Hello everyone. It feels good to be back. I can't tell you how relaxed I've become since my last post. I'm still laser focused on my goals, perhaps even more so now- but it's been pleasant taking a step back from the chaos that is animation. Even if it's for a small amount of time, any time at all is a good thing.
That being said, if you haven't, please watch my short film 'Flight':
It's about a penguin that wants to fly. I'm sure you can relate, everybody has dreams right?
Lay of the land
Let's get into the nitty gritty of things now. First things first, thank you to everyone who has been watching, liking, sharing and commenting on my videos. This means so much to me. Aside from wanting to grow a fan base, just seeing an increasing amount of people support and believe in me just feels amazing. I've struggled making work and developing an audience for a long time, so to see my videos doing better and better really gives me desire to press on even under increasingly difficult to manage circumstances (that's a blog for another day).
Seeing the growth and the comments really put a smile on my face. Before I transition to another topic, I do want to say one more thing about my audience. I've had people come up to me and ask to help me produce things, or ask what they can do to help me and the one thing that matters most I think to me, is that if you like my content, just share it with your group of friends. It's simple but very effective, because it introduces my work to a new group of people.
Now obviously I'm not saying your not a fan of you don't share my work, but sharing my work is the best way to support me at this point. Reason being is that production of a short for me is a very stringent process that I'm constantly trying to improve and update and I'm simply more at ease on producing my own shorts on my own time than seeking help. Again, this is not to say anything of the quality of help I've had in the past, but I really do just like working on every aspect of production (perhaps storyboarding not so much). Making a short is a very intimate process for me, so I'm always reluctant to farm out some of the work, even if it would help me or make others happy, it's just not something I can say I'm particularly interested in doing at the moment.
Now, back on track. I want to reiterate that I will not be putting out daily, weekly or monthly illustrations on social media. It simply takes too much work and my time is becoming more and more limited and I want to focus whatever time I have crafting pieces of animation. That said, I will be showing production art and animatics of my shorts. A ton of planning and work goes into making a film and I'd like to show glimpses of the process when I can. This is part of my 'garage' initiative. Where I show some behind the scenes content for my films. I talked briefly about the garage at the end of last year, but I'll throw a quick mention of it here.
Due to a ton of different forces effecting my life, I have to push the garage content to later this year. I have a plan of the exact type of content I want to show in it, but I have to start compiling the files and assets and make them presentable. The extra work I have to take in making the files presentable wasn't in the original plan, and the lack of time I have for preparing this content made me realize pushing 'the garage' back was the smart thing to do. Also, when I originally talked about the garage, I pitched it as a separate channel with a ton of different features. This is not the case any more, at least at the start. The garage will be a separate playlists with animatics, maybe some how-to-draw videos (featuring my characters) and some other behind the scenes content.
I've come to believe that this kind of content pairs well with the current videos on my channel and won't split my fanbase and resources. It's the smart thing to do at my current size/ popularity. That said, if this content becomes more popular, I'll have an easy time spinning it off to a separate venue. The content in 'the garage' is compiled as I make a short film, so the only production time for the content is setting up the files and rendering, so it shouldn't have much of an effect on the release of my short films.
Now a little update on my short films. So the exciting news is that I now have all of the films I plan to release for this year scheduled for production. There are a few minis, a new 'A' class short film and a second season of 'How To Be Successful' and some other little miscellaneous videos. There will also be some old faces that make an appearance later on in the year. Overall there's a ton of content I am planning to show. Before I continue, I do want to stress that the content is scheduled, but it can and may be pushed back due to my schedule, or for other purposes (film festival runs mainly). So I don't want to say for certain that everything will be out this year, but I am trying my hardest to keep a consistent rollout of content. That said, there is a little bit of something for everyone! I hope you guys will enjoy the content.
Lastly to facilitate the creation of these cartoons under my more constrained schedule, I am learning toonboom. Toonboom will allow me to organize assets and puppets that I wouldn't have been able to do with my current program (tvpaint). With that said, not all of my content will be made in toonboom, nor will they have the 'flash look' to it. I will continue making the majority with tvpaint using hand drawn animation. Some minis may use puppets or other means of creation, but I am adamant in giving each little short a unique personality of its own.
So this post was a lot longer than I anticipated but there's a lot of stuff I wanted to update you guys on. I'll continue to prioritize short film creation any way that I can while also increasing my content output with 'garage' features. There's a lot to love on the horizon and I hope you all find something to love with the shorts I have planned. See you next time!