Long time no talk!
We've been doing some prep work and after a whirlwind of "remembering sh*t", it's all starting to come together!
One of the designs I'm happiest about this run is called 'Double Or Nothing'.The design tells the story of a rabbit named Chance who's down on his luck and needs to come back.
Most of our characters take reference from human frailties and the nature of people along with experiences in life and pop culture,but the thing that stands out most about Chance is he has more references and Nods than any other character we've made.
The thought process behind the work is that you can come back from anything if you put your mind to it, but you have to try.No excuses,forget the past,just go as fast as you possibly can and run towards your goal(s).
I've had a private playlist for this character floating around for almost 3 years.The list evolved and morphed a ton since first being made,but the theme of perseverance and executing under pressure is still there.
A lot of people think the double or nothing reference comes from fighting games,sports or gambling,but the truth is it originates from the movie Rocky and a theme song I often listen to in dire times.
I've had an obsession with montage music and the speech Rocky gave to his son in Rocky Balboa for some time and the song just resonated so well with that mindset despite being earlier in the franchise.
The name Chance comes from a phrase on my wall I used to scrawl out on planes (long story) , "You have the Chance to Change A World ---Influence and Move People's Hearts"...right next to that is another piece of paper that says "You Can Always Come Back"...something I tell myself when I'm at my lowest points (yes,in an All Dogs Go To Heaven Voice).
It seemed ideal to make a character with the power to change everything,but not have the power to unless he changes himself.
People often want to change,they want the words that come from their mind and into the world once uttered to be real, but they don't commit to the proper set of actions to make those wishes a reality.
I could talk about this character for a good while I imagine,but I think it's good to leave some things to the imagination and give you guys something to look forward to at a later time.
At any rate, this is Chance's playlist.It's meant to inspire and motivate and give you words you can hear even from your lowest place.
I took a bit of extra care to make sure the songs are arranged in intervals that would make sense for high intensity running should you feel so inclined, with fast progressions followed by slower ensembles,similar to the feeling one gets during runner's high.
Chance's story is not complete,but I have hope for him,I believe he has what it takes to accomplish what he needs to in the time allotted...as do you.Be we will see,won't we?
"You have a Chance...Good Luck."