A Dilettante’s Guide to Filmmaking, part 3: Character Building

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.*

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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?

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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.

A Dilettante’s Guide to Filmmaking

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!

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Coming Soon(ish)

So it’s been pretty quiet on this blog.  I’ve been busy over the fall and winter (and probably a not insignificant portion of the spring to come) working on a short animated film.  Here’s a still:

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No title as yet, but the film will be a ghost story of sorts. I’m hoping to have a short preview excerpt up in the near future; stay tuned!