Figured it was time to spruce up the ol' showreel and try to get back on the professional animation horse! Included some of the animation exercises I've been doing lately to stay in practice, as well as some clips from a project that hopefully will see release sometime this year that I first worked on back in 2017! Enjoy!
After years of talking about it and planning, the first Doctor Chaotic short is finally complete! The time I've had out of studio has given me some free time and creative energy to finally pour into completing this short, which has existed as doodles and separate little plans in many various points since back when I was at university. The backgrounds are definitely something I want to improve on next time I do a Doctor Chaotic short, but I'm mostly happy with the character animation, and most importantly I'm happy that this finally exists, after so long stuck as an idea. Hope you enjoy it!
So I've finally gotten the animatic sorted! I'm still one line of dialogue down from having all of the final voices down, but other than that, I've got the story, the jokes, the shots and the timing of everything all worked out! It's currently unlisted on my YouTube, but if you don't mind spoilers, it's embedded below the Read More break.
I've been starting to tweak Doctor Chaotic's design, as well as revisiting a character called White Owl, who was created back in 2013 for a minor university assignment. I've had an idea for a short, largely focusing on Doctor Chaotic, that would help set the stage for the further stories involving the two of them that I think have quite significant potential in terms of story and humour.
Just a little piece of animation to keep me somewhat in practice over the summer here, of my Doctor Chaotic character doing a little dance. It makes a nice looping GIF.
So I recently updated my showreel with a couple small bits from the BBC Listening Project - replacing some old first year exercise stuff, and some stuff that was there because I didn't have anything else. I decided to just go ahead and have the music play at a constant volume throughout, as I wasn't sure whether or not showing the sound that the lips were syncing to was particularly necessary - especially now that there's animation from something that's technically actual work that hasn't yet been released.
On top of this, I've also been doodling some little pieces of animation recently, one of which was done before I tweaked the showreel and so actually made it in, but a couple others - one of which (despite gaining nearly 800 views) I don't think would be particularly useful, and another that simply wasn't made before I did the tweaking. Could make it into my next revision though. I'm definitely quite pleased with it.
Ok, so I've started fleshing out the story of the Doctor Chaotic short, to the point where I'm confident that it's not going to change massively anymore so I can start to work out jokes and gags for it. At this point, with "Dead and Breakfast" and approval from the BBC still pending (I think my e-mails may be going to their junk box), it's hard to tell if/when the short will actually be completed, so I've got a rough guestimate of sometime next year, just to make sure there's no rush.
With that, I made a tiny teaser thingy to show off to people and build a little bit of hype.
The cape wave animation isn't as good as I'd like, and the background is absolutely not representative of what would be in the finished film, but is just there to give the basic idea.
I'm going to be looking at putting together a short animated film focusing on one of my original characters that I've been toying with for a while now.
He's called Doctor Chaotic - he's an incompetent but aspiring supervillian who can't seem to be taken seriously by anyone. He first appeared as a minor supervillian in my thoughts for "Rick and Rooster", failing to intimidate Rick in a coffee shop, back in a single-page comic in 2012.
If I progress through my other projects with enough time to spare, I'll try and get this done in time for the Encounters Short Film Festival submission deadline, but if not, I'll cut the time to 90 seconds and submit it to Depict instead.