Well, it’s been exactly two years since I wrote a post here… is blogging still a thing that people do? In my defense the world’s been a bit weird, no?
The film that I was just starting to tease in my last posts is now complete! It’s called Meteor, and I’m currently working on getting it seen. With that finished, I’m in the very early stages of my next long-term animation project. I suspect it’ll ultimately take the form of a video installation with a strong narrative component; more on that once I have something to show for it.
In the mean time, for fun/practice/keeping-my-sanity-over-the-winter-months, I’m making a series of ten-second(ish) fantasy films called The Inhabited World. I’ll be posting new ones here and on my YouTube channel as I finish them- probably every other week.
New film in the works; here are the roots
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.
Just a few pages from my sketchbook, showing aspects of the film in various states of gestation, as well as a look at what one could generously call my process:
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: