Greetings and salutations. ^_^ My name is Sam Dillard.
I live just south of Fort Worth, Texas and have lots of dorky hobbies. My main passion is to develop games and movies, compose music, and dabble in 3D animation. My big dream would be to assemble an awesome team of peeps kinda like The Avengers... but with super geeky and badass nerds instead. And we would fight evil by making cool video games and films.
Aside from projects or freelance jobs, I spend my time writing stories and practicing Chinese internal martial arts. Yeah, as you might have guessed, I basically have no social life hehe.
I'm also completely self-taught in all of my creative endeavors. I have never taken piano lessons, art lessons, or anything like that. Everything I learned, I learned on my own through trial and error, and by devoting many years in pursuit of knowledge and skills. Being poor also had something to do with it too... ah well, when you start at the bottom you can only go up!
Never had much going in the way of friends or close family either, so movies and videogames kept me company, and I was inspired from childhood to make my own.
I live a pretty boring life really. I don't drink or smoke, not into partying unless it's a nerdy video game meetup, and I stay healthy and active as much as possible.
Currently I work out of my music studio / animation house / martial arts training center... a.k.a. my bedroom. One day I hope to have a team with people, not just me and my cat like it is now :)
Feel free to contact me for music or video commissions, or simply to
say hello. Please do not use any of my work without my permission :)
October 11, 2014
Metroid Cinematica is a new album based on the Metroid games. Music from just about every title in the series will be featured, all part of a singular vision of a dark, dramatic film-style soundscape. Release planned for late Oct/early November.
Check out the official page here
Also follow on Facebook for more previews and behind-the-scenes info!
Harmony Of Heroes is officially released!
Over one hundred tracks of music from the Smash Bros games, with remixes from a ton of musicians- including myself. Featured here is my song from the album, Dark Horizons :) It's a big suite comprising many of the darker themes from the Legend Of Zelda series. If you love the music of Smash Bros, a.k.a.
pretty much everything from Nintendo, be sure to check out the album!
Golden Age Soundtrack
Beyond music I am also very much a visual artist. I love to doodle and sketch on paper as well as digitally, and also create 3D animation. Most of my artwork is done for my own game projects, but I also take commissions.
Cinematic music video for my song, Beyond The Glass.
From Harmony Of A Hunter, this features a full-fledged
animated opening. Took about six months to create.
Trailer for the Smash Bros. album, Harmony Of Heroes.
It started from the idea of having a rap-battle between
Mario and Donkey Kong, mainly static character shots.
My passion for creating games goes back to childhood, as I sat around designing new levels for Mega Man or Metroid, and I knew I wanted to make my own someday.
After spending several years focusing on music and animation, I've finally begun to get back around to finishing some of my game projects started over the years.
Most of them exist as simple engine tests or demo levels, so there's not much to show at the moment. But I plan to start releasing some full PC games soon.
Example Game: Cybovore
This isn't much of a game really. I was commissioned to produce a sci-fi graphics library for a game resource kit a few years back. They asked if I could also make a basic game demo out of the graphics to show what they could do, and this is the result. Took about two days. It's basically an old-school space shooter, like R-Type and the like. Nothing fancy, few levels, some power-ups and two bosses. Takes about 15 min to beat.
Kinda hard hehe, press CTRL to roll and dodge bullets!
These so-called internal arts have quite a lot more
than simply "punching and kicking" and are often
misunderstood thanks to confusion regarding
esoteric concepts such as "chi" and energy.
They are an important part of my life however-
physically and mentally, and define who I am right
alongside my music and other nerdy aspects.
All original content copyright © Sam Dillard (Samo Studios)
People have asked, so I've included some brief info about my martial arts practice.
I am a practitioner of Daoqiquan, which for the past few hundred years has been a private family system in China; an extensive collection of martial arts, philosophy, meditation and health skills all of which are developed to a very high degree.
Among Daoqiquan are classical Chinese martial arts, some of which I study:
Xing Yi Quan, or "Mind Shape Boxing" is a very powerful fighting art which uses
the Five Elements- water, wood, fire, earth, and metal, to deliver devastating strikes. It's a concise, militaristic style that is very practical and effective.
Tai Ji Quan, more commonly called Tai Chi, is a very deep art that is rooted in
combat- not "slow moving health exercise" as many believe it to be. It uses the concepts of yin and yang to neutralize attacks and destroy the enemy's balance.
You can download all of my music in one big collection right here :)
Metroid Cinematica Facebook Group