(/pinkie) The hard drive failure actually happened a lot later.
Here's the timeline:
(/sp)-I see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, and end up seeing its [credits sequence](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j58maSCwcF4
) twice. The song inspires me! I start making [something](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jinR6C7kt9E
), but I have no idea where it's going, really. I know I want to make it for the BronyCon 2014 PMV contest.
-I think "This Heir guy who just showed up in my IRC draws cute ponies and seems nice, maybe he'll want to do it with me, cause it would be really cool if this had custom-drawn ponies in it." And I sent that to him. He said yes! ~~It'll be our twenty-year anniversary in May~~
-We make more video, just making whatever pops into my head that I think flows with the music.
-Eventually I come up with an actual story! We redo some stuff to fit that story (castle, etc.)
-Oh shit it's a week left until the PMV contest submission deadline! Okay let's roll some things back to the original 'ponies having fun' lack of story, do a quick version of the final scene, it's just over a minute long, fits the criteria. Badass.
-We win the contest! Everyone thinks all the ponies died at the end because it's very unclear. Woops.
-We keep working at it, slowly.
-Like a year after the contest, my hard drive dies with no warning. Omigoodness I'm sad. [This](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IuHKyLrO0A
) is all I'm left with; all the working files are gone, except one _really_ early file like a couple weeks into production.
-I realize that at least the first 1:16 of that render is all complete, so I only actually have to start from there and redo the rest. So I start doing that.
-Procrastinate. Hide from the world because of life stuff.
-Come back to the world, resolve to work on this until it's done.
-Eventually redo some of those early scenes anyway because _everything has to be perfect and there were errors aaahhh_