What's up April

Introduction

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all have had a great last month. Spring has sprung and love is in the air. What's not to love? Before we get started, I'm just gonna put this out there. Today is my birthday! Yup. I'm 26 years old now and starting the roll over that hill. It's a very interesting time for me. So here's to a good 26th year!

Computer Brains

So if you follow me on pretty much any major social networking website, you may have come across my latest film: Computer Brain.

 
 

It's about a guy who wants to put his mind into a computer, with some surprising consequences. I just want to say thank you to everyone who watched the film, liked it and shared it with their friends and family. It really means the world to me to know that people like my work enough to show other people.

That said, 'Computer Brain' was one of my favorite short films to make in recent history. The short was a return to the puppeting style of animation that I once did with my friends a few years ago. That's the main reason it's animated so smoothly. I animated the film in about a week and had a great time doing so. In making this film I realized how important puppet animation will be for me, so I am making it a goal to animate more films with puppets. I'm really excited about the prospects of other projects using puppets.

Dawn of the shorty

Lastly, for today an announcement. There will be a new category of short films I will be creating called 'shorties' or the 'shorty'. Shorties are single gag short films, similar to minis but shorter. More specifically shorties will usually be 45 seconds or less. Here are some details:

Short films:

  • A-class films
  • Are at least 3 minutes long
  • Generally will be released once a year

Mini films:

  • Range from 1 minute to 3 minutes
  • Generally 2-3 releases a year

Shorties:

  • Under 1 minute
  • Can be released to fill in gaps

The reason I am including shorties is due to their quick turn around time. Life has been very stressful in recent times for me and will probably continue to be so for a long time, so I want to do what I can to quell the stress before it gets out of hand. By creating the shorties, I'll be able to stock up on a library of content that I can release without breaks or hiatuses. This will give me more time to make nicer minis and short films at the pace I want, have a life and de-stress.

Shorties are the most versatile of content in my arsenal. The gags can really be anything and they're focused. I can have a shorty that's wonderfully animated or have one with a more detailed style, but the kicker is that no matter what it looks like, it will most certainly always be easier and quicker to complete it. The binding time limit of the shorty allows me to be experimental and punctual, leaving little if any overhead. For example, here are the average times to complete short films, minis and shorties:

Short Films: 3-6 months

Mini films: 1-2 months

Shorties: under a week

So by showing you the time for completion of each category, hopefully you can understand how this will be a huge boon for my sanity. Of course there will still be minis, short films and web-series, but ultimately the shorties will be my lifeline until I can start living exclusively off of making films.

Next month I plan to release my first shorty and in doing so I have had to move some other content around. Even though my release schedule has been altered slightly, I still think I can deliver all of my planned films to you this year without much of a fuss. I hope you enjoy them!