Hello loyal readers,
Well, this production log has been in existence for one year now and I figured I should do a year in review of all the ups and downs of the creation of an independant cartoon.
I created this plog to document my progress as I creep along through the production of "The Waif of Persephone". However, being an independant animator, I often have to temporarily shelve this project in favour of commercial work-the kind that pays the bills. This year was a particularily busy one for me; I actually for the first time had to turn down a couple of really tempting and potentially enjoyable jobs. That always hurts a little and leaves me with a nagging doubt as to the correctness of my decision but, that's life I guess. Anyhow, this year I juggled quite a few projects, among them are: Wayside a pilot for Nickelodeon on which I did storyboards and character layout; Carl Squared flash animation; 6teen storyboards. There were others too but those were the major ones that kept me busy.
When I wasn't doing that, I was plugging away on my film. I started this year with the project well underway. All of the pre-production was complete (storyboards, animatic, design and layout) and I was in the process of doing the rough animation. This year I made the decision to do some of the less complex scenes in Flash to help save some time. I was skeptical about doing this previously but after working on a few flash productions I gained some confidence that it could be blended with traditional animation in a some what seamless way. As I completed a few scenes I started to become emboldened by the results and started to animate more and more scenes in flash. Thusly, I animated approximately 67 scenes in Flash which is almost half of the total number of scenes!
Also, in 2005 I finished all of the rough animation for the remainder of the scenes and began the laborious job of inbetweening and clean-up of the final animation.
As well as animation, 2005 saw the start of background painting. So far, I have painted about half of the backgrounds.
The life of this blog has also been an exciting one. Twice mentioned on Cartoon Brew, the most read animation blog on the internets. Once mentioned on Drawn.ca an equally prestigious illustration and animation blog. So thanks to Amid Amidi and Jay Stephens! And thanks to all of you who read it and leave comments (even the negative ones) It's nice to be noticed.
And so, here we all are in January of 2006! Happy birthday PLOG!
Cheers to you all!