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Anyone who has been in the gaming or film industries has a simultaneous, knee jerk reaction to the word "crunch". For us, crunch means little to no sleep, irregular eating and bathing patterns and a bucket load of stress and deadlines. These symptoms are usually accompanied by weight gain/loss and a significantly diminished personal life. But one of the most curious things to happen when exposed to prolonged crunch is a strange waking dreamlike state in which you find everything hilarious and time seems to skip a head in snaps and leaps. Really, it's a lot like being drunk.

When content creators first experience crunch, it's almost addictive. You want to push and push and push and make things above and beyond what they need to be. Sure, it's no problem to operate on 4 hours of sleep 7 days a week. What could possibly go wrong? It's so worth it!

When you're about to go into your second or third crunch, you start to think of plans on how to deal with the side effects, you start hearing the warnings you were previously told like, "pace yourself, you're more efficient when you're awake" but for some reason you still keep saying, "pfffffffft , I'm fiiiiiiiine."

By the time you hit your fifth crunch you start to experience "burn out" right out of the gate. You think you're fine but as you first start to sit down to those long hours you realise you just don't have the capacity, the reservoirs you once had in the good old days. This is the most dangerous time as you haven't quite figured out your limits and how to keep everything balanced but you are being made aware that you have to, and fast.

Coming up on the eighth crunch you know you can't do it like you used to. Period. You get that sinking fear about every choice being made pre crunch knowing it will all turn to chaos once the evitable hits. You're a nervous wreck muttering under your breath, "I can't do it again, I can't do it again...", the dark walls start pressing in and you're going to be crushed under it all. You go into work on a Sunday again trying to tell yourself "just get through this, just get through this" and then something happens. You see the first bits of detailed facial performance tech come online, you animate Cullen smirking and laughing awkwardly for the very first time, then suddenly you remember why you signed up for this madness in the first place.

I love making scenes and I love making games. Worth it.


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KoShiatar Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh is that you with the romance folder? Well well well. :D 
Since I'm purely a 2d artist I love the chance to follow someone who is a pro at 3D. 
Splintter Nov 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Unfortunately, all the stuff I post on DA is purely 2D as well :( if you wanna see my latest 3D anims you'll have to wait for more marketing material, trailers etc to be released. Stay tuned :)
KoShiatar Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You can bet I will. I take it for granted you're working on Inquisition, but what did you do BEFORE Dragon Age? I appreciated your work (not just the puppy eyes, I swear) and would like to see more. 
Splintter Nov 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You mean before DA:I (which was Mass Effect) or before my time at Bioware?
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Happy Birthday from Hungary!
Keep up the good work. ;)
gummigator Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy B-day~! :3 I hope you have an awesome day!! keep up the art. ^.^
Happy birthday!!! :iconcaekplz:
Splintter Aug 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
haha, thanks!
TheDivineMissM-94 Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! I hope you have a good one :D
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