Entry 56: Keep Moving Forward
It was a normal Monday this week; ran a few errands, drew a little, and then I saw some unsettling news online: Monty Oum, a local Texan animator, passed away at the age of 33. A week earlier he was reported to have suffered from an allergic reaction while undergoing a simple surgery procedure, but things went south after he fell into a coma.
I have never experienced a significant lose or death in my life, so the passing of people or actors usually makes me reminisce in their works of art, whether it be a great movie or book.
Being a devoted fan of Rooster Teeth, an online web-content creator and hilarious film studio, I was aware of the significant and profound effect Monty Oum had on the independent company. I mostly associated Monty with his insane work ethic of working non-stop for 30 hours at a time, which led him to fall asleep mid-conversation on several occasions.
Looking back on his work and videos, I truly believe he was a physical embodiment of creativity. If I tried to compare my creative endeavors to him, I would easily look like a blind mouse trying to paint a landscape. My artwork pales in comparison to Monty's creativity, simply because he understood his gift and he used it to the fullest potential that his body could handle.
When the Rooster Teeth Podcast aired on Monday, they celebrated his life with fond memories. I would not only encourage you to watch their video for the humorous memories, but for the impact a single creative spark had for this company.
The video that I most associate with Monty's talents is from Red vs Blue, a web-series that is 12 seasons so far. The web-series is primarily machinima, so the character are limited in movement by the video game, like in this gif:
Monty, being the creative genius that he is, used motion capture to add this fight scene between these video game characters (mind the language):
To summarize my thoughts and feelings on Monty's passing, I look back at what I have accomplished and what I could accomplish. I consider myself as a creative person, but at times I feel like I squander my talents by wasting time on frivolous things, like movies and video games. But when I watched the tribute video of Monty Oum, his words never discourage the use of time, but he encouraged to make the most of it. He believed in the divine spark that he was given, so he created until exhaustion overtook him, and he would repeat the process every single day.
His motto was "keep moving forward," and the staff of Rooster Teeth supported his wishes in their statement online, to which I will fulfill as well: