• Adrian Lopez Valle

Mariotravel209 - 10th Anniversary

The beginning of a new era

It was the year, 2009. I was 10 years old in the 5th grade having a few friends, was more awkward than the other kids and stayed indoors most of my days. However, I knew how to do one thing. Make movies. I picked up a video camera the first time when I was only five years old and I was only three, I was using the computer to play my Nick Jr. online games. These were the days when Windows Movie Maker was all the buzz.

During this era, this was also the first time I've discovered two things that would permanently change my life forever. The internet and my imagination. YouTube, specifically. The idea of making a video and uploading it straight from your computer for the world to see inspired me to make something. A year later, I was experimenting with ideas in my home and would show off some of my work to my classmates at school. Some thought my work was weird, while others were interested in seeing more. Suddenly, this was when my passion for story-telling grew and so did the world of my imagination and dreams. Inspired by The Cute Mario Bros, I started doing plush videos. My 10 year-old self with my dad, recording with an Olympus Camcorder, filming and voicing my Mario plush traveling to San Francisco in a BART Train, filled with strangers and homeless people.

On March 29, 2010, Mariotravel209 was born. 

The Mario and Sonic Tribute - Headstrong is my first YouTube video, uploaded on May 8, 2010.

Celebration in the making

To celebrate my 10th anniversary, the Mariotravel209 brand will be revamped for the rest of 2020 and will resume back in its original state on January 1, 2021. With that being said, a teaser trailer for The Mario and Sonic Tribute - Headstrong 3 has also been released, with the project having a release date on May 30, 2020. Headstrong 3 will be an animated music video, featuring video game heroes, Mario and Sonic and it will be my first video to be animated entirely in Autodesk Maya. More info and details shall arrive about the project soon.

But as of now, let the celebration begin! 😁

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