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 finally got round to updating my CV/resume with my new Canadian contact address, as well as the work I did for Tribal Group. With so much stuff on there now, I figured it was time to bump This is Normal off the list, as it isn't technically animation work. 7 of the 13 items on there were either for a client or a studio, and 4 of the 13 have been since graduating. The storyboarding position at Huminah didn't work out, but I've got "maybe's" from a couple places over animation positions/commissions, so hopefully it won't be long until the next time I get to add more to this!
This new CV is available for download on the Work page!
So yesterday I found a studio in the Halifax area advertising for a storyboard artist position. I was not expecting a quick response if any, and was pleasantly surprised when they responded within 2 hours. So yeh, I'll be heading into the studio tomorrow for an official storyboard test, and if I pass that, I'll be hired on the spot. Naturally I downloaded Storyboard Pro at the earliest opportunity to get some practice in and see what I'll be dealing with. Fingers crossed!
This time tomorrow, I'll know if I'm finally officially a professional storyboard artist. I've worked on personal projects and student projects, but this will be the first time I was paid specifically to do storyboards. I'm really excited and can't wait to give it my all!
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.
So two and a half weeks after I posted "Grave Mistake" to Newgrounds, I finally uploaded my film for the BBC Listening Project, and it got a warm reception - winning Daily 5th, and being one of two of that day's Top 5 to be featured on the Newgrounds home page. I'm glad it's done as well as it has - humour and parody definitely play better with the audience of Newgrounds than the kind of thought-provoking documentary style thing like my film, so I'm definitely happy to see it get this far.
It'll be up on YouTube tomorrow.
Wessex Student Bus Pass
So recently, I was recently contacted by one of the people from CrowdReach.co.uk to animate an advert for the Wessex Star bus service for university students. All of the visual aspects were left to me, including the visual design (beyond a basic "motion graphic" style mentioned in the original e-mail) and the storyboarding, as well as the animation.
The deadline was super-tight - I only had the final audio in the last two days of working on it, and only had the script for two days before that, so this was completed in it's entirety in 4 days.
"Grave Mistake" achieved a few honours after it was posted to Newgrounds at the start of September. It won the Daily Feature, and was placed 3rd for the week - meaning that it is in the running for the Best of the Month competition at the end of September. Even if it doesn't place in the top 10, it will likely earn a slot among the runners up. It also got a score of 4.39 at it's highest point, making it the most highly rated submission to Newgrounds that I've ever done.
Newgrounds was the site that first introduced me to Flash animation back in 2005, so to receive such acknowledgement after all this time feels like vindication for everything I did up to where I am now, and encouragement to keep going on with it.
I figured it was about time that I updated my showreel with a small selection of bits from "Grave Mistake", especially considering it's getting time to think about applying for jobs for after graduation.
On top of this, an updated CV is now available on the Work page.
So yesterday I managed to reach the 85% mark on completion of animated shot elements, and finish animating both Death and the Girl, meaning that all three of the main characters have now been completely animated, 5 days ahead of when I was hoping. It's a great milestone to hit, and means I can be confident that the time I'm about to take off won't jeopardise the quality of the rest of the film.
If I get some of the smaller remaining shot elements done in the meantime then I'll be even further ahead of schedule. I had ruled out applying a texture to the film to give it a similar feel to "Under the Weather" because I didn't think I would have the time, but looking at how I'm going, I think I may have to re-evaluate that.
Finally decided to dust off my CV and give it a revamp, given that I'm hoping to get some kind of studio-based work experience in the next semester, it's probably best to have that little document ready to go to easily e-mail it off to them. I'm really hoping I can get into a local studio here in Bristol that focuses mainly on good quality Flash animation - I feel like that's where I'd be able to play to my strengths the best.
If you're interested at all, you can download it here:
It's finally out! The film I did for BBC Radio 4 is now live on their website! It won't be getting a publicity push from the Beeb until sometime in the new year, but it's live and ready to watch now, so go check it out!
Finally got round to making the second Sprakle short!
With uni winding down for the term, my aim is to get two more of these done before the New Year, so fingers crossed!
The animatic for "Grave Mistake" is complete! Not only that, but I've redone the website I had set up for it due to the hand-in of work today, so it now includes a bunch of the other preproduction work I've done on it. With credits, it's almost exactly 4 minutes long, but I think I can manage. I'm already in contact with a musician willing to work on it, so that's a plus.
If you don't mind spoilers, the animatic will be embedded below the Read More!
I'm at 1:28 of the animatic so far for my final film, "Grave Mistake", a film about Death trying to undo the mistake of reaping the wrong person. I'm aiming for the film to be around 3:30, but it's currently looking to hit more around 4:00 given how far through the story I am at this point. I'm pretty pleased with the cinematic angles I'm managing to include, and the story's becoming more solid by the day.
Ok, so there's a lot going on to talk about at the moment! Firstly, quick note, "This is Normal" is still updating on schedule, so the most recent comic went up yesterday. Go check that out!
Onto the main stuff, I have here a small gallery of sketches done in preparation for "Is Your Fridge Running?" that were done over the summer and in September, leading into the production of the film.
So the animatic for this year's first animation project is done! Xinyi Guo is working on the backgrounds at the moment, and me, Lewis Rogers, and Lie Yandi Leonard are working on various symbols.
Ok, so the website for mine, Lewis', and Yandi's film, currently working titled "Is Your Fridge Running?", is up and running. At the moment the About Us page is still a work-in-progress, but now the blog's ready where you'll be able to follow the production more in-depth than I'll be posting here.
If you're curious to see the bare bones of a site that's there at the moment, head on over here.
We've yet to dole out specific jobs between us - with the exception of symbol building and storyboarding (Lewis on symboling, me on storyboarding) - so that probably goes to show just how early days it is at the moment, but I'm fairly confident we can come out of this with something worth watching. At the very least, we'll get some new animation for our respective showreels.