It’s been a while since I’ve checked in here about the (still unnamed) film project, and it’s high time I introduced the story’s (likewise unnamed) protagonist and sole character.*
The Traveler (working name) is intended to be something of an otherworldly being, and to read as a foreign element in the film’s setting. Their face is covered by a mask and so characterization is mostly done through body language, partially as a storytelling challenge, partially because facial animation is a hassle and who needs that stress in their life?
I’m now in the thick of animation for this thing, so expect more frequent updates! Probably!
*regarding “the landscape is a character”: oh man I used to love that phrase. But is it a character, really? Does something need to be a character in order to be interesting/important? Check your anthropocentrism, people.
Last winter I made a short animated film, mostly just to see if I could. It took half a year to complete and the finished product was a bit rough around the edges, but all in all I was pretty happy with it.
Winter is coming again here in the northern hemisphere and I’m working on a new film, this one a bit more ambitious, visually at least. There’s a lot of work to do, and I plan documenting the process here as it unfolds. For now, here’s a work-in-process look at one of the (as yet untitled) film’s backgrounds. Much more to come; stay tuned!
A quick peek at my piece for this weekend’s FireFish festival, in Lorain OH: