The animation took three hours to make, and those three hours included the writing, voicing, music composition and recording, animating, and editing.
Since making it, I’ve had a few people ask me when I’m going to make another one.
Because children’s stories aren’t exactly my forte – you know, because every second word out of my mouth has some relationship to sex – I’ve had to think about this for a while… and I think I may have come up with something.
The new story will be based on that old idea of “being true to yourself” and will involve something called a vowelPad. I’ll be animating it with a Wacom tablet (like last time) but will probably be switching out ArtRage for Photoshop CS5 as I want to see if I can keep the type of look I have above in it.
This one will probably take a little longer than three hours to make, although the script is half written (I spent four minutes on it today) and I’ve started composing the music.
So the whole “making the storyboards for the Ninjas vs. Pirates” bit made me want to do some more animation, and since I’m a freelance journalist, I sort of have that ability to handle some writing and animating right now.
In any case, I’ve come up with a small story I might be able to throw at Tropfest next year and I just thought that you – my one and only reader – would like to see the panel I’ve bee nworking on for the past hour and a bit.
It looks better up close so make sure to click on the image...
I’m planning to keep the style pretty rough with an almost “dried paint” look. I’m doing a tone of layering here and don’t worry, there will be character animation. It’ll be loose, expressive, and likely piss me off… but I think it’ll be worth it in the end.
It's only the first few days of 2009 and already I'm feeling good.
My animation is done. While a few things need to be cleaned up (fades, small animation pieces, possibly some colour & contrast issues), the animation that I've been working on for so long is done. Finished. Completed.
It feels good to be done with it, and the response from people who've seen it so far have been nothing short of blown away & amazed. I'm not just tooting my own horn here (do people even say that anymore?), people really do seem to like my stuff.
So yeah… online soon. Just working out the bugs. Should be done by Saturday easily.
I'll probably work on getting a high definition version ready too. Not sure yet.
The Gadget Grill is being noticed… by iTunes. Search around on iTunes in the podcast directory and if you hit various sections, you'll find me at the moment. I'm on their fourth tab in the Gadgets podcasting section for Technology under "New & Notable" and in the first tab for "New & Notable" in the audio podcast section for Gadgets under Technology.