|Frodo Who the f**k is this chap? Pippin Oh just some blockheaded drunkard from Hardbottle|
I think I'm finally on the road where the term it'll pay off in the end has significant relevance. Not in a literal sense as my financial issues are far from being settled, but metaphorically; where playing the waiting game has now begun rewarding me for my patience. This month especially I have felt incredibly uplifted by upcoming events and networking with people connected to these events (all animation related of course). I feel that my current status as an animator is steadily growing with every message I send, every piece of feedback I receive or the comments concerning my work. Every opportunity I am given is graciously accepted. I just need to focus and channel all this productive feeling into productive ACTION!
|I took a few photographs for my uncle's portfolio|
After a few cheerful emails it was arranged for me to visit the Yaminations Studio in the Custard Factory where Drew told me about his upcoming project (which sounds incredible) and went through the story of his main character. He was storyboarding when I arrived so I was lucky enough to take a gander at the visual aspects of the project; camera angles, the positioning of characters etc. Storyboarding is very important and I admit that I do not always go through this process with some of my animation shorts. This is because a lot of the time I get too excited about an idea I have the urge to animate straight away. The pilot episode of George the Knight was only half storyboarded, and I didn't strictly keep to that script either. So I am hoping that I shall not make any mistakes for George II and also for Zabrina the zebra. These shall be carefully drawn up (I shall look into downloading Storyboard Pro) and eventually become a couple more episodes of nonsense.
But I like nonsense. People who know me will understand that I thrive upon it.
Going briefly back to the work experience chapter - I start in early September for a few weeks. And boy am I excited!
|Zabrina pouts as she rejects the idea of children keeping her as a pet.|
Ah yes, the much awaited project involving Zabrina the zebra has finally landed. And, I am a little embarrassed to say, that it is rather late in production as the task was appointed to me nigh on 14 months ago. Myself, Alex Young and May Jowdh were even on the Signal 1 breakfast show to confirm our commitment to helping promote Blackbrooks Zoo with the creations of these animation shorts. In true Creature Comforts fashion, we each chose an animal from the list and were given the vox pop of that character (who was impersonated by a random schmuck) to henceforth animate said animal. Alex worked with the peacock I believe, whilst May animated and edited together her Kentucky the Penguin short and has been the only member of the group to succeed in the venture.
|It's hard to see, but the front vinyl is renamed Kinda 'Kinky' by The Kinks.|
|I couldn't resist the inclusion of animation related gossip.|
|Attention to detail; there are notes on that clipboard!|
So my plan of action is to animate Zabrina using my own vocal devices and leave the official interview element out of it for now. Possibly because of the irrelevance of such a film; it has been well over a year. For all I know, Blackbrooks Zoo could of easily been closed down and all the animals shipped off to Madagascar.