I meant this post to be posted on January 1st to start the new year right but apparently my resolution to stop procrastinating will hafta wait til next year... Ha ha ha...hahoooo...hooo *sigh*
Anyway, the plan is to complete a short film. 2 minutes. Simple. Fun. Attainable. Easier said than done I suppose. And I'm even hesitant to say anything for fear I can't actually get it done. I have a pretty good stack of incomplete projects; some I've even re-started just to unfinish them again. I ain't sweatin' it though - I just hope it's different this time.
So I have the audio from a friend and former co-worker, Mike Caisley. A great little dialogue piece that I hope I can do some good character work with.
I could try to tell you what it's about and how it's inspired me creatively but I won't because I'm afraid you won't care or think it's funny.
This is a creative endeavor where I'm selfishly the only audience. I'll want to show it off when I'm done (provided I finish) and hopefully others will like it. A lot of people get tied up with story and the writing and crafting what they hope is something truly fantastic. I don't really think like that and aspire to be that brilliant storyteller, but I do often think about what will get the biggest reaction. What can I show them to get them to laugh, cry, think, etc. And if that means animating a talking piece of poop, do I really want to do that? Suddenly I'm making a film for someone else. This is my free time, this is what I will enjoy watching and making. Me me me. Dammit :)
Anyway - I'll try to document significant milestones along the way on the blog. First up are the characters. This is a French (no?) couple and their look has been knocked around in my head and on paper for a couple months now. So far I can still stand lookin' at them. It's very stereotypical and part of French fashion has always been the black and white striped shirt but there's something I like about the even more simplified design sans stripes.
And here's the development doodles in chronological order. The earliest ones were doodled at Bakers Square with Dave in one of our "eat 'n' ideation" sessions...