Welcome back everybody. I hope you had a delightful weekend. If you didn't watch my 'How To Be Successful' Halloween episode, you missed a perfectly good time to be festive. It's never too late to watch, so you can watch it
Let me know what you think of it! Also, don't forget to share it to your friends if you do. It's about being possessed. I mean, who hasn't been there, right?
Dawn of the mini
This blog is going to focus on upcoming projects. Nothing specific, but more about how I'll be organizing a large chunk of my content into mini animations or 'minis'. If you're an avid reader of my stuff, you'll remember a couple of months ago I announced I had planned to start working on something called 'minis'. Minis are short films. Very short films actually. Specifically a mini will be under 3 minutes. The majority of minis will fall somewhere between 45 seconds- 1 minute 30 seconds.
Minis are stand alone shorts, so they will mostly have self contained stories. That doesn't rule out reuse of the characters or something like sequels or trilogies. That said, the focus of the minis will be to bring new and unique short stories in unique styles. Some minis will be simple and others will be very complex. There's a lot of flexibility with this approach in terms of storytelling and aesthetics and in beyond excited to bring these shorts to you.
I am making mini short films for a couple of reasons. The first being that the turnover rate for a mini is very quick. A short film that is about 3 minutes or more will take months to make. That's right, months. It's actually very interesting how a films production spirals into chaos as there's more time added to it, but that's another story for another day. Anyway, a 3 minute short takes a lot of planning and there is a ton of overhead to consider. It's very complex, and there is no way I would be able to release a short 3 minute film every month at the quality I desire. That's where the mini comes in. The mini is the goldilocks of short films. Not too long, not too short. There's a bit of planning but not too much. You see what I'm saying. A mini short film can be completed in a month or less even. It really depends on the style. I have very simple minis planned and very elaborate ones, but because they're so short, I can focus on making them as polished as possible. Taking all of this into consideration, the last exciting point is that creating these minis will allow me to release more quality animation next year. A lot more than this year.
What changes and what doesn't
That's a lot of exciting news to take in. There aren't really many drawbacks to producing minis, especially considering my plans to make money online. That said, I will take some time to address how the production on these types of shorts will effect my plans.
Since creating animated content is my priority now, other types of content (comics, illustrations, etc.) will take a back seat. They will have longer production cycles due to me working on it when I'm available. I don't want to split my focus further, as I am also working to generate income, and working on animation. While I have a ton of ideas for comics and illustrations, I have to be much smarter about releasing and making them.
As far as short films longer than 3 minutes, I will still be doing those. In fact I've called them my 'A' films. These projects will be larger and more elaborate, and I'm going to try to give myself several months to work on them (they'll also have other types of content associated with them). The goal is to release one of these types of films a year. This Year, 'Quiet' was the 'A' film. I am beginning to work on my next 'A' film, 'The Magician'.
'A' films like 'Quiet' and 'The Magician' will continue to be exclusive to my website. Minis and webseries will be available on: my website, YouTube and Vimeo.
I'm very excited to be working on these minis. I think they'll offer something special you won't be able to find anywhere else. I hope you guys are looking forward to it as much as I am. Also, the first mini is scheduled to drop in January.