As it's notoriously known for, Christmas has come and gone once again, and I'm just sitting trying to gather my bearings while I await for the announcement of summer vacation. Though I'm sad to see the holiday season go, I did have a very nice Christmas and received a lot of exciting gifts that I look forward to incorporating in my future videos. In addition, I vlogged the entirety of my Christmas break and fit it into a twenty two-minute vlog, so if you'd be interested in watching it, you can watch it here:
One gift that I received in particular, as pictured in my vlog, is a Lori wooden dollhouse (it looks more like a loft or an apartment, but you get the gist). I found it at Target a few months back and wished to own one for myself, but given how packed my bedroom is with toys and supplies I figured that it would be one dollhouse too many. Despite this, I was very surprised to find it on Christmas morning when my sister made me go on a hunt for it, and almost as soon as I placed the little furniture and my six-inch Strawberry Shortcake dolls inside, the ideas just came pouring in.
I don't want to give too much away since people often like to steal my ideas, but let's just say that I decided to start a new series the day I opened this dollhouse, and it's one that I am really thrilled to begin. It'll be another SSC series, of course, but one that'll take a far different approach than it's predecessor A Day in Berry Bitty City. Strawberry and her friends will take on new roles and slightly different personas, and perhaps we'll even see some of the elements that they'd never show in Berry Bitty Adventures (if my sisters are reading this, they will be ecstatic. Trust me). I must admit, part of my inspiration for this derives from the new Strawberry Shortcake stop motion series Beyond the Box, which the company hosted a contest for this past summer to find animators to work on the four-episode mini-series. Stupidly, I entered without realizing how many credentials I would need in order to succeed and was crushed by my professional competitors. By the third stage of the contest, I dropped out, and after that experience I don't think I would have the confidence to enter another one. The past is in the past now, and I've learned to move on from that humiliating experience. I thought it would blossom into something bigger for me, but apparently it wasn't meant to be, and that's okay. I'll just spend this time continuing to work on my YouTube channel (I'm considering starting a new one come 2016, but it'd be completely separate from MirandaShortcake and would be more personable) and if Strawberry wants to contact me someday to do a bit of work for her company, that'd be great. I don't know if it'll ever happen, but hey, it doesn't hurt to believe it will.
Watching Beyond the Box gives me mixed feelings. Part of me is ecstatic that Strawberry has finally entered the world of stop motion and is gushing over the detailed sets and how much movement the dolls have in the animations. Another part of me feels, I don't know, a bit intimidated and unprofessional. The series makes me realize how far of a way I have to go, and at this rate, I fear that if the SSC company does actually contact me someday, it won't be anytime soon. Maybe the opposite effect might occur, but I can't be sure. My animations dull in comparison to the hard work put into those one to three-minute episodes - and our plotlines are entirely dissimilar. I guess I should cut myself a bit of slack given they had a production team work on this series that's had plenty of experience while I'm a teenage girl working on stop motions in my bedroom on a much smaller budget, but my point remains.
Okay, I switched topics kind of quickly there. What I really wanted to say is that my new stop motion series, which will focus on my larger Strawberry Shortcake dolls (I've had them for years and have hardly used them for anything), will be slightly inspired from Beyond the Box but won't become a copy of it. I am definitely not supportive of copycats. Rather, my series will be a little more mature if I can make it that way, but I wouldn't want you to assume that I mean there will be inappropriate themes in my episodes. No, I don't mean that. I'll more so touch on certain subjects such as the struggles of getting a jumpstart to a career, and yes, perhaps other themes such as dating. I'm not going to focus too much on that aspect because it'd be too awkward for me (my family watches my videos, after all), but in order for me to reach an older audience, I have to incorporate more age-appropriate and realistic themes. We'll just see how this goes.
I took a few test shots of my Strawberry doll in the house, and I instantly fell in love with them. The house is so open that it allows for pretty much any camera angle, and that's a great plus. The more camera angles, the more professional and the merrier. ^_^
I'm hoping this series will bring my channel to a better state and will help introduce Strawberry to an older audience. When will production begin? I don't know for certain. All I know is that I have several ideas for this series and I'm excited to show them to the world.