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Benjamin Smith @EKublai

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Wesleyan University '13

Chicago, IL

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Posted by EKublai - 5 days ago


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Ohh, Laurie. I do not envy your position, for what you are about to go through in this house will truly be life-changing. Not that all change is bad, but the real horror of things that go on in this house is that you will change because others refuse to, history will repeat itself, and you yourself will end up being just another Bump in the Night.

 

THIS IS IT, NG. From 2003 and some dumb slideshow animation about George Bush to the Ink to The World is Saved to today, I will finally have a short film and I could not be more indebted to the openess and weirdness of Newgrounds for being the laboratory for so many experiments. Thank you Tom, all the staff, and everyone who ever watched a video or listened to a song I posted on here these past fifteen years. From the beginning, I said if I were ever to win an oscar, Newgrounds would have a special place in my acceptance speech. I'm nowhere near there yet, but I hope to make you all proud.

This is a project that has technically been in the works for almost a year, but really it's been the past 6, the days of working longer hours, keeping my spending in check, figuring out just what I want to use this saved money for, it all comes down to this. I have a tremendous group of people surrounding me to get this film done, and I can't wait to show it to you all in its best form. Thank you for following if you have and if you're just stumbling on this project now. Welcome, it's been and will continue to be a heck of a ride. 

In the meantime, check out this test footage for a mystery water effect... hmmm. I wonder where this will come into play?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/vmKXN4Us9Oc"


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Posted by EKublai - 3 weeks ago


Like the Facebook Page! It helps my career and makes me fall in love with you.

 

10... 9... 8... 7... 6.... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1.... Oh the euphoria of the new year. I many of you will party and be merry tonight. And I hope a minimal few of you end up dead.

To celebrate Just thought I spread the Bumpin' love with some film pics.

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A creepy hallway. Just for you.695600_154630401113_ScreenShot22018-12-10at7.01.57PMcopy.png

This story takes place in a former fraternity.

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My Director of Photography kicking the camera's ass on the pics you've seen.

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Camera ass-shots like this one!

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And of course me pictured center. Trying to look as much like a director as possible, I dressed up like a regular Chris Nolan. Personally I think I look like a jackass and will probably tone it down in the future.

 

Anyway, that's that! Happy New Year's everyone. We are super excited to start filming again in mid-January, and then who knows! To anyone who takes an interest in this project, your support really lights a fire under us, so thank you!

 


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Posted by EKublai - 1 month ago


I want to first again thank Newgrounds for always being that creative outlet throughout my younger years. I may be older, but NG has contributed a great deal to my creative health.

And this is where it’s led me:

— I’ve been trying, trying, trying to figure out what to do about you fools. I still have one flash movie y’all haven’t seen… I haven’t worked on that thing in 5 years. But I’ve kind of moved on from animation sadly, and kind of just became “that writing guy”.

But finally, finally, finally, I have something worthy of posting and trying to get everyone riled up about again. And it’s this:

(Already sold? You can help immensely by liking Bump in the Night on Facebook)

This is Bump in the Night: The story of a husband and wife moving into their newly bought home, a former fraternity house. But as the husband calls in to say his flight won’t be making it the first night, the woman finds herself alone, with a growing feeling that whatever frat party was last thrown here… may never have actually ended.

That’s right. I’m writing and directing a short horror film. That’s not to say that I haven’t made movies before or even horror movies. But this is the first time I can say, without question, this is GOLLY-PUKIN REAL JONES FILM. Pulling out all the stops and I hope you all enjoy the journey I’m about to take you on.

An original script. Real Locations. Ambitious special effects. A crew of 15.

We’ve already shot five days of this thing, and we’re set to shoot five more in mid-January. I’m going to post some behind the scenes stuff on here. I'm super excited guys. I really, really hope you enjoy. Thanks for being here for me.

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Posted by EKublai - July 13th, 2016


And I will. Soon.


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Posted by EKublai - February 10th, 2016


For those of you who don't know me, and none of you do, I'm a very talkative gamer when no is around. I make jokes that, hell, I think are pretty funny. So why not put it on video?

I definitely need some help on making a list of PS4 games to play. Right now, I have the Witcher and Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain and I have the free games with Playstation Plus. I'm really up for anything but would love some curation on good games for streaming.

 

Thanks!


Posted by EKublai - December 14th, 2015


Knocking on doors, talking politics. Things are looking good for Bernie in Iowa.

 

I made a sign. People liked it.

Here's a video of the magic flowing. Pretty cute. I got about a dozen more of these kinds of videos of people lining up to take pictures.

https://www.facebook.com/1138650190/videos/vb.1138650190/10205908110238745/?type=3&theater

 

Feel the Bern, everyone!


Posted by EKublai - November 28th, 2015


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Hey y'all, maybe some of you noticed me among the big list of names on the side of NG's 20th Anniversary Collab page.

You won't directly find me in the mix of this collab, but I'm in there. Go to the stories page of the collab and hit the bookcase. There you can read a short story concocted by a bunch of Newgrounds members. I ended up editing a lot of it. Check out the mini-games section for a fun little quiz that'll test your reading comprehension (I still haven't beaten it yet. lol.)

 

I just wanted to thank @whirlguy for such a kickass nostalgia piece. It's so nice seeing how much of my formative years was not forgotten by the other members.


Posted by EKublai - November 18th, 2015


Wow.

Her first novel, "Chasing Shadows" was just selected as a finalist for a prestigious CYGNUS Award! Drop @Krissalus a pm to tell her congratulations! Support NG Writing!

"Unbroken Light" by K.N Salustro

Weird Planets. Weirder inhabitants. A story about a bounty hunter and the Fleet Commander who was supposed to bring her to justice, and now finds himself joining forces.

All you aspiring writers take notes. This is how you release a book in the digital age. She fucking killed itwith a kickstarter campaign.

First of all, let me just say this: I've read both of @Krissalus 's novels (the first two books in a trilogy) and they are balls-to-the-wall awesome space opera adventures. Extremely dark and mature, but immediately accessible and deep. The characters are just awesome. Best book I've read all year.

Paperback

Kindle

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Posted by EKublai - September 22nd, 2015


Happy Madness Day!!!

 

 

While a mere two debates has resulted in two Republican candidates dropping out of the race, the DNC continues to belittle the importance of debates to this democratic process (and disingenuously, fyi, they know exactly how important debates are to democracy and that is why they are belittling them)

This isn't conspiracy theory. This is an opaque attack on the process. 

The democratic debates are October 13 on CNN (Okay, so far so good), November 14th on CBS (Why a weekend? People are out on Saturday nights... No one's going, too...), December 19th (The WEEKEND between Hannukah and Christmas? Wait, that decision couldn't possibly have been made in good conscience), January 17th (Another weekend?!?!? AND WHY ON A SUNDAY!?!? THE FREAKING NFL PLAYOFFS ARE ON!!!!), 

Is the Democrat Primary Debate Schedule rigged in order to crown a particular candidate? It's a reasonable question that turns into a ridiculous question when you consider these factors.
 
It isn't just the sheer dearth of sorely needed debates, it is the systemic information suppression at work here. The fact is, is that both party committees love it when the voter turnout is low. That means millions of less votes are at stake, and millions less need convincing.

The debates are inexplicably scheduled on weekends (the lowest tv ratings blocks as opposed to Weeknight primetime). Why? It does not take a genius to see why. It takes someone completely manipulated to see why not.

This is a clear effort to suppress democracy in the party by Howard Dean and Debbie Wasserman Schultz and, sorry to my friends, but I will not stop bringing it up until it's set right.


Posted by EKublai - September 17th, 2015


Click here for the campaign page

Newgrounds animator, writer, and all around tremendous talent @KrisSalus has launched a kickstarter for her second novel. It's a Sci-fi novel set in the far-future, about a galactic government facing off against an old foe, and the bounty hunter on a quest to settle a blood debt.  I've read both this novel and the prequel, and it's absolutely balls-out awesome. There's a bit of a Mass-Effect vibe for sure, but that might just be because the writing is soooo solid. Just check out the trailer, which features music by NGer @nicholascabraja .

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So please support K.N. Salustro if you dig what she's doing here on Newgrounds and in other areas. Apparently, it's just five bucks for BOTH books on e-book or $25 for them in signed paperback and a bunch of other goodies, which ain't bad at all (The Newgrounds Writing Anthology went for $20, lol I totes robbed you fwells)

 

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/244728225/unbroken-light-the-star-hunters-book-2