I made a ton of progress on the demo reel today; I should easily have everything online and ready to go in less than a week. The pixel art is incredibly time-consuming, but not nearly to the same level as the music. I’ve been composing everything in Famitracker, an NES soundchip emulator, which is a fantastic tracker but like any other tracker it basically looks like you’re composing in hexadecimal on a Commodore 64. Building music this way really gives you an insight as to why NES-era music and SFX sounded the way they did.
Next up: actually cutting the stupid reel. Then some more work in Flash. Never thought I would have to look at Actionscript ever again.