Well the years have gone by and I’m not getting any younger. In 2012 a friend suggested to me we make a little video, a music video for a friends struggling band ‘Doc holiday takes the shotgun’, and I could draw it. Well why not I thought. The piece was scratchy and rough, which actually suited the band and the song just fine. I used traditionally methods of animation, drawing page by page like a flip book. It was a long process, but an incredibly rewarding one.
In 2013 I made my first short animated film Ink & Marrow, having remembered that goal of younger days. The film started as a quiky little story in my head, and was soon coming to life on the page. Not having any training in digital animation I went old school, and made ‘Ink & Marrow’ like a stop motion. Drawing everything by hand, illustrating the sequences, then cutting everything out, rigging a camera and taking a million photos as we moved it around the page. From there the editing process began, and this time I was hands on and edited the film myself, something I found I also enjoyed immensely, for the detail and precision of it.
The film was entered into Tropfest 2013, and from the total of 1,200 films was shortlisted to the top 100. It was such an amazing experience making it, and working with friends that it spurred a desire to make more.
From there I made my second short animated film ‘Chump’, using the same style and method. Now all I want to do is make more, more! Ideas are in my head, so watch this space.
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