — as Smitten 3D is — horribly-drawn stick figures work just fine. In fact, horribly-drawn stick figures are kind of a funny, abstract way to see the work in progress.

So today’s Simple Carnival thing is a stick figure animatic that I created for the video “Tornado”. “Tornado” is a song both on the album Smitten and the music video movie Smitten 3D. Directly below the animatic is the finished version of the video, which was created with construction paper cutouts and painted backgrounds.

If you watch the finished video first and then the animatic, your reaction might be, “Well, *OBVIOUSLY* the animatic is pretty much the same thing as the finished video.” But if you watch the animatic first and then the finished video, your reaction after first seeing the animatic might very well be, “What the heck did I just watch?” I’m curious to hear your comments below.

Here’s the “Tornado” animatic. You’ll notice that it’s an early mix of the song, as some instruments are missing.

The Simple Carnival – Tornado (animatic)

And here’s the finished video for “Tornado”:

2D version:

The Simple Carnival – Tornado (2D)

3D version (wear red/cyan 3D glasses with the red lens over the left eye):

The Simple Carnival – Tornado (3D anaglyph)

A special shout-out goes to Jeff and Jess Decuir of Hyperbubble, Rob Gibson of Mister Fusty, and Matt Williams of The Brigadier for lending their fine voices to this track!

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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